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Douglas Richards

Douglas E. Richards is an American writer, primarily of science fiction and both nonfiction and fiction for children.


  • Richards grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Finneytown High School, in Ohio, in 1980. He obtained a B.S. in microbiology from Ohio State University before getting a master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Education

    • A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master's degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin, where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


    • Douglas E. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that straddle the thriller and science fiction genres. He is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of "Wired", its sequel, "Amped", "The Cure", "Mind's Eye", "Quantium Lens", and other critically acclaimed middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

    Major achievements

    • In recognition of his work, Richards was selected to be a "special guest" at San Diego Comic-Con International, along with such icons as Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury. His essays have been featured in National Geographic KIDS, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth & Sky, Today's Parent, and many others.


    • The Devil's Sword
    • Ages 9 and up/4th grade and up From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the adult thriller, WIRED, comes a critically acclaimed mainstream thriller for kids and adults alike "Crisp, innovative,and intelligent.
    • Amped
    • The highly-anticipated sequel to the NY Times & USA Today bestseller, WIRED, which was also the #1 bestselling Kindle book of 2011 in two major categories, "technothrillers" and "science fiction" (19th overall).
    • Stranded (The Prometheus Project Book 3)
    • From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED, STRANDED is the stand-alone third book in a critically acclaimed science fiction series loved by kids and adults alike.
    • Ethan Pritcher, Body Switcher
    • The latest work from the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling adult thriller, WIRED, the kids science fiction series, THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT, and THE DEVIL’S SWORD.


    • The author currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.
    Douglas Richards
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    Born May 7, 1962
    (age 55)
    • 2004 - present
      San Diego, California, United States