Magical Words Link Roundup 5-16-2017


Libraries often feel like magical places, the numerous books on every shelf holding the ability to transport their reader to new and wonderful worlds.

The term steely-eyed missile man is a complementary term rooted in NASA’s Apollo history when flight controller John Aaron’s quick thinking saved the Apollo 12 mission from disaster…Why exactly have script writers chosen to refer to this particular event in NASA’s history and what makes the characters in these stories “steely-eyed men?”

Today, noir stands as the slightly smug older brother of the crime genre. He’s smart, philosophical, literary, engaging, and incredibly unpleasant. He’s not much fun at parties. But he can teach you a thing or two.

“Wait… what? You want me to ignore advice from Hemingway and other great writers?” Yep.

Libraries are under attack and not just from this thing they used to call austerity but also from readers.

Horses in space? It would seem like a nonstarter…Still, there’s something about a horse.

Sometime over a span of a week and a half in mid-April, a burglar (or several) broke into a property in a Birmingham suburb, stealing jewelry and one item that’s even more valuable — certainly to Harry Potter fans, at least: an 800-word, handwritten prequel to the series, scrawled on a postcard by J.K. Rowling herself.

“I was literally running out of space to keep all of my hard copies of books, my shelves were full and it was becoming somewhat perilous to manoeuvre through the floor of the study for fear of tripping and taking out several stacks of books.”

It has been dubbed the most mysterious star in the galaxy. The star, more than 1,200 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus the Swan, flickers and dims in a way never seen before.

Where is the editor’s hand evident—if at all—in the writer’s work?

Women have always written space opera.


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