2 February 2022

It was 1964 and my 12-year-old self waited in line to see the new documentary by Jacques Cousteau, World without Sun. I was enthralled. Men living on the sea floor – aquanauts. Cooler still was the ‘diving saucer’ which looked like an underwater space vehicle. I loved everything about the film and read up on…

21 January 2022

Often for a few weeks in summer, along the Southern California coast, there is a ‘red tide’. This happens when there is a sudden bloom of plankton called dinoflagellates (Lingulodinium polyedra, the species often found in Southern California red tides). As the plankton multiplies, the water turns rust red. At night the presence of the…

3 January 2022

I live in England and lead a local chapter of the Society of Authors. A few months ago, I offered a free copy of my book, Pelagia, to my fellow authors that if they would consider reviewing it – should they like it. Several took me up on it and have published reviews. I am…

15 December 2021

They are the digital Frankenstein’s monsters of our age – created, sentient machines who have consciousness, emotions, self-awareness and free will. They are often in our movies and TV shows: Gort, HAL, Data, Terminator, Wall-E, Iron Giant, to name a famous few. However, are sentient machines even possible? Alan Turing famously invented the ‘Imitation Game’,…