I now mainly write books – past writing or editing efforts are arrayed on the left here -and take on other freelance commissions which are interesting or serve causes I support, or even both.
My most recent was a popular science treatment of the human microbiome - I Superorganism. The next will be a beginners guide to brains, Cracking Neuroscience, out in September 2018.
I’ve also been thinking about the history of fire as the underpinning of most human technological development (and possibly human evolution) – first results of that are on Medium here, if you’re interested.
Other recent work includes a long essay Imagining Technology on science fiction and technological development for NESTA. This pulls together quite a lot of stuff about SF, tech, and design fiction. You can download it from here, and read some bits and pieces on the futures blog.
In the past I have also lectured widely and created and taught science communication courses in several universities. And I have always enjoyed helping other people get their ideas into shape – whether through book editing, report writing, conference summaries, or consultancy.
I have an enduring fascination with social research related to science and technology (my own main academic study once upon a time) and in the way it informs the wider social conversation about science.
I enjoy writing and editing on assignment, especially around life sciences, futures, science and society and policy issues. I have written for a wide range of audiences, producing everything from books to museum exhibition guides to school resources.
I have also edited a range of books, including Icon Books Revolutions in Science Series. And while at Penguin, and since then as a consulting editor, I have had a hand in editing books by (in no particular order) Brian Greene, Jared Diamond, Michio Kaku, John Gribbin, Jim Baggott, Peter Smith, and David Rothenberg. I also edit academic papers on occasion (though I cannot improve your data, I may be able to help with the presentation). I’m happy to work on developing books by other people – see the button on this site for more details
I live in Bristol, where my partner’s academic career brought us a few years ago (and now some of the time in Belfast, ‘cos she’s moved on). I blog about Jazz in Bristol and roundabout, as well as about Futures, and there’s yet another blog which archives a big backlog of writing, mainly book reviews. There are buttons for all three on this site.
The other pages here detail past work and writing for those who are interested.
To contact me, email’s much preferred – use jonturney – AT – gmail.com. You may use the click-up form on the left, but that also sends me an email that I then have to follow up so it may be smoother to use Gmail yourself. DM on twitter (@jonWturney) works, too.
PS. In case you are looking for the excellent Chris Turney (no relation), the professor who writes about climate change, history and Antarctica, he’s over here.
John Tierney, veteran science writer of the New York Times, is not a mis-spelling of me (or vice versa) – he’s his own man.