|The Science of Discworld III:
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having
created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely
responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped
the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator --- they even intervened
to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity
onto a different time track.
But now it's all gone wrong again --- Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress has slowed right down.Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent spaceflight and the human race will be just another layer in the bedrock.
Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur J. Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it The Reverend Charles Darwin, whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Either way, it's no easy task to change history back, as the wizards discover to their cost. He's got to write a different book. And who stopped him writing it in the first place? What went wrong?
The answers to these and many other questions lie within Darwin's Watch, where yet again, Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen have created a winning combination of science and compelling Discworld fiction.