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Below the Edge of Darkness
A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea
By (author): Edith Widder Ph.D.
9780525509240 Hardcover English General/trade Jul 27, 2021
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.44 x 9.47 x 1.16 in | 1.3 lb 352 pages 2 8-PP COLOR PHOTO INSERTS Random House
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Environmentalists & Naturalists
A pioneering marine biologist takes us down into the deep ocean to understand bioluminescence–the language of light that helps life communicate in the darkness–and what it tells us about the future of life on Earth.

Edith Widder’s childhood dream of becoming a marine biologist was almost derailed in college, when complications from a surgery gone wrong caused temporary blindness.  A new reality of shifting shadows drew her fascination to the power of light – as well as the importance of optimism.

As her vision cleared, Widder found the intersection of her two passions in oceanic bioluminescence, a little-explored scientific field within Earth’s last great unknown frontier: the deep ocean. With little promise of funding or employment, she leaped at the first opportunity to train as a submersible pilot and dove into the darkness.

Widder’s first dive into the deep ocean, in a diving suit that resembled a suit of armor, took her to a depth of eight hundred feet. She turned off the suit’s lights and witnessed breathtaking underwater fireworks–explosions of bioluminescent activity. Concerns about her future career vanished. She only wanted to know one thing: Why was there so much light down there?

Below the Edge of Darkness takes readers deep into our planet’s oceans as Widder pursues her questions about one of the most important and widely used forms of communication in nature. In the process, she reveals hidden worlds and a dazzling menagerie of behaviors and animals, from microbes to leviathans, many never-before-seen or, like the legendary Giant Squid, never-before-filmed in its deep-sea lair. Alongside Widder, we experience life-and-death equipment malfunctions and witness breakthroughs in technology and understanding, all of it set against a growing awareness of the deteriorating health of our largest and least understood ecosystem.

A thrilling adventure story as well as a scientific revelation, Below the Edge of Darkness reckons with the complicated and sometimes dangerous realities of exploration. Widder shows us how when we push our boundaries and expand our worlds, discovery and wonder follow. These are the ultimate keys to the ocean’s salvation–and thus, our future on this planet.

Story Locale: Boston, Florida, Gulf of Mexico

BIOLUMINESCENCE AND OCEAN HEALTH ARE TIMELY, URGENT TOPICS AND WIDDER’S LIFE MISSION: Widder’s nonprofit organization, ORCA, is the world’s first technology focused, marine conservation, not-for-profit organization dedicated to using new technologies—many of them based on bioluminescence—to find pollution and stop it at its source. This book will be an essential contribution to the global conversation of climate change and ocean health.

COOL SCIENCE: Bioluminescence is fascinating and magical, and the wonders in these pages sometimes read like science fiction.

RENOWNED AUTHOR: Widder is at the forefront of deep sea exploration, and one of the few women in the field. She’s the first person to film a living giant squid, she’s the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, she has given three TED talks (7 million cumulative views) (bit.ly/3fzPE4X), and been featured in The New York Times, Slate, Nature, and CBS Evening News, among many others. Her work has appeared in nature programming on The Discovery Channel, PBS Discovery, the BBC, and National Geographic television and she was profiled by Nova Science Now.

INSPIRING MESSAGE: Widder is a self-procaimed “environmental optimist,” insisting that explorers are optimists that see beyond imagined limits and pursue solutions in the face of seemingly impossible odds. The uplifting message of this book—that there is hope for our planet—is a much needed breath of fresh air.

8 PP COLOR PHOTO INSERT: The book will feature a color photo insert of mainly Widder’s own photos, capturing the transporting visual experience of her deep-sea dives.

Edith Widder is an oceanographer, a marine biologist, and the co-founder, CEO, and senior scientist at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, a non-profit organization where she is focusing her passion for saving the ocean into developing innovative technologies needed to preserve and protect the ocean’s most precious real estate—its estuaries. She has given three TED talks and been awarded a prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as well as the Explorer’s Club Citation of Merit and is the first recipient of the Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration established by the Marine Technology Society and the Society of Underwater Technology.

Author Residence: Fort Pierce, Florida

Author Hometown: Arlington, Massachusetts

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“Edith Widder’s story is one of hardscrabble optimism, two-fisted exploration, and groundbreaking research. She’s done things I dream of doing. I’d have wrapped my submersible, the Deepsea Challenger, in bacon if it would have lured the elusive giant squid from the depths. In Below the Edge of Darkness, Widder tells you how she did it.”—James Cameron

“My experience of exploring the deep ocean and its alien life with Edie Widder was fabulous. She enthralls us with many such stories in her book. I recommend it.”—Ray Dalio

“To shed light on a subject is what any scientific book should do. To go into it in depth without losing the reader is a harder task. Edith Widder’s subject is light itself—the manufacture of light by strange and eerie denizens of the deep sea—and her scintillating style is worthy of the topic. This is a book to delight the general reader while simultaneously informing the professional: a book of marvels, marvelously written.”—Richard Dawkins, New York Times bestselling author of The God Delusion

“Personal and page-turning, adventurous and awe-inspiring, Below the Edge of Darkness sparkles with the thrill of exploration and glows with an urgent plea for the future of our precious seas. Comparisons to Jacques Cousteau spring to mind as Edith Widder shares the profound journey of her life—one as unique and important as the unexplored realms of our very own planet.”—Juli Berwald, author of Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

“‘Luminous’—the topic, the heroic journey, and the author herself. Dive in with Edith Widder, trailblazing scientist and explorer, as she reveals the galaxy of light and life in the universe below the surface of the sea, out-shining skeptical male colleagues with dignity, grace and a robust sense of humor.”—Sylvia Earle, National Geographic explorer in residence, founder of Mission Blue

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