MIRRORSCOPE takes a wry and darkly humorous look at the fractious, divisive, and jealously guarded world of astronomy after an unexpected discovery threatens to undermine the prevailing cosmological belief.
The story opens in the 1950’s and follows the research into the nature of newly discovered ‘radztars’ by astrophysicist, Dr Lee Drexler - recently appointed staff member of a prestigious observatory in the USA. When Drexler’s observations suggest the conventional belief is wrong, his skeptical colleagues turn against him and an elaborate conspiracy is hatched in an attempt to censure his research and thwart the publication of his controversial claims - a conspiracy that closely mirrors the trial of Galileo some three centuries earlier.
The novel comes to a surprising, counter-intuitive, mystical climax when Drexler chances upon the acquaintance of Jack Astra – an artist with some radical cosmic insights of his own – and a Platonic dialogue develops between the two men on a world view that transforms our vision of the cosmos. From Copernicus to Hubble, from planet Earth to the farthest reaches of time and space, MIRRORSCOPE takes us on a thought provoking voyage to the heart of creation. The starry heavens will never look the same again.
Originally from the UK, I have lived in the Canary Islands since the 1980's. Art School trained, I have spent many years painting mainly cosmic-inspired surrealistic canvases. My book INNERVISIONS (2009) is collection of some of my paintings. In 2004 I published a novel set in the world of astronomy intitled MIRRORSCOPE (available on-line from amazon.com etc) This is now also available from the Blurb bookstore in the larger 6x9inch format. More recently I have turned to photography as a means of artistic expression. 'CARNIVAL CARS', 'STILL LIFE',. 'FORMENTERA PHOTOS', 'ART of MEDITATION' are photo books published with Blurb.
ART Of MEDITATION Published December 05, 2010
FORMENTERA Photos Published November 09, 2010
innervisions Published March 20, 2010
Still Life Published November 03, 2009
Carnival Cars Published November 25, 2008