Celestial Wonders

Being born in the middle to late years of the Space Race, I was enthralled with NASA and going into outer space. I remember watching the later Apollo missions launch and splash down as I got older. Amateur astronomy was a favorite hobby of mine and I can still recall the telescope that I got for Christmas one year.

This was serious stuff and my grandmother helped fuel that with a subscription to Astronomy magazine and a membership in the Planetary Society. One of the first books that I read was The Stars by H. A. Rey, the creator of Curious George. It’s probably geared toward twelve and up but if you have a precocious kid, I’m sure they will get something out of it as well. Armed with this and my sky chart, The Night Sky. It’s a wheel chart that I received when I took a physics course at the local college in sixth grade. I wore both of these items out while braving the chilly winter nights with a crick in my neck.

What got me to thinking about all of this was the events coming up this week in your local night sky. First, Mercury joins the morning sky after crossing the face of the sun only a week ago. That’s Thursday Nov. 21st.

Then Saturday and Sunday evenings you can find Venus and Jupiter getting cozy together just after sunset with Saturn watching nearby.

Both of these sights can be enjoyed with the naked eye or a inexpensive pair of binoculars. I had a large telescope but downsized due to it being a bear to move. Most of the time though I use binoculars.

The links below will give you some places to go for more sky watching info. Enjoy!

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Resurfacing Works

Perusing my Facebook feed, I came across this link for a story on an author that almost became forgotten. Thanks to Russ Linton, local author, for reposting it and turning me on to a new author whose books I can’t wait to track down.

The Disappearance of John M. Ford – Slate.com

John M. Ford in 1987.
Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by David Dyer-Bennet.

A. Lee Martinez Finally Gets What He Deserves . . .

his book turned into a movie! One of his earlier works, Gil’s All Fright Diner, was bandied about but eventually passed on.

The synopsis from Simon and Schuster reads:

Constance Verity has been saving the world since she was seven, and she’s sick of it. She sets off on one last adventure to reset her destiny and become the one thing she’s never been: ordinary.

Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become the world’s great adventurer. She is a master of martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artifacts. Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she’s figured a way out. The only problem is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job.

Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death.

Awkwafina will also be in the upcoming Marvel film Shang-Chi.

Awkwafina is also starring in Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” after she broke out last year in “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s Eight.” Additionally, she’s attached to the Marvel feature “Shang-Chi”; “Jumanji: the Next Level,” “The Prom,” to be directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman; and “The Little Mermaid” remake for Disney. She is represented by UTA, Artists First and attorney Isaac Dunham of Schreck Rose.


Raffo’s credits include writing “The Relic” and “Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story” along with the Black List script “Renko Vega and the Jennifer Nine.” He is repped by APA and attorney Tanya Mallean.


Shestack’s credits include “Air Force One,” “The Last Seduction,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “Before I Fall.” He’s currently developing “Old Man’s War” as an original film at Netflix.

source: https://variety.com/2019/film/news/awkwafina-last-adventure-of-constance-verity-1203300441/

I’ve been aware of Lee and his work since my days with Borders back in 2009. Gil’s All Fright Diner was the first book that I read of his and I couldn’t put it down. Others followed, all great reads and he was cool enough to do a signing at our Grand Opening back in 2014 at A Galaxy Called Dallas Comics.

Here’s to seeing more of his works come to life on the big screen!

A. Lee Martinez – No image of his face can be found. He’s so elusive, this one!