Author Archives: John Coppinger

About John Coppinger

John Coppinger was born 13th July 1947 in Kent. He went to Maidstone College of Art in Kent and later St. Martins School of Art in London. His fascination with science and art was the main reason he enjoyed working as a Scientific Model Maker for the Natural History Museum, London. He worked there till 1980 and some of his models are still on display today. After leaving the Museum, his career in the film industry started with Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal” (1981); a fantasy movie that reached cult status over the years. The second movie he worked on, “Return of the Jedi”, would become even more of a cult. He was an Animatronic Engineer for Stuart Freeborn; sculpting Jabba the Hutt and operating the character's eyes via radio control on set. Pursuing work in the film industry, John worked as a sculptor on various movies. A few examples are: “Greystoke” (1983), “Santa Claus” (1986), “Little Buddha” (1992), “Fifth Element” (1996), “Lost in Space” (1997), “The Mummy” and “The Mummy returns” (1998 & 2001) as well as the first three “Harry Potter” movies (between 2000 and 2003). Tertiary is his first published novel, combining his love for writing, science and art.

Electric Flight

First manned flight of the Volocopter VC200 This already happened back in April.  It’s worth a look around their website for all the latest information and pictures:  http://www.volocopter.com/index.php/en/ Truly astonishing – With a hybrid version for range, in the short … Continue reading

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Skylon – A New Hope

I went to a symposium on future space launchers sometime in the mid-70’s and listened to Alan Bond talk about a project called HOTOL.  It was a new idea for launching people and goods into space in a safer, more … Continue reading

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Space is not somewhere else – – –

Ever since the Apollo moon landings space exploration has become boring or irrelevant to many people.  I think it’s because we still think in medieval terms:  The sun rises and sets, and space is somewhere else.  The reality, first witnessed … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Life Form Design blog – – –

This is the new blog for Life Form Design, ‘Tertiary’ the novel and various rolling notes and ideas.  Nothing much here yet, I’m setting up the page and will be back soon. The heading image is artwork for ‘Tertiary’.  It’s … Continue reading

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