Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. Today, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announces it will publish Munroe’s new book “WHAT IF?: Serious Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” on September 2, 2014. Based on the wildly popular blog of the same name, WHAT IF?, the book, will feature new hypothetical questions and answers illustrated by infographics, lists and, of course, Randall’s signature stick figure drawings. We’ll also revisit some of his favorite questions from the blog. It’s the perfect book for anyone who has ever wondered how fast you can hit a speed bump while driving and live, or what would happen if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City.
Excited? I am. “Intelligent humor” just begins to describe xkcd. It is a most treasured, most beloved source of entertainment. It has spawned various imitators and emulators but there’s only one original.
From Randall’s announcement on his blog:
What If I Wrote a Book?
For the last couple years, I’ve been answering your science questions on What If.
Today, I’m excited to announce that the What If? book is coming!
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions will be published September 2nd by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Starting today you can pre-order it from your favorite bookseller (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indie Bound). There are also foreign editions, including a UK and Commonwealth edition and a German edition.
As I’ve sifted through the letters submitted to What If every week, I’ve occasionally set aside particularly neat questions that I wanted to spend a little more time on. This book features my answers to those questions, along with revised and updated versions of some of my favorite articles from the site. (I’m also including my personal list of the weirdest questions people have submitted.)
So, jump on this one and pre-order now. For all the details on the upcoming new book, visit the xkcd blog right here.