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The Globe: The Science of Discworld II by Terry Pratchett with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen

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 The Globe

The Globe: The Science of Discworld II
by Terry Pratchett, with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen

Anchor Books

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“. . . a must-have for all Pratchett fans and those who think about how our world works—and how it doesn’t.”

As Pratchett fans appreciate the Earth is also known as Roundworld, a marvelous artifact created by the wizards of Unseen University as a case study in weird science. Now the faculty of the most prestigious university on Discworld have noticed a problem with their creation—it has become infested with elves! These nasty little beasts have made their home on Roundworld and are busy living the parasitic high life by preying on humanity. Their intrusion will divert the course of human history and lead to the extinction of mankind. Something must be done!

Archchancellor Ridcully, the Dean, the Librarian, among others, enlist the reluctant assistance of Rincewind, the Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography. With the aid of Hex, the thinking machine, they enter the domain of Roundworld to put a stop to the elves’ plans. But of course, with wizards involved nothing ever goes quite how it should…

The Globe is another welcome outing for Rincewind and the wizards of Unseen University. The narrative is interspersed with chapters of hard science presented in an amusing and thought-provoking manner by the co-authors. The Globe: The Science of Discworld II is a must-have for all Pratchett fans and those who think about how our world works—and how it doesn’t.

Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews