Iain wrote this one.
For a time as a young child, I was obsessed with space. I loved reading factual books about the Solar System and I was delighted when a teacher once set the task of creating models of the planets out of different coloured tissue paper. They hung in the classroom and I would take plenty of chances to show off my knowledge when people came in to look at them.
Back then I was good enough at maths to be placed in a class with children two to three years my elder, but still unable to tie my shoelaces, never mind confidently handle a social interaction. To me the world was a baffling place, where people just accepted things that didn’t make sense. I’m not even talking the things we got taught Catholic school here, but, like, the idea that people always need to wear clothes! Looking at space, knowing that there was all so much out there moving to a logic and order that existed beyond people, was appealing.