From the mid-seventeenth century onwards, Indian textiles were imported by the European East India companies and were sought after by consumers not just in England, but in most European countries. But the inroads of Indian cotton textiles into the consuming habits of Europeans also generated resistance.
We’re kicking off the new Cambridge Book Club a few days early with a sneak peek at Shakespeare Beyond Doubt. Dive in to the authorship debate: did William Shakespeare really write the plays attributed to him? Read on to find out…and don’t forget to check back on Wednesday and all month long for new Book Club features as we read Shakespeare Beyond Doubt.
When “Across the Universe” was transmitted into deep space in 2008, NASA hoped the song’s journey across the universe would bring contact with other beings. The famous Beatles’ tune may have been the first one sent to the aliens, but it’s not the only piece of music influenced by them: musicians from Beethoven to Ella Fitzgerald to Radiohead have all produced acoustic renderings of extraterrestrials. So here’s a sample of what the soundtrack to Mark Brake’s Alien Life Imagined might sound like.
As writers, filmmakers, philosophers, and scientists have imagined encountering other worlds, they have created some memorable extraterrestrials, both friendly and fearsome, that have inspired the masses to dream about who we might discover in the far reaches of space—and how alien contact might change our lives. Here are seven of those fictional aliens we wouldn’t mind meeting.
Mark Brake, the author of Alien Life Imagined, on writing, Darwinian Martians, and his sci-fi bookshelf.