Book First for Glam Staff

Glamorgan’s Mark Brake and Neil Hook will soon achieve a publishing first for the University.  Their book Different Engines: How Science Drives Fiction and Fiction Drives Science will be the first popular science trade title ever published by University staff.

As can be guessed from the title, the book, to be published by MacMillan Science, looks at the relationship between science and fiction.

Since its emergence in the seventeenth century, science fiction has been a sustained, coherent and subversive check on the promises and pitfalls of science. In their turn, invention and discovery have forced fiction writers to confront the nature and limits of reality. Different Engines explores how this fascinating symbiosis shapes what we see, do, and dream.
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    Dai Jones

    March 29, 2007

    What does “popular science trade title” mean?

    Robert Andrews

    March 29, 2007

    Nice one, guys.


    March 29, 2007

    20p says it’ll be on the required text list next year


    March 29, 2007

    If those are the authors I’d say that hairsytles are very retro this year. The future’s obviously not what it used to be.


    March 29, 2007

    The trade list merely refers to the best-sellers lists. In this case the category is popular science.

    Dai Jones

    March 29, 2007

    A book by a professor and a reverend? Where is the rabii when you
    need him?

    Dai Jones

    March 29, 2007

    Actually, thinking about it some more, I don’t think I’ve ever come
    across a book with the author putting his title of “Professor” on the
    cover! I’ve read some books by some pretty world-famous
    academics, but they just call themselves by their names on the
    cover. I guess you must be especially important……


    March 29, 2007

    Neither the prof nor the reverend are responsible, Dai.

    Its the doing on the publisher. Guess they think such an odd couple may sell more books.

    Besides, its not the final cover, merely a holding cover.

    Aren’t you thinking about this TOO much? Ain’t you got nothing better to do?

    Dai Smith

    March 29, 2007

    Is it possible to think too much about something?

    No, not got anything better to do, not since I was put out of work
    last year….

    Kosta Xynos

    March 29, 2007

    Will this book be available at the University’s Library (LRC)?

    Steve Lee

    March 29, 2007

    I have pre-ordered 5 copies of this book but it is not due for release in the USA until the 10th of December 2007 and possibly later the same month in the UK. It will however be in stock in the Treforest LRC as soon as it can be supplied by Dawson’s after its release date in December 2007.
    Steve Lee
    Information Librarian Applied Sciences

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