Even though you are a science writer, you are participating in this art form that also includes Miles Davis. The anthology contains 25 stories and just six of them were written by men.Then I looked at the less unusual sources, looked at more online publications, looked at women’s magazines.Once I did that, I had an overwhelming number of great pieces written by women. The book really does contain the best stories I’ve found. There’s this story by Katie Worth [“Telescope Wars,” Scientific American] and within the solid story of building a telescope is a cultural commentary about these battling male scientists: You are a bunch of ego heads.10/01/2018In the introduction to this installment of the annual anthology series, guest editor Kean (In the Absence of God) says the best science writing involves character and conflict, not just facts, and many of the 26 pieces he selects prove his point.These include the first piece, Ross Andersen’s “Pleistocene Park,” in which father-son tension is the underlying theme of a story about a Russian scientist’s “mad vision” to return the woolly mammoth to a nature reserve in Siberia.In other words, 75 percent of the contributors were women.When the anthology series began, the opposite was true — they featured about 75 percent male writers. And I want to talk about it and I am afraid to talk about it — in the sense of not wanting to get beat up.“This is one of the most exciting times in the history of science,” New York Times-bestselling author Sam Kean proclaims in his introduction to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018. But there are more scientists making more discoveries in more places about more things than ever before.” The twenty-six pieces assembled here chart the full spectrum of those discoveries.From the outer reaches of space, to the mysteries of the human mind, to the changing culture in labs and universities across the nation, we see time and again the sometimes rocky, sometimes revelatory road to understanding, and along the way catch a glimpse of all that’s left to learn.And the anthology could have been 80 or 90 percent written by women. Science is hurt because you couldn’t get your egos out of the way.I didn’t back off before there were too many women. I don’t want to say it’s a uniquely female trait to walk into a situation with a bunch of male egos, roll your eyes, and call bullshit, but I do think it’s possible she thought “I’ve lived with this before.” And it’s just a terrific piece.