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Where is The Encyclopaedia Britannica produced?
The Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still being produced (currently only in the online version). It was first published between 1768 and 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1901, after it was taken over by an American firm, the Britannica shortened and simplified articles to broaden its appeal in the North American market. Although publication has been based in the United States since 1901, the Britannica has largely maintained British spelling.
Who is the author of the shortest horror story?
Edgar Allan Poe
He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings. His short story called "Knock" has only two sentences: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."
What country did the writer Brian W. Aldiss come from?
Brian Wilson Aldiss, OBE (1925 -2017) was an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells. He was co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group. He received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He wrote the short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" (1969), the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).
Which famous novel was rejected by a number of publishers, so eventually its author had to pay the cost for publication himself?
The Trial (Kafka)
In Search of Lost Time (Proust)
The Name of the Rose (Eco)
André Gide was famously given the manuscript to read to advise on publication and rejected it. In early 1914, he wrote to Proust to apologize "The rejection of this book will remain one of the most stinging and remorseful regrets of my life".
Which William Gibson's novel began the Sprawl trilogy?
Mona Lisa Overdrive
Neuromancer was Gibson's debut novel and the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy, which also includes the Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive. The book is considered to be the one that helped to solidify cyberpunk as a genre, drawing influence from punk subculture and early hacker culture.
What is the name of Pippi Longstocking's horse?
Pippi Longstocking is the world's strongest girl. She lives in Villa Villekulla with her monkey, Mr. Nilsson, her horse Little Buddy and a bag full of gold coins. Her best friends are called Tommy and Annika. Pippi has freckles and red hair in plaits. Pippi is a fictional character created by Astrid Lindgren
What Terry Pratchett is suffering from?
Terry Pratchett, the bestselling author of the Discworld fantasy books, is suffering from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's. The 59-year-old author revealed the diagnosis on a website today and called it “an embuggerance”.
Who wrote The Maltese Falcon?
James M. Cain
The Maltese Falcon is a 1930 detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask. It is generally considered his finest work. The story has been adapted several times for the cinema, including the 1941 version starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor.
The design of Super Mario Bros. was heavily influenced by which novel?
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The classic video game Super Mario Bros. has more than a few similarities to the iconic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland including magic mushrooms, anthropomorphic animals, mysterious portals and passageways, and an all around sort of suspension of reality as we know it that marks both trips through the game and the novel. The comparison isn’t merely the parlor talk of video game geeks though, as Super Mario Bros. creator Miyamoto himself cited the influence of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in an interview with Business Week magazine.
Who wrote the famous dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451?
Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel presents the future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. It won numerous literature awards, and has been adapted into film, theatre play, radio broadcast and graphic novel.