The very first sci-fi novel, A True Story, was written in ancient Greek in the 2nd century AD. It featured space travel, aliens, robots, artificial atmospheres and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_T…
Lois Duncan the author of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and many other teen horror and suspense novels in the 70's and 80's had a teenage daughter that became a victim of an unsolved murder in 1989. Duncan essentially stopped writing in her genre and the murder is still unsolved today. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
California is named after a fictitious island described in a series of 16th century Spanish romance novels. The island was described as being inhabited by beautiful black women who wore gold armor and fought alongside Muslims en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Berliners love the "currywurst", a sausage topped with curry ketchup, so much, that there have been commemorative coins, novels, plays and movies honoring its invention. By tradition, every candidate for mayor must be photographed in front of a currywurst stand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Most of Coheed and Cambria's music follows an overarching Sci Fi story called "The Amory Wars" and that each album was accompanied by a Graphic Novel release boom-studios.com/series/a…
Alfred Hitchcock was so afraid of Psycho being spoiled ahead of time that he bought up as many copies of the original novel as possible. He also insisted that cinemas (for the first time) schedule screening times, sell tickets for those screenings, and not let anyone in after the film started. syfy.com/syfywire/firsts-…
In 1915 the Boy Scouts created a secret society with its own symbols, handshakes, and private rituals. It was eventually named "Order of the Arrow" and was inspired by Native American and Masonic culture. Their society was also influenced by the poem "Hiawatha" and novel "Last of the Mohicans". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
Due to his fascination with James Bond novels CIA boss Allen Dulles made the CIA attempt to make some of the Bond gadgets in real life. While the poison-tipped shoes reportedly did work in real life, many other gadgets failed to do their job. bbc.com/news/education-23…
Harry Houdini invited his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the annual meeting of the Society of American Magicians in 1922. Doyle set up a projector and shocked them all with footage of live dinosaurs on screen. It was actually a clip from the upcoming 1925 film The Lost World based on his novel mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
A Canadian study found that Agatha Christie's later-written novels had a 30% reduction in vocabulary and other possible signs of Alzheimer's Disease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
HTTP error code 451 = "Unavailable For Legal Reasons". Displayed when the user requests an resource which cannot be served a web page that is censored by a government. The number 451 is a reference to Ray Bradbury's 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, in which books are outlawed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTT…
Today I learned of Trish Vickers, a blind author who wrote 26 pages of her first novel without realising her pen had run out of ink. The local police force used their forensic lab to find the missing words, and the book was published on the day of her death. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The sequel to The Exorcist is actually a movie/novel called The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III is actually a story called Legion that has little to do with exorcism. fourthreefilm.com/2016/03…
In the mid 2000s, Quentin Tarantino expressed interest in directing Casino Royale, the 2006 film adaptation of Ian Fleming's debut novel and the debut of James Bond. Tarantino said he would have set it in the 1960s and would have only made it with Pierce Brosnan returning as Bond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
'Every Breath You Take' was written by Sting at the same desk at which Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels. Sting was staying at Fleming's property GoldenEye in Jamaica following the breakdown of his first marriage. In 2019 BMI declared the song the most played in radio history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Mystery writer and the inventor of the detective novel Edgar Allen Poe's death is actually a mystery itself. The death certificate and medical records were lost and there is no definitive cause of death. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pressured writer Boris Pasternak to decline a Nobel Prize for Literature, after publishing his banned novel Doctor Zhivago. After retirement, Khrushchev obtained a copy of the novel and stated, "We shouldn't have banned it. I should have read it myself." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Vlad the Impaler, is considered a national hero, despite him being one of the cruelest rulers in Romanian history and is the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel Dracula rolandia.eu/en/blog/histo…
There is no clear meaning behind the title of Umberto Eco's debut novel, "The Name of the Rose". Eco himself once stated that his intention was to find a "totally neutral title", and "because the rose is a symbolic figure so rich in meanings that by now it hardly has any meaning left". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Mary Shelley, the inventor of the Sci-fi genre with her 1818 novel β€˜Frankenstein’ also invented the Post-Apocalyptic Plague genre with her 1826 novel, β€˜The Last Man.’ smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1917, 7 years after Mark Twain's death, two spiritualist mediums claimed that Twain’s ghost had dictated them a new novel via Ouija Board. The novel was published, received very poor reviews and the book publisher was prosecuted by the Twain estate. splinternews.com/how-mark…
Jason Segel from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets is also an author who writes a series of YA sci-fi novels io9.gizmodo.com/apparentl…
California comes from the Arabic word Caliph, named after a fictional island in a Spanish novel that was ruled by a black Arabic woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
Romance novelist Danielle Steel wrote one science fiction novel, which was still a romance but with a clone daniellesteel.com/blog/th…
Agatha Christie described the symptoms of thallium poisoning so well in her novel, The Pale Horse, a nurse who read the novel recognized the symptoms in a baby that was dying, and saved it’s life. nytimes.com/1977/06/24/ar…
Mark Twain wrote the very first novel that was ever written with a typewriter. That novel was Tom Sawyer twain.lib.virginia.edu/ya…
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA superstar, also is the author of a trilogy of mystery novels about Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes (the second and third books are rated 4/5 on goodreads). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myc…
Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" ignited the New Wave sci fi movement in the 60s, inspired the founders of the cyberpunk sci fi movement in the 80s, and was the basis for the classic sci fi film "Blade Runner" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_…
The title of the novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" does not refer to a depth. It refers to the distance covered by the Nautilus in immersion during its voyage. 20k leagues is around 80 000 km. The correct translation of the title is "... under the seas" making the distinction clearer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
Today I learned about the sci-fi novel "Across the Zodiac" by Percy Greg published in 1880, notable for being the first instance of an alien language in an English novel, the first recorded instance of "astronaut", and the progenitor of the "sword-and-planet" genre of science fiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park and many more novels, graduated Harvard Medical School with his MD. He never obtained his medical license (after deciding he hated the system and culture), and instead pursued writing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Michae…
Originally published in Pyongyang in 1988, β€œFriend” by Paek Nam-nyong became the first state-sanctioned novel written in North Korea for North Koreans ever made available to Anglophone readers in a translated 2020 edition startribune.com/review-fr…
Today I learned of the Bulwer-Lyton fiction contest, in which entrants are invited "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels" bulwer-lytton.com/
Author Tom Clancy died in 2013 but his name is still used on new novels written by ghostwriters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Rep. John Lewis co-wrote *March*, an award-winning graphic novel trilogy about the civil rights movement sva.edu/features/nate-pow…
Between 2005 and 2010, NASCAR had a licensing agreement with Harlequin to print over 30 romance novels, based on racing. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Today I learned about Jack London. Oyster pirate, Socialist, and rail rider. Berkeley attendee, trekked the Yukon and Chilkoot Pass, took a rowboat 1500 miles down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea. Built his own yacht and mansion and wrote 23 novels, 7 plays, short stories, and poems. Died of alcoholism age 40 smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The novel "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje won the Booker Prize in 1992, and then won the Golden Booker Award (a special one-off prize awarded in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Booker Prize) 26 years later, in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There's an award called the 'Bad Sex in Fiction' award. The aim of the award is "to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it". literaryreview.co.uk/bad-…
Agatha Christie's in-depth description of using Thallium to poison people in her novel, The Pale Horse, inspired several people to poison others in real life. In some instances, medical professionals who had read the book recognized the symptoms when others had not. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned about the play Gatz. It's an eight hour long reenactment of the novel The Great Gatsby. The entire text of the novel is memorized by the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Fictional vigilante serial-killer and protagonist of hit series β€˜Dexter’ used the pseudonym β€˜Patrick Bateman’: the name of the serial-killer protagonist of the novel and film β€œAmerican Psycho” wikipedia.org/wiki/Patric…
The best-selling German novels of all time involve a native American fighting together with a German cowboy in the Wild West. This created a subculture of tens of thousands of Germans that, to this day, call each other by names such as "White Wolf", dress in animal fur, and live in teepees. utne.com/mind-and-body/ge…
The author of Leaving Las Vegas, John O'Brien, only wrote one other thing, Rugrats' Episode 37 "Toys in the Attic". He was disgusted by the editorial changes. 2 weeks after signing the rights of the novel to be made into a movie he shot himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2000 Saddam Hussein anonymously published a romance novel called 'Zabiba and the King.' theguardian.com/books/boo…
Neither Director Ridley Scott nor screenwriter David Webb Peoples read Philip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" on which "Blade Runner" is based. filmsane.com/just-a-bunch…
Studio Ghibli's Howl's Moving Castle is based on a fantasy novel written by British novelist Diana Wynne Jones in 1986 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
In an attempt to make his spy novels feel more authentic, author John Le CarrΓ© is credited with coining a number of terms for his fictional intelligence agency (terms like mole, honey trap, pavement artist, asset babysitter) which have become common terms used in real intelligence agencies. oregonlive.com/books/2015…
JK Rowling wrote her first book at age 6, and at age 11, she wrote her first novel, about "seven cursed diamonds and the people who owned them." thestreet.com/lifestyle/j…
Jules Verne's wrote a novel in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about Bohumil Hrabal, a Czech author who wrote not one but two novels that consisted entirely of a single sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
Stephen King based his first novel, "Carrie", on two girls from his school. One was bullied for wearing used clothes, while the other was raised in a highly religious family. The first girl committed suicide by hanging herself at the age of 14, while the other died of an epileptic seizure. npr.org/2015/03/27/395798…
Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle" was never about the meatpacking industry. Sinclair intended it as a "breaking of human hearts by a system which exploits the labor of men and women for profit". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upt…
All 11 films adapting Lemmy Caution, an American character written by a British writer in a series of English novels, are in Dutch or French. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lem…
The novelization of the original "Star Wars" film was called "Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker" and was published before the movie was released. The novel included the first reference to Emperor Palpatine (who wasn't mentioned in the film), and various other discrepancies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
, when Johnny Cash became interested in bible study in the early 80', he published a novel called The Man In White. Having done moderately well and received positive reviews, it was said to be one of his proudest accomplishments. biography.com/news/johnny…
Pope Pius II was a famous writer under the pseudonym Aeneas Sylvius before he became Pope in 1444. Among the books he wrote, there is "A Tale of Two Lovers", an erotic novel. historydaily.org/erotic-n…
After publishing his 1953 National Book Award winning debut novel Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison got to work on his second novel. In 1967 the manuscript of his already-overdue second novel was destroyed in a fire in his home. Ellison did not publish another novel before he died in 1994 history.com/news/why-ralp…
In 2005 researchers made a groundbreaking discovery of a novel gene that causes cancer when mutated and tried naming the gene Pokemon but were promptly threatened with a lawsuit by Pokemon USA because the company "did not want Pokemon associated with cancer" psmag.com/environment/son…
The song Tomorrow from the musical Annie was originally written for a musical production of the classic novel Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes but then switched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Iron Maiden lead singer, Bruce Dickinson is considered a polymath by Intelligent Life magazine due to excelling in a wide variety of pursuits. He is a commercial pilot, presented shows on radio and TV, written novels, brews his own beer and was once ranked 7th in Great Britain for fencing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, was a first-class cricketer. He played 10 games for the MCC between 1900 and 1907, achieving a high score of 43 and taking one wicket. Also, the address 221B Baker street, is just down the road from Cricket's heaven, The Lord's. indiatoday.in/sports/stor…
, Disney's the Parent Trap was an adaptation of a German novel that had been adapted three times, in three different countries before Disney got the rights to it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lot…
Today I learned of The Essex, an American ship which was attacked by a sperm whale in 1820. The 20-man crew set out in the surviving life boats for several months, resorting to drawing lots to decide who would be sacrificed and consumed. 8 men survived. The story was the inspiration for the novel 'Moby Dick'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ess…
While George Orwell's Room 101 has become a euphemism for torture, the other great anti-totalitarian novel of the 1940ies, Darkness At Noon (1940), had its protagonist trapped in cell... 404. encyclopedia.com/arts/edu…
George Francis Train organized the Union Pacific Railroad. He also traveled around the world in 80 days, which inspired the Jules Verne novel, Around the World in 80 Days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about CorΓ­n Tellado, a Spanish author who wrote more than 4.000 novels during a six-decade career. She sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, and in 1962 Unesco declared her the most-read Spanish author, alongside Miguel de Cervantes. theguardian.com/world/201…
Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) popularized the concept of gremlins, which were a myth among pilots in the Royal Air Force, in his first novel, written for Walt Disney Productions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Books from mainland China were not often published in Taiwan and books from Taiwan were not often published in mainland China. In 1986, the first novel, Three Kings, written by a mainland Chinese writer, Ah Cheng, was openly published as such in Taiwan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
Rodney Dangerfield wrote a romance novel called La Contessa, that features his own face on the cover, and that he narrates himself. overdrive.com/media/13085…
California is named after a fictional island from a Spanish Chivalry novel, written in 1510 and supposedly located in the Indies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
CIA actively promoted the great Russian poet and writer Boris Pasternak's masterclass novel Doctor Zhivago by purchasing/distributing copies and publishing a Russian version. This led to Pasternak winning the 1958 Nobel Prize in Literature, but was forced by the government to decline it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
It took over 100 for someone to notice that an Icelandic translation of Dracula published in 1901 was actually a near complete re-write of the novel and not an actual translation of the original work en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pow…
Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner American Biochemist, who invented PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technique, held high belief in 'Astrology' and had an encounter with an extraterrestrial in the form of a fluorescent raccoon. He used to self-test novel psychoactive substances too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
The movie Starships Troopers was originally called Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine, and had no link to Robert Heinlein's novel. When the director subsequently bought the book rights he only read 2 chapters, finding it boring. empireonline.com/movies/f…
A statistician spent years writing a science fiction novel to teach university statistics. Even though he didn't know anything about writing fiction, he got an illustrator to create graphic novel strips for his story which contained the equivalent of 60 research papers discoveringstatistics.com…
In 1949 a journalist of Quito (Ecuador)made a radio program were he adapts the novel "War of the worlds" like it was happening in quito. He wanted to be a experiment, so he didn't tell it was a novel. People believed it was trully the end of the world. 6 persons died. eltiempo.com/mundo/latino…
The 1100 page epic novel about the history of Japan "Shogun" by James Clavell was inspired by a single sentence in his daughter's school textbook that read "in 1600 an Englishman went to Japan and became a Samurai". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shō…
The plot of the film Zoolander was so close to the plot of the Brett Easton Ellis' novel Glamorama that the author was paid an out of court settlement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
The writer John Creasey wrote 600 novels in his lifetime. Some of which he reportedly wrote in as little as two days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
James Clavell The author of Shogun and King Rat was held as POW during WWII in horrific conditions and used that experience to write the novel and screen play for King Rat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Carlos was dubbed "The Jackal" by The Guardian after one of its correspondents reportedly spotted Frederick Forsyth's 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal near some of the fugitive's belongings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The only ancient Roman novel in Latin to survive in its entirety is called "The Golden Ass" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A college math professor wrote a fantasy "novel" workbook to teach the fundamentals of calculus. Concepts are taught through the adventures of a man who has washed ashore in the mystic land of Carmorra and the hero helps people faced with difficult mathematical problems kasmana.people.cofc.edu/M…
There is a radio station in New Orleans for the blind. Volunteers every day read the local newspaper on the air, along best-sellers, grocery ads, stories for kids, mysteries, the Wall Street Journal, young adult novels and much more. nola.com/tv/2012/09/wrbh_…
Margaret Atwood's popular novel "The Handmaid's Tale," was first adapted into a film back in 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Saddam Hussein wrote a romance novel which sold a million copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zab…
The Pollyanna Principle, named after the cheerful character in Eleanor H. Porter's novel, is the tendency for people to remember pleasant history more accurately than unpleasant history. The principle is the basis of nostalgia, remembering past experiences as more rosy than in reality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Buchi Emecheta was an early feminist Nigerian novelist. When her husband burned the handwritten manuscript of her first novel, she surprised him with a separation, and set about raising her five small children alone, while studying at night school and working by day as a librarian africanarguments.org/2017…
Nellie Bly the journalist that went undercover as a patient in an insane asylum in order to expose abuses there in 1887, went the following year, trying another assignment saw her turn the novel Around the World in Eighty Days into reality when she traveled around the globe herself. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Stephen King intended his novel The Stand to be like Lord of the Rings in an American setting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The first novel ever, "The Tale of Genji" was written by a woman bbc.com/culture/story/201…
The character of Oliver in novel and movie Love Story, is partly based on Tommy Lee Jones who author Erich Segal met at Harvard. Jones plays one of Oliver's roommates in the 1970 film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
James Bond originally used a Beretta 418 until a fan of the novels (and small arms expert) wrote to Ian Flemming criticizing it as "a woman's gun". When Flemming had Bond switch to his iconic Walther PPK in Dr. No, he wrote the fan into the scene as MI6's armorer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Imbuing N95 face masks with copper oxide particles significantly reduces the risk of transmission of the novel-type of flu viruses ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
, The Russian novel We (1920-21) by Yevgeny Zamyatin is considered one of the grandfathers of the dystopian genre and influenced George Orwell's 1984. "Zamyatin's influence on Orwell is beyond dispute...1984 shares so many features with We that there can be no doubt about its general debt to it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
The idea for a military Command Information Center ("CIC"), was taken β€œspecifically, consciously, and directly” from the spaceship Directrix in the Lensman novels of E. E."Doc" Smith in a surge of refitting and retraining during 1943 after the battle of the Coral Sea through the Solomon Islands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Patrick Stewart was initially considered for the role of Data. But Gene Roddenberry gave him the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart had been a fan of C. S. Forester’s adventure novels, so he was glad to find out that the character of Picard was based on Horatio Hornblower. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-L…
Jules Verne's shelved 1863 novel "Paris in the Twentieth Century" predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet. His publisher deemed it pessimistic and lackluster. It was discovered in 1989 and published 5 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
With over 11 million words, Devta is the world's longest novel. It was serialised monthly in a Pakistani suspense magazine for 33 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…

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