Author Archives: Solaris

About Solaris

My name's Nigel - I'm a child of the 1960s - with a head full of moon landings, fab gear, science fiction, prog-rock concept albums and various other clutter, I use this space to empty some of it out into the Universe.

Interstellar: A Masterpiece of Cinema

I’m glad I lived long enough to see this film. Seriously — this is one of those films that come along once in a generation, if you’re lucky.  To me, Interstellar is right up there with the likes of 2001: A Space … Continue reading

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Atop the mountains the wind stings your face So high in the peaks their tips brush outer space Turn upwards and onwards towards the great peak With every crevasse now, the rock seems to speak The great, howling, storm cries Where Earth meets the skies Up here in  thin … Continue reading

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Why I am a Pantheist

  You feel reverence when you go to church on a Sunday. Good for you! I am in church 24/7. The mountains are my cathedral, the oceans my sacred blood, the trees my holy relics. I feel reverence every time I look … Continue reading

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Where are all our cosmic neighbours?

Debating an excellent article with a friend tonight on The Fermi Paradox, which boils down to: If the Universe is full of a zillion stars capable of warming planets suitable for evolving intelligent life, why haven’t we heard from anybody? … Continue reading

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The Sixth Day

I wrote this story about ten years ago. If I’d ever published it, I’d be trying to sue the ass off the makers of Transcendence now. As it is, exploring the issues around what makes a person a person and … Continue reading

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Back to Reality

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve written a creative word in anger. Ever since I wrote the novel about the angry creative writer. Catharsis is a bugger for productivity sometimes. Having been messing round on Facebook, I’ve come … Continue reading

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