The French edition of A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth will be published on 13 March, and is available for pre-order.
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
An anonymous well-wisher has sent me a picture of my book translated into Bengali. I had no idea that the book was being translated into Bengali -- and neither it seems did my publisher, so this is a pirated edition. Perhaps there are other editions out there I didn't know about, in addition to the twenty-five officially licensed versions? It would be wonderful to have an officially sanctioned version in Bengali as well as the many other languages spoken in the Indian Subcontinent (Hindi, Maratha, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Sinhala, and so on) and I'd very much like to see translations into Hebrew and Arabic. My father yearns for an edition in Yiddish, whereas I would like to see one in Sindarin, which I think would look prettier. However, the translation-rights manager says that there are no plans to issue one in the language of Mordor, which (she said), she 'would not utter here'.
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Monday, December 4, 2023
Is there Intelligent Life on Earth? My son says there isn't, because he's only here until the Lizard People return to claim him for their own. But maybe we have been looking in the wrong places. Could there have been intelligent life on Earth in the past? Here I discuss this with Ananyo Bhattacharya on the WHY? podcast.
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Monday, November 6, 2023
Last month A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth was the topic for discussion with the Leeds University Alumni Book Club. You can find the discussion here. As you both know, I am an alumnus from Leeds, and the moderator was a friend and another Leeds Alumnus, David Adam. Enjoy!