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Author Archive: "Jo Marchant"

Tech Q&A: Jo Marchant

Describe your latest project.

Decoding the Heavens is a cross between a history book and an adventure story. It starts with the discovery in 1900 of an ancient shipwreck filled with treasure. Among the precious statues and jewellery, divers found a mysterious clockwork machine, packed full of gearwheels, pointers, and inscriptions, but battered and corroded after 2,000 years under the sea. The book follows a succession of characters over the past century who became obsessed with working out what the device was and devoted themselves to discovering its secrets, no matter what the cost. When the answer was finally revealed, it turned upside down our ideas of what the ancient Greeks were capable of and where the technology responsible for our own modern world really came from. It's a story with passion, feuds, danger, battles, ancient wisdom, state-of-the-art technology, and even aliens. Oh, and it's all true.

What inspires you to sit down and write?

I'm not sure if this is going to sound pretentious, but it's the challenge of taking an idea or an insight, something intangible and fleeting that exists only in your head, and finding a ...

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