Stephen Hawking was a phenomenon. A Brief History of Time sold 10 million copies worldwide. The author said yes, but hardly anyone read it. It took me thirty years to read my copy, so he may well be right! Leonard
Vesper Flights is the new book by the author of H is for Hawk, which has been on my list for ages. I’m very grateful to Net-Galley and the publishers, Random House Jonathan Cape, for the opportunity of a pre-release
50 years ago, we were sitting around our 12 inch black and white televisions, or glued to our radios, wondering how the courageous astronauts were doing up there, orbiting the Moon. Would they manage to land? Would they sink into
The Unwinding: Gin’s Story came as a Net-galley suggestion. Juliana Rew is the editor of the Third Flatiron Anthologies, so I was keen to see what sort of book she wrote herself. I am now totally insecure as a writer.
Water. The stuff of life. It’s my pick from the posts of the last seven A to Zs, as my theme for this anniversary year is flashbacks. It is also the proper place for Flashback Friday posts – the meme
A Brief History of Time is widely cited as the most bought but unread book in the world. I suspect that’s an exaggeration. However, I can announce that the number who have it unopened on their shelves has decreased by
Science and Islam was a book I’d added to my wishlist a while ago, that my brother gave me for Christmas, probably in 2016. It’s a non-fiction book, making it my fifth non-fiction book of 2017, and thereby keeping me
The Fourteenth Goldfish was the Goodreads Great Middle Grade Reads group’s Book of the Month for May. They didn’t have it in my library, so I asked for it. They eventually agreed, and only charged me the regular reservation fee.
A mash-up of a post for this Friday – it’s not really Flash Fiction, but it’s only 610 words, so it’s a sort of extended Quote and Question. This is from about halfway through The Perihelix (which I’m editing at present,
It’s December 2003. Britain is agog with the possibility that a bit of British science might just discover life on Mars. The Beagle 2 rover was lovingly described to us by the inimitable Professor Colin Pillinger, who had virtually single-handedly
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries what we would call scientists were called natural philosophers. Their focus was thinking and theorising and observing the natural world. Most used what we would now call scientific method: observe, analyse, theorise, test, review.