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“There’s a brilliant chemistry to mushrooms, and endless possibilities. We’re just at the beginning of understanding them.”
—Michael Pollan

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.

Fantastic Fungi is at the forefront of a mushroom revolution. Join us, and together we can create the shift in consciousness needed to restore our planet.

“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

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 countless new techniques; published several best-selling books; and won numerous awards.

LOUIE SCHWARTZBERG is an award-winning producer, director, and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades. Schwartzberg has earned myriad awards, including two Clio Awards, an Emmy nomination, and the NAPPC Pollinator Protector Award.