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An After Dark for another show (Screen Time 26) suddenly mutates into a full-on trip by The Shack with 70Decibels’s Myke Hurley. We go from talking about his go-to reads to how we compile our personal "SuperTeams" of the characters and stories we follow.
This week’s show is dedicated to a discussion of the six books shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.
Next week the winner of the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books will be announced. Previous winners have included Jared Diamond (twice), Stephen Hawking, Steve Jones, Bill Bryson and Stephen Jay Gould.
To discuss the merits of the shortlisted books (see below), Alok Jha is joined by one of the prize judges, Kim Shillinglaw, who is commissioning editor for science and natural history at BBC TV, and by science writer Ruth Francis, formerly of head of press at Nature Publishing Group.
During the course of this week the Guardian will review all the books online. We’re also giving away two complete sets of the shortlisted titles in our usual science trivia competition.
- The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
- The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene
- The Information by James Gleick
- My Beautiful Genome by Lone Frank
- Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
- The Viral Storm by Nathan Wolfe
Scott Kurtz has been making the wildly popular webcomic PvP for 15 years. He talks about merch-ifying, starting a print comic, and the challenges and rewards of being accountable to his audience instead of an editor or publisher.
All New X-Men artist David Marquez talks about his long road to anything but instant success as an illustrator. From liking & mimicking Jim Lee’s 90’s X-Men to working on Marvel’s mutants himself, he makes the case for why he’s glad he skipped law school.
Moises and Dan welcome Andy Ihnatko to talk about Superior Spider-Man #1, symbiotic storylines, and jumping on points for characters that are multiple decades old.
Merlin Mann joins Moisés to talk about Saga while Dan screens live calls. They inevitably talk a little bit about X-Men, "comics that never end", and the precise/exact/nebulous/opaque thing/things that they love about Saga, and why you should read it.
Get ready for your "to read" list to expand exponentially into quantum space, as Moisés, Merlin, and our listeners also talk about loads of the best modern limited-run maxi-series, including Y: The Last Man, Transmetropolitan, Locke & Key, and seventeen dozen other great reads that start and end, with no revivals, reboots, Next Generations, or Summer Crossover Events. Sometimes it’s a great thing when things just…end.
Young Americans are reading more than just status updates and 140-character tweets. A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that among 16- to 29-year-olds, 8 in 10 have read a book in the past year. That’s compared with 7 in 10 among adults in general.
The Night of the Hunter is a much-loved film, but author Julia Keller says the book it is based on is even better — a forgotten masterpiece. Do you have a favorite book that became a movie? Tell us in the comments.
Andy and Dan talk about the unlikely end of the world, the shame of being a comic book reader, the current state of Apple, and more.