Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

My Brief History My Brief History
by Stephen Hawking
Bantam Press

Supplied for review by Random HouseNew Zealand

Reviewed By: Steven Litten

It is hard to believe that Stephen Hawking is 72 years old. But he is, and has written this memoir to prove it. By comparison with the Richard Dawkins memoir/autobiography I reviewed earlier, Hawking’s memoir is remarkably short at 126 pages. And that includes photos and truncations due to chapters. Not that it isn’t worth the read. But I got the distinct impression Hawking is decidedly uncomfortable writing about himself. The style is generally light and Hawking doesn’t entertain any fantasies about his own importance.

Stephen Hawking is still inspirational to many and My Brief History provides some insights as to why. Don’t expect revelations into physics but do expect appreciations of humanity.

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