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Skulls in the Stars. Departing Scientopia...

Skulls in the Stars

So I've finally come to making a decision that I've been agonizing over for the past few weeks: I've decided to leave Scientopia and return to my WordPress blog at Suffice to say that this isn't due to any problems with the Scientopia crowd, who are awesome; I really just feel that I'm not that comfortable at this time being part of a collective. Thanks to everyone in the Scientopia crowd for their camaraderie during the past couple of months, and I'll see everyone on the internet and twitter! As I've noted, you can find me back at, starting more or less immediately, with the usual RSS feed. Kitty fostering: Mango and Mandarin! We've had a new pair of foster kitties in our house for over a week, but I haven't been able to get pictures of them because they've been hiding under the bed! Tonight we had our first real one-on-one (without Terry) interaction with the cats. And don't you know it, it worked! And here's Mango: "Dr. Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race.

I've described the work of Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) before.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race

He was a highly prolific author who was highly influential in a number of fields, although his overly romantic prose is often ridiculed these days. Nevertheless, Bulwer-Lytton's work survives to this day, and he has written a number of classic horror stories as well as the Titanic of his day: The Last Days of Pompeii, which I discussed in detail in this post. Bulwer-Lytton also left his mark on science fiction, in his very odd novel The Coming Race (1871). The story, about the narrator's journey deep beneath the surface of the earth, where he encounters a powerful utopian society, is one of the earliest science fiction novels.

I can't say it's the most compelling book I've ever read, but it is fascinating from a historical perspective and bad science perspective. The narrator of the story (who remains anonymous throughout) describes a visit to see a friend who works as a mine engineer. Disaster strikes! 1. 2. 3. Walker of Worlds. David brin.