Richard (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he reads, writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at The Writers Studio, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Photograph of Richard Leis in HiRISE office wearing a black and cyan "I love Pluto" t-shirt

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Book cover of The Book of Resting Places by Thomas Mira y Lopez
Magazine cover of Cryonics Volume 29:2 2nd Quarter 2008 with transparent knight chess pieces on a black and white chessboard

The Book of Resting Places: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead

by Thomas Mira y Lopez
Counterpoint Press
14 November 2017 (print, pp. 171-173)

Richard Leis, HiRISE Downlink Lead

10 December 2014 (online)

Cryonics believers alive and well in Scottsdale

by Shari Rose
The Republic
10 September 2014 (online)

See all the landing hardware that Curiosity scattered on the surface of Mars

by Robbie Gonzalez
7 August 2012 (online)

NASA releases video of Curiosity’s descent, rover returns images of Martian mountain

Fox News
7 August 2012 (online)

Obama Futurama

by Jimmy Magahern
Phoenix Magazine
April 2009 (print & online)

“Richard Leis Interview”

Immortality Institute
15 February 2009 (YouTube)
Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6

With medical advances, many put faith in freezing

by Kelly McGrath
Cronkite News Service
8 December 2008 (online)

Member Profile: Richard Leis, Jr.

by Jerad Kaliher
Cryonics, 29:2
2nd Quarter 2008 (PDF, p. 16)

Can technology and science add to our human existence? Transhumanists think so

by Irene Messina
Tucson Weekly
14 August 2008 (online)


The Martian Codex: More Reflections from Mars

by George J. Haas & William R. Saunders
North Atlantic Books (Random House)
22 September 2009 (print, pp. 26, 38.)

Bionic Woman (2007): gender, disability and cyborgs

by Margaret M. Quinlan & Benjamin R. Bates
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 9.1
3 March 2009 (online, pp. 48-58)