Monday, September 2, 2013

A New Book About Professor Barker!!!

So, I was having a look at the Internet the other night, before I had my milk and cookies and assorted pills, and this item showed up. I can do no better then to quote this information from the publisher:

ISBN: 5512271768
ISBN-13: 9785512271766
Title: M. A. R. Barker
Format: Paperback
Year: 2012
Pages: 86
Publisher: Book on Demand Ltd.
Dimensions: 8.3 in. x 0.2 in. x 11 in.

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker (born November 3, 1929 as Phillip Barker) is a retired professor of Urdu and South Asian Studies who created one of the first roleplaying games, Empire of the Petal Throne, and has authored several fantasy/science fantasy novels based in his associated world setting of Tekumel.

From what I can gather, this book has all of the various Wiki articles on the late and lamented Professor all nicely compiled into one handy volume. I would venture to say that this is a 'must-have' for the real Tekumel enthusiast, and I can only speculate regarding the possibility that the publisher will offer a special, hard-bound, numbered and signed, limited edition for collectors.

"Oh, brave new world, that has such creatures in it!"

- Miranda, The Tempest

by Bill S., from Stratford-upon-Avon

1 comment:

  1. Hah! There are a ton of books like this, on virtually every topic. I always assumed the idea was to get universities and libraries and booksellers to buy copies based on the titles alone. (There is a similar trade in POD books on various topics that are just compiliations of freely-available government statistics. There is a company that just sells a few copies of each of its books to university libraries that are trying to collect comprehensively on topics like eastern European manufacturing or whatever).