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Ann Druyan (born June 13, 1949) is an American author and producer specializing in productions about cosmology and popular science. She made substantial contributions to the PBS documentary series Cosmos and is perhaps best known as the wife of late scientist and educator Carl Sagan.


Religious and philosophical views

As an agnostic, Druyan holds that belief in a deity is not necessary to a healthy appreciation for life and a sense of unity with the universe.

In an interview with Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post, Druyan stated that her early interest in science stemmed from a fascination with Karl Marx. Achenbach commented that "She had, at the time, rather vaporous standards of evidence," a reference to her belief in the ancient astronauts of Erich von Daniken and the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky pertaining to the solar system.[1] Druyan freely acknowledged her past views but also asserted that they changed dramatically after marrying Carl Sagan.

Film career

Along with Carl Sagan and Steven Soter, Druyan was one of the writers for the television series Cosmos and a producer for the film Contact.

She is the CEO and co-founder of Cosmos Studios. In 2007 she was said to be working on an IMAX film on global warming as well as a sequel to Cosmos. In 2009 Druyan released a series of podcasts entitled At Home in the Cosmos with Annie Druyan in which she describes in detail the life of husband Carl Sagan, her works, and their marriage.

Career as an author

Druyan and Sagan co-wrote the books Comet, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, and sections of The Demon-Haunted World. She also wrote the updated introduction to Sagan's The Cosmic Connection, the epilogue to Billions and Billions, and her solo novel A Famous Broken Heart.

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