Ballantine Bantam Dell has set September 10 as the release date for Stephen Hawking's new memoir, My Brief History. The book, which is coming out under the Bantam imprint, is the first Hawking will have written entirely on his own the publisher said, thanks to "technological developments" that have allowed the cosmologist, who is confined to a wheelchair, to complete the writing process without outside help.

Jennifer Hershey, senior v-p and editor-in-chief at the imprint, is editing the book, and said that this work offers "a rare glimpse into [Hawking's] personal cosmos." BBD, which has a longstanding relationship with Hawking, also released his best known work, A Brief History of Time, in 1988; that title, the publisher noted, has sold over 10 million copies to date, and been translated into over 40 languages.