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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steve Koppes  

Pen Name: None


Born: Manhattan, Kansas

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Steve Koppes now lives in Homewood Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Steve Koppes began his writing career as a reporter for The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kansas. Since then he has spent most of his career as a science writer at major research universities, first at Arizona State University, then at the University of Georgia and since 1998 at the University of Chicago. His freelance articles on science and nature have appeared in publications such as the Guardian of London, the Kansas City Star and American Hiker. A native of Manhattan, Kansas, he was graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, with honors, from Kansas State University. He also holds a master’s degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.


A Best Book for Children 2004; Outstanding Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council;Nonfiction Honor List 2003

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Killer rocks from outer space :
ISBN: 0822528614. OCLC Number: 52386504

Lerner Publications Co.,. .

Describes the role that collisions with meteors, comets, and asteroids have played in the history of Earth and other planets in the solar system and examines what is being done to protect Earth from future collisions.