Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Exceptional Encounters

Posted on 31. Jan, 2018 by in Books

Exceptional Encounters

Exceptional Encounters Enhanced Reality Tales from Southeast Asia ISBN: 978-2-940573-29-5 Description Can an army of orangutan guerillas save the Indonesian rainforest? Why is China creating a retirement haven in the South China Sea for rich despots?  What happened when the descendant of the over-sexed first White Rajah of Borneo returned to claim his throne? Did […]

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The search for Ali

Posted on 30. Jan, 2018 by in Alfred Russel Wallace

The search for Ali

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia The Borneo newspapers in 1858 sported a large headline: “Local Borneo lad helps develop theory of evolution.” The local reporters told how a teen-aged cook from Sarawak named Ali assisted Alfred Russel Wallace on his eight-year adventure in Southeast Asia, culminating in Wallace’s development of the Theory of Natural Selection. […]

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Exceptional Encounters-Announcing launch of new book by Paul Sochaczewski

Posted on 22. Jan, 2018 by in News and Events

View this email in your browser  Exceptional Encounters: Enhanced Reality Tales from Southeast Asia Special Kindle launch price of 99 cents through January 29 (after that $4.99) Paperback available at $14.95 ISBN: 978-2-940573-29-5 Amazon US Amazon UK Can an army of orangutan guerillas save the Indonesian rainforest? Why is China creating a retirement haven in […]

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Special birthday offer — all Kindle (ebooks) for 99 cents

Posted on 01. Aug, 2017 by in News and Events

View this email in your browser  SPECIAL BIRTHDAY GIFT To celebrate my birthday I’m offering a special price on Kindle editions of all my books for 99 cents each (with the exception of Share Your Journey, which is $2.99). Offer valid through August 4. Amazon US Amazon UK (Note that all the books are also […]

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Share Your Journey wins prestigious global award

Posted on 28. Jul, 2017 by in News and Events

Share Your Journey wins prestigious global award

Share Your Journey – Mastering Personal Writing has been awarded the Gold Medal in the Writing/Publishing category of the U.S.-based eLit Awards.  According to the judges, these awards are “dedicated to honoring the best e-books published each year for the North American market.” Click here for the full awards list. Share Your Journey is an easy-to-use […]

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Summary of major editorial coverage with links

Posted on 19. Jul, 2017 by in News and Events

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles: A selection of media coverage, interviews, reviews, and original articles. BBC RADIO SCIENCE CAFÉ Half hour broadcast of interview. June 2017 BBC Radio Wales’s flagship science programme. Weekly audience of 373,000. HUFFINGTON POST Interview. Published April 24, 2017 More than 12 million unique users per month DAILY […]

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Launch of An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles – 2nd Edition

Posted on 26. Apr, 2017 by in News and Events

View this email in your browser Announcing a new edition of Paul’s classic “campfire conversations” with Alfred Russel Wallace: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles Special ebook launch price of 99 cents through May 2, 2017 (paperback also available—see below for ordering information) ISBN: 978-2-940573-25-7 Buy on Kindle US Buy on Kindle UK An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles […]

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Why travel far?

Posted on 06. Apr, 2017 by in Curious Travel

Why travel far?

IN SEARCH OF A “MORE VIRGIN” DESTINATION A traveler’s dream — being the first foreigner to trek in Nagaland. LAHE, Myanmar My travel agent friend in Yangon sent me an itinerary for a trek to Nagaland, with a comment every traveler dreams of: “This place is more virgin; you will be first to visit.” […]

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On the yeti trail

Posted on 06. Apr, 2017 by in Curious Travel

On the yeti trail

ON THE YETI TRAIL Chasing a wisp, a legend, a key to who we are. OGYEN CHOLING, Tang Valley, Bhutan “If you want to look for a yeti just climb the mountain behind the village. That’s where they’ve been sighted.” I was enjoying a post-dinner whiskey with Kunzang Choden and her husband Walter Roder, […]

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Civet coffee – do you know where that coffee’s been?

Posted on 06. Apr, 2017 by in Curious Travel

Civet coffee – do you know where that coffee’s been?

YOU KNOW WHERE THAT COFFEE’S BEEN? Searching for the perfect fecalicious civet coffee. BUON MA THUOT, Vietnam Oysters. Termites. Camembert. Snake blood. Brains. Broccoli. On the long list of strange things that people voluntarily ingest, one might add civet coffee. Civet coffee, called café chon in Vietnam and kopi luwak in Indonesia, is probably […]

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Almost last shaman

Posted on 06. Apr, 2017 by in Curious Travel

Almost last shaman

THE (ALMOST) LAST SHAMAN It’s been a good ride, but Iban healer doesn’t expect many others to follow his path. SERUBAH ULU, Sarawak To the untrained eye he seems an unlikely magician.  Frail, but with a hundred-watt smile. He has two wispy whiskers, short grey hair, and holes in his earlobes where he once […]

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Unusual critters

Posted on 05. Apr, 2017 by in Alfred Russel Wallace

Unusual critters

WALLACE’S CRITTERS Some intriguing Southeast Asian critters inspired by Alfred Russel Wallace’s The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1912) explored Southeast Asia for eight years in the mid-19th century, collecting some 125,000 specimens which included thousands of new species. His observations, compiled in his classic The Malay Archipelago, contributed to the fields of biology, evolutionary […]

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Why do boys leave home?

Posted on 05. Apr, 2017 by in Alfred Russel Wallace

Why do boys leave home?

WHY DO BOYS LEAVE HOME? The rite of passage and the teenage imperative BATANG AI, Sarawak, Malaysia I stood on a ridge near the border between Malaysian Sarawak and Indonesian Kalimantan.  I had been gone half the day and had not brought food.  Time to return to camp, a damp grouping of leaky impromptu […]

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Golf and Environment – can golf be good for nature?

Posted on 05. Apr, 2017 by in Golf

Golf and Environment – can golf be good for nature?

CAN GOLF BE GOOD FOR NATURE? Solving the conundrum. BANGKOK, Thailand I play golf. And I am committed to nature conservation. Is this an insolvable conundrum, or can the two passions be reconciled? “Golf development is becoming one of the most unsustainable and damaging activities to people and the environment,” notes Chee Yoke Ling, […]

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Cheating – if a golfer cheats in the forest …

Posted on 05. Apr, 2017 by in Golf

Cheating – if a golfer cheats in the forest …

IF A GOLFER CHEATS IN THE FOREST, DOES IT COUNT? Rule abuse is rampant among amateurs, yet professionals exhibit saint-like ethics BANGKOK, Thailand “Put me down for a six.” My friend Dan and I looked at each other? “You sure?” we asked. We were playing at a Bangkok-area course in a friendly competition (loser […]

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