The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson

The Shrinking Man

The Shrinking Man is aptly named. It’s a sci-fi novel about Scott Carey, a man who shrinks uncontrollably more and more each day. Scott’s troubles begin when he accidentally swallows insecticide. Then, whilst on holiday, he is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray (this guy can’t catch a break!). The combination of these two events cause him to start shrinking about 1/7 of an inch a day. Matheson makes the whole process sound a lot more scientific, but since that was an interesting part of the plot for me, I don’t want to say much more about it in case I ruin it for you (assuming that you’ll actually read the book that is. Which you totally should, because it’s awesome!) Continue reading

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Science vs Humanities: My Story

science  books and tea cup

I’ve always had a foot in both camps: the science one and the humanities one. At school, it was always really difficult for me to choose just one path, so I just did everything! When choosing a university I was worried that I would have to make a decision: team science or team humanities. As it happens, I could have my cake and eat it too. I was able to major in biology and minor in literature. Continue reading

Why AI?

AI

I’ve recently been inspired to read around the subject of artificial intelligence (thanks to a certain someone, who I hope won’t find anything wrong with what I’m about to write, but let me apologise now in case I mess anything up…). It’s been an incredibly fascinating journey so far. I should probably start off by saying that I really had no idea so much already existed in the AI field. It’s all pretty amazing. As a self confessed sci-fi geek, everything I knew about AI came from novels and films. This meant that I knew next to nothing about the real world implications. In a recent article I read (on my quest to rectify my ignorance), I learnt about some of the new impressive capabilities of computers. Continue reading

Dana’s Inferno

I wrote this short story for my final project in my “Dante’s Divine Comedy” class at university. The story was meant as an adaptation of Dante’s Inferno and thus contains numerous references to Dante’s great masterpiece. Some references are perhaps a little difficult to understand if you have not read the source text, but I hope it is still enjoyable to read 🙂   Continue reading