Eurovision was lovely this year. Ukraine won, the UK came second, and our entry, from Sam Ryder was a sort of My First Prog. What more could I want?
I was watching it all, watching Sam sing inside a kind of luminous geometric cage, when I started to realise something. I'm up in space, man... I've searched around the universe... what does this song remind me of?
What it reminds me of, I think - it took me a while to put it all together - is Star Maker, a 1937 novel by Olaf Stapledon, and one of the weirdest, most ambitious science fiction novels I've ever read.
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