James Nestor has written for Outside Magazine, Dwell Magazine, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Men's Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and more. He is currently working on a narrative nonfiction science/adventure book tentatively titled DEEP: A Sea Odyssey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean's depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of biology ― ours and sea's. DEEP will be published internationally in April 2014.


Nestor's book for the boutique electronic publishing house, The Atavist, was released in December 2012. The book, Half Safe: A Story of Love, Obsession, and History's Most Insane Around-the-world Adventure documents Ben Carlin's arduous decade-long, around-the-world journey on land and by sea in the same vehicle, the first and only circumnavigation of its kind ever attempted ― or completed.


Nestor’s first book, Get High Now (without drugs) (Chronicle Books) was released in 2009 and humorously explores the worlds of neurology, biology, and physiology through meditations, illusions, household herbs, and some bizarre anthropological discoveries. The accompanying website,, was awarded in Time Magazine’s Top 50 Websites of 2009 and receives about 200,000 hits per month.


An inveterate adventurer, Nestor joined a doomed surfing expedition to Norway and Russia for Outside Magazine in 2009, in which he and his team became the first to ride the breaks of the Arctic Circle (and barely survived daily excoriations from a manic-depressive photographer). He has travelled extensively in Central America and the South Pacific, and lived for a short time with Vanuatuan yam farmers who worshipped the US Army. At home in San Francisco, Nestor lives in a house he rebuilt himself, runs his 1977 Mercedes 300D on used cooking oil, and occasionally risks his life picking up laundry in his Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar, the first-ever American-made production electric vehicle. Nestor works out of a closet-size office in the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.


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