Writing Portfolio

cartoon portrait of me wearing my signature bowler hat, feeding grapes to a pterosaur (Tupandactylus imperator) with a bright red and yellow crest
Portrait of the writer feeding grapes to a pterosaur (Tupandactylus imperator) by Natalia Jagielska

My most recent articles are listed on the Bowler Hat Science blog, linked in the sidebar in reverse chronological order. All publications below are listed in alphabetical order. Please contact me if you would like to commission a piece!


  • Midwest Architecture Journeys (Zach Mortice, ed.). This anthology from Belt Publishing includes essays on architects and buildings throughout the American Midwest, including a chapter from me about the quirky design of Fermilab, the particle physics facility outside of Chicago.
  • Who Owns an Asteroid? is an anthology of my comics with artist Maki Naro, which we are crowdfunding through Unbound Publishers. Please pledge to help us publish this collection!

Articles, features, contributions

Aeon Magazine

Air & Space Magazine

APS Physics

Ars Technica (frequent articles)

Astronomy Magazine

The Atlantic

BBC Future



The Daily Beast (weekly column during 2014)

DSM Observer


The Finch and the Pea


Galileo’s Pendulum (personal science blog)

Hakai Magazine



“Exploring Black Holes” series (content for Medium members):

  1. Frozen Stars and Gravitational Dynamos (July 24, 2017)
  2. The Care and Feeding of Black Holes (August 28, 2017)
  3. Seeing the Invisible (September 6, 2017)
  4. Gravity Be Not Proud (October 25, 2017)

Mercury Magazine

Mercury is the quarterly magazine for members of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. These issues are not available to non-members, but I can share the text of my contributions upon request.

  • General Relativity Falls Down, Again (Winter 2019 issue)
  • The Gravity of Climate Change (Fall 2018 issue)
  • Billions of Black Holes (Summer 2018 issue)
  • 20,000 Alien Worlds Await (Spring 2018 issue)

Mosaic Science

Nautilus (2013–2015)

New Scientist

New Yorker “Elements”

The Nib

NOVA “The Nature of Reality”

Philosophie Magazine

Physics World

Popular Science

Scientific American


Sky & Telescope


Smithsonian Magazine

SPIE Photonics Focus


Symmetry Magazine

Undark Magazine


The Week


 Older contributions

Culture of Science

Double X Science

Scientific American Guest Blog

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast

Universe Today


3 responses to “Writing Portfolio”

  1. […] The purpose of that blog originally was to have a complete portfolio of everything I wrote, but I have an actual portfolio page now. Moving that material here will let me blog a bit more in depth about the stories I’ve […]

  2. […] I had enough of chasing academic jobs that might maybe someday become permanent, and became a full-time writer […]

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