6 May 2013


'Let us deliver mankind from the ancient, universal tyranny...of gravity!'
Chapter 17: Quetzalcoatlus

Choosing an animal beginning with Q was hard. The quokka would have been a happy choice.

page 248: the Great bustard may be heavy but ever year it migrates 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles).

page 249: California condors were brought to the brink of extinction, in part, because of lead poisoning, and lead poisoning remains a significant threat today. Recent research suggests that condors in California remain chronically exposed to harmful levels of lead.

page 256: Louise at Lulu's bookshelf notes that Objective Ministries is reported to be a fake. When I researched and wrote this chapter in 2008/9 I wasn't sure, and wrote tongue in cheek. In line with Poe's law, there are real beliefs which look equally absurd. See for example here and here.

page 259: balloonist. Seamus Perry reviews Richard Holmes's delightful history.

This is the eighteenth in a new series of notes and comments on chapters in The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. It appears around the time of the US publication, and adds to an earlier series that appeared around UK publication.

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