My name, Rebecca Kreston, in yellow on the lovely cover of Scientific American's "The Best Science Writing Online 2012" edited by Bora Zivkovic and Jennifer Ouellette.
At this very moment, I'm holding a copy of the "The Best American Science Writing Online 2012" that includes my article on Alaskan Natives, botulism and fermenting practices on page 173! The article "This Ain’t Yo Momma’s Muktuk: Fermented Seal Flipper, Botulism, Being Cold & Other Joys of Arctic Living" was selected among 721 other submissions and is published alongside 51 other knock-out articles in the sixth annual anthology of the best science writing online. Not bad odds, eh? I've been writing this blog for just over a year and a half now and I consider it be a privilege to be included in the ranks of some truly accomplished science journalists and bloggers. A big thank you is owed to the editors of the anthology, Bora Zivkovic and Jennifer Ouellette, for selecting me.
I've been very lucky to have had the article shaped by the deft hands of the very helpful and kind editors at the publishing company Farrar, Strauss & Giroux and, thanks to their efforts, the article in the book is much trimmer and slimmer than you would find on the site. The book is officially out tomorrow and available for purchase in the bibliophilic drug of your fancy, ebook or paperbook (so what's it gonna be, partner?).
The entire list of published articles is accessible online here but you can, and should!, buy the book here! Besides the fact that my gross little article is in it, it's a fantastic opportunity that allows you to discover and support the other amazing blogs that cover the oh-so-important sciences out in these vast interwebs. This book has got everything that you've ever briefly wondered about in those rare moments that you've daydreamed during staff meetings, classes and family dinners: the microbiology of beards, how to stop hurricanes, the dodo's demise and so, so, so much more.
Submissions are rolling in again for this past year's of the best online science writing and you can submit your own personal favorites by clicking on the image below. Go on, make a science blogger happy!