darrkenium
31 Bristol, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I'm a scientist by day, and a sci-fi writer by night. I love exploring foreign cities, cycling trails, playing football or hiking across the coast. You will find me just as comfortable dancing away at a music festival or playing board games in a quiet corner of a pub.

I can't go through the day without music, or more than a few days without my bike or an evening with my friends. I once ran a film festival and I sang in a rock band for a while. I believe that there are so many amazing things to do and learn out there, it seems a shame to restrict yourself to one or two.

I've reached a place in my life where I'm really happy with who I am and what I've acheived, and I'm looking for a likeminded soul to share adventures with, talk for hours about geeky things, explore the world and enjoy everything life has to offer.
What I’m doing with my life
Science! I take things like plane engines and nuclear reactors apart one atom at a time to see what they are made of. Currently I run one of the materials science labs at the University of Oxford, but in January I'm moving back to Bristol to become a university lecturer, which I'm super excited about.

In my spare time, I write. I published a couple of fun scifi action novels last year.
I’m really good at
Mix tapes - although nowadays I just make mixes on Spotify.

I'd like to think I'm pretty decent at writing, and my singing voice isn't bad.

I can cook, but am much better at making it up as I go than following a recipe.
The first things people usually notice about me
Either one of my many geeky t-shirts or my hair, which has defeated all attempts to control it. It has a plan, I find it's easier just to go along with it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
There are so many good things to enjoy. Here are a few.

Music: The Hold Steady, Radiohead, The War on Drugs, Calexico, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine, Pearl Jam, Elliott Smith, Wilco, Beastie Boys, Public Service Broadcasting

Books: China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin, Nick Hornby, Neal Stephenson, Michael Chabon, Charles Stross, Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, Patrick Rothfuss, Terry Pratchett, Kundera, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Douglas Adams, Iain Banks, Fitzgerald, Tolkien...

Films: High Fidelity, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Stranger Than Fiction, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Heat, Inception, Star Wars, Aliens, Jurassic Park, Wonder Boys, Guardians of the Galaxy, Before Sunrise, The Martian, Fargo, LA Confidential, The Usual Suspects

TV: The West Wing, House of Cards, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Fringe, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Killing, Parks and Recreation, Community, Agents of Shield, The Wire, Cowboy Bebop, The Expanse, Westworld

Games: Cards Against Humanity, Risk:Legacy, Pandemic, Netrunner, Battlestar Galactica, The Last of Us, Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect, Ticket to Ride, The Witcher, Civilisation

I love food, and there's very little I won't eat. I try to eat healthy most of the time but I occasionally succumb to a pulled pork roll, burrito or curry. I'm a little obsessed with avocados and good coffee.
The six things I could never do without
Music
Something to write with
My kindle
Good company
One of my bikes
The internet
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How society would work if we lived within our environmental means.

How much Shania Twain would freak out if Brad Pitt became a rocket scientist.
On a typical Friday night I am
At the pub, a gig or having a few drinks over a board game with friends. If I'm staying home, it will probably involve cooking something tasty.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm colour blind. In practice this has very little impact on modern life other than a tendency for people to hold up pencils and ask me what colour they are.
You should message me if
You're a writer and want to chat about creative stuff.

You live in Bristol and want to show me all the cool things that have appeared in the time I've been away!

We share similar tastes and you want to share some awesome new band, film or book you think I'd like.
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