The Scientific American Guest Blog

Two years after starting my writing career in speculative fiction, last month I decided to see where a little branching out would take me.  I read an article about science writing and decided that given my science background and my passion for writing, I’d check out the National Association of Science Writers Website. When I e-mailed their mailing list, I was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the people who responded. I received everything from  advice from experienced professionals in the field to words of encouragement from others also in exploratory mode.

I also had the pleasure of running  into (as much as one can run into anyone on the internet) Bora Zivkovic, who asked me if I’d ever considered submitting to the Scientific American Guest Blog. I said that I hadn’t, but I’d certainly be interested. I asked him if he’d done so, and that’s when I learned he was the blog’s editor. He asked me if I could submit some writing samples to him.

Could I? Oh yes, I definitely could, and I did. I guess he liked what he read, because today you’ll find my article, “Deep Thought is Dead, Long Live Deep Thought“, up on the blog. I’ve several articles in the works, so be sure to bookmark my blog and follow me on Facebook or Twitter to keep abreast of my comings and goings on Scientific American.



  1. Stefan says:

    You leveled up your butt kicking skill, sir.

    *A.A. Leil learned roundhouse buttkick!*

    Now I’ll read that article drinking grape juice and totally pretending that is chardonaire.

    I am debonaire like that.

    • A.A. Leil says:

      I dub thee Royal Comedic Commenter.

      The roundhouse is my favorite Tae Kwon Do kick. Hope you enjoy the article with your grape juice er chardonaire! :)

      • Stefan says:

        Great article, Amr.

        If you think about it, it’s a kick in the tender parts to curmudgeons. You know. Tender parts. You know. Down there (subtlety points right there.

        It’s easy to be a skeptic and fuel your argument with anecdotal evidence and spice it with a frothy, nostalgic rant. It’s the same thing what’s happening in the publishing industry, really. Rarely does a new skill set or technology replace an existing one – they complement each other, like a giant robots in Japanese cartoons (VOLTRON!!!).

        And if you can’t manage a database and look items up you need to take a hard look at your 21st century skills and just maybe replace that Commodore 64 that’s sitting on your desk.

        • A.A. Leil says:

          Amazing, you’ve managed to mention two icons from my childhood in the same post. I still remember the day I convinced my parents to shell out $100 for a Voltron toy (the lion version, not the lame vehicle one).

          I also cut my PC gaming teeth on the C64.

          Anyway, I still haven’t made my mind up on the publishing industry. One could argue that books (electronic or paper varieties) are a medium, much like the CD. Therefore, just as the CD replaced the cassette tape, the e-book might replace the hard-copy. The question is, does the hard-copy offer something that the electronic book can’t? For me, I certainly miss the tactile feel of a real book when I’m using my Kindle. Is that enough to save the hard-copy book? Should we want to save it? Part of me says yes, and part of me says no.

          • Stefan says:

            Lion Voltron For The Win!


            Well, that might be an interesting blog post in itself (although the publishing industry would suffice for the lack of Voltron enthusiasts).

            Jokes aside, that’s one deep topic. I won’t go musing and pontificating (my soap box needs some repairs), but I’ll say this:

            Anyone who firmly believes in one format or the other is free to do so, but I like to diversify according to my needs at the given moment.

            Man, I know I am just 22, but the Commodore just… LOOKS awesome.

            I grew up with a SNES, and later got a desktop and laptop computer, but seriously – you put CASSETES into that thing.

            Anyone who doesn’t experience a techno-nerdgasm over that deserves his nerd badge ripped off, thrown to the ground and stepped on in good old 80’s war-movie fashion.

  2. Jarod says:

    That is awesome. Congratulations! Love the article, and since I just took a job as a database coordinator for a large nonprofit, it seem particularly relevant to me at the moment. :)

    • A.A. Leil says:

      Thanks Jarod. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and congrats and good luck on your new job!

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