Cameron M. Smith
Author, Explorer and Archaeologist

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I'm a professional writer based in the blustery Pacific Northwest. I write in two main fields; popular science and nonfiction travel narrative. My most recent popular-science article-- for Scientific American--concerns the evolution of humanity in off-Earth environments, as in the case of space colonization.

My work has appeared in many magazines, including Scientific American MIND, Playboy, Archaeology, Spaceflight, Cultural Survival Quarterly, The Writer, Hang Gliding and Paragliding, Skeptical Inquirer and South American Explorer, in the anthologies They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Modern Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club, The Best Travel Writing (2008, 2009 , 2010, and 2011), and Science Under Siege.

In 2012 my short narrative "Immersion" was the winner of the Ocean magazine writing contest.

I have recently published a review of "Going Interstellar" for Scientific American online, and am currently (June 2012) writing a feature for the print version, on this same topic.

I've recently completed one of the most challenging projects of my life, writing The Fact of Evolution (Prometheus, 2011), in which I detail just precisely how evolution proceeds, showing that it is indeed factual with a variety of jaw-dropping wonders of the world of living things. This book is a much-needed followup to my first evolution book, The Top Ten Myths About Evolution, which is available in libraries worldwide, has recently been translated into Italian and is endorsed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Center for Science Education.

I have also recently completed Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization(Springer Popular Science, Fall 2012) which addresses a topic that has been bubbling in mind since the 1970's, when my father gave me a NASA publication called 'Space Settlements.' My book argues that the colonization of space is not a technocratic, machine-centered endeavour, but would be a completely natural continuation of human adaptation. This book allowed me to exlore the longer-term, broader-scale implications of the evolutionary process for our species. As of Spring 2012, I am writing a feature article for Scientific American magazine on this same topic.

This year (2012) I also completed the manuscript of an Introduction to Archaeology textbook, based on my ten years of teaching this and related courses. This book, tentatively titled Ancestors, is in the production process.

I'm currently writing one book under contract, tentatively titled The Frost Giants (Solas House, 2013). This will be the a wild narrative of my obsession with crossing Iceland's Vatnajokull ice cap alone, in winter and on foot.

I have plenty of other book concepts in continual development; topics include * my 1998 expedition sailing a 20-ton log raft off the coast of Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama * the Winter season * my recent solo, winter expeditions on Alaska's North Slope * a novella about hang gliding in ancient Minoa * common myths about the Ancient World * the early history of high-altitude flight and the development of life-support systems * the major transitions in hominid evolution and the evolution of the senses.

My Amazon Author page has direct links to some of my publications.

All material copyright 2000-2010 by Cameron M. Smith unless otherwise noted.
On the left, my first book, in English.
On the right, a recent volume carrying my story "A Viking Repast: Or, The Terrible History of Iceland in Three Courses".