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The Engineer column

The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is one of two large general-purpose particle physics detectors in the Large Hadron Collider
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For two years I wrote a science fiction column for the UK’s Engineer magazine. The column, “SciFi Eye”, was part of a new look for the mag, and saw me speculate on how recent engineering news might inspire science fiction.

I worked at an engineering institution at the time, where I developed a great respect for all things engineer (A structural engineer advised me on the super structure in my second novel, Steeple). Engineers have always, it seems to me, been the ones to make science fiction reality.

It was an absolute pleasure to write – the comments were always a hoot. Below are the complete range of columns.