Oliver Morton is a writer and editor who concentrates on scientific knowledge and technological changes and their effects. He is currently a senior editor at The Economist, responsible for the magazines Briefing articles. Previously, Morton was Energy and Environment Editor and Science and Technology Editor at The Economist, Chief News and Features Editor at Nature, and editor of Wired UK. His freelance work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The American Scholar, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal.
His first book, Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World (2002), dealt with scientific and other ways of understanding a place that cannot at present be visited, and was shortlisted for both The Guardian First Book Award and the British Science Fiction Award for best related book. According to reviewer Jon Turney, Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet (2007) contains “everything you could possibly want from a popular science book. There is wonder here, and intellectual excitement; clear explanation and lyrical writing; and much new insight into how the world works.” He is currently working on a book about geoengineering, tentatively called The Deliberate Planet.