Blogs

The "lost" episode of Dr. Who, Douglas Adams' "Shada" is now available as a novel.

In the 1970s Douglas Adams worked as a writer on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who, while at the same time writing the iconic "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series.

Shada was written by Douglas Adams as the proposed final episode of the 1979-80 season of Dr. Who. However, a strike at the BBC caused the episode to be shelved, even though primary filming had already begun.

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aahhh, the dog days of summer…

Two iconic authors take on "Earth"

Two iconic authors take on "Earth"
Orson Scott card, best known for Ender's Game has published a new book entitled, "Earth Unaware". This book is a "prequel" of sorts to that classic tome that covers the time directly before the Formics (Buggers) arrived in our solar system.

The late Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' reappears on best-sellers list.

Since Ray Bradbury's death on June 5, his most famous work has been steadily increasing in sales. The newest trade paperback edition of Fahrenheit 451, published in January 2012 by Simon & Schuster, has returned to the bestseller list.

The return of pulp science fiction

Are you a fan of the old-school sci-fi pulps? Do you wish there was a place you could find a collection of these stories?
Planet Stories was a popular pulp digest published between 1939 and 1955. Many well-known science fiction writers got their start writing for Planet Stories and other pulp digests, and now the works of some of those authors are being collected and reprinted.
Science fiction legend Robert Silverberg reflects on some of his earliest, least-reprinted tales in a new Planet Stories collection!

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I was a teenager during a great time in rock history, the 80’s. I saw the start of MTV, the premier of the Michael Jackson Thriller video, my sister learning the dance moves to Prince's 1999 and Madonna singing Like a Virgin.

Like Watching Downton Abbey?

Try these fiction titles for more upstairs/downstairs tales!

American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
House at Riverton by Kate Morton
House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
Park Lane by Frances Osborne
Snobs by Julian Fellowes

Computer Classes

Sign up now for these computer classes in June and July:

  • Computers for Beginners
  • Introduction to Windows and Toolbars
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word I and II
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Registration for Internet classes in June and July starts on June 11 for Westlake residents and opens to everyone on June 12.

Two books for winter reading

Foreign Correspondent
by Alan Furst, 2006

Carlo Weisz is an Italian journalist seeking refuge in Paris with other intellectuals fleeing Mussolini's fascist government. While working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, he becomes the editor of an underground newspaper that hopes to keep the flames of resistance alive in both countries. His efforts not only place his own life in danger, but that of the German socialite and lover he is trying to save from the Nazis. This latest espionage novel by the author of Dark Voyage and Red Gold is once again filled with atmosphere, intrigue, and romance.