I got an email yesterday from somebody asking for advice on getting into science journalism. I hate things like that–I never know how to answer and am always afraid “it was random luck” might be giving away too many secrets.
But then I stumbled across Ed Yong’s thread On the origin of science writers and realized that I could point my correspondent there. Shameless, moi?
Some interesting stories–go take a look if you haven’t seen it.
Oh, and I did contribute, too.
Ah, that is exactly what I need to answer some e-mails as well. Thanks Internet and Ed. (I’ll probably leave a comment there as well, so it’s less like cheating =) )
Fab – that’s exactly what the thread was designed for. Ta for the contribution.
Apres moi le deluge.
Thanks Ed, it’s a great idea.
Thanks for the link Richard! It’s a great post Ed. Very interesting!
(A part of me wanted to say something like “you mean it wasn’t a straight line from A to B Richard?? 😉 but I know, it is interesting nevertheless, to know how people end up where they end up… not always that obvious)
I love this:
“Others were bitten by a radioactive Carl Sagan.”
So many victims. So all right, then, who’s the new Sagan? Cause it sure as hell ain’t Alan Alda.
“who’s the new Sagan?”
Brian Cox – he even has a slightly amusing accent.
If Cox comes anywhere near me with glowing teeth I’ll punch him up the throat.
I always thought that Carl Sagan was an avatar of Kermit the frog. A sock puppet, if you will.
To me that Carl Sagan must be a friend of gossipy cat:
Done for my son.
I thought Carl Sagan was just someone called Carl who lived on the planet Sago, made out of custard.