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Up, up and away

No Comments 25 January 2012

I love the movie Up, especially the floating house, which is supported by thousands of balloons and goes wherever the wind takes it. For me, this kind of blowing in the wind balloon travel is exploration at its most romantic.

Therefore, when I saw the fascinating photograph below, I had to share it with my readers. Courtesy of National Geographic, a team of scientists, engineers and two world-class balloon pilots have reproduced this real-life version of the house from Up. Continue Reading

On Writing

Michael Crichton’s Micro: How not to preserve a legacy

2 Comments 04 January 2012

As readers of A Rush of Green will know, I am a huge fan of Michael Crichton. In fact, he is the reason I became a writer in the first place. If you have read my debut eco-thriller The Human Race, you will know that Michael Crichton also helped to define the genre of my storytelling. Known as “science faction”, it is a mash of fact and fiction so closely woven together that you don’t know where one starts and the other begins. Continue Reading

Future Tech

Can a giant balloon really cool the Earth?

No Comments 15 September 2011

It has been reported that the summertime volume of Arctic sea ice fell to a record low last year. This made me recall another recent story: one that entailed mad scientists, a long pipe and balloons in the sky in order to cool the Earth. If you read it you’ll remember it: it was too crazy to forget.

In case you missed it… Continue Reading

Future Tech

The birth of billions: the first step towards fusion power?

No Comments 31 August 2011

Two birth statistics caught my eye this week. One is well known, the other less so.

As you may know, the birth of the seven billionth person will take place in October of this year, most likely in India or China.

Following hot on its heels will be the birth of the billionth car. Yes that’s right, there will shortly be one thousand million motor vehicles clogging the roads of this planet. That’s one car for every seven men, women and children. It’s a phenomenal statistic and one that shows no sign of abating as third world countries continue to replace two legs with four wheels. Continue Reading

Future Earth

Iceland’s low carbon future: can we do it too?

No Comments 25 August 2011

I have previously blogged about the speed at which carbon emissions are rising and the need for a low carbon future. Essentially, emissions are on an upward growth curve that shows no signs of stopping. The evidence to support this increase is overwhelming, and whether or not you believe that the rise in emissions is the cause of global warming, the outcome is undeniable. I guess we’ll just have to get used to rising sea levels and more extreme weather patterns! In fact, many people have begun to accept that global warming has arrived and is here to stay. And they are doing something about it. Not by reducing their emissions or implementing a low carbon strategy, but by adapting to this new reality. Continue Reading

Future Tech

What came first: flying or failure?

1 Comment 23 August 2011

Did you read about the Falcon HTV-2 last week? Billed as the fastest plane ever built, it was lost in a test flight somewhere over the Pacific. But not before recording speeds in excess of 13,000 miles per hour, or 20 times the speed of sound!

Just over 100 years ago, flying did not even exist. It was not until one day in December 1903 that the Wright Brothers made their inaugural flight. They were able to keep their prototype aloft for just twelve seconds, during which time it flew over 120 feet (37 metres) at speeds of 6.8 mph. Continue Reading

Future Travel

Why flying will always be a dirty word

5 Comments 20 July 2011

Back in 2002, when I was researching The Human Race, I dug deep into the world of the airline industry and found it to be in some degree of turmoil. Still recovering from the devastating aftermath of 9/11, the airline industry also had additional challenges to contend with. These included the SARS virus, the continued threat of terrorism, sky high oil prices, a nascent green movement and economy airlines undercutting the established carriers. There was also a strong perception amongst passengers that flying itself was awful. Continue Reading

Future Tech

Is Virgin Galactic incredible or mundane?

No Comments 18 April 2011

I wonder what Samuel Reynolds III, the villainous CEO of Reynolds Air in The Human Race, would have made of Virgin Galactic. This is Richard Branson’s current project, which plans to blast tourists into space as early as 2013. I suspect that he would have approved overall, especially of the price: $200,000 per ticket is not for the fainthearted. That said, the steep price tag does not seem to have put off 410 budding space explorers, who are now preparing to become Virgin Galactic astronauts.

If you’re feeling really finicky, the Virgin Galactic spacecraft will actually only venture to suborbital space. It will be carried up to 16 km by a carrier aircraft, at which point it will separate and continue to over 100 km and briefly cross the Kármán line, a common definition of where “space” begins. If you are picking those sorts of holes in the endeavour, however, you are missing the point. Continue Reading

Future Tech

Is Virgin Galactic incredible or mundane?

3 Comments 18 April 2011

I wonder what Samuel Reynolds III, the villainous CEO of Reynolds Air in The Human Race, would have made of Virgin Galactic. This is Richard Branson’s current project, which plans to blast tourists into space as early as 2013. I suspect that he would have approved overall, especially of the price: $200,000 per ticket is not for the fainthearted. That said, the steep price tag does not seem to have put off 410 budding space explorers, who are now preparing to become Virgin Galactic astronauts.

If you’re feeling really finicky, the Virgin Galactic spacecraft will actually only venture to suborbital space. It will be carried up to 16 km by a carrier aircraft, at which point it will separate and continue to over 100 km and briefly cross the Kármán line, a common definition of where “space” begins. If you are picking those sorts of holes in the endeavour, however, you are missing the point. Continue Reading


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Reviews of The Human Race

Unputdownable. Yes, I know it's not a word, but it definitely applies here, anyway. That's the word I'm going with, to describe The Human Race by O.C. Heaton. - Hira N. Hasnain

An outstanding first novel from O.C. Heaton that catapults him into the Best Seller league… - Justine Bond

"This is an exciting, fast-paced read. The Human Race is a book that is very easy to forget to put down. Bring on part two!" - L. H. Bowers

"If you are looking for a well-plotted and well-written thriller to while away the hours of a long flight, this offering might suit you very well." - David Bryson, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

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Charles Heaton British thriller writer O.C. Heaton, author of The Human Race, is fascinated by the past, present and future of human evolution. (Image credit: Ross Parry Agency) Read More>>

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