A book of beginnings

In the years since I first wrote Sea of Dreams, I have come back to it from time to time with thoughts of revising it, or even rewriting it completely. I have learned a great deal about the business of novel writing, as well as the craft behind it and see how it could benefit from […]

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Sea of Dreams promo video

I have just put together the first video for The Subtle Alchemy series, specifically the first book, Sea of Dreams. It was done through a very cool new site, biteable.com, that allows you to create videos online using existing footage and animation. The video is now available on YouTube from the Jade Rabbit Media channel. […]

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Leave the lights on when you go

[Inspired by an article in the Guardian about Voyager 1 and 2] Krishna Patel-Ettah could have blinked and missed the whole thing. He was trying to restore his filters on the company data feed following the latest power outage at the data center. After an hour and little progress, he was just about to give […]

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Sea of Dreams contest

A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case 450 words. As you might have guessed from the various posts on the site, I am interested in the visual arts. In particular, I have been trying to visualize the world of Sea of Dreams. The book cover is one part of this visual […]

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The time traveller’s dilemma

[A story inspired by two photos: one of my father’s and one of mine] The problem with time travel, like with life, is that you don’t remember everything that happens to you. You come and go across time, but somehow you forget where or when you’ve been. Like finding a receipt for a shop you’ve […]

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Artistic legacy

Earlier this year, I was visiting my parents. While I was there, my dad gave me a collection of digitized images from slides he had taken between the late 50s and mid 70s. Going through them was a very odd experience. Apart from the familial history that I discovered, I had an odd sensation seeing […]

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AI alien intelligence and Sea of Dreams

Kevin Kelly recently wrote an article in Wired, “The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World.” One of the themes he explores the the fact that AIs are increasingly “like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off.” He goes on to […]

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Glimmers of the Data Age

I went to see the new exhibition at the Science Museum in London, the “Age of Information”. On my way to it, I went through an old favourite, the history of computing. As I was thinking about the information age, I was drawn to two pieces from the history of computing that seemed to point […]

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Life on Mars… and beyond

The question of how we would respond to the possible discovery of alien life is one of the themes of Sea of Dreams. In fact, it was the initial impetus for writing the book. I started it because I wanted to explore how it was that we would understand something that had some of the […]

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