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The Light of Eden

Do you remember, if you’re old enough, the beautiful painted illustrations on the covers of fantasy and science fantasy novels in the 1980s? Each would depict a scene capturing both a moment in the story and the essence of the … Continue reading

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A Prehistoric Giant African Weasel

When I was a boy I got interested in the mammals of the world – including a particular affection for the Mustelidae, or weasel family. I guess that’s why it struck a chord when I found out about a large … Continue reading

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When Dinosaurs Ruled Again

Researching Deep Time was an excuse to rewatch the dinosaur films that had captivated me as boy. Through this painstaking scholarly process I discovered that in my memory two of these films had merged into one. That’s not entirely surprising … Continue reading

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Deep Time, Exotic Excursions

This year’s visit to New Caledonia got me musing whether I should change the name of my blog – to signal a broadening of scope that would justify my writing here about my travels. ‘Deep Time, Exotic Excursions’ is what … Continue reading

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Cycling Back to the South Pacific

One thing I always intended to blog about was my field research for Deep Time. I’ve done a post about the trip to Gabon, but not yet about the one to New Caledonia – and now I’m about to return … Continue reading

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Crafting Utopias – by Kirsty Hartsiotis

It’s a long way from Central Africa to Gloucestershire, but it’s ideas and commitment, not location, that make a utopia. In Anthony Nanson’s Deep Time we are introduced to a number of different communities, some striving for an ideal and … Continue reading

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Helicoptering over the Rainforest

I’d already written a couple of drafts of Deep Time when I finally saw first-hand the Central African forest my story begins in. Unexpectedly, I ended up going there by helicopter and so got a privileged view of hundreds of … Continue reading

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