Long before the internet, Paul Otlet planned a world library based on index cards. The remains of his Mundaneum, which he and Le Corbusier proposed to house in a vast ziggurat, are documented here (link via New Scientist).
I worked as a research biologist in various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for
six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University before becoming a full-time
My latest novel is Something Coming Through, which will be published in the UK and US on February 19th.
Some of my fiction and nonfiction is archived on my web site