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.

Exploring the Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

I’ve been chatting with science writer, journalist and blogger Jennifer Ouellette about my new book, The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth for the Discovery News website.  As well as talking about astronomy, history and writing, she also asked me about my work for the European Space Agency and playing in a rock band!  You can read the results here. Oh yes – put you’re earplugs in, there’s the video of me playing Neutron Stars at Geekpop last year tucked on the end!

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Star wars of the 17th century

CultureLab editor Kat Austen has reviewed The Sky's Dark Labyrinth for New Scientist:


"IN THE first of a trilogy of novels based around the history of astronomy, Stuart Clark charts the struggle between helio and geocentric models of the solar system, through the life stories of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei. The story's backdrop is the great Christian schism and widespread fears surrounding the Jesuits, witchcraft and the Inquisition. He preserves the important facts while skillfully immersing the reader in the turbulent events of 17th-century Europe... If Kepler wasn't already your favourite historical astronomer, he will be after reading this book."


Many thanks to Kat.  You can read the fullreview at New Scientist's Culture Lab website here.

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Cool Science Books Reviews The Sky's Dark Labyrinth

Geoff Robins of the Cool Science Books blog has reviewed The Sky's Dark Labyrinth:


"Religious conspiracy, coded letters, a barely sane astronomer with a clairvoyant dwarf, allegations of heresy and first glance Stuart Clark's new book really does sound like something from the Dan Brown school of writing.  That's probably a little unfair on both authors, because in many ways this is the exact opposite of Brown's modus operandi; the real challenge here is picking out the parts of the story that aren't essentially true. ..."


Many thanks to Geoff, you can read the full review here.

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Naming The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth Trilogy

As any writer will tell you, finding the right name for your work is often a difficult job. Some people are superb at finding the right name but most people, including me, often struggle. To find the very best title is essential because, as readers will know, an intriguing title will make us pluck the book from the shelf just as readily as a striking cover image.m

So when it came to naming my historical fiction trilogy that recounted the history of astronomy, finding the correct title was vital. I needed something that conveyed excitement and intrigue, drama and astronomy. I didn’t want something that made the books sound like a work of non-fiction, which is the style of writing I am best known for.

Just occasionally, the right title will leap at you but most often it is a work of hard graft. The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth was a mixture of the two.  This post explains how the names came about and how my Twitter followers helped me decide.

Click on the ‘read more’ link below the tags if you cannot already see the whole article.

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The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth: 30% Preorder discount at

There’s only a few weeks to go now before my first novel, The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth, is released in the UK.  It tells the dramatic true story of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei as they struggle to understand the Universe in the face of growing religious intolerance.  It is an exciting, fast-paced story that paints these men in realistic colours.

To read more about the book, and the trilogy it begins, click here to download a four page colour brochure.

Also, today have begun to offer the book for preorder at a 30 percent discount (from £12.99 hardback to £9.09).  Click here to pre-order – or just show your moral support by clicking the ‘Like’ button on the amazon page.  If you are going to order, do check the final price, as these discount offers can change fast.

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