Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #80 - Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen



"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

A welcome addition to the Discworld books, Darwin's Watch is scheduled for release June 9, 2015 from Anchor, a division of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 

Synopsis from the publisher:
Something terrible is happening on Roundworld: when Charles Darwin writes Theology of the Species, science is set back one hundred years and the wizards of Discworld must struggle to save the inhabitants of Earth...er, that's Roundworld...from an apocalyptic end.

The mind-bending Science of Discworld series offers a wizard's-eye view of our world in a clever mash-up of fiction and fact. When a wizardly experiment inadvertently brought about the creation of Roundworld the wizard scholars of Unseen University did their best to put things on the right course. In Darwin's Watch they may face their greatest challenge yet: A man called Darwin has written a bestselling book calledThe Theology of the Species, and his theory of scientific design has been witlessly embraced by Victorian society and scientific progress has consequently slowed to a crawl. Now the question is can the wizards find a way to change history back to the way it should have been? In Darwin's Watch, the authors explore the impact of major scientific advances on our planet and our culture, the dangers of obscurantism, and the evolution of the theory of evolution as you have never seen it before. This brilliant addition to Pratchett's beloved Discworld series illustrates with great wit and wisdom how the laws of our universe truly are stranger than fiction.

Why am I looking forward to it?
Well. Discworld and Terry Pratchett. I've really enjoyed his writing over the years. And, I am curious as to how the theory of evolution is presented, as a former biology teacher.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!