Pre-order ‘Thing Explainer’ by Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe, creator of the popular xkcd webcomic, has an upcoming book for pre-order called Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Inspired by his own hilarious Up Goer Five comic (“This end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space”), Thing Explainer will…er, explain things with detailed blueprint diagrams and a vocabulary of the 1,000 most common English words.

In the author’s own words:

The diagrams in Thing Explainer cover all kinds of neat stuff—including computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the stuff you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you’re made of (cells).

I thoroughly enjoyed Munroe’s previous book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, and I can’t wait to read this one too.

Things Explainer comes out on November 24th, 2015, and the hardcover can be pre-ordered now for $17.