Bob the Alien's Tour of the Solar System is written and developed by James Adams who is based in Staffordshire, England. The website is published by Sultana Barbecue.
James was educated at Newcastle-under-Lyme School and Keele University, both situated in Staffordshire, near Stoke-on-Trent. He was a student at Keele University from 1997 to 2000 where he studied English Literature and Educational Studies. He created Bob the Alien's Tour of the Solar System as part of his university degree in his final year in 2000. The website was developed as part of his research to investigate the effectiveness of the Internet as a learning tool. The subject matter for the site was chosen because of James' strong interest in the Solar System and Space Exploration and he wanted to use the website as a way of writing about this passion.
Original logo for Bob the Alien's Tour of the Solar System (February 2000)
As James was a reader of stories, plays and poems, and not really of science or astrophysics, he was provided
with invaluable scientific information by Gavin, who he knew through school and university. Gavin also provided
a great deal of moral support when it looked like Bob the Alien's Tour of the Solar System would never reach
completion back in 2000! Today, Gavin is able to supply his vast scientific knowledge to people across the
entire planet through his fantastic website Science Department. Bob highly recommends that you visit it after
completing your tour of the solar system!
Also assisting with the development of the site was James' university housemate, Vickie, who illustrated the original picture of Bob the Alien and his dog, Bobsdog.
Original illustration of Bob the Alien and Bobsdog (February 2000)
Providing invaluable assistance in more recent years is James’ amazing daughter, Isabelle, who lets him know which bits
she likes about the website - and which bits she doesn’t! She also helps with illustrations, provides lots of ideas, and
even does the odd bit of spellchecking!
Finally, extra special thanks must go to our fantastic visitors who, over the years, have made developing the website worthwhile. It's heartwarming to receive positive feedback from you and to see how this website has helped to educate and inspire Earthlings, young and not-so-young, about such an amazing topic.