World of Wonders

When we see things that aren’t, we miss the wonderful things that are.

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Jack gave a wild whoop and leapt down to the pale sand. At once the platform was full of noise and excitement, scramblings, screams and laughter. The assembly shredded away and became a discursive and random scatter from the palms to the water and away along the beach, beyond night-sight.

The dispersed figures had come together on the sand and were a dense black mass that revolved. They were chanting something and the little ones that had had enough were staggering away, howling. Ralph raised the conch to his lips and then lowered it.

“The trouble is: Are there ghosts, Piggy? Or beasts?”

“Course there aren’t.”

“Why not?”

“‘Cos things wouldn’t make sense. Houses an’ streets an’ TV. They wouldn’t work.”

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About me

CHRIS SASAKI
I am a Toronto-based writer, author and photographer who is inspired and fascinated by science. Science is our best way of understanding the natural world, but it is much more than that. Science is culture, and its pursuit ultimately leads to meaning, values and wonder.  My interests include evolution, Darwin, the Galapagos Islands, secular humanism, religion, skepticism, climate change, and science culture.  For many years, I wrote and produced astronomy programs for the McLaughlin Planetarium of the Royal Ontario Museum. I am author of many books for young readers (Sterling Publishing and Penguin Young Readers, N.Y.) and articles for children's magazines. I also write non-fiction related to the themes reflected in this blog. You can read some of my longer non-fiction and view my photographs at www.chrissasaki.com, and follow me at www.twitter.com/chrissasaki.

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