Who do you think of when someone says “NASA” or “space programme”? Most people would probably think of famous astronauts like Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin, fewer people would be able to name the engineers and scientists that made their journeys possible and the names Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan would most likely be met with blank faces.
It’s rare nowadays that anything I watch is capable of capturing my attention for longer than twenty minutes, without my succumbing to the temptation of mousing over the video progress bar, opening another tab on my browser or checking my emails- I watch a lot of television on my laptop. Arrival proved to be an exception to this rule, and reminded me of why I enjoy going to the movies so much.
As part of my degree, I often find myself reading books that I have never heard of and indeed which have largely fallen out of print. Cometh Up As A Flower falls into both of these categories, and also happens to be a very interesting and peculiar book.