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’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