To celebrate the imminent release at your local enormoplex of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I’m giving away The Science of Middle Earth for that whole weekend, 12-15 December. My agent tells me that it’ll be available as a free download from Amazon’s Kindle store for that period (you never quite know with Amazon, their view of time is subtly different from that of regular mortals.)
You’ll need a Kindle, or a Kindle app on another device. I regret that it won’t be available on any other platform. The paperback is still in print, but the Kindle version has been updated, with corrections and further notes. (NB – the paperback, though still for sale, is of the original edition, not the updated one.) Praise, literary libations and general approbation for the book can be found here. To whet your appetite, Discover magazine and I had some fun talking about the science of dragons.
Now, given that the first rule of ecology is that there is no such thing as a free lunch, readers who download the book for free are requested and required to praise the book constantly, unstintingly, without reservation, let or hindrance, continuously and without cease by direct interaction or social media to their friends, family, housemates, pets, housemates’ pets, random passers-by in the street, policemen, judges, prison warders, parole officers, Men In White Coats, for a period including (but not limited to) eternity, or until the end of time (whichever comes first) and urge them to buy copies forthwith, or, as it’s an electronic download, fifthwith.
You may scoff, but I’ve cast runes on the free download (and only the free download) so that anyone who fails to make a favourable reference to The Science of Middle Earth at least once an hour will find themselves unable to talk about anything else until they are finally driven mad. You’ve read The Red Shoes, haven’t you?
Perhaps buying the paperback would be safer. Or downloading the full-price Kindle version before the offer starts, of course.