Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

String Theory for Dummies

by Rob - December 13th, 2009.
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Recently, I blogged about the new anthology Women of the Apocalypse, containing wonderful stories by my writing students Eileen Bell and Ryan T. McFadden. I said that nothing gives me more joy than when my students do well.

Now, to my delight, another of my students has a book out: Andrew Zimmerman Jones, the Physics Guide for, has just published String Theory for Dummies.

As Andrew’s site says:

String Theory for Dummies is an accessible guide to the most complex scientific theory ever created. Told in the traditional “For Dummies” style, the book explores the scientific implications of this attempt to reconcile general relativity and quantum physics to explain the deepest mysteries of the universe, including black holes and dark matter.

Andrew was my student at the Banff Centre (in the ski-resort town of Banff, Alberta) in September 2005, in a distinguished group that contained acclaimed YA writer Karleen Bradford; this year’s best-novel Aurora Award-winner Edward Willett; and Kirstin Morrell, who went on to be managing editor of Red Deer Press (and its Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint).

I’m touched to be mentioned in the Acknowledgments to Andrew’s book: “Also to author Robert J. Sawyer, for his mentorship and friendship over the years.” And I’m pleased to have received an autographed copy with this inscription: “Rob, You get my first autograph! Congrats!”

You can get the book in any bookstore, or from

I’ve just posted a 5-star review at (although, as of right now, it hasn’t gone public yet):

Andrew Zimmerman Jones, who is the Physics Guide for, does a fabulous job of making the most complex scientific theory ever devised absolutely understandable. This is a first-rate introduction to the field. One would almost think it impossible to make something as recondite as sting theory clear to laypeople, but Jones pulls it off with wit and panache. Despite being part of the well-established “For Dummies” publishing franchise, this book is a worthy companion to Hawking and Mlodinow’s A Briefer History of Time. Highly recommended.

Years before he was my student, Andrew did an interview with me, which you can read on his site here.

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