I´m amazed and pleased to learn that people are still buying and enjoying my gothick museum based detective schlockfest, By The Sea. I suspect that a pussycat of my acquaintance is largely responsible for disseminating news of my scribblings, for which thanks. By The Sea was originally published as a serial on LabLit but you can buy it or download it from Amazon or from Lulu.com. Enjoy!
But enough of such japery. Back in 1996 I published a book called Before The Backbone, a graduate level text on the problem of working out the ancestry of the vertebrates. It´s still in print, but prompted by the enthusiasm of colleagues notably Professor M. L. of California, I am thinking of writing a new edition. We´ve passed a lot of water since 1996. Many new and exciting fossils have come to light, many genomes sequenced, and much has been learned even of the basic anatomy and development of vertebrates. Clearly, a new edition could be a good idea and Springer, my publisher, seems interested.
So, if you are a scientist, you might be able to help me out, either yourself or by passing this post to those who might. Springer wants your children feedback, through a long form they´d like me to complete, from those out there in the world of science who use my book, especially those who use it in graduate level classes. Would you like to see a new edition, would you buy it, would you recommend it to your students, and so on and so forth in like fashion. Answers to the usual address, third park bench on the left, The Esplanade, Cromer. In the Town Hall if wet.