A native of the midwest, Lucas moved to the Bay Area from NYC in 2017 after finishing law school.  Stacks of books have been his friends, his consolation, and at times, the only furniture in his apartment.

He is particularly fond of off-kilter science fiction and fantasy, but can also be found in Kepler’s sections on history, science, animals, and nature writing.

When not working at Kepler’s, Lucas is probably studying, or raising two fur babies – a doodle, Ash, and a golden retriever named Walden (yes, like the pond).

Favorite Genres: 
Nature Writing
Science Fiction
Short Fiction
Book Recommendations: 
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Between Light and Storm: How We Live with Other Species By Esther Woolfson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639362769
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 6th, 2022

A book about our treatment of animals, with all the suffering, cruelty, and greed that entails. It’s a hard read, more so because of the author’s beautiful writing and clear moral compass. Please read this book, and let it move you to consider the ways you use animals and why. ~Lucas

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All the Horses of Iceland By Sarah Tolmie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250807939
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Published: Tordotcom - March 1st, 2022

With a historian’s eye for detail, Sarah Tolmie writes into existence a compelling picture of the early middle ages. The story’s gentle touches of magic feel as unremarkable to the reader as they do to the characters within. An excellent reminder that we have lived in a cosmopolitan world far longer than we often acknowledge - one who’s exchange was not only between cultures, but species. ~Lucas

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A Natural History of Hell: Stories By Jeffrey Ford Cover Image
ISBN: 9781618731180
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Published: Small Beer Press - July 19th, 2016

A brilliant collection of dark fiction. Jeffrey Ford has a knack for bringing old echoes of fables into modern settings, while maintaining the tense, dangerous feel they must have had when first told. ~Lucas

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The Premonitions Bureau: A True Account of Death Foretold By Sam Knight Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984879592
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Published: Penguin Press - May 3rd, 2022

The incredible true story of one British psychiatrist and his quest to experimentally determine whether precognition is real. Part memoir, part history, and part popular science, Sam Knight gently demonstrates how grief and expectation shape our beliefs, and reveals a chapter of the past that ends with a genuinely incredible twist. ~Lucas

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics) By Anne Fadiman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374533403
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2012

The true story of Lia Lee, the child of Hmong immigrants in Merced. Diagnosed with a rare seizure disorder, this book is a tragic case study in the barriers to access that exist in the American health care system, and asks deep questions about what it means to be a good doctor. A thoughtful and balanced book that doesn't seek to lay blame, but rather to understand. ~Lucas


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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635576726
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 11th, 2020

Sussana Clarke follows the exploits of two magicians - the last members of a dying profession in alternate-history Britain. Detailed characterization and a commitment to the period creates a work of fantasy that feels like well-researched historical fiction. ~Lucas

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Stories of Your Life and Others By Ted Chiang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101972120
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

Every single story by Ted Chiang is glittering, economical, and profound.  His genius is the ability to explore deep existential questions (entropy, determinism, or the nature of God) with both rigor and humanistic compassion.  ~Lucas

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At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories By Kij Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931520805
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Published: Small Beer Press - September 25th, 2012

This eclectic collection of stories explore the common trials and travails of life, with a fantastic or weird twist. The motif of animals and their relationships to humans is woven throughout. ~Lucas

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Sabriel 25th Anniversary Classic Edition By Garth Nix Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063040496
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Published: HarperCollins - August 3rd, 2021

This was one of my favorite books growing up, and I return to it often.  Imagine Hadrian’s wall kept at bay dangerous magic and the unquiet dead, and your best defense was an ancient lineage of necromancers who fought using magical handbells. Strange and wonderful! The world is unique, polished, and dark, and the narrative is fast-paced. ~Lucas

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Prosper's Demon By K. J. Parker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250260512
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Published: Tordotcom - January 28th, 2020

A quick, darkly humorous read from the POV of an exorcist in renaissance Europe. It’s a perhaps surprisingly thoughtful narrative about the arc of history, the idea of the ‘great man’ and the meaning of good and evil. ~Lucas

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The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying By Nina Riggs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501169373
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - January 16th, 2018

In 2017, the great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson died from cancer, at the age of 39. This is the book she wrote about her experience.  It’s a painfully honest but affirming book about dying young, love, and what matters in the end. ~Lucas

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How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century By Erik Olin Wright Cover Image
ISBN: 9781788739559
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Published: Verso - April 13th, 2021

For anyone who's ever looked around at the grotesque inequality and inhumane practices that characterize modern economies and thought "there has GOT to be a better way to do this ..." ~Lucas

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All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World's Most Beloved Animal Doctor By James Herriot Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250057839
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 6th, 2014

The classic memoir of a mid-century veterinarian in rural england; a humble person trying his best to do good, well. It's about animals, but just as much about the people who love and survive by them.  When things are a little too dark, this book is a warm fire to sit beside.  ~Lucas