An early Halloween story, inspired by Oliver Rackham’s “Woodlands”

© Nevit Dilmen. CC BY-SA 3.0 As some of you know, I have been working my way through Grad Bernart’s research notes, preparing them for publication in a new, critical edition. A few weeks ago, I told you about (and stupidly tried) one of the grad’s experiments in communicating with trees. Here is a follow … Continue reading An early Halloween story, inspired by Oliver Rackham’s “Woodlands”

A curious, and somewhat frightening, message

theilr/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 As some of you will recall, earlier this year my friends at the County Durham College of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fine Arts discovered a time capsule from the future. The research team has been busily working on decoding quantum spins and such and, last week, I got a brief update … Continue reading A curious, and somewhat frightening, message

Pandora’s Music Box (or The Song of the Trees)

© Nevit Dilmen. CC BY-SA 3.0 While going through Grad Bernart’s research diaries, I recently came across an odd little box. It’s an elegant thing, made of wood—several different varieties, by the look of it—and intricately carved with forest scenes. It sits comfortably in the hand and has a small, wooden crank on one side. … Continue reading Pandora’s Music Box (or The Song of the Trees)

The Good, the Bad, the Termites

Photo courtesy CSIRO CC 3.0 Howdy folks. Today, I've got another entry from Grad Bernart's research diaries. For once, he seems to be reasonably happy with his progress. Enjoy!   The good news is, my research into the language of ants might actually yield some useful results. The bad news is, I’m surrounded by idiots. … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, the Termites

When is a rose not a rose?

Photo by Andrea Pol on Unsplash Here's another excerpt from the diaries of Grad Bernart. It's a little frustrating, how much he leaves unsaid at the end, but I promise to update you as soon as I find anything relating to the mysterious message. Here goes: It started with the curious package I received today. … Continue reading When is a rose not a rose?

The Neighbours from Hell. And Heaven.

Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images Okay, yet another post that has nothing to do with sci-fi, fantasy or writing. It's just, I’ve got a problem. I admit, it’s not exactly a big problem but, still, it’s a problem. I’ve got new neighbours. Don’t leap to conclusions. The truth is, the new neighbours … Continue reading The Neighbours from Hell. And Heaven.

On the Philosophy of Ants

This is the first in a series of blogs taken from the research notes of Grad Bernart. Some of you may already know of Grad Bernart as the Collegium scholar who famously talks to plants. A few of you may also know that he was the teacher of Anders, whose adventures feature in my upcoming … Continue reading On the Philosophy of Ants

Are Dogs Essential for Space Travel?

Does the colonization of Mars depend on this?   istolethetv/Flickr Creative Commons Now that you've clicked on the link with the cute photo, give me a moment. I promise I'll get to dogs and space travel soon. But first, ever since I mentioned akolouthology on this blog a couple of weeks ago, I have received literarily* … Continue reading Are Dogs Essential for Space Travel?

Mathematics of the Heart

  iℏ(∂/∂t) | Ψ ( 😁, 😍) ⟩ = H^| Ψ ( 😁, 😍) ⟩ I've got an exciting update on the latest findings from the future time capsule discovered by researchers at the County Durham College of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fine Arts (CDCAAHFA). Physicists and linguists have been struggling to decipher a set … Continue reading Mathematics of the Heart

Scientists Discover Time Capsule…from the Future!

CC0 More news from the fine folk at County Durham College of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fine Art. Scientists working in the Temporally Non-Localized Quantum Effects (TempNoLoQo) Research Group have found a time capsule from the future! TempNoLoQo has spent the past five years investigating how the observation of photons in the present can affect … Continue reading Scientists Discover Time Capsule…from the Future!