Lolcatz, Santa and Death by Dog: Strange and True Tales from Science and Technology

Author(s): Andrew Masterson


In Lolcatz, Santa, and Death by Dog, Andrew Masterson reveals the hidden secrets of science and technology research. Have you ever considered, for example, the influence of breasts in cyberterrorism? Or the role of cats in the Arab Spring? Did you know that there is a peer-reviewed paper describing the correct method for sticking a pin in a can of Guinness? Have you paused to wonder why our future might depend on finding sympathy for bushfire arsonists? And why male menopause is a feminist issue? In a rich collection of stories, Masterson takes a gleeful romp along the windier shores of science and tech, pausing occasionally to interview some of the giants in the field, including cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson, string theorist Brian Greene, US science guy' Bill Nye, science comedian Robin Ince, and America's most wanted man, Edward Snowden. The stories in Lolcatz, Santa, and Death by Dog are by turns curious, bizarre, deeply moving, and straight-up funny. They are a must for anyone with a questioning mind and a passion for human achievement.


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Andrew Masterson is an author and journalist. His works of nonfiction include AlcorobicsO: Fitness and harmony through drinking and Bosstrology: Your guide to the twelve bastard basses of the zodiac, written with Adele Lang, which was published in Australia and in the US. His works of fiction include The Last Days, which was published in Australia, the UK and in Italy, and won a Ned Kelly Award for best debut crime fiction; The Letter Girl, which was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for science fiction; and The Second Coming, which secured his second Ned Kelly Award, and was published in Italy in 2004. Death of the Author is his most recent novel. Masterson has also written two textbooks, on publicity and music management. When not writing books, he is a freelance journalist and columnist. His pieces have appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and numerous other newspapers and magazines. His hobbies include drinking beer and playing pool.

General Fields

  • : 9781925324860
  • : Random House Australia
  • : Ebury Australia
  • : 0.445
  • : June 2016
  • : August 2016
  • : books

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  • : Andrew Masterson
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 336