Wichita, says Christopher Griffith, "is a lot hipper than I expected-a little arty." He went to Kansas to photograph this month's cover subject, Johnathan Goodwin , whom he describes as a "quiet genius." A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Griffith pursued a doctorate in genetic engineering at University College London before turning to photography. His award-winning work is featured regularly in Esquire, Wallpaper, GQ, New York, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times Magazine.
Clive Thompson, a contributing writer to Fast Company, was a finalist for a Loeb award for "A Head for Detail ," in our November 2006 issue. He writes regularly on science and technology, a beat that led him to supergreen mechanic Johnathan Goodwin . A former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, Thompson runs the science-culture blog Collision Detection (collisiondetection.net).
Despite having spent more than 15 years as a television producer and winning a Peabody Award, Los Angeles-based Kate Coe claims she has never mastered the universal remote control. For this issue's Fast Talk , she interviewed five TV execs who are tapping technology and the Web to create a new model for entertainment.
Jonathan Green began his freelance writing career on a North London backstreet with eight skinheads, 10 pints of Guinness, and the loss of his front teeth. A check from Esquire made the pain and the dental bills somewhat more bearable. To report "Nightmare in Boomtown ," he braved the wilds of frontier capitalism in Kazakhstan--without sacrificing any body parts.
Already a champion Pong and Space Invaders player in the 1970s when Richard Garriott started writing video games, Peter Lewis entered the gaming legend's skeleton-filled dungeon to write about his latest online world, Tabula Rasa . In the non-virtual world, Lewis, a former senior editor at Fortune, divides his time between Buenos Aires and Santa Fe.