My debut science fiction novel
Interpretation at the world’s best botanic gardens
Environmental articles for children
Feature article about screen use and health
A science book for children
Print supplement and online articles about nanotechnology.
Science reporting for the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology for global development.
Articles about scientific research funded by the EU Commission.
Writing & editing of resources for people with heart conditions, medical professionals and the general public.
I work with many high profile clients to develop varied communications about their work and their research. I also write children’s books about science.
I research, pitch and produce science news articles and features for a number of online and print publications.
Are you who they say you are?
London, 2052. An ID tag is embedded in the flesh of your neck. Your every move is tracked. Your genes tell the State nearly everything about you.
Everything you were.
Everything you are.
Everything you will be.
For Freya, Kane, and the rest of this fledgling generation, the battle to break free of their genetic horoscopes will not be without bloodshed…
“Well, when you were born, the doctor did the tests they do on all babies. They took a little bit of blood out of your foot”—she paused to tickle Freya’s heel playfully through her pumps—“and looked at your genes. And they told me that you would be beautiful, and clever and kind.”
She was crying now, crying without sobbing, the tears just slipping down her cheeks. “They said you could be a teacher or an artist, but they also told me that you had some funny genes.”
“Funny weird or funny ha-ha?”
“A very emotional and complex story that tackles big scientific ideas and combines them with an intriguing plot.”
“Ricochets between intimacy and suspense – a breathtaking story.”
“Such gorgeous imagery … It’s a world that doesn’t seem too far away and I’m sure many of the themes will resonate with readers.”
“Achieves what many science fiction writers fail to do: extrapolating our current world and thinking into the future in such a way that it’s both recognisable and yet different enough to be a real possibility.”
“Cave’s writing can feel very honest and, in places, cuts straight to the heart of an emotion. She couples this with moments of stunningly beautiful description, encapsulating a setting with an amazingly simple clarity.”
I studied Biology at Imperial College, during which time I realised I was mathematically-challenged and far too impatient to actually become a scientist. But writing my dissertation on the mysteries of intercellular protein trafficking was my most fulfilling of academic times. Sad but true.
I went on to study a Masters in Science Communication, after which I joined the Science Museum as a content developer. I worked there for four years before leaving to pursue a freelance career.
Science inspires and influences my non-fiction writing. My novel, The Generation, is based on the futuristic concept of compulsory genetic analysis for all.
My father is also a writer. I’m inclined to think it’s maybe in the genes. On the other hand, perhaps it’s because some of my earliest memories are of sitting on his lap and writing a story on his typewriter about our fantasy foreign world, Blinky’s Planet.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.