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More great news! An Apology for the Life of Major General Gunning is available from Amazon. See here or go the the Tiger of the Stripe website. It is also available on the iBookstore®: here (UK) and here (US). You can find it in other countries by going to the store and typing in 9781904799580.

Now Available in the Kindle Store

Great news! You can now get Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds in Kindle format from Amazon UK, France, Germany, and US. We hope to have it on the Apple iBookstore shortly.

New Edition from Tiger of the Stripe

When Bernard de Fontenelle (1657-1757) published the first edition of his Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes in 1686, it was an immediate success. In an age when women, even those from the richest and most distinguished families, received little or no formal education, it offered an entertaining and accessible introduction to astronomy and some of the burning topics of the day. Does the earth really go around the sun? Are there other inhabited planets out there? That is, are there aliens? If so, are they like us or quite different? Is the moon itself inhabited? Is even the sun inhabited? Are there volcanoes on the moon? How hot is mercury? How long is a Venusian day? Will flying machines one day take us to the moon?

Structure of Plurality of Worlds

The chapters are structured as six conversations between Fontenelle and the Marchioness of G--- during evening strolls in the Marchioness's garden, and they are enlivened by wit, charm and more than a little flirtatiousness.

The New Edition of Plurality of Worlds

Providing new notes, some illustrations and an introduction, this new Tiger of the Stripe edition is based on the 1808 edition of Elizabeth Gunning's translation, retaining the charm which was so essential for the book's success. Miss Gunning, a beautiful and talented novelist with a rather racy personal life, drew on an annotated French edition by the distinguished French astronomer, Jérôme de Lalande. This edition thus offers an interesting accretion of ideas, ranging from Fontenelle's 1686 edition and later revisions, Lalande's (sometimes rather critical) comments, Gunning's appropriately flowery translation, and our own explanations for the modern reader. It is, without doubt, a little gem.

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An Apology for the Life of Major General Gunning

We became rather interested in the Gunning family when we were preparing Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, especially in the so-called 'Gunning Mystery' involving Elizabeth and the Marquesses of Lorne and Blandford. Out of this has grown another book, originally planned for publication in Autumn 2009 but now to be published ion 17 October 2012. It is a remarkable story of forged letters, forged financial instruments, possibly a forged book, and adultery on a massive scale. I believe that in the process of editing the book for publication we have uncovered the solution to the ‘Gunning Mystery’, which is to say the identity of the forger of correspondence between Elizabeth Gunning and the Marquess of Blandford. The book is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US. Go to the Tiger of the Stripe website for further information.

Green Lantern

More than 18 months ago, I was approached by Warner Brothers and asked if I’d mind if my edition of Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds was used as set dressing in their film. I said sure and signed a contract. I’m a bit surprised that they needed my permission, but there you go. Anyway, I finally got to look at the film today (4 November 2011). I’m sorry to say that I couldn’t see the book. Oh well!