Christina De La Rocha

AUTHOR PROFILE

After 20 years of working as a biogeochemist and oceanographer, Christina De La Rocha had a mid-life crisis, flew the coop of her career, landed in Germany, and decided to learn how to write.

So far she’s published a couple of short stories in Analog, and one book of popular science (Silica Stories) and, rural life being what it is, now spends more time with birds than with people.

Her latest work of fiction, Mirrors Above the Sky, weaves twelves tales of chimeras and clones, climate change saboteurs, influencers on the Moon, androids delivering elder care, giant photosynthetic alien birds, and an angel of mercy on the loose in a surreal battlefield hospital.

It is available now on Smashwords.

See more of her work at her blog, Germanium Geranium.

Silica Stories

Silica Stories

Do you know silica, the tetrahedra of silicon and oxygen constituting the crystals of New Agers and the desiccant in a box of new shoes? It’s no mere mundane mineral. As chemically reacting silicate rocks, silica set off the chain of events known as the origin of life. As biomineralized opal, it is the cell wall, skeleton, spicules, and scales of organisms ornamenting numerous lobes of the tree of life. Cryptocrystalline silica made into stone tools helped drive the evolution of our hands and our capability for complex grammar, music, and mathematics. As quartz crystals, silica is impressively electric and ubiquitous in modern technology (think sonar, radios, telephones, ultrasound, and cheap but precise watches). Silica is inescapable when we take a drink or mow the lawn and it has already started to save the Earth from the carbon dioxide we’re spewing into the atmosphere. This book tells these scientific tales and more, to give dear, modest silica its due.


Articles by Christina

A Windfarm at Sunset

Changing Tack

A storm of our own design bears down upon us. Now, the time has more than come for us to ask, not what the world can do for us, but what we can do for the world.
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