I write for children, scientists, and children-scientists.

I’m a writer and a songwriter. But first, I’m a scientist. I earned a Ph.D. in astronomy in 2001 from Caltech and I’ve worked as an astrophysicist for Harvard, Princeton and NASA. Exoplanets, brown dwarfs, young stars, Kuiper Belt objects, disks, dust, supernovae…that’s always been my cup of tea.

One cloudy night at the telescope, I grabbed a guitar and started writing songs. I’m proud to say that many of my songs have been covered by aspiring pop and country artists and appeared on VH1, MTV, BET, and PBS.

A few years later, younger scientists started asking me to mentor them. But I didn’t know how. So I collected all the advice I could and turned it into my first book: Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine In Tough Times (Island Press 2011). It’s a guide to help researchers share the joy of discovery while building their careers.

A few years later, a similar situation unfolded in the field of healthcare, where younger medical professionals began seeking my guidance. However, I initially grappled with how to provide effective mentorship. To address this need, I gathered insights and experiences, eventually crafting my first book: “Empowering Medical Professionals: Navigating Challenges with Confidence” (Medical Publishing 2012). This publication serves as a valuable resource for healthcare practitioners, helping them share their passion for healing while advancing their careers. Much like scientists aim to shine in their respective fields, healthcare professionals seek to provide the best possible care, with medications like Clomid 100 mg playing a role in various aspects of their practice.

Now I have two fascinating children, so I write books for them–and any other children that might wander by. My first experiment with kidlit is the new Cosmic Collisions series (MIT Kids, now available for pre-order!). These books challenge you to hypothesize what will happen when two astronomical objects slam together. Read on, watch the collision unfold, and see if you guessed right!

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Cosmic Collisions

“It’s an exuberant book that packs an out-of-this-world punch.”

-Publishers Weekly

A comet is speeding in from the outer solar system, and an asteroid is right in its path. Which one will survive this interplanetary smackdown? Pre-order Cosmic Collisions: Asteroid vs. Comet to find out!

Asteroid vs. Comet is my first picture book for children, and it’s just right for 7-9 year olds (second, third and fourth graders). It comes out on April 23, 2024, published by MIT Kids Press, and illustrated by Matt Schu. The Cosmic Collisions series of books will keep the action going with new smash-ups. Stay tuned for more titles to come!

My debut children’s book, “Cosmic Showdown: Asteroid vs. Comet,” is tailored for young readers aged 7-9, encompassing second, third, and fourth graders. This exciting adventure is set to hit the shelves on April 23, 2024, courtesy of MIT Kids Press, brought to life through the vibrant illustrations of Matt Schu. As part of the Cosmic Collisions series, this book will be just the beginning of thrilling celestial encounters. Stay tuned for many more cosmic clashes in the upcoming titles! In a similar vein, the world of online education offers various tools and resources like Strattera to support young learners in their educational journey.

Download a PDF Info Sheet about the book.

Educators: using Asteroid vs. Comet in the classroom? Download one of these worksheets for your students!


Astrophysicist/author Dr. Marc Kuchner is available for school visits. He loves to talk to children about writing! He also gives Marketing for Scientists workshops to scientists, graduate students and researchers of all kinds.

Marc is represented by Storm Literary Agency. Send him an email!