The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Blog



At the dawn of the seventeenth century, the Sun revolved around the Earth according to God’s plan and as set down in the Bible. Yet some men knew that the Heavens did not move as they should and began to believe exactly the opposite – a heresy punishable by being burned alive.

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth is the first in a trilogy of novels that dramatically bring to life key moments in our understanding of the cosmos – when our view of the Universe changed forever.


I'll be collecting all posts here that are relevant to The Sky's Dark Labyrinth.  Published during the course of 2011-2012, volume I, The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, presents the stories of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei.


German Lutheran Johannes Kepler is convinced that he has been given a vision by God when he becomes the first man to distill into mathematical laws how stars and planets move through the heavens.  Galileo Galilei, an Italian Catholic, will try to claim Kepler’s success for his own Church, but he finds himself enmeshed in a web of intrigue originating from within the Vatican itself.  Both men become trapped by human ignorance and irrational terror to the peril of their lives and those of their families in one of the darkest, yet also one of the most enlightening, periods of European history.


Volume II, The Sensorium of God, features Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley.  Volume III, The Day Without Yesterday, recounts the story of Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble and George Lemaitre.


Confirmed publication dates so far are April in UK, June in Australia, September in Canada.  Forthcoming publications dates will be announced for South Korea, Japan and Greece soon.  I'll be talking about these books at various literary festivals and other venues across the UK this year.  Stay tuned for further announcements.  The book is published in the UK and Australia by Polygon Books and in Canada by McArthur Books.


To download a four page brochure about the trilogy, click here.


To contact the book's UK publicist, Jan Rutherford, click here.

To contact the book's Canadian publicist, Devon Pool, click here.

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth released in UK paperback

Let’s celebrate!  Today sees the UK publication of The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth in paperback.   Brought forward from 2012 because demand for the hardback was threatening to outstrip supply, I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have supported this project.  Who’d have thought that a novel about the history of astronomy would become so popular? You can download the promo sheet here.

To keep you up to date, The Sensorium of God, Book II of The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy will now be published in the first quarter of 2012.  We had originally intended to publish Sensorium about now, but I became so busy promoting the first book that I found it difficult to finish in time – and there’s no way the publisher or I are going to release something in a rush.  So, I’m sorry for the delay but to tide you over, there is a sample chapter of the new book in the back of the paperback (and amazon have it for a nice 32% discount at the moment).

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Asteroid Lutetia: postcard from the past

I have a new story published by ESA.

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has revealed asteroid Lutetia to be a primitive body, left over as the planets were forming in our Solar System. Results from Rosetta's fleeting flyby also suggest that this mini-world tried to grow a metal heart.

Click the Read more link below the tags if you cannot see the full story already.



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Video: Meet Stuart Clark

While I was in Canada launching The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth,  I dropped into my Canadian publisher’s offices, McArthur and Co,  to make some short videos for their blog.  This first one introduces the book, and watch out for more in the next few weeks or so, as I introduce the main characters of the novel.

You can see the original blog post here

You can see other videos of me talking about The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth here.

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Confessions of a Cultural Idiot

Confessions of a Cultural Idiot is the (great) name of a blog.  Here’s the review they posted of my lecture at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto.  My grateful thanks to this particular ‘cultural idiot’ – who clearly ‘got it’ – so perhaps not such an idiot after all!
“The way Stuart Clark describes the fascinating lives of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei, he could almost be talking about the plot of a novel.  Oh, wait – he is. Clark recently gave a talk at the Isobel Bader Theatre in Toronto, promoting his new novel, The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth, the first in a trilogy about the lives of perception-changing scientists. ...”
You can read the full review here.

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Bringing witchcraft to the book festival

I have a piece on The Guardian's website today to tie-in with my appearance at the Edinburgh Book Festival:


"It's always fascinating to hear what individuals think as they read my books. Sometimes they see things I'd not consciously realised. I get a similar insight when I'm paired up with another writer for a literary event. This year, the organisers of the Edinburgh international book festival have surprised me, by making me look at my novel The Sky's Dark Labyrinth in a totally new way. ..."


You can read the full post here.

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