Award-winning journalist Malcolm Gay is an arts reporter for the Boston Globe. His writing and essays have also appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and time.com, among others. He was named an Alicia Patterson Fellow in 2013, and received top honours from the James Beard Foundation, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and the National Association of Black Journalists. The Brain Electric is his first book.
'Fascinating.' Scientific American 'An ambitious, well-researched book, The Brain Electric illustrates the field's exciting potential not just to aid the disabled but one day, perhaps, to enhance human abilities altogether.' Boston Globe 'Gay observes the brilliant, fiercely competitive, and unnervingly entrepreneurial neuroscientists who seek the means to bring humans one step closer to the transhuman realm...Gay is reassuringly skeptical of the tabloid-style hype surrounding neuroprosthetics, but he makes a convincing case that, sooner rather than later, neuroprostheses will become more commonplace.' Publishers Weekly 'While brimming with extensive and well-cited research studies, scientific background, and current events, the book comprises a collection of stories...The human side moves the narrative forward and will engage not just science readers but those who love inspiring people.' Library Journal 'The Brain Electric convincingly illuminates the ways current biomedical research and breakthroughs in neuroprosthetics are steadily gaining ground on what was once wild science fiction.' Booklist 'Intriguing and provocative...The Brain Electric is at once popular science and procedural thriller. Gay conjures in vivid detail the personalities of both the neuroprostheticists and the patients whose worlds they are transforming one electrode at a time.' Saturday Paper