David W. Brown is a freelance writer from New Orleans, Louisiana. His nonfiction appears frequently in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian. His other publishers include The New Yorker, Vox, and Foreign Policy. He is an Antarctic expeditioner, an endurance runner, a former Army paratrooper, and a veteran of Afghanistan. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. His next book is titled THE MISSION, and will be published in 2021 by Custom House, an imprint of HarperCollins.
Update: My next book, to be published in 2023, is about Antarctica and climate change. (I recently returned from a grueling Antarctic expedition while researching the book.)
My editor for The Mission was the brilliant Geoff Shandler, then of Custom House. The great Peter Hubbard, now of the same imprint, is seeing it through to publication. My literary agent is the relentless Stacia Decker of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Previous books include Deep State (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), and The Command (Wiley, 2012). Bylines of mine include The New York Times, Scientific American, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic, among other places. I am a regular commentator for television and radio, and I am very tired.
or: How a Disciple of Carl Sagan, an Ex-Motocross Racer, a Texas Tea Party Congressman, the World’s Worst Typewriter Saleswoman, California Mountain People, and an Anonymous NASA Functionary Went to War with Mars, Survived an Insurgency at Saturn, Traded Blows with Washington, and Hitched a Ride on an Alabama Moon Rocket to Send a Space Robot to Jupiter in Search of the Second Garden of Eden at the Bottom of an Alien Ocean Inside of an Ice World Called Europa (A True Story)
Awards and Recognition
- Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 2014 (Finalist)