TWO MIN­UTES WITH JAMES LU DUN­BAR

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What in­spired you to write the book?

A life­long love of science, art and books, and a de­sire to make the world a bet­ter place. One very spe­cific in­spi­ra­tion was the rhyming, il­lus­trated books of Dr Seuss. Grow­ing up I loved his books, and as I grew older I came to ap­pre­ci­ate that some of them were ac­tu­ally about quite ma­ture top­ics. I liked how he was able to take seem­ingly adult sub­jects and use rhyme and il­lus­tra­tions to present them in a way that chil­dren en­joy, and I’ve al­ways as­pired to do some­thing sim­i­lar my­self.

Was it chal­leng­ing to write in verse?

Most cer­tainly! Writ­ing qual­ity verse on such tech­ni­cal top­ics was not easy. Find­ing the words that rhyme is the ob­vi­ous chal­lenge, but then comes the mat­ter of get­ting them to fit into a suc­cess­ful rhythm. There were some sec­tions I had to re­write over and over again to get them just right.

Have you al­ways had an in­ter­est in space?

I think one of the most amaz­ing truths a per­son can re­alise is that the night sky holds gi­gan­tic nu­clear fire­balls that are so very huge, but so very, very far away that they look like lit­tle specks of light from here, and that their light took mil­lions of years to travel here so we’re look­ing into the his­tory of the Uni­verse when­ever we look up into the dark­ness. So yes, I’ve al­ways thought space was very cool.

JAMES LU DUN­BAR is an artist and

science en­thu­si­ast

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