Oliver Morton writes about scientific and technological change and their effects. He concentrates particularly on the understanding and imagining of planetary processes. He is a Senior Editor at The Economist. He was previously the Chief News and Features Editor at Nature and the Editor of Wired UK, and he has contributed to a wide range of other publications. He writes on subjects from quantum physics to synthetic biology and moviemaking. He has authored three books: ‘Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World’ (2002); ‘Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet’ (2007), a book of the year in The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement; and ‘The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World’ (2015). Morton is also an honorary professor in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London and has a degree in the history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University. The Asteroid 10716 Olivermorton is named in his honour.