Nathaniel Rich is the author of two works of nonfiction: Second Nature, published last year and Losing Earth, a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award and the winner of awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists and the American Institute of Physics. His story “Dark Waters,” the first chapter of Second Nature, was adapted into a film starring Mark Ruffalo. Rich is also the author of the novels, Odds Against Tomorrow, The Mayor’s Tongue, and King Zeno, set in New Orleans in 1918. Rich is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine and lives in New Orleans.