>One of the things I thought I’d do here is dredge up a few old memories before they fade forever. I’m not planning to re-read books, or re-view movies, just spill out what’s stuck in my head about them. Which will no doubt be utterly subjective and, just possibly, entirely inaccurate. I’ll kick off with The Godwhale by TJ Bass. I doubt it’s still in print but what I remember most vividly is a hemi-human (I think he got chopped in half by an airlock door?) who got grafted on to a pair of mechanical legs, and a giant robot whale called Rorqual Maru. Someone wound up mind-melding with the whale – possibly even becoming it. Also there was an undersea civilisation of evolved humans with gills called Benthics. Few people I’ve met have heard of the book, and I really can’t say if it was any good, but when I read it at the age of eleven or so it filled my head up with some pretty startling images. I think it’s fair to say that, much, much later, some of them got echoed in a novel of mine called Stone and Sea.