“There’s a brilliant chemistry to mushrooms, and endless possibilities. We’re just at the beginning of understanding them.”
~ Michael Pollan
“We’re on the cusp of a mycological revolution that will have paradigm-shifting effects well into the future, where an emerging ecology of consciousness is rooted in practical solutions we can analyze, test, and verify.”
~ Paul Stamets
An all-star team of professional and amateur mycologists, artists, foodies, ecologists, doctors, and explorers joined forces with time-lapse master Louie Schwartzberg to create Fantastic Fungi, the life-affirming, mind-bending film about mushrooms and their mysterious interwoven rootlike filaments called mycelium. What this team reveals will blow your mind and possibly save the planet.
This visually compelling companion book, edited by preeminent mycologist Paul Stamets, will expand upon the film in every way through extended transcripts, new essays and interviews, and even more facts about the fantastic realm of fungi.
In these pages, you’ll learn about the incredible communication network of mycelium under our feet, which has the proven ability to restore the planet’s ecosystems, repair our health, and resurrect our symbiotic relationship with nature.
Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more experts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential to positively influence our lives.
About the Editor & Contributors
Paul Stamets is the preeminent mycologist in the United States. He has discovered several new species of mushrooms, including Psilocybe cyanofibrillosa and Psilocybe azurescens; pioneered new field study techniques; published several best-selling books; and won numerous awards.
Contributions by Eugenia Bone, Suzanne Simard, Roland Griffiths, Jay Harman, William Richards, Andrew Weil and Michael Pollan. Foreword by Louie Schwartzberg.