Fitbit’s Flex is  an “electronic coach”. The firm offers bracelets and clip-on devices which monitor your physical activity, especially steps taken, pace and heart rate. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

The Tudor Queen, Elizabeth 1st, was reputedly among the first in the world to wear a clock on her body, an “armlet” received as a new year gift in 157(...)

But a funny thing happened on the way to the techno-revolution. We did not get a sustained return to rapid economic progress. Instead it was more of a one-time spurt which sputtered out about a decade ago

Remember Douglas Adams’s 1979 novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life(...)

King’s popularity ensured the technological experiment would be a success. Photograph: Stacey Cramp/The New York Times

The first books about the Kindle began to appear around the same time as the Kindle was launched at the end of 2007. Stephen King’s novella Ur was (...)

Derek Landy: "I write in my office, on a Mac. I know writers who work in cafes and in hotels and on planes . . . I can’t do that. I have to be at home and I have to be alone."

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cujo, by Stephen King. I haven’t read it since I was a kid, but it terrified me. I was too yo(...)

Sheila Agnew: I can’t write fiction at a desk. Whenever I try to do so, all creative thought abandons me

Sheila Agnew’s first book for children (aged 9+), Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan, was published in Ireland and Britain in March. The second b(...)

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938). Posted by Camisonup and David Russell

“Call me Ishmael.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851), Posted by Austin Duffy “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was t(...)

Seat’s new Leon ST estate

Space, as Douglas Adams was wont to remind us, is big. Vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big. It indeed makes that walk to the chemist’s, which you cons(...)

Trillian  and Marvin the Paranoid Android  in a scene from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. Douglas Adams devoted a considerable part of these novels putting management consultants down. Photograph:  ©DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. & SPYGLASS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC.

Mark Carney, the new Governor of the Bank of England, has called in the management consultants to conduct a strategic review of his new empire. I susp(...)

Prof Brian Cox photographed in front of a Peter Monaghan installation called Concave Convex at the new O’Brien Science Building UCD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Rock star turned scientist turned rock star scientist Professor Brian Cox is one of the great explainers. But even his gifts of communication could no(...)

Richard Dawkins speaking at the World Atheist Convention in Dublin in 2011: evolution is a mindless, pointless process. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Scientists rightly object to the description of science as faith, as is sometimes alleged by religious apologists. Science is precisely not faith. It (...)