The Novamir Group was created by Robert and Erin Bishop in the early days of the 21st century with the dream of making life a little bit better for all the passengers of spaceship Earth.
Every sentient being has the ability to make things better. All one needs to do is try. Nothing is accomplished unless one tries. It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Simply put, it is not good intentions that make life a better place for everyone, from the blue whale to the new born kitten and all life in between, it is trying to do so that counts.
Robert and Erin met with many of the thought leaders of the planet Earth. Robert and Erin had so many friends and associates around the world but nowhere did the couple have more friends than in Russia.
Erin’s close friend Volodya is one of the leading Russian scientists in the area quantum electrodynamics.
Erin and Robert shared their love and their dreams with such giants as Sir Arthur C. Clarke, a personal friend and author of 2001 a Space Odyssey and many other great works and Yuri Artsutanov, one of the father’s of the space elevator and someone who took the time to blow glass he salvaged from trash into the most beautiful swans for local children and his closest friends.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Robert worked together in the field of Fringe Science. Arthur suggested once that Robert should be called the Father of Fringe Science. Fringe Science is simply science at the leading edge of scientific knowledge. One of Arthur’s three laws states: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Robert Erin helped Arthur to distinguish sufficiently advanced technologies from magic using strict scientific method.
Messages to Robert and Erin Bishop from Arthur C. Clarke
Dear Robert and Erin,
Many thanks for your recent email.
I’m sorry for this delayed reply. I entered hospital on 2 January with back
pains, and doctors found I had a cracked vertebra. I returned home 10 days
later, but full healing would take many weeks during which I have to be
I’m now surviving on 16 hours of sleep everyday, and getting used to doing
some reading and light work from my semi-reclined position. I’m very well
looked after by my doctors, physiotherapists, staff and valets, and am in
no pain or discomfort. But I can’t wait to get back to my hover-chair…
Attached is my latest Egogram, which reminds me that I’ve had another good
Please bear with this circular email, with which I’m trying to catch up on
dozens accumulated in recent weeks. I send you my greetings and best wishes
Arthur 30 Jan 2008
Erin Bishop was so excited the first time Arthur addressed her in an email.
I’m glad to hear that Yuri is still active — but sorry that he is having a hard time.
A few months ago I had an email from him via his son, which I replied. But I’ll be grateful if you can pass on to him the message below and my latest Egogram.
My own finances are not what they used to be, but I’d like to send a small gift if that’s easily arranged. What would you say is the best and safest way to send some money?
I’m interested to hear you will soon be filming Yuri.
All good wishes,
Arthur 15 April 2006
Message to Yuri:
My Dear Yuri,
Greetings from Colombo! I am glad to renew contact with you through our mutual friend Robert Bishop.
I had sent you an email last year but not sure if you received it.
I’m now very limited in time and energy owing to Post Polio. But as you can see from the update below, I keep myself reasonably well occupied.
There’s now much interest in the Space Elevator. The Arthur Clarke Foundation last year recognised the work by Dr Bradley Edwards of NASA, see: http://www.clarkefoundation.org/news/101105.php
I continue to promote the idea at every available opportunity. See my latest essay on the subject at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1072-1794500,00.html
I’m also glad to report that after 25 years, my novel The Fountains of Paradise will soon be adapted as a feature film. Much of it is to be filmed in Sri Lanka. I can only hope that we’ll both be able to see the finished product.
Again, my best wishes,
Arthur 15 April 2006
Letter hand Carried by Robert Bishop to Russia from Arthur Clarke to Yuri Artsutanov
Below a Small Offering of Erin’s and Robert’s Adventures: