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Geoff Robbins runs the book blog Cool Science Books.  He was kind enough to review The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth here and has just published an interview with me about the writing of the book.  It was great fun answering Geoff’s questions, especially as we veer off into such territory as how I got to taste Galileo’s favourite biscuits and whether I had made the character of Tycho Brahe a bit too over the top to be believable. Geoff's most interesting question was about what Kepler would have made of modern cosmology.  I was tempted to say he would be utterly thrilled by it, but then I started to really think about it.  In the end, I opted for a completely different take.  Read the full interview here.

I have a new story published by ESA:


"ESA’s Herschel space observatory has revealed that nearby interstellar clouds contain networks of tangled gaseous filaments. Intriguingly, each filament is approximately the same width, hinting that they may result from interstellar sonic booms throughout our Galaxy..."


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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!

I have enormous pleasure in announcing the release of my book The Big Questions: The Universe in the United States of America.   Published by Metro Books it is available exclusively through Barnes and Noble.  They are initially offering the book in hardback for $8.98, a discount of 10%.

Click on the ‘read more’ link below the tags to read an in-depth interview with my about tackling the big questions in astronomy.

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.

Last year, I had the pleasure of providing a monthly podcast to the 365 Days of Astronomy project.  I chose to adapt 12 chapters from my book The Big Questions: The Universe.  You can access these podcasts and others here.  Well, now it’s your turn because 365 days of astronomy needs podcasters.


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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.

I have a new story published by ESA:


ESA’s Mars Express has returned images of mist-capped volcanoes located in the northern hemisphere of the red planet. Long after volcanic activity ceased, the area was transformed by meteor impacts that deposited ejected material over the lower flanks of the volcanoes...


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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.

I have a new story published by ESA:

ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has spotted extremely hot matter just a millisecond before it plunges into the oblivion of a black hole.  But is it really doomed?  These unique observations suggest that some of the matter may be making a great escape. ...



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