We received a special message from Daniel Loxton about his new book, Abominable Science. Loxton is a skeptic and a humanist in Victoria who edits the Junior Skeptic portion of Skeptic Magazine. It looks fascinating and I hope you’ll check it out.
I’m excited to announce the **release** of my brand new book Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids, co-authored with Donald Prothero (and featuring a Foreword by Michael Shermer).
It’s my first book for adults — and the culmination of years of research!
With tons of support from our team at the nonprofit Skeptics Society, Columbia University Press has thrown its full weight behind this book of hard-core, science-based skeptical investigation, producing a lavishly illustrated, full-color hardcover of rare beauty — and all at an affordable price. (It lists for $29.95.) If the opportunity arises, I hope you’ll help to reward them for promoting fact over fiction! Plugs of all kinds are extremely welcome, as are honest reviews on Amazon, iTunes, and other booksellers.
My thanks and a tip of my hat to each of you — and to the creatures that stir in myth and mystery,
Abominable Science’s hefty 400+ full-color pages examine not only the roots of the best-known of legendary creatures, but also the methods, arguments, and personalities of the people who pursue them.
With extensive endnotes and citations to primary sources, Abominable Science will be useful for every serious monster-lover. It collects and distills key scholarly discoveries, critical insights, and skeptical arguments that have previously been scattered across the hard-to-find cryptozoological and skeptical literatures.
Abominable Science makes numerous contributions toward solving the major cryptid mysteries, showcasing discoveries that are either new or have not been properly explored before in the literature.
— the likelihood that the long-necked Loch Ness monster was inspired by a scene in the 1933 fantasy film King Kong;
— the likelihood that the sea serpent legend was derived in part from an artistic motif from ancient Greek and Roman art, the hippocamp (a fanciful mer-horse);
— the case that the first sauropod dinosaur skeletons mounted in museums quickly inspired the invention of both science fiction about surviving dinosaurs, and also of a new legend: the Mokele Mbembe (supposedly a sauropod living in central Africa);
— the role that fundamentalist creationists play in the pursuit and advocacy of cryptids(especially the Mokele Mbembe);
— the relationship between cryptid claims and the paranormal (including psychic, bullet-proof, or teleporting Sasquatches);
—the disconnect between paleontology-inspired cryptid legends and the actual fossil record.
WHERE TO GET IT:
In hardcover and major ebook formats:
Skeptic.com (IN STOCK NOW!):
Amazon.com (in stock):
Kindle (available now):
iTunes (available now):
Kobo (available now)::
“Accessible and absorbing…Highly recommended…Likely to be popular.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“This work is as valuable for its analysis of the hunted as it is for the light it shines on the still-hopeful hunters.”
“Loxton and Prothero have written what may well be the most important work to date on cryptozoology, taking its rightful place in the annals of skeptical literature in particular and scientific literature in general. Abominable Science! is the defining work on cryptozoology of our generation.”
— from the foreword by Michael Shermer, author of The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies
“Here, at last, is a scholarly, fully referenced work that presents a thoroughly reasonable, well-argued, skeptical perspective on some of the most iconic ‘cryptids,’ and it is fun to read and well illustrated to boot. Combining excellent and thorough research, ample references to the cryptozoological literature, and, most important, an appropriately level-headed, critical approach, Abominable Science! offers a novel, refreshing exploration of the world of cryptozoology.”
— Darren Naish, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton
“[R]iveting…. Abominable Science! is a well-told, engaging story of skepticism. Loxton and Prothero present a lucid and compelling case to counter the false claims of cryptozoology.”
— Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History, author of Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life
“An entertaining, educational, passionate, and valuable book for readers interested in obtaining a scientific perspective on the field of cryptozoology. With marvellous artwork and deeply researched histories of the various creatures, this is an impressive and authoritative book.”
— Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University, author of The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myths in Greek and Roman Times