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    HMNS Special Lecture: An Evening of Thrills: How Science and History Make Great Thrillers

    Presented by at Houston Museum of Natural Science

    January 19, 2010

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    HMNS Special Lecture: An Evening of Thrills: How Science and History Make Great Thrillers

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents a special lecture entitled An Evening of Thrills: How Science and History Make Great Thrillers.

    New York Times Bestselling writers Steve Berry and James Rollins
    Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.
    Hosted at Houston Museum of Natural Science
    Book Sales by Murder by the Book

    Within the thriller world, there are many sub-genres. Berry and Rollins have carved out their place by writing stories that mix history, science, secrets, conspiracy, international settings, action and adventure. As colleagues and friends, they discovered that while their concepts are similar, Rollins interlaces more science with a little history, while Berry delves into history adding only a dash of science.

    In this unique pairing, two of the most successful thriller writers in the business will discuss these similarities and differences, along with sharing stories of their research trips together – visiting such places as New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Norway, and even Disney World.

    And there was that time in Fiji when Berry saved Rollins from the sea snake . . .

    Steve Berry is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, the most recent The Paris Vendetta. He has 10 million books in print, which have been translated into 37 languages and sold in 50 countries. Steve's road to publishing was long and arduous, spanning 12 years (1990 - 2002) and 85 rejections over 5 separate manuscripts. He's also an accomplished instructor, having taught the concepts of writing to many an audience across the globe. When Steve's not writing, you can find him either on a beach, or on a golf course, or traveling --- discovering more things lost --- thinking of the next novel. Steve and his wife Elizabeth have also started a foundation, History Matters, dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage. To learn more about Steve, visit

    James Rollins is the multiple bestselling author of six Sigma Force thrillers, the novelization of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and an award-winning young adult adventure series. His SIGMA force series have grown in critical and commercial popularity, with the most recent entry in the series, The Doomsday Key hitting #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. This winter Rollins takes a step away from his wildly popular series with Altar of Eden, a provocative look at genetic experimentation. When Jim is not writing, touring or teaching seminars, he can be found spelunking, scuba diving, hiking, and/or traveling throughout the world. Jim and his two- and four-legged family members live amid chew toys and paleontological treasures in Northern California . To learn more about Jim, visit

    Book signing of their latest releases following the lecture:
    The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry, $26 plus tax
    Altar of Eden by James Rollins, $27.99 plus tax

    Presales are available at Murder by the Book.

    To order signed or inscribed copies, please contact Murder by the Book at  or call (713) 524- 8597.

    Special thanks to Random House/Ballantine Books and Harper Collins/William Morrow. The HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series is generously supported by the Favrot Fund.

    Pictured:  Authors James Rollins and Steve Berry.

    Houston Museum of Natural Science

    5555 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030

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    Admission Info:

    Member-Adult $12.00
    Member-Child (<18) $12.00
    Adult $17.00
    Child (3-11) $17.00
    Senior (62+) $17.00
    College (Current ID) $17.00
    Group (20+ persons) $17.00

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    Phone: (713) 639-4629


    Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline, just south of Hermann Drive. Parking is just $5 for museum patrons and $7 for all others. In addition, some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

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