Entries now open for the ASE Book of the Year 2020

Founded five years ago, the award was designed to celebrate science writing that educates and inspires science learners of all ages. Every year we invite entries from books that go that extra mile and support our vision of ‘science for all’, a book that could supplement a teacher’s understanding or something that goes beyond the traditional science curriculum.

The first title to take the crown was The Abyss of Time by Paul Lyle in which the author examines how our fascination with time has developed from our earliest ancestors' recognition of the cycles of the sun and the moon. It considers the passage of time as a series of non-repeatable events, Time's Arrow, in contrast to time as a series of repeated processes, Time's Cycle, both of which can be used to explain geological features on the Earth's surface.

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The most recent award winner, that wowed the judges in 2019, was The Molliebird: An Evolution Story by PSTT Fellow Jules Pottle, a beautifully written narrative poem that is exquisitely illustrated by Rufus Cooper. The Molliebird tells the story of natural selection; “after a natural disaster that leaves her badly camouflaged in her surroundings, the bright blue Molliebird becomes desperate for her babies to survive. She notices that brown baby birds thrive, and so tries painting herself brown in the hope that her babies will be born brown, and she is devastated when this does not work and has to think again”.

The award will be presented at our Annual Conference in January 2021 and hopes to raise the profile of science publishing and showcase the best authors and their work.

The deadline for entries is coming up quick with around 5 weeks to go, so make sure you enter before the 17th July 2020. If you are interested in entering a book this year, take a look at this article to find out more information about the award and the terms and conditions of entry.