Wait…what? Werewolves aren’t a material! Well, they’re made of stuff, but no, that’s not where I’m going with this. You could probably run a whole AtoZ on the history of werewolves and werewolf lore – and if anyone wants to run with that next year, please do, with my blessing. The term lycanthropy, as might … Continue reading W – Werewolves
Back in the halcyon days (grass, greener etc.) days of the 1950s, Ealing Studios produced a series of comedies that most people today would look at you blankly if you mentioned their names. In their own way, each of these films is a little gem, and in the same way that ‘comedy’ doesn’t really do … Continue reading V – Viscose Rayon – to the max!
Twenty letters down, six to go, and it occurs to me that I haven’t really spent that much time talking about my core business – mechanical properties of materials. I included a good description of the key properties a couple of days ago and I’ve alluded to them here and there. And at this late … Continue reading U – Unobtainium
“A magic sword is important,' said Magrat. 'You've got to have one. We could make him one,' she added wistfully. 'Out of thunderbolt iron. I've got a spell for that. You take some thunderbolt iron,' she said uncertainly, 'and then you make a sword out of it.” - Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters It may … Continue reading T- Thunderbolt Iron
Larry Niven has an interesting position in speculative fiction. Not only is he a successful author, full of interesting ideas of his own, but he can lay claim to influencing at least two other successful authors. One is rather obvious, and wore the inspiration on his sleeve - whilst being cleverly original in many of … Continue reading S – Scrith
I don’t know if it is still the case today, but when I first starting reading sci-fi/s.f. (gulp – more than 25 years ago), Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke were grouped together as ‘the Big Three’. I’ve never really been quite sure why this should be, given that there have been some … Continue reading R – Reach for the stars
Q is one of the letters that gives pause, when it comes to the AtoZ challenge. I for one quail at this point and, fears about not being able to complete the full 26 posts, quiescent in the early stages, rear their ugly heads. I had quelled these fears, to some extent, with an idea … Continue reading Q – Quicksilver