Paperback of DEATH!

By Phil Plait | August 18, 2009 10:26 am

Awesome awesome awesome! I just found out the paperback version of Death from the Skies! comes out August 25, one week from today!

W00t!

The paperback retails for $16 (the hardcover is $26), so if you were waiting for savings you win. Of course, if you order it online you’ll save more. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and probably lots of other places too.

As you can see, the cover is pretty different for the paperback version. It’s a wee bit more over-the-top, and I like it. Of course, you don’t get the tsunami until after the asteroid hits, but maybe this was a binary asteroid. So that would fit. And you gotta love how they dotted the "i".

Interestingly to me, the illustrations (pictures and drawings) look a little bit better in the paperback than in the hardcover! I’m not sure why that is, but it’s cool to see them.

So if you’re looking for a little bit of summertime beach reading, here you go. I just know a very attractive member of the gender you’re interested in would find you incredibly interesting and cool if they saw you reading this. It will also make you smarter, better looking, and rich. Guaranteed*.

Order one now! Order two! Before a giant asteroid hits or a nearby gamma-ray burst goes off and you have no clue what to do! (Hint: nothing).


*Not a guarantee

CATEGORIZED UNDER: DeathfromtheSkies!, Humor

Comments (47)

  1. Adrian Lopez

    You wrote a book? ;)

    I like the cover. It should make the book even more attractive to young whippersnappers.

  2. You wrote a book? 8-)

    Also, I might trade my hardcover for the paperback version with that awesome cover.

    By the way, I never did richer OR better looking after reading. Your guarantee was a load of hooey!

    [Updated to add: Damn! I forgot to read the fine print!]

  3. Joe

    I like the guy shouting run! How fast would you have to run to outrun a tidal wave like that?

  4. Oded

    You wrote a… bah, cliche

  5. It’ s funny cuz it’s true. Soul patch-adorned hipsters really *should* be chased by meteors and their remains washed away by tsunamis. The bodies will later be easily identified by their tribal armband tattoos.

  6. The cover art is missing Mothra.

  7. I have to buy it just for that cover. Of course, I was planning to buy it when it came out in paperback, anyway, but that cover is icing on the cake.

  8. Nevy C

    I see it has “The Science of Harry Potter” as a shelf mate…an improvement from “A Brief History of Time”, I must say :P

    Loved the book, Phil. I’ve read it twice already. Do come here to Toronto so you can sign it!

  9. Bill

    “I just know a very attractive member of the gender you’re interested in would find you incredibly interesting and cool if they saw you reading this. It will also make you smarter, better looking, and rich.”

    Extraordinary claims, sir.
    But, hey, you’re a celebrity, so I’ll bite.

  10. FWIW that picture was from Comic Con, where I first saw the paperback. It was at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, where I did a signing. That’s why those other books are there.

  11. Savino

    Wow! Harry Potter?!
    Now I know what to buy this winter!!!!!

    Thanks for the tip, Phill!!!!:D

    :P

  12. I like the Jack Chickish “Aah!” that the guy is saying.

    If an asteroid hits, I think I’ll say “Aah!”

  13. Phil, any word about having the book printed in other languages (spanish)? I would like if I could share the book with some friends here in Mexico.

  14. Kitty'sBitch

    HAHA!! I LOVE the cover.
    I hate to admit it, but I haven’t purchased this book yet, so consider it done.
    Off to Amazon.

  15. TS

    All books in the world should be published by Penguin, that way our bookshelves would look nice and tidy.

    On that note:

    A penguin walks into a bar and ask the bartender: “have you seen my father?”

    Bartender: “I don’t know, what does he look like?”

  16. elgarak

    Damn you, old man!

    I didn’t plan to buy a fourth copy (I already got two hardcovers, one signed, and pre-ordered the German translation for my ma), but then you write “the illustrations (pictures and drawings) look a little bit better in the paperback”!

    Dude, now I HAVE to get it. Damn you!

  17. Stan9FOS

    “I don’t know, what does he look like?”
    I’m still laughing. Thanks, TS.

  18. Supernova

    Cover = awesome!!!

  19. Geoff

    One problem: having “Author’s Name, PhD” on the cover sets off my BS alarm. In fact, this is the first example I can think of for a book having “PhD” or “MD” on the cover when the book wasn’t absolute crap (as the academic title is often added to psuedoscience BS to make an implicit argument from authority).

    But otherwise, awesome cover!

  20. LSandman24

    I’ll have to pick this up as I donated my hardcover copy, as well as my copy of Bad Astronomy, to a friend who needed a little guidance in the ways of the universe. I hope she gets something out of them other than nacho crumbs and papercuts.

  21. You know, I tried to donate my copy of Bad Astronomy to a book swap. It was then revealed that it was only for fiction. Bah!

  22. Elwood Herring

    Aren’t we supposed to put paper bags on our heads or something?

    I’ve got one ready.

    Honest – it’s in a glass case with the words “In case of Gamma Ray Burst, break glass” written on it.

    Gotta be prepared, you know.

  23. Brian

    Ooh. Good thinking. I need to get me one of those.

  24. Alexander C

    I can’t decide whether I want the classy literary hardcover version, or the hip young paperback! Perhaps I need both…

  25. Dave H

    Great Cover art! I love the skull dotting the i. So, maybe the Roland Emmerich/comic book –er–Graphic Novel might entice a few more buyers. It worked on me. (Barnes and Noble frequent flyer!)

    But I’m not so sure about the new subtitle- I think “These are the ways the world will end” coupled with the art might lure in some of the 2012/end of days seekers.
    And if they read it, they might learn something, and . . . what am I saying?

    Geoff @19: That is why I always check the author blurbs. Too many people qualified in one thing thinking they know Jack Schmitt about something else. I know a lot of people whothink Dr. Laura is a Psychologist. She isn’t, but plays like she is one on the radio.

    BTW, is Penguin going to make posters of the cover art?

  26. Adrian Lopez

    Order one now! Order two! Before a giant asteroid hits or a nearby gamma-ray burst goes off and you have no clue what to do! (Hint: nothing).

    Not nothing. I, for one, reserve the right to point up at the sky and say “wha…?” as I catch on fire.

  27. DrFlimmer

    26? I payed 16 for the hardcover….. Of course in Euros, what did you think? ;)

  28. Submitted to Digg.
    I thought the voice balloon under the guy’s arm said “Mooo!” at first glance.
    Jeez, I need new glasses!
    But I like “Mooo!” better! Oh well…

  29. ARJ

    WWCST (…what would Carl Sagan think?)

  30. Gavin Flower

    I thought this might be an indirect reference to DFTS …

    http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20090817235436439
    […]
    OT: context sensitive
    Authored by: grouch on Tuesday, August 18 2009 @ 03:54 AM EDT
    […]
    I’m not even going to bother writing a will. I’m just going to go outside and watch the sky for asteroids or aliens.
    […]

  31. So only one gender will find me attractive.

    Us bis always get left out!

  32. Moose

    Death is finally getting picked up by Chapters (canadian book retailer) late this month. I have my pre-order in.

  33. I just bought the hard cover edition of “Death From The Skies” plus your “Bad Astronomy” trade paperback.
    Good stuff!

  34. 22. Elwood Herring Says:
    August 18th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Aren’t we supposed to put paper bags on our heads or something?

    I’ve got one ready.

    Honest – it’s in a glass case with the words “In case of Gamma Ray Burst, break glass” written on it.

    Here’s what I have over my main computer:

    Three guesses what I have marked ‘in case of emergency’ between the monitor and keyboard…

    J/P=?

  35. marianna

    I had the same sentiment as Geoff (19). I do not recall seeing any textbook or popular science book advertising the author as a PhD and I used to work in a university bookstore. I can’t recall seeing any pseudoscience/crank books with PhD next to the author’s name either, but for whatever reason as soon as I see that PhD on the book cover, my skeptic antennae start twitching madly. Now thanks to Phil I have to remember this exception and say “yes, sometimes a legitimate author does have a PhD next to his name on the cover”.

  36. And sometimes the PHD is even related to the topic of the book!

  37. @George Brickner: Maybe it should read “member of the gender(s) you’re interested in”

    @Phil: I have to admit, I actually didn’t know you had written a book when I first started reading this blog, the “You wrote a book?” posts actually brought my attention to it.

  38. Looking good.

    Will you be brining a few copies to TAM London?

  39. Tom

    I have the same question as Patrick. I haven’t picked up the book yet, will it be sold at TAM London? (I’ll probably get the hardcover, though)

  40. Ausduck

    @ Phil… your next trip to Australia will be….????? Remember, we have Minties!!! We also still have a comfy chair on the back deck and a great bottle of red (or 3) waiting in Wagga Wagga.
    (Now, to get Richard Saunders to stop supplying you with the Minties….)

  41. SionH

    Well Phil, OBVIOUSLY a tsunami could occur after the meteorite hits. These people are clearly running from an unconnected tsunami that just happens to be taking place a few seconds before a coincidental meteorite strike.

    Sheesh, do I have to explain everything?!

    :)

  42. Nomen Publicus

    My copy arrived from Amazon this morning. The question is, do I put it at the beginning or the end of the “Books I’ve bought that are waiting to be read” list :-)

    Currently Bad Astronomy is in the middle of the queue, right behind a vast physics tome by Penrose…

  43. Michael Campbell

    Or, you can go to the local book wholesaler/overstocker/outlet mall and get the hardback for $4.99. I saw it in the North Atlanta (400) outlet mall for that last weekend.

  44. Dean

    Hey Phil, I’m surprised you haven’t done a BadAstronomy review of Knowing yet. Or haven’t you seen it yet?

    Or did I just miss it?

  45. There’s science in Harry Potter?!

  46. Geomaniac

    @ # 45 tracer
    That’s why the book is so thin … I’m halfway through the series and I haven’t seen ANY science in Harry Potter. Great stories though. And I really loved the subtitle, ‘How Magic Really Works.’ Um, not at all…?

  47. Jeff J

    To my surprise, I found a paperback copy last night at Borders right next to a copy of Bad Astronomy! The paperback cover is great, and even better in person!

    If I didn’t already have both books, I would have snapped them up in a heartbeat!

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