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    Every Creeping Thing: True Tales of Faintly Repulsive Wildlife: “Conniff is a splendid writer–fresh, clear, uncondescending, and with never a false step; one can’t resist quoting him.” (NY Times Book Review)

    The Species Seekers:  Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth by Richard Conniff is “a swashbuckling romp” that “brilliantly evokes that just-before Darwin era” (BBC Focus) and “an enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes” (New Scientist). “This beautifully written book has the verve of an adventure story” (Wall St. Journal)

    Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time by Richard Conniff  is “Hilariously informative…This book will remind you why you always wanted to be a naturalist.” (Outside magazine) “Field naturalist Conniff’s animal adventures … are so amusing and full color that they burst right off the page …  a quick and intensely pleasurable read.” (Seed magazine) “Conniff’s poetic accounts of giraffes drifting past like sail boats, and his feeble attempts to educate Vervet monkeys on the wonders of tissue paper will leave your heart and sides aching.  An excellent read.” (BBC Focus magazine)

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The Lure of Long Distances: The Last Frontier

Posted by Richard Conniff on January 3, 2013

Mars has been an object of colorful speculation ever since the Egyptians first noted its presence in the night sky almost 3500 years ago. Name the first of NASA’s robotic rovers to touch down on the Red Planet and send back detailed close-ups: 

a. Curiosity

b. Opportunity

c. Sojourner

d. Asimov

And the answer is:

(c) Sojourner began to explore the Martian landscape on July 4, 1997 , after a voyage of 312 million miles aboard NASA’s Mars Pathfinder .  It was named for Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist, whose own great voyage of discovery, on foot, in 1826, covered only 11 miles .  But it took her from slavery to freedom.


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