The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth – If you’re looking for a gripping summer read, check out my friend Stu Clark’s latest book: The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth. It’s part 1 of an intriguing trilogy concept that tells the tale of how God-driven scientists, such as Kepler and Galileo (yes, they were), unravelled the heavens while the Jesuits tried to retain world order by keeping the Earth biblically still.

German Lutheran Johannes Kepler is convinced that he has been given a vision by God when he becomes the first man to distill into mathematical laws how stars and planets move through the heavens. Galileo Galilei, an Italian Catholic, will try to claim Kepler’s success for his own Church, but he finds himself enmeshed in a web of intrigue originating from within the Vatican itself. Both men become trapped by human ignorance and irrational terror to the peril of their lives and those of their families…

Makes The Da Vinci Code look like a load of boring, old codswallop. This is real-life historical science in fiction.

2 thoughts on “The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth”

  1. I’ve just got to the part of Stu’s book where Galileo’s character starts shining through. There’s a nice touch regarding his relationship with the unmarried mother of his children. There’s also a great bit in the book where Kepler effectively goes to the pub to avoid having to put his kids to bed!

  2. Ah yes, the persecuted Galileo. Here’s an excerpt from “Science and Faith” by Arthur Custance.

    To quote Koestler once again, “I believe the idea that Galileo’s trial was a kind of Greek tragedy, a showdown between ‘blind faith’ and ‘enlightened reason,’ to be naively erroneous.” (107) Judging by Galileo’s correspondence and other records of his opinion of himself, he was fantastically selfish intellectually and almost unbelievably conceited. As an illustration of the former, there is the now well-known fact that he refused to share with his colleagues or with acquaintances such as Kepler any of his own findings or insights; he actually claimed to be the only one who ever would make any new discovery! In writing to an acquaintance he expressed himself as follows: (108)

    You cannot help it, Mr. Sarsi, that it was granted to me alone to discover all the new phenomena in the sky and nothing to anybody else. This is the truth which neither malice nor envy can suppress.

    Like many others with such vanity, Galileo was hypersensitive to criticism — and I cannot refrain from including here a revealing incident which is really rather funny. While he was staying at the house of a friend, toward the end of 1612, he heard via “the grapevine” that a certain Dominican father had “attacked” his views
    in a private conversation. Galileo immediately wrote demanding an explanation. The accused was an old man of seventy years, who wrote back. (109)

    I have never dreamt of getting involved in such matters. . . . I am at a loss to know what grounds there can be for such a suspicion, since this thing had never occurred to me.
    It is indeed true that I, not with a desire to argue, but merely to avoid giving the impression of a blockhead when the discussion was started by others, did say a few words just to show that I was alive.

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