Making Science Accessible
Science cannot progress without drawing on every possible kind of person and their questions and ideas. To bring people to science we must also take science to the people, and do so in digestible, relevant, and enjoyable forms. We face an ever continuing need for the next generation of inventors, explorers / astronauts, scientists, engineers, creatives, and well-informed diplomats; starting to attract and recruit the most passionate and talented of learners in university classrooms is far too late! People who we should help to appreciate how science and learning is useful to humankind. This work of popular science is intended to enthuse young people and inspire their imaginations in the infinite wonders of the great beyond.

**Book project underway. Web page under construction**

Author: Amy J. V. Riches
Illustrators: Alexandra Lefort (lead) and Julius Csotonyi (contributor)

Working Title: Ali – Lost on Earth
Are we alone in the universe? If not where is extraterrestrial life to be found and is it like us? Is Earth a one-off, or are there other planets like it? The illustrated children’s book under development focuses on Ali, an Alien who has crash landed on Earth and – with the help of a new human friend, Max (a young girl) – is searching for his home world. This standalone work is positioned to explore the exciting concepts of what makes extraterrestrial life possible, the nature of worlds in and beyond our home Solar System, and the tools that have to be used to search for habitable planets beyond Earth. It is now the space age, we must all be ready to explore!

“Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity. But improve [humankind], you gain a thousandfold.” Khan Noonian Singh, Star Trek Season 1 ‘Space Seed’.