Stephen Sokoloff

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Stephen Sokoloff (born January 21, 1943 in Detroit , USA ) is an American writer , journalist , translator and biologist living in Austria .


After studying biology in the USA and Germany and a few years in research , Sokoloff has lived and worked in Linz since 1979 as the author of numerous cultural, nature and travel guides . He is also active as a satirist , university lecturer and translator . He is also known for his over 800 journalistic articles on culture , nature , medicine and science . He publishes almost exclusively in German.

In his culture and nature guides, he tries to explain natural history in addition to the descriptions of the hiking routes , but also to go into more detail about the cultural sights.

His satires, which he has published in three volumes so far ("The Megabyte Christ", "Stephens Nightmares", "Gentle & Razor Sharp"), have strong autobiographical traits and are socially critical . He has been a member of the international PEN Club since 2013 .

Stephen Sokoloff is a consultant to the Province of Upper Austria for environmental issues, winner of the Environment Prize of the City of Linz (1998) and the Upper Austrian State Prize for Environment and Nature (2008).


  • Plea for a multidimensional psychiatry (with Bengesser, Gerhard), Stuttgart, 1989
  • Is It Really Whole Wheat Bread? (with Plattner, Krista), Steyr, 1991
  • Natural paradises in and around Upper Austria , Linz, 1997
  • Advice on environmental law (with Wegscheider, Herbert), Vienna, 1997
  • Hiking experience Upper Austrian protected areas , Linz, 2003
  • Hiking experience Upper Austrian cultural landscapes , Linz, 2005
  • Golden paths, cultural and natural treasures from Lake Traunsee to Bad Ischl , Neumarkt, 2005
  • Nature walks in Linz (with Schwarz, Friedrich), Steyr, 2007
  • Golden paths, cultural and natural treasures in the Inner and Styrian Salzkammergut , Neumarkt, 2008
  • Hikes on the Danube. Donausteig, Wachau, Donau-Auen National Park , (with Martin Deininger, Günther Haas, Wolfgang Heitzmann, Hermann Rastl, Walter Theil), compass, 2012
  • Mariazeller Land and Mostviertel , Kompass, 2012
  • Slow foot hikes: Upper Austria: leisurely tours to look and linger , Styria regional, 2014
  • Slow foot hikes: Bohemian Forest - Bavarian Forest: Leisurely tours to look and linger (with Walter Lanz), Styria regional, 2015
  • 33 hikes in the heart of Upper Austria (with Walter Lanz), Verlag Anton Pustet, Salzburg 2017
  • GUUTE ways - hikes & excursion destinations north of Linz , Verlag Anton Pustet, Salzburg 2019


  • The megabyte of Christ , satires, Rottenburg a / N, 2003
  • Stephen's Nightmares , Satires, Neuhofen / Krems, 2009
  • Gentle & Razor Sharp , Satires, Linz, 2011

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