Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

I very much enjoyed the 1987 movie starring Steve Martin and John Candy, but that is not what I am writing about. In my book, Eugenica, the protagonists use planes, trains, and automobiles to escape their pursuers. Well, actually they use the singular of each of those modes of transport. One plane, a De Havilland … Continue reading Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Understanding Carbon Dioxide – CO2

Carbon Dioxide is a molecule with the formula CO2. It is formed from one carbon atom that is joined by double-bonds to two oxygen atoms, as below. The Three States of CO2 Gas gaseous CO2 exists at temperatures of +31°C (87.8°F). It is colourless but has an odour. Liquid when cooled to temperatures around +18°C … Continue reading Understanding Carbon Dioxide – CO2

The Science of Time Travel and the Implications of Killing People before they were Born

I wanted to write a story in which people mixed with dinosaurs. Seeing as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had the idea of a lost world and Michael Chrichton had the idea of using recovered dinosaur DNA first, it really left me no alternative but to send my characters back in time. Yes, I was going … Continue reading The Science of Time Travel and the Implications of Killing People before they were Born

Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 3 – My version of the Battle of Hastings

At school my history teacher glossed over the Battle of Hastings. His lesson suggested that the Normans were a superior people who conquered the barbaric Saxons and brought civilisation back to England. I have always inferred that what he meant was that the Romans had civilised Britain originally but that the Saxons had created a … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 3 – My version of the Battle of Hastings

Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 2 – My version of the Battle of Stamford Bridge

Continuing on from the Battle of Fulford Gate I approached writing about the Battle of Stamford Bridge in exactly the same way. I had received many positive comments regarding how I had gone about describing the action. It seems that I had hit on a successful technique for describing both the action from the point … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 2 – My version of the Battle of Stamford Bridge

Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction – My version of the Battle of Fulford Gate

The fact is that most historical records are not complete. The veracity of what does remain can often be questioned. Although I did a lot of research for The War wolf it was with relatively few different sources. 1066 belongs to the period that used to be called the Dark Ages, a reference to the … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction – My version of the Battle of Fulford Gate