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  • September 22 is Hobbit Day, being the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. What better way to celebrate than by reading all four of J.R.R. Tolkien's most celebrated works within a span of 24 hours? And if you don't have time for that, here's the next best thing: a timeline that allows you to go there and back again in the hairy footsteps of you favorite hobbits.

  • The mind behind such classics as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells is a preeminent fixture in science fiction canon. So on his birthday, we're commemorating the author with a round-up of great sci-fi reads that draw on themes originated by Wells himself. 

  • Name-checking of early science fiction authors usually includes Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne who all wrote during the nineteenth century. But could the origins of Science Fiction go much further back than that? And how far back? We take a look at the various titles that may have a claim to being the first Science Fiction novel. 

  • On July 19th 1860, one of the most infamous women in history was born. Lizzie Borden was an upstanding member of her community. She taught Sunday school at her local church and was a member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance League. Then on August 4th 1892, Lizzie allegedly picked up an axe and murdered her father and step-mother in a most brutal fashion. The general belief is that Borden did commit the murders, but she was acquitted of the crime. We can never definitively say if Borden ever wielded that axe, but as a tribute to her, here is a look at some of the best axe wielders in pop culture and literature.

  • Wildflowers, a favorite of Marianne Dashwood, and tentacles, both feature elegantly in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Tentacles curled around wildflowers make delightful hair fascinators and are perfect for pleasant afternoons spent picnicking and/or battling monsters of the deep. These flowery accessories are easy to whip up with just a few supplies!

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