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Susan M. Gaines, M.S. (Writer in Residence)

Creative writing, science in fiction

Susan M. Gaines, M.S.

Büro: GW 2, A 3.620
Telefon: +49 (0)421 218-68142
Sprechzeiten: by appointment per email / nach Vereinbarung per email
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Werdegang ‒ Curriculum Vitae

Susan Gaines studied organic chemistry and oceanography in her native California, earning an M.S. and doing doctoral research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, before abandoning the laboratory to pursue her vocation as a writer. Her fiction is informed by her knowledge and interest in the natural sciences, and her non-fiction science writing bears the mark of a novelist. She has also worked as a freelance editor and translator of literary and academic texts, and as an instructor of creative writing, English, and Spanish (as second languages).

She first came to northern Germany as a fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in 2002, and took up the post of "Writer in Residence" in the English-speaking cultures department in 2011.

She is one of the founding directors of the “Fiction Meets Science” research collaborative.




(with G. Eglinton and J. Rulkötter) Echoes of Life: What Fossil Molecules Reveal About Earth History New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2008) 355 pp. [narrative science]

Carbon DreamsBerkeley: Creative Arts Book Company (2001). 351pp. [novel]

Short stories

"Grieving Rights." In Sacred Ground: Writings about Home, edited by Barbara Bonner, 116-142. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions (1996): 116-142.

"Luck and the Three Gringitas." The Cream City Review 17, no. 2 (1993): 66-81.

"Bags." North American Review 277, no.4 (1992): 27.

"The Mouse." Missouri Review, XIV, no 1 (1991): 32-44; reprinted in Thomas, J. and Thomas, D. The Best of the West New York: Norton (1992): 145-160.

"Small Pleasures. North American Review 276, no.1 (1991): 48-49.

Essays and Book Reviews

"Nuance, Metaphor, and Molecules: The Book Cover That Never Was." Gettysburg Review (Summer, 2010): 191-202.

"Sex, Love, and Science." Nature 413 (2001): 255.

"65 million years of life in North America." Review of The Eternal Frontier. An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples, by Tim Flannery. San Francisco Chronicle Sunday, June 3, 2001.

"A Nonnative Bird's-Eye View." Review of Tinkering with Eden. A Natural History of Exotics in America, by Kim Todd. San Francisco Chronicle Sunday, January 21, 2001.