Famed scientist Richard Dawkins isn't shy about his non-belief. In fact, the well-known atheist has written numerous books touting it, including, "The God Delusion," "The Magic of Reality" and "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution," among others. Now, he's preparing for yet another literary project -- one in which he will detail his personal path to atheism.
Of course, writing about secularism, evolution and the like is nothing new for Dawkins, who published a book aimed at children in late 2011. The project, entitled, “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True,” attempted to poke holes in the "Judeo-Christian myth," while also driving home themes surrounding evolution and human development.
This new undertaking, though, seems like -- at least from the sparse descriptions that are being given -- it will focus on Dawkins' own, personal journey to atheism. MediaBistro's Calley Cat blog has more about the currently untitled upcoming book:
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has landed a book deal with HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint that traces his journey to becoming an atheist. Publication is set for fall 2014.
Dawkins has written eleven books, but The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion are his most influential titles. Brockman, Inc. agent John Brockman negotiated the deal for North American rights with executive editor Hilary Redmon.
Here’s more from the publisher: “Dawkins will tell the story of his own intellectual evolution, explaining how his groundbreaking work as a scientist led to his work as an atheist.”
"We couldn’t be more excited to be working with a thinker and writer as profound and influential as Richard Dawkins," Daniel Halpern, the publisher of of Ecco, said in a statement about the book deal. "It is truly an honor to have him at Ecco."
As always, the book will certainly come with fanfare and a plethora of debate. If there's one thing that the famed scientist is good at, it's stirring up angst surrounding the subjects of atheism and religion.