Good Reading : March 2016
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING MARCH 2016 10 BOOK TRIVIA Will Robinson! Danger, Flying through the pages New biopic hits the silver screen Time travelling is a trending theme in YA books for 2016. Watch out for The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry in May. The innovative Rockhampton Regional Library has introduced a mobile library unit at Rockhampton Airport to help time-poor travellers who enjoy reading. Appropriately named the Anytime Library unit, it’s the first of its kind to be introduced to an Australian airport. The unit has a touchscreen and a panoramic carousel browsing system, and it’s fully automated. ‘We’re really encouraging travellers to check it out and join the library if they’re not already members,’ said a Rockhampton regional councillor. Are you from the generation that watched all 83 episodes of the 1960s sci-fi TV show Lost in Space? Remember the Robinson Family, Major Don West and Dr Smith – who was always ready with an alliterative put-down, such as ‘you bubble-headed booby’ or ‘traitorous transitorised toad!’ – putt-putting around the unknown reaches of outer space while trying desperately to get back to Earth? That was 50 years ago, but the series is still much loved today. If you have fond memories then you’ll be excited by the announcement that the ‘lost’ episodes never screened will be released in an epic comic book series from American Gothic Press, starting this month. Will Don finally get it on with eldest daughter Judy? If you don’t get the book, then maybe the words of Dr Smith will be ringing in your ears: ‘Oh, the pain ... the pain!’ Fans of American poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) will be delighted to learn that a new biopic about the reclusive writer – titled A Quiet Passion and starring Cynthia Nixon – will be released later this year. what’s hot Robots vs humans vs humans A sci-fi author wanted to find out when the number of robots will outstrip the number of humans for the plot of his new novel, A Home for Robots or-else Artilect War! The author, Logan Streondj, found out that the mechanical beasties last only about 10 years, against about 71 years for humans. Robots numbers nonetheless will start to outstrip humans in 24 to 39 years from now. To understand how Logan made his calculations, go to his blog at bit.ly/1RgJ7hp.