Image Richard Leis on November 5, 2014I write speculative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that often explore technological progress and rapid change. In the menus are some earlier examples of my work; I’m writing the good stuff now. In December 2015, I  will graduate from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in English. I’ve been a member of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team for ten years now.

Recent Publications

Fairy-Tale File: Once Upon a Microchip.” Fairy Tale Review. Edited by Jon Riccio. 5 June 2015. Web.

Fairy-Tale File: The Technologists Grimm.” Fairy Tale Review. Edited by Jon Riccio. 20 February 2015. Web.


2014 Hattie Lockett Undergraduate Student Poetry Award | about Hattie Greene Lockett | award judge Karen Brennan | other winners Sally McCallum and Mason Gates

Recent Journal Posts

Interviews and Mentions

Richard Leis, HiRISE Downlink Lead.HiRISE. 10 December 2014. Web.

Rose, Shari. “Cryonics believers alive and well in Scottsdale.The Republic. 10 September 2014. Web.

Gonzalez, Robbie. “See all the landing hardware that Curiosity scattered on the surface of Mars.” io9. 7 August 2012. Web.

NASA releases video of Curiosity’s descent, rover returns images of Martian mountain.Fox News. 7 August 2012. Web.

“Richard Leis Interview.” Immortality Institute. 15 February 2009. YouTube videos. Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6

McGrath, Kelly. “With medical advances, many put faith in freezing.Cronkite News Service. 8 December 2008. Web.

Kaliher, Jerad. “Member Profile: Richard Leis, Jr.Cryonics. 2nd Quarter 2008, Volume 29:2, p. 16. PDF file.

Messina, Irene. “Can technology and science add to our human existence? Transhumanists think so.Tucson Weekly. 14 August 2008. Web.