September 12, 2018
There have been many celebrated scientists in fiction. A disproportionate number of these have been depicted as mad, working on outlandish experiments to change the world and often nearly destroying it in the process. They usually end up destroying themselves. I often wonder if it is because of these fictional caricatures that people regard scientists and the science they produce with suspicion. However, the real reason is almost certainly because of their inability to communicate properly with the public.
I have spent most of my working life as a biological scientist while writing fiction in my spare time. Up until a few years ago I have been reluctant to publish any fictional science. I know how much effort goes into researching real science and getting it to work. Fictionalising it, by making it up goes against the grain. But what in the past has been regarded simply as science fiction is often now becoming science fact and so this form of fiction is now a real force in driving fact.
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November 26, 2012
Since becoming a full time writer in 2008, I have travelled the world and present some of the wonders visited during that time in no particular order.
This is the most beautiful and wondrous of all the planets in the vastness of space. If there is another out there capable of supporting life it will never be as wonderful as our very own world.
The Woking Martian
This magnificent sculpture can be seen in the centre of my home town. It fires the imagination about what may exist out in space and also is representative of an outstanding piece of literature. The author, H. G. Wells, lived in Woking and his nocturnal trips to the nearby common inspired this great story and created a new literary genre. It shows that you do not have to venture far from home or the imagination to find a wonder.
Great Wall of China
Contrary to modern mythology this structure can not be seen from space. But it is a gigantic achievement and is testament to the lengths that humans will go to to protect their land.
The Taj Mahal
The most beautiful building I have seen. It shimmers to the view and touch, and is a powerful symbol of beauty and love. There may be a more graceful piece of architecture somewhere in the world but I have yet to see it. I will let you know if I do.
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