Irregularity by Nick Harkaway

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IRREGULARITY is a collaboration between the National Maritime Museum and award-winning publisher Jurassic London: a collection of original stories inspired by the Age of Reason.

Using the Longitude Act as the jumping off point, IRREGULARITY is inspired by the great thinkers of the Age of Reason - those courageous men and women who set out to map, chart, name and classify the world around them. The great minds who brought order and discipline to the universe. Except where they didn't.

Contains fourteen new stories from some of the most exciting contemporary authors, including:

• "Fairchild's Folly" by Tiffani Angus
• "A Game Proposition" by Rose Biggin
• "A Woman Out of Time" by Kim Curran
• "The Heart of Aris Kindt" by Richard de Nooy
• "Footprint" by Archie Black
• "An Experiment in the Formulae of Thought" by Simon Guerrier
• "Irregularity" by Nick Harkaway
• "Circulation" by Roger Luckhurst
• "The Voyage of the Basset" by Claire North
• "The Assassination of Isaac Newton by the Coward Robert Boyle" by Adam Roberts
• "Animalia Paradoxa" by Henrietta Rose-Innes
• "The Last Escapement" by James Smythe
• "The Darkness" by M. Suddain
• "The Spiders of Stockholm" by E. J. Swift

Fom John Harrison to Ada Lovelace, Isaac Newton to Émilie du Châtelet, these stories showcase the Age of Reason in a very different light.

IRREGULARITY also contains an afterword by Sophie Waring and Richard Dunn, Head of Science and Technology at Royal Museums Greenwich.

The stories illustrated by Gary Northfield, based on imagery from the archives of the National Maritime Museum, and the cover shows an element from the artwork "Resolution", by Howard Hardiman.


"Irregularity is incredible, 'a webwork of reference, inspiration, inference and opposition' which investigates the place of the imagination in an era on the very edge of enlightenment" -

"Fourteen individual, impeccably formed, visions of literary minds... each and every one of them most definitely worthy of your time." - The Eloquent Page

"Clever, subversive and just so much fun" - A Fantastical Librarian

"One of the best short story anthologies I’ve ever read, executed with an incredible amount of cleverness. Huge achievement." - Under the Radar

"A brilliant anthology" - Staffer's Book Review

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Published July 22, 2014 by Jurassic London. 314 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction