This page lists selected new nonfiction books -- pertaining directly to science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as books of associational interest -- seen published this month, mostly via bookstores sightings (or received for review).
Key: * = first edition, + = first US edition. Date with publisher info is official publication month; date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.
10 - 31 July
* Coles, Robert The Secular Mind (Princeton 0-691-05805-9, $19.95, 189pp, hc, April 1999) A psychiatrist's philosophical consideration of the shift from religious thinking in 1900 to secular thinking in 2000. The last section, ''Where We Are Headed'', includes discussions of Looking Backward, 1984, Brave New World, and [as he calls it] Philip K. Dick's Blade Runner. (Fri 30 Jul 1999)
1 - 9 July
* Ruse, Michael Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? (Harvard University Press 0-674-46706-x, $27.50, 8+296pp, hc, April 1999) A prolific writer on evolutionary themes addresses the topic in light of recent postmodernist controversies, like the Sokal hoax, which question the objective or subjective nature of science. Various chapters discuss the philosophical approaches of Karl Popper, Charles Darwin himself, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward O. Wilson, etc. (Mon 5 Jul 1999)
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