ROGER Fallon has a BA degree in English and a PhD in English literature and the history of ideas, both from the University of Leicester. He taught undergraduates at Leicester for several years while reading for his doctorate, but he then developed an interest in the making of books and moved away from academia towards the world of publishing. He has worked for numerous major book publishers as a freelance editor and proofreader, including Longman (now Pearson), Routledge, Thomas Nelson (the Arden Shakespeare), Cambridge University Press, and Manchester University Press, and he has been employed in-house by the publishing departments of the British Psychological Society and the National Youth Agency. He now works as a publications officer at the University of Hull. He has also done some writing over the years, but nothing very large-scale till recently. The gestation of Selfish Genes and the Science of Man was long and difficult – publications officers don’t get study leave! – and its author is immensely relieved to have finally given birth to something resembling a book. He only hopes that it isn’t stillborn, a fate which can befall even the best philosophical writings. But that, dear readers, is up to you.