Recently, I watched a Zoom talk by the Greenwich Royal Observatory about stars and black holes. The speakers were incredibly knowledgable about their subject areas and, at the same time, were able to make the content accessible to those of us whose understanding of astrophysics sits more at the soft end of the Mohs scale!
As is always the case when I learn a little bit about a new subject, I’m immediately convinced that it’s my passion and am filled with a desire to learn more about it. Often, by the time I make the effort to start learning, something else has snagged my attention. Those first steps are always the hardest.
Luckily, the Observatory have people like me covered! They’re currently publishing a series of easily digestible introductions to astrophysics for laypeople. These were an instant order for me and I would highly recommend them. Like the lecturers in the talk, the books are knowledgeable while being accessible.
What I’m Writing
I’m still plugging away on the sequel to Extinction Horizon. I’d say I’m halfway there. At the same time, I’ve also written a couple of short stories and have started to plot my next book.
What I’m Reading
I’ve gone back to an old favourite of mine recently. Re-reading Eisenhorn gave me the weird sci-fi bug again, so I pulled up Kameron Hurley’s Apocalypse Nyx on my Kindle, a novella collection set in the author’s Bel Dame Apocrypha universe.
If you haven’t read them, the Bel Dame Apocrypha tell the tale of Nyxnissa so Dasheem, a badass bounty hunter, and her rag-tag bunch of bickering misfits, collecting heads (literally) across a bug-fuelled, bio punk future.
Nyx is a brilliantly flawed protagonist and the setting is inventively outlandish whilst being familiar enough to relate to. Revisiting the novella collection is making me want to return to the full trilogy!