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I have a new piece published in The Guardian:

"Nasa's latest attempt to land on the red planet will probably be the last one for a while as budget cuts bite.

It is my great pleasure to announce that I will be appearing again at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year. My event is with an author I admire greatly, SJ Parris.   The book festival has called our event High Octane Historical Dramas and describe it in their catalogue like this:

"It's 1584 and plague creates fear in London but Giordano Bruno, a radical philosopher and spy, chooses to remain. Welcome to S J Parris' Sacrilege. Fast forward 100 years and Edmund Halley needs Isaac Newton's help in solving the question of why planets move in the way Johannes Kepler described. This is Stuart Clark's The Sensorium of God. Two masters of historical fiction discuss their new novels in this unmissable event."

I am pleased to announce that The Big Questions: The Universe has been published in China. The translation was performed by Shuo Yang and the book is published by Turing.

My only other book (so far!)  translated into Chinese is The Sun Kings, published by Wunan.

My beautifully produced pictorial guide to the universe, Voyager: 101 Wonders Between Earth and the Edge of the Cosmos, is to be reissued in the UK this November, and published for the first time in Germany in September. In the UK, it will be published by Atlantic Books. In Germany, it will be called Kosmische Reise and be published by Springer Spektrum.

I had the great pleasure of being one of the four guests who answered questions about the Venus transit live for the Guardian.

You can read the introduction and see the Q&A session here.  Scroll down to the comments for the Q&A.

I have a new piece published by The Guardian:

"In scale and ambition, plans to record the transit of Venus were the 18th century equivalent of the Large Hadron Collider.

I'll be taking part in The Enlightenment Cafe at The Old Vic Tunnels this week from Thursday 31st May to 3rd June, 7pm. Each night promises to be an entertaining, fun-filled romp through Victorian science. Five good reasons to go to the Enlightenment Cafe:

I have a new feature story published in New Scientist:

'WHEN the final thing a giant star does is explode, briefly giving out more light than 100 billion ordinary stars put together, you would be forgiven for thinking that spotting them is pretty easy. Indeed, hundreds of these epic events are seen every year by the armies of astronomers that scan the skies in search of them.

I have a new feature story published in New Scientist:

'ALMOST a century ago, something strange split the sky across North America. On 9 February 1913, eyewitnesses reported dozens of burning fireballs cutting a swathe across the night sky. It was a display unlike any other meteor shower. Instead of shooting stars raining down in all directions, a train of bright fireballs moved slowly and deliberately over much of the continent.

I have a new story published over at New Scientist:

'Talk of mining asteroids was once the preserve of corduroy-flare-clad, optimists of the Apollo era. Now the idea is making a comeback thanks to enterprising tech billionaires and a nascent commercial space industry. ...'

Read the full story here.



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