Category Archives: Illustrations by Emma

If you could invent a new orifice, what would it do and where would you put it?

I’m guessing we’re talking bodies, if only because that’s more entertaining, and stops me from saying something hippy like ‘a hole in the ground that spews peace’. Currently all my bodily orifices do pretty cool things. The input and output … Continue reading

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What are the essential elements of a legal system?

The legal system is the shadowy underpinning of any large society. Even where the rule of law is absurd, reckless or disproportionate there are basic principles of civilisation that need something to stand on. If we could evolve to a … Continue reading

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Slugbear is a cute combination of a slug and a bear. Purpose: mainly to amuse me. What Oryx and Crake – style animal hybrid would you like to create?

If you actually crossed a slug with a bear, I wonder if you’d end up with a slimy, leathery, slow moving but intelligent mammal, or a tiny furry gastropod with claws? I suspect you’d just end up with a huge … Continue reading

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What’s your solution?

Anything that will dissolve me, once and for all. I’ve been training myself to be genuinely empathic and compassionate for the last ten years or so. It’s a slow, uphill battle, but I like to think it’s making me a … Continue reading

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What is the best weather?

Any weather would be shit forever. Weather isn’t supposed to stay the same. For all the ‘typically British’ whinging about the weather (generally taking the view that anything bad will last forever and anything good will last for a minute), … Continue reading

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Why?

Most of the time when people ask why, they mean how. If they don’t, they are leaping out of the realm of the provable and into guesswork. A why question asks for an opinion on something unknowable. An answer to … Continue reading

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Who was the greatest ever athlete?

Atarnajuat, who ran naked across icy tundra for the full duration of a three hour film. Or maybe the first person to run the marathon (also naked, or was that just for the olympics?) who collpased dead immediately after finishing … Continue reading

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What can change the nature of humanity?

This is a very different question to the similarly phrased one here, but the answer is roughly (and perhaps oddly) the same. The nature of humanity, like the nature of the universe, and like the nature of any individual, is … Continue reading

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Check this out. You win five million dollars from the Publisher’s Sweepstakes, and the same day that that big Ed guy gives you the cheque, aliens land on the earth and say they’re going to blow up the world in two days. What do you do?

I’m guessing I’m not really in a position to negotiate with the aliens? They seem a tad unreasonable, but on the other hand, I kind of imagine we might be the rowdy neighbours of the galaxy. Blasting out a few … Continue reading

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“What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?”

I can’t really say it better than this, which leaves me in a bind. My instinct is just to repeat that notion. We are all made up of the same matter as everything else. Forged in stars, the universe is … Continue reading

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