About the authors

Alexandra Witze (@alexwitze) is a correspondent for Nature, specializing in the earth and planetary sciences. She has reported on climate change from the North Pole, on Maya archaeology from the Guatemalan jungle, and many stories in between. Island on Fire is her first book.

Jeff Kanipe is the author of Chasing Hubble’s Shadows: The Search for Galaxies at the Edge of Time and The Cosmic Connection: How Astronomical Events Impact LIfe on Earth, among other well-regarded astronomy books. Asteroid jeffkanipe is named in his honor, for his role in identifying the first known images of this space rock. He is currently writing the series Annals of the Deep Sky: A Survey of Galactic and Extragalactic Objects, a tour de force tour of the universe.

They live in the foothills near Boulder, Colorado. Read about their first and second trips to Iceland to research the book.

The fire fountain illustration on this website is by François Mourre, created for the series Life on Fire by Saint Thomas Productions and used with permission.