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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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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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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Mark-making in the digital age

Viewing Rothko to Richter: Mark-making in Abstract Painting at the Princeton Museum of Art, I was struck by the concept of mark-making and what the making of mark signifies. The exhibit explored the ways in which certain abstract artists in the postwar period explored the form of painting. More specifically, the exhibit engaged with how […]

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Morning in the desert passage

The sun fanned slowly across the side of the mountain, spreading its light unevenly at first. As she sat there watching it, more and more of the mountain was illuminated until only the deepest crevices and caves retained the night’s shadow. Where she knelt on her small mat in the soft sand sliding down into […]

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Adaptation not annihilation

I have been visiting Jordan for the first time. A relative of mine, who has lived here for a year, said the country is the fourth poorest in terms of water in the world. He was saying how they get a monthly water delivery to the tanks on their roof. If you run out of […]

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