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Richard J. King is an author and illustrator. Most recently, he wrote Ahab's Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick, lauded in Science, Nature, and American Scholar. He also wrote Lobster, which was acclaimed by the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and The Devil's Cormorant: A Natural History, which was short-listed for the ASLE Creative Book Award and rated as one of the top five science books of 2013 by Library Journal. His current projects continue to explore the history of our relationship with marine life and the sea in a forthcoming illustrated collection of bite-sized environmental histories of ocean animals, titled An Ocean Bestiary (Chicago, May 2023) and in a history of singlehanded mariners and the blue environmental movement, titled Sailing Alone: A History (Penguin UK Fall 2023/Viking Spring 2024).