Science

Science is a really, really good story

I read two essays by Philip Pullman this morning, from his collection Daemon Voices. The essays were 'Soft Beulah's Night', about William Blake and the importance of magic, and 'Writing Fantasy Realistically', about how fantasy is 'a load of old cobblers' unless it serves the purpose of realism. Reading these two essays, back to back,… Continue reading Science is a really, really good story

Books, Space

To green or not to green? Terraforming in ‘Red Mars’

The first book I read this year was Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars. It's the first in a trilogy about human colonisers on Mars, and it's an absolute beast at more than 650 pages. It took me most of January to read, and I loved it. Probably the most impressive thing about Red Mars is that very rarely during… Continue reading To green or not to green? Terraforming in ‘Red Mars’