Published Works

by Guy Inchbald

Updated 30 Mar2023




Aerospace and Engineering

Aeronauticalia : Highways and Byways of Aviation * NEW for 2023 *

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Three article-length monographs reveal fascinating insights into some of the greatest highways and least-known byways of aviation throughout its history. Comprehensively illustrated with many rare and unique images.

Large format, 48 pages. Available to order from Lulu

Outside Edge

In The Aviation Historian, Issue 38, Jan 2022, pp 106-18.

From WWII research to SpaceShipThree: the history of the outboard horizontal stabiliser (OHS).

The Comet Racers Uncovered

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The story of the iconic winner of the greatest air race ever at a pivotal moment in aviation history has never been fully told, those of its stablemates even less so. Only five de Havilland DH 88 Comets were ever built. With one restored to flying condition and another on the way, the ever-growing community of enthusiasts have, bit by bit, been unearthing the astonishing truth. This 48-page book focuses on the new, the arcane, and the cultural heritage of perhaps the most beautiful aeroplanes ever made. It is packed with facts and profusely illustrated with rare and informative photographs.

Large format, 48 pages. Available to order from Lulu, Amazon and all good booksellers.

For more about the book, see The Comet Racers Uncovered main page.

George Nall's C60

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In The Journal of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, Issue 10, Dec 2018, pp 25-27.

A prototype Rolls-Royce C60 Diesel engine rescued from the scrap heap by my Uncle George.

Wings of Hamburg: Aircraft of Bohm & Voss and the HFB

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Edited by me, this is a Wikipedia book compiled from existing articles in 2018. As such it provides a snapshot of the articles at the time of compilation and has been written by many contributors, including myself under the alias "steelpillow".

Wikipedia books are publshed via PediaPress, an independent print-on-demand publisher set up for the purpose. Copies can be ordered through their Wings of Hamburg page.

Composite Hotol

In Spaceflight News, Dec 1986, pp 12-15.

An early idea for a piggyback Hotol launcher, predating the official scheme to put it on the Russian An-225 Mriya (Dream) heavy transport.

IT and Communications

Introduction to GSM

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The GSM “2G” cellular radio telephony system has been around a long time and shows no sign of disappearing just yet.

This booklet is intended both as an introductory guide for the new student and as a handy aide memoire for those working in the field.

A technical overview of the basic GSM system is used to introduce the principles of mobile radio telephony in general. After outlining basic concepts and the GSM high-level architecture, the challenges of mobile tele­phony are emphasised through the complexities of the air interface.

This revised second edition includes an updated and expanded first chapter as well as many other small improvements.

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RISC OS and Linux - a Comparison

In Archive 15/1, Oct 2001, pp 65-69.

Archive is a subscription-only Acorn/RISC OS magazine.

Getting to Grips with the Mk 14

In Practical Computing, Aug 1979, pp 93-95. Reprinted Dec 1979, pp 84, 87.

An original look at (then) plain Clive Sinclair and co's first computer, using the Science of Cambridge name as a bolt hole from issues with the Sinclair brand.


See also my main Polyhedra pages.

Peer-reviewed papers

Listed latest first:

  1. Morphic Polytopes and Symmetries. In Darvas, György (Ed.); Complex Symmetries, Birkhäuser, 2022. Pages 57-70. Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-88058-3. Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-88061-3. eBook ISBN 978-3-030-88059-0. DOI (External link to publisher's page)
  2. Folding Space-Filling Bisymmetric Hendecahedron for a Large-Scale Art Installation, Wu, Jiangmei and Inchbald, Guy; Proceedings of Bridges 2018: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture, Pages 483–486. (External link to PDF)
  3. Facetting diagrams, The Mathematical Gazette 90, No. 518, July 2006, p.p.253–261.
  4. Towards stellating the icosahedron and faceting the dodecahedron, Symmetry: Culture and Science, Vol. 11, 1–4, 2000, (published 2003) p.p. 269-291.
  5. In search of the lost icosahedra, The Mathematical Gazette 86, No. 506, July 2002, p.p. 208–215.
  6. Trimethoric (and trisynaptic) polyhedra Mathematics and Informatics Quarterly 2/2001, Vol. 11, p.p. 71–74.
  7. The Archimedean honeycomb duals, The Mathematical Gazette 81, No. 491, July 1997, p.p. 213–219.
  8. Five space-filling polyhedra, The Mathematical Gazette 80, No. 489, November 1996, p.p. 466–475.

Literary Criticism

The Last Serialist: C.S. Lewis and J.W. Dunne

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In Mythlore, No.134, Vol.37, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2019., pp 75-88.

Examines C.S. Lewis and his use of imagery from J.W. Dunne, especially in the final Chronicle of Narnia, The Last Battle.

A brief extract is available here.


Fantasy and Science Fiction

Nobody Steals My Air: And Other Stories

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Includes the novella Nobody Steals My Air along with six more short stories, mostly SF.

In space, to steal air is the cardinal sin. Jim was one of life's losers, let out of jail only to be ripped off by the shuttle operator on his way home. He and his space station – his personal stinkbucket – set off on a trail of adventure that will lead them to an interplanetary conspiracy where whether a mind is human or cyber pales into insignificance alongside the explosion of cultures that followed civilisation's expansion into space – and to its astonishing climax. Nobody Steals My Air is a novella-length tale of the Last Frontier, of what it means to be human in the birth pangs of a new era.

Six more tales in this slim but thoughtful collection span the universe, from Victorian steam-punk to the deepest reaches of space, time and being.

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If You Don't Mind

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FREE taster of three SF short stories culled from Nobody Steals My Air.

The Ghost of Ada Lovelace: Charles Babbage’s unfinished Difference Engine, Ada Countess of Lovelace’s computer programming and the steampunk fancy we find in Leibniz’ Monadology are all a part of history. A complete and working reproduction of a Babbage engine is nowadays to be found in the Science Museum, London, England.

Bladeship: Classic "get out of that one" hard SF.

Counterpoint: A revised, expanded and I like to think improved version of a story originally published as a web page. How do you answer the unanswerable? Here I set it to music.

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Children's Fiction

The Jigsaw Unicorn

The Jigsaw Unicorn was posted online as careware a long time ago and is also included in Nobody Steals My Air. It really needs illustrating and publishing on its own, so if you are an artist and like unicorns, please get in touch!