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.
Only a few days to go now until European Astrofest and the first chance for you to get hold of The Day Without Yesterday, the concluding book in The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy.
The good news is the stocks have arrived (see picture), literally hot off the presses.. You can order copies of The Day Without Yesterday, and the two previous volumes in the trilogy at the online Astronomy Now Bookshop. They can be collected on the day and then do come and find me at the Astronomy Now stand.
I will be there on Friday from the start of the coffee break to the end of the lunch break. I’ll be back on Saturday, too, to sign and chat.
Looking forward to seeing you.
And don’t forget, you can read the first two chapters for free exclusively at Lovereading.
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I have a new article posted on my Guardian blog, Across the Universe.
“A new adaptation of Brecht's Galileo opens in Stratford-upon-Avon on Thursday. It's impressive not only for the drama but for its demonstration of how to engage people in science
Bertolt Brecht's Galileo has probably brought the tale of Galileo and his trial to more people than any single science or history book ever written. By adapting the story into a tragedy, Brecht explores many facets of the interface between belief and evidence.
These include not just religious faith versus scientific evidence but also Galileo's internal struggle to rationalise his recantation, even though he knows his observations are true.
Having written my own take on Galileo in The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, I have a tremendous affection for this story and the charismatic Italian who discovered the mountains of the moon, the stars of the Milky Way, and the moons of Jupiter. ...”
You can read the full post here.
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I am greatly indebted to the folks at Lovereading who have been great champions of The Sky's Dark Labyrinth. Their support continues as they have chosen The Day Without Yesterday as one of the year's 'First Footers'. As a result, you can read an exclusive extract from the novel, the first two chapters, by clicking here. The book is released on 7 February and lovereading.co.uk are offering it for pre-order at 25% discount (as of the time of writing, this is the best deal on the web).
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It is with the greatest of pleasure that I can unveil the front cover of The Day Without Yesterday. This is the third and final novel in The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy. It tells the dramatic story of Albert Einstein and Georges Lemaître, the two men who shaped our modern understanding of cosmology.
The Day Without Yesterday will be available in February. You can order the book online from Waterstones, amazon, and The Book Depository.
The book will also be available in your local bookshop. For those within striking distance of London, you can be the first to own a signed copy as I will be at the European Astrofest signing the very first copies of the books off the presses. Astrofest takes place on February 8-9 at Kensington Town Hall.
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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Justin Trottier for The Star Spot podcast.
From their website:
“Dr. Stuart Clark joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to share his unique work dramatizing the great stories of science. Clark combines his background in astrophysical research with his career in science journalism and writing to author a trilogy of novels that focus on the lives of the great minds of astronomy, from the Trials of Galileo to the personality conflicts between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke, to the discovery of the Big Bang by Einstein, Lemaitre and others. Clark also discusses his blog for The Guardian called Across the Universe, and shares his insights into teaching critical thinking and how to use the history of discovery to deepen the public appreciation and understanding of science.”
You can listen to the podcast here.
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