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Re: Cookbooks (but not about cooking!)

From:Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
Date:Friday, December 10, 2004, 1:56
On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 19:11:47 -0500, C. Vermeers <whateley23@...> wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Nov 2004 00:04:30 -0800, Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...> > wrote: > > >If "Describing Morphosyntax" is the conlang cookbook, and "Guns, > >Germs, & Steel" is the conculture cookbook, what other cookbooks are > >out there? How about a xenobiology (the next topic I'll be > >researching)? > > it occurs to me that no one has responded to this request at any point, so > i'll make an attempt.
Actually, I got two private emails as replies. Thank you for your suggestions, too!
> for xenobiology, there is _Life Beyond Earth_, by Timothy Ferris, or the > book of similar title (appended: "The Intelligent Earthling's Guide to Life > in the Universe") by Gerald Feinberg and Robert Shapiro is also excellent. > the latter has some very interesting discussions of possible > alternate "biochemistries", including hydrogen-based life in cryogenic > environments.
In case others are interested in this topic, I've included the other suggestions I received: Emaelivpeith B. Garcia:
> For writing systems, "The World's Writing Systems" is probably a great > resource for getting appropriate design ideas, and understanding the > basic workings of most of the writing systems in existence ("natural" > ones of course)
Emaelivpeith Joe:
> Not a cookbook, perhaps, but 'Evolving the Alien'(Also, I believe, known > as 'What Does a Martian Look Like?') by Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen is a > good book on the subject, anyway.
-- AA (watch the Reply-To)