Marina Benjamin is a writer and journalist. A former arts editor of the New Statesman and deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard, she is now Senior Editor at Aeon magazine. She is the author of three previous books: Living at the End of the World (Picador/The Free Press: 1998) put modern-day end-time cults in the spotlight, Rocket Dreams (Chatto & Windus/The Free Press: 2003) was an off-beat elegy to the Space Age, and Last Days in Babylon (Bloomsbury: 2007) was a family memoir narrating the life and times of the author’s Baghdadi-born Jewish grandmother. Marina has edited two books about women’s relationship to science, and contributed essays to Cultural Babbage (eds. Jenny Uglow and Francis Spufford) and Zero Gravity (Arts Catalyst) - books that take an oblique view of key moments in scientific history.