“Departure of the Body Snatchers, or the Confessions of a Carbon
Chauvinist.” The Hudson Review 39 (1986): 383-404. (Nominated for a
Pushcart Prize in Non-fiction.)
Inspired by an incident years before (in Huntsville) when an AI expert called me a "carbon chauvinist," this is one of the best things I have ever written.
It's publication in Hudson Review lead to an interesting correspondance with the great ecologist/writer David Ehrenfeld, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and an interview (with Noah Adams) on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
This would, of course, eventually end up in my first book: Late for the Sky: The Mentality of the Space Age. Read it here.