Melodie Muses On Pixies

And gets an answer she didn’t expect!

Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel
Published in
4 min readJul 24, 2022

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Image: OpenClipart-Vectors, Pixabay

The Reality Exchange by James Vigor is an exciting space adventure suitable for all ages. It whisks us off into the future of virtual reality. Oh, and the spaceships have great names, too. The incident that I asked the author about takes place aboard the Shameless Renegade.

a character called Paul keeps bugs in jars

I’m all about the animals when delving into these books, but this time, I’m going to approach closer to the human animal than I usually do, because I just have to find out about this one!!

Book cover reproduced with permission from Fantastic Books Publishing

There’s a character in The Reality Exchange called Paul who keeps bugs in jars. His bug collection is not central to the plot, but it intrigues me. And in particular, the contents of one jar that contains a small winged human — a pixie. In a throwaway comment, we learn that it is presumed to be a hoax. But… but…

I need to know more!

Here’s what I asked James Vigor:

The pixie in the jar in Paul’s collection. Did he ever find out where it came from?

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Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.