Not Even Wrong, the book, is now available from Amazon in the UK. It’s being published in the British Commonwealth by Jonathan Cape, so should also at some point be available from them in Canada. Last I’d heard official publication date was June 16th, perhaps that’s the date it will be out in stores. Here in the US it will be published by Basic Books, and should appear perhaps late in September. The US version will have a rewritten and somewhat different preface, but the bulk of the two books will be pretty much the same. Next week I’ll be going over the proofs of the US version, my last chance to make any final small changes.
So, I encourage all my non-US readers to go out and get copies of the book for themselves and their 20 closest friends, write reviews saying how wonderful it is on Amazon, etc., etc. If you’re in the US and absolutely can’t wait until September, I think you can order from Amazon UK anyway (at least that’s what some of my friends desperate to appease children demanding the latest Harry Potter recall doing). In September, besides my book, Lee Smolin’s The Trouble With Physics will also be coming out, so I guess it will be a trend. I haven’t yet seen a copy, but from conversations with him gather that Lee reaches many of the same conclusions about string theory that I do, although coming from a somewhat different direction.
Perhaps my faithful readers can help out with some advice on two points: the US version will have a somewhat different subtitle and controversy has broken out as to whether to use the phrase “the search for unity in physical law” or “the search for unity in physical laws”. Both seem all right to me, but if anyone has a strong opinion on the “law” vs. “laws” issue, let me know.
I’m about to leave town, headed to Boston for a few days, but early next week I’d like to start thinking about whether it would be possible to add some features to the blog related to the book. The obvious thing to do is to add all sorts of marketing materials to the blog to get people to go out and buy the book, but I’ll try and keep that to a tasteful minimum. No pop-ups or weekly contests. On the other hand I think it would be interesting to provide some sort of features here for people who have read or are reading the book, have questions about it, want to discuss or argue about it, etc. Does anyone know of any other blogs out there associated with a book that have tried to do something like this?