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In-Depth Arts Interview: Randall Munroe
Former NASA roboticist, cartoonist, webcomic creator and bestselling author, Randall Munroe, talks to Ruth Copland about combining hard science, romance, sarcasm, math, whimsy, and humour! His work is genre-defying and has attracted tens of millions of fans to his website xkcd.com, where you can find his online comic and ‘What If?’ blog, which answers fans’ weird science questions. Celebrity fans include Bill Gates, Serena Williams, Neil Gaiman, and previous guest of It’s A Question of Balance, Andy Weir, author of ‘The Martian’. Randall Munroe’s new book is ‘How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common Real-World Problems’.
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If you enjoy the interview, Randall Munroe is appearing in Santa Cruz for a special event on September 11th where he’ll be in conversation with acclaimed author Cory Doctorow (a previous guest of It’s A Question of Balance). A great opportunity to see this wonderfully creative scientist in person and get your book signed. Get more info and tickets here Randall Munroe Bookshop Santa Cruz. It will most likely sell out, so if you want to go, get tickets in advance!
Randall Munroe is the New York Times bestselling author of the books ‘What If?’ and ‘Thing Explainer’ which are mega blockbusters. ‘What If?’ spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and ‘Thing Explainer’ sold over a million copies worldwide. Randall is also the Hugo-award-winning creator of the cultural phenomenon ‘xkcd’, an online comic. The comic covers romance, science, maths, pop culture and more and has a gentle humour, kindness and poignancy to it, as well as delivering scientific information in a highly interesting form. This has led to a dedicated fanbase with millions of fans enjoying his webcomic and his highly original books. Randall’s legion of fans have been eagerly awaiting a new book and it has now arrived in the form of ‘How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems’ an entirely original new work with never-before-seen material.
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