Silverlock Book Reviews: The Day Without Yesterday

17 May, 2013

My thanks to Lucy Jones for her review of The Day Without Yesterday.

She concludes, ‘Clark’s series serve as a discussion of science and society in a fictionalised form, crossing genre boundaries successfully, and prompting serious thought which is alarmingly relevant to today. Highly recommended reading for anybody with an interest in history and science.’

You can read the full review of The Day Without Yesterday here.

I also discovered that she generously reviewed The Sensorium of God last year, too.

She says, ‘This novel is well worth a read, whether you have read The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth first or not. It doesn’t lack for drive or plot, and yet is much more sophisticated than a great many other books on the market.’

You can read the full review of The Sensorium of God here.


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Nasa's Kepler telescope failure is not the end of searching for another Earth

16 May, 2013

I have a new post on my Across the Universe blog for the Guardian:

“Even if Nasa's Kepler space telescope is coming to the end of its mission, the search for other Earths will continue

The Kepler space telescope is in trouble. On Tuesday, during one of their regular twice-weekly communications slots, Nasa scientists found the telescope in "safe mode".

An investigation has now revealed that a stabilising wheel has broken. This led the telescope to place itself in the protective, low-power mode. Without this wheel, the telescope cannot point precisely at its targets.

Although it's a little early to be writing Kepler's obituary, the signs are not good. ...”

You can read the full article here.


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Radio 4: The Life Scientific

14 May, 2013

Here’s an interesting interview with geologist Sanjeev Gupta, who is now working as a planner on NASA’s Mars Curiosity Mission. Radio 4 called me in to provide a little bit of gentle devil’s advocacy at the end.

You can listen to the programme here.


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The International Astronomy Show

13 May, 2013

Nikki and I are looking forward to spending Friday and Saturday in Warwickshire at the International Astronomy Show. We'll be looking around the forty or so stands and listening to many of the talks.

I'll being giving one on each day myself and hope to see many familiar and new faces. Come and talk to me afterwards at my book stall and if you are kind enough to buy one of my novels or other publications, I'd be delighted to sign it. If you don't, I'll enjoy chatting to you anyway!

On Friday I'll be giving the latest version of Do we need a new theory of gravity, a talk I am forever updating as new ideas are put forward and new results come to light. The short answer is 'yes' but I'll string it out for an hour starting at 2 o'clock!

Then on Saturday morning at 11.15 I'll be talking about The Day without Yesterday based on my trilogy of novels dramatising the lives and times of the greatest astronomers. This talk will look at Albert Einstein and the origin of the Big Bang theory.

Details of my talks can be found here



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Skylab's 40th anniversary reminds us of the danger from space debris

13 May, 2013

I have a new post on Across the Universe, my astronomy blog for The Guardian.

“Nasa's Skylab fell to Earth after budget cuts left it stranded in space. More than three decades later we are still struggling with the threat from space debris

Today Nasa will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Skylab, America's first space station, launched on 14 May 1973. In a televised discussion, Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut and agency managers are expected to discuss its legacy and the future of manned space flight. ...”

You can read the full post here.


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The Day without Yesterday reviewed on Lablit

12 May, 2013


Novelist Pippa Goldschmidt has reviewed The Day Without Yesterday for the great website Lablit.

“I’ve read and reviewed the two earlier books in this trilogy and have been very impressed by the way Clark weaves together the stories of different historical characters into a coherent whole, not only getting across the revolutionary nature of their discoveries but also presenting them in the historical context to show how their contemporaries (mis)understood their findings.

This latest book doesn’t disappoint. ...”

You can read the full review here.
Pippa’s review of The Sensorium of God is here
Pippa’s novel, The Falling Sky can be bought here.


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