Presenting the cover of Written in Stone

Today is my 27th birthday. To celebrate Tracey and I were planning on visiting Philadelphia's Mutter Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences, but given the deep accumulation of snow we thought better of going into the city. I can still celebrate by sharing something with you, though. Presented below is the cover of my forthcoming book Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature.


And, in related news, I am dusting off the old "Best of Laelaps" anthology project. It is tentatively-titled Giant Killer Lungfish From Hell and Other Tales From Deep Time, and it will be a "b-sides" collection of stories that complement Written in Stone. I have already completed five of the essays, and with any luck it will be finished this year.

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Great looking cover, very enticing! I look forward to reading the book.

Happy birthday as well!

Happy birthday, yer wee whippersnapper!

Happy birthday! Looking forward to the book.

Nein, wirklich. Wer hat gefurzt?

By Wer hat gefurzt? (not verified) on 26 Feb 2010 #permalink

Many happy returns on your natal anniversary.

The cover looks very nice -- but I've got to say, if that book was next to Giant Killer Lungfish From Hell, well. I know which book I'd grab.

Happy birthday!

I agree with the previous posters that the cover looks really good. Too bad one'll just see the spine when it's sitting in the bookshelf ...

By Andreas Johansson (not verified) on 26 Feb 2010 #permalink

Snazzy cover!

As I said at ScienceOnlineAgain 2010, if you end up going the print-on-demand route with Giant Killer Lungfish From Hell, I'd be happy to help with the typesetting part of it. I have to do something with these mad skillz of mine while I wait for next year's Open Laboratory project.

Awesome cover!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for the book to come out.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday. I love the cover, especially the typewriter typeface! Stands out among other science books, I think. Super cool.

Following up Blake's comment, I work as a book cover designer, so if you're absolutely without any other options, I'd be happy to help you with Lungfish. Which is a freakin' solid title.

Nice cover. It must feel good to see what your book will look like on the shelf. Happy birthday, too.

1) That book will look nice on my coffee table. (Note: I actually read the books that are on my coffee table.)

2) I'm looking forward to reading Giant Killer Lungfish From Hell when it comes out.

3) Happy birthday! Having published a book is quite a thing to have accomplished by your 27th year, IMO. (I'm 48 and I haven't got around to authorship yet.)

By Stevo Darkly (not verified) on 26 Feb 2010 #permalink

Very nice cover. And Happy Birthday!

Looking very nice. Can't wait to see it in the flesh (rock? paper?).

By Dave Godfrey (not verified) on 04 Mar 2010 #permalink