Paleonet: Re Peter Ward's Gorgon: Another book with a palaeontologist as a character

David Kopaska-Merkel davidkm at gsa.state.al.us
Tue Aug 30 12:53:07 GMT 2011


This is good. Perhaps in the end a more comprehensive list will emrge for all of us to use.

David

David C Kopaska-Merkel
Geological Survey of Alabama
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From: paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk [mailto:paleonet-bounces at nhm.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Bruno Granier
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 6:28 AM
To: PaleoNet
Subject: Re: Paleonet: Re Peter Ward's Gorgon: Another book with a palaeontologist as a character

Dear Paleonet-ters,
We (at Carnets) published an electronic -open access- version of the  
novel titled "Les chiens aboient... [The dogs bark...]" by Herbert  
Wild (the pen name of Jacques Deprat, a French paleontologist)
http://paleopolis.rediris.es/cg/uk-index_books.html#CG2009_ROMAN
It is available in a paper-printed version [French version only!], a  
pocket book (378 p.) for 10 ? only (shipping included). You can order  
it with the PayPal button on the same page. Alternatively you can send  
a check of the same amount (drawn in ? from a French bank) and your  
information (including the delivery address) to Jean M. Ollivier,  
Quartier Lassabaigt, F-64150 Lahourcade (France).
I know there is an English translation (for those who are not fluent  
in French) but I do not have the references at hand.
Our electronic (interactive) edition is supplemented by comments of  
Prof. Michel Durand-Delga, who "take the stand" in the defense of  
Jacques Duprat.
Cheers,
Bruno Granier
Carnets de Géologie

Brent Wilson <Brent.Wilson at sta.uwi.edu> a écrit :

> Dear All
>
> I read David Kopaska-Merkel's brief review of Peter Ward's Gorgon on  
> Paleonet.  If having a palaeontologist as a character intrigues,  
> then I wonder what readers would make to the following, in which the  
> main character is a micropalaeontologist:
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Living-Arc-Caribbean-Brent-Wilson/dp/1411654137
>
> Although not mentioned in the blurb on the cover, foraminifera loom  
> large in the story.  Having witten it as a source for memories in my  
> old age, I never did much to publicise it -- hence its rank on  
> Amazon.  However, it was well recieved by those who read it (see,  
> for example, http://ckstarr.net/cks/Nat-in04.pdf ).
>
> All the best
>
> Brent
>
> <º)))><      <º)))><      <º)))><      <º)))><
> Dr Brent Wilson FGS
> Senior Lecturer in Palaeontology and Sedimentology
> Petroleum Geoscience Programme
> Department of Chemical Engineering
> University of the West Indies
> St. Augustine
> Trinidad
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> From: David Kopaska-Merkel <davidkm at gsa.state.al.us>
> Subject: Paleonet: Peter Ward's paleontological novel, Gorgon
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> Hope Peter doesn't mind this public review.
>
> I love the book.
>
> I have finally read "Gorgon," a novel-length manuscript by Peter  
> Ward, which we were told about a couple of months ago on this list.   
> "Gorgon" is a thriller, featuring vertebrate paleontology in a  
> pivotal role.  The second most important character is a vertebrate  
> paleontologist.  This is a good story and it will be a good book. I  
> read the whole thing in a day and it definitely held my interest.   
> If Peter hasn't found a publisher yet he needs to keep trying.  The  
> book needs some intensive copyediting, but that is easily done.  The  
> only serious problem I see is one point in the book where the global  
> economy is briefly discussed.  The economy of today is not  
> yesterday's economy, and if there are significant changes between  
> now and the time the book is published this brief treatment will  
> seem very odd.  This is because the book is set a few years in the  
> future (need to add a few years to the date, too, so it'll still BE  
> the future when the book comes out).  Probably the best solution is  
> to be a lot vaguer about recent global economic trends.  I should  
> also mention the gratuitous homophobia expressed by one of the  
> viewpoint characters early in the book.  This character trait plays  
> no role in later events and should be deleted.
>
>
> David C Kopaska-Merkel
> Geological Survey of Alabama
> Box 869999
> Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999
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> PaleoNetters;
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>
> The proceedings volume of the 6th International Brachiopod Congress  
> has just been published as volume 41 of the Memoirs of the  
> Association of Australasian Palaeontologists. It is:
>
>
>
> Shi, G.R., Weldon, E.A., Percival, I.G., Pierson, R.R. & Laurie,  
> J.R. (eds), 2011 Brachiopods: extant and extinct - Proceedings of  
> the Sixth International Brachiopod Congress, 1-5 February, 2010,  
> Melbourne, Australia. Memoirs of the Association of Australasian  
> Palaeontologists 41, 366p.
>
>
>
> CONTENTS
>
> Comparative experimental and simulation study on passive feeding  
> flow generation in Cyrtospirifer, by Yuta Shiino & Osamu Kuwazuru
>
> What is the ideal proxy for Palaeozoic seawater chemistry?, by Uwe  
> Brand, Alan Logan, Maria Aleksandra Bitner, Erika Griesshaber, Karem  
> Azmy & Dieter Buhl
>
> Spine formation in Novocrania and Danocrania (Brachiopoda,  
> Craniata), by Jeffrey H. Robinson & Daphne E. Lee
>
> Growth rates of Calloria inconspicua (Sowerby, 1846) from the upper  
> intertidal zone of Portobello, New Zealand, by Dietrich Schumann
>
> What do we really know about predation on modern rhynchonelliforms?,  
> by Elizabeth M. Harper
>
> Affinities and associations of new shallow-water brachiopods from  
> the Late Cretaceous of New Zealand, by Norton Hiller
>
> Revision of Sowerby's species Spirifer bisulcatus, Spirifer pinguis  
> and Spirifer rotundatus from the late Tournaisian-Visean of Great  
> Britain, by Lucia Angiolini, Sarah Long & Lee Davies
>
> Taxonomic review and evolutionary trends of Levipustulini and  
> Absenticostini (Brachiopoda) from Argentina: Palaeobiogeographic and  
> palaeoclimatic implications, by Arturo C. Taboada & Guang R. Shi
>
> The howellellid branches within the delthyridoid spiriferids  
> (Brachiopoda, Silurian to Devonian), by Mena Schemm-Gregory
>
> Preliminary data on shell cementation in fossil specimens of  
> thecideide brachiopods, by Alberto P?rez-Huerta, David A.T. Harper &  
> Teresa E. Jeffries
>
> There's no place like home: Cambrian to Devonian brachiopods  
> critically useful for analysing palaeogeography, by L.Robin M. Cocks
>
> Mesozoic brachiopods of Misool Archipelago, eastern Indonesia, by  
> Donald A.B. MacFarlan, Fauzie Hasibuan & Jack A. Grant-Mackie
>
> Early Devonian diversification of athyridide brachiopods in the  
> Cantabrian Zone (NW Spain) and their affinities, revisited, by  
> Fernando Alvarez, Tatyana L. Modzalevskaya & Covadonga Brime
>
> Ontogenetic discontinuities in brachiopod populations: their  
> detection and significance, by Anthony E. Aldridge
>
> Origin and evolution of Permian brachiopods of Australia, by J.  
> Bruce Waterhouse
>
> Application of niche modelling to analyse biogeographic patterns in  
> Palaeozoic brachiopods: evaluating niche stability in deep time, by  
> Alycia L. Stigall
>
> Brachiopod life histories from spiral deviations in shell shape and  
> microstructural signature - preliminary report, by Anthony E.  
> Aldridge & Dani?le Gaspard
>
> The type specimens of the Holocene brachiopod Diestothyris frontalis  
> (Middendorff, 1849), by Alexey V. Pakhnevich
>
> Brachiopod biogeographic change during the Early to Middle  
> Ordovician in South China, by Renbin Zhan, Rongyu Li, Ian G.  
> Percival & Yan Liang
>
> An early Cambrian chileate brachiopod from South Australia and its  
> phylogenetic significance, by Lars E. Holmer, Christian B. Skovsted,  
> Glenn A. Brock & Leonid Popov
>
> Late Eocene (Priabonian) micromorphic brachiopods from the Upper  
> Austrian Molasse Zone, by Alfr?d Dulai
>
> Morphology and systematics of Late Palaeozoic syringothyrid  
> brachiopods from West-Central Argentina, by Gabriela A. Cisterna
>
> Endolithic algae, fungi and bacterial activity in Holocene and  
> Cretaceous brachiopod shells - diagenetic consequences, by Dani?le  
> Gaspard
>
> The Cisuralian faunal succession in Patagonia (Tepuel-Genoa Basin,  
> Argentina): an updated brachiopod biostratigraphic scheme, by M.  
> Alejandra Pagani & Arturo C. Taboada
>
> Reassessment of the Ordovician brachiopod Poramborthis and  
> Poramborthidae, by Michal Mergl
>
> Nanostructures in Palaeozoic linguloid brachiopods, by Liisa Lang,  
> Ethel Uibopuu & Ivar Puura
>
>
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