Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

What can I say, Lilly and I are suckers for science on TV 🙂

There’s nothing more fun than science on tv – except for science with comedians, I’ll have to check out his book – but if you love science and you love fantasy…why not check out mine?

A.J. Ponder

Author of The Frankie Files & Miss Lionheart’s Laboratory

Celebrating science, Kate the Chemist teaches Stephen Colbert how to breathe fire – and a little something about fireworks.

I hope you enjoy

Please note these death defying acts are being done with the help of an experienced (mad) scientist – in order to demonstrate just how fun Chemistry can be – with the appropriate laboratory equipment.

A.J. Ponder, author of fun science fiction including Miss Lionheart, The Frankie Files, Attack of the Giant Bugs and more. 

It’s all fire and ice with this bit of unnecessary science. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Miss Lionheart approves 🙂

TOP SECRET: Lasers, gravitational waves and world domination…

Brian Greene helps Stephen Colbert with his not-so-secret plans for world domination. All I can say is keep an eye on this situation as Einstein’s theories prove as dangerous as ever. n

And, whatever you do,  remember to keep this vital  information out of the hands of our mutual enemies as world domination is totally different to world destruction.

(Miss Lionheart)









This video has important information for anyone planning to take over the world using science – chemicals that are too dangerous to play with – so why not stick to genetic engineering instead?



Spider PhotoCalling all young budding young scientists, Te Papa’s DeCLASSIFIED Sun 1 Mar 2015 is an event where you can talk to other scientists and discover more about the natural world and New Zealand’s flora and fauna.

So why not find out what that spider is? Or the one you found in your garden? Or climbing up your wall? Or onto your bed? Because as Lilly and Squidge will tell you, it’s important to know exactly what spider you are working with. Is it poisonous? Is it dangerous? is it going to be a good candidate for creating a Dreadbeast type spider hybrid?

Also, if you have a good picture of a spider, and you can’t make it to Te Papa (although the only good excuse I can see is that you live half way around the world and can’t catch a flight in time) you might want to send it in to Lilly at, and if she can’t identify your spider, there’s a good chance she can blackmail Phil Sirvid into identifying it for her.

Happy hunting,


Links Recap:


Miss Lionheart Part 1: Once Bitten

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Ask Miss Lionheart is here at

Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Part 1: Once Bitten (Lilly Lionheart) [Kindle Edition] is here at

Weird Strawberry

Do you have a burning science question you need answered – or just want to know something about the Miss Lionheart books? Well, now you have a chance to have all those pesky questions answered. The weirder the better. So far Lilly’s fended off questions about strawberries and zombies, so throw her a curve-ball. See if Lilly knows her stuff by dropping by at

You could even ask her some questions about her story. But I can’t promise she will tell you the truth. At least not all the truth. Miss Lionheart likes to play her cards close to her chest, so everybody is kept guessing as to what she might do next. Especially me.

Science is an art, and mad science doubly so, with much of it is based on real science, crazy theories, and even a little mythology. So find out more at at and have fun! Because science is about having fun and playing with the world. And a large part of that is about asking why? Why is the sky blue? Why is my little brother taller than me? What is the difference between adult stupidity and adult condescension? Why is this strawberry growing little strawberry plants? Are zombies real?

If you want to know find out more at and ask away!

Yes it’s true (apparently) human glial cells have been transplanted into mice to make them smarter.

But if you want to read about latest outrageous advances in mad science you need to get in early for your copy of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Once Bitten here

Not that you will learn any of my or Squidge’s patented genetic engineering techniques, but you will become smarter…

To that end, here are some articles about how reading can make you smarter –

Now that you have a real incentive to read something really difficult, why not immerse yourself in a book. There are so many great stories out there – and at all reading levels. Of course you could always read about my adventures here at But there are heaps of other awesome books out there too. Some of my favourites are (links are included for hard-to-get books)

  • Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardinge
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
  • Engines of Empathy by Paul Mannering (quirky, more adult)
  • Alex Rider series by Anthony Horrowitz
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (as a bonus, there’s a code to break)
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
  • Life, the Universe and Everything, by Douglas Adams
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
  • ok too many, other awesome authors include, Ursula K. Le Guin, Brandon Sanderson, Janny Wurts, Robin Hobb, C J Cherryh, Terry Pratchett, Hugh Howey…

Non Fiction

If you have a favourite book, why not leave a comment? There can never be too much of a good thing! And you can never be too smart…