My two books coming out in the fall have been given new titles by the publishers
1.) ** Lost Wonderland** is the new title of what I had called Backstage at Wonderland. I have just finished a massive series of revisions, cutting, and recasting the forms of my references, but it should all be worth it. I think this is going to be a really great book – the history of Boston’s biggest amusement park from 1906 to 1910. It goes beyond Local Interest – it’s a story of ambition, greed, creativity, love, marriage, divorce, and backstabbing – our own little Boardwalk Empire, but without the deaths. I think that, finally, this will be a book that I won’t have to beg bookstores to stock. University of Massachusetts Press
2.) Sandbows and Blacklights: Essays on Optics is the new title of what I’ve been calling Zap II. It’s made up of the essays on Weird Optics that I’ve written for the Optical Society, expanded and updated, along with a couple of new ones I wrote just for the book. The book covers Edible Optics, Tanagra Theater and the Fishbowl Mermaid (Illusions in which miniature people are seen), Why Candle flames are Yellow (If you think you know why, you’re probably wrong), Who Really Invented the Black Light (If you look on the Internet, you’ll get the answer William H. Byler, in 1935. That’s wrong. It was invented long before that, and Byler had nothing to do with it. Furthermore, he never claimed to), and more History of the Ray Gun. Plus why Monocles were made for only one eye, why ultraviolet light kills vampires, and more! Oxford University Press
3.) In other news, I have an article in Mushroom News this month on making vitamin D in mushrooms with xenon flashlamps. Run out an get your copy now!
4.) Possibly of more interest, my short story The Game of Hare and Hounds will be appearing in the anthology 20,000 Leagues Remembered being published by Pole to Pole Publishing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Coming out some time in the latter half of this year.