Lighthouses in Space

When was the last time you jumped on a trampoline? For me, it was the same time I had the unfortunate luck of going through the fabric of the trampoline and landing hard on the ground. I ask because the fabric of space-time can be imaged to be like the surface of a trampoline. If … Continue reading Lighthouses in Space

2112 by Rush

We are the PriestsOf the Temples of SyrinxAll the gifts of lifeAre held within our walls The above four lines are part of the second section of Rush's epic 2112 - a 20 minute long song that tells the story of one persons discovery of music. That is, music not controlled by the Priests of … Continue reading 2112 by Rush

Respecting Realities

One day, if you are unlucky, there may come a time when proteins within your brain misfold, and clump together.  They will smother your neurons like plaque on teeth and decay your brain in the same way.  If you are unlucky, you may join the ranks and become one of the unfortunate ~50 million people … Continue reading Respecting Realities

To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Firstly, before properly reviewing this book, I want to acknowledge the beautiful title. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. If I hadn't already known Paolini's work that title alone would have been enough to get me to pick up this book. To pick it up with two hands, because damn, this book is a … Continue reading To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Paolini

The Bear That Cheats Death

Okay, okay. I'll come clean, it isn't a bear and it doesn't cheat death, it's just very good at surviving. The bear (or bears, really, as there are more than one thousand species) is a Tardigrade. A creature first observed in 1773 by Johann August who described them, in an admittedly adorable fashion, as 'little … Continue reading The Bear That Cheats Death

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Before reading the rest of this review, I want you to do something for me. Think of the last dream you had. It doesn't have to a weird one, it could be anything. I want you to think of that dream and then consider the ephemeral nature of it, how the details shift and morph … Continue reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Keeping Time

If you put a human in a sealed room, with a light switch, and no way to tell the time, would they be able to do it? What if you controlled the light and turned it on and off at random intervals? Do you think that would help or hinder this persons efforts at keeping … Continue reading Keeping Time

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry

Have you ever wished to meet your favourite characters in person? Imagine closing your eyes and having Achilles pop up in front of you in the flesh (okay, admittedly this would be a bad one as he would probably kill you out a of a sense of misplaced and impotent rage). Maybe Fitz from the … Continue reading The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry

Escaping a Black Hole

Can you think of a feat more incredible than escaping the tug of a black holes gravity? The very thing that is strong enough that light doesn't escape it? I cannot, and that makes the idea of Hawking Radiation truly incredible. What could escape the gravity of a black hole? Not light, not atoms, not … Continue reading Escaping a Black Hole

The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers

Another book review! Rather, a series review. The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers consists of four books each related to the other through their character's links to the eponymous Wayfarer, the ship at the center of the first novel, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. When you pick up The Long Way to … Continue reading The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers