I write for scientists, children, and the lucky people who are both.

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. One cloudy night at the telescope, I grabbed a guitar and started writing songs. I’m proud to say that many of my songsĀ 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.

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

A comet is speeding in from the outer solar system, and an asteroid is right in its path. Who 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 2, 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!

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!