Friday, July 1, 2011

Richard Wiseman is self-publishing his book

Called "Paranormality", it appears US distributors wanted a less skeptical look at the paranormal. So Mr. Wiseman is telling them to stick it. I agree with that attitude and he should be supported, much like skeptical hard sci-fi horror and space-football author Scott Sigler.

You can buy the Kindle version or "Paranormality" here (Amazon link)

Or the tree-version here (Amazon link) Link
Alas, I have a B&N Nook, but that wont stop me! It'll just slow me down. Maybe.

Richard Wiseman's site

Wiseman's letter:
Just a quick email to say that Paranormality, my book about the science of the paranormal, has just been launched today in the USA.....under rather strange circumstances!

Paranormality takes a scientific look at the paranormal, exploring psychic readings, out of body experiences, mind control, ghosts and dream precognition. It is very interactive and allows readers to develop various ‘superhero’ powers. Richard Dawkins was kind enough to provide an endorsement, writing “Wiseman shows us a higher joy as he skewers the paranormal charlatans, blows away the psychic fog and lets in the clear light of reason”.

The book has done well in the UK. However, the major American publishers were reluctant to support a skeptical book, with some suggesting that I re-write it to suggest that ghosts were real and psychic powers actually existed! We didn’t get any serious offers and so it looked like the American public (around 75% of whom believe in the paranormal) wouldn’t get the opportunity to read about skepticism. Then I had an idea.

I am going to self-publish an unashamedly skeptical book in America and see what happens. Today the book launches on Kindle and my UK publisher will ship physical editions into America (and it will appear as an iBook very soon). It all feels like a scary but exciting experiment.

If you are in the USA you can buy the Kindle edition here:

or the physical edition here:

This is the book that lots of people don’t want Americans to read and I hope that you will support the project.

As ever, thanks for your continued interest in my work!

Best wishes


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