Out of This World BOM Block Six: Books on Space
Pat’s theme this year, 'Out of This World!' is touching on all kind of topics associated with space, each month is a fun surprise! We love the ‘reading’ theme this month. Leave us a comment about your favorites at the end.
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Pat Sloan About This Month's Block - Books on Space
There are so many wonderful and amazing books on space available.
I was talking about books with a quilter at an event and she said she was reading “Rise of the Rocket Girls’. I got a preview then bought the book. It’s a great look at what went on during the space race years. I love learning the behind the scenes things and reading the stories of these pioneering women in the space program.
The amount of manual math that was done is staggering to think about. Here is the write up on Rise of the Rocket Girls:
"In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.
"For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading."
My search for Non Fiction books came up with quite a few including the classic by Carl Sagan ’Cosmos’. Did you watch his TV shows? I don’t think I missed a one. They were so interesting.
Click here for more top non-fiction space books.
Comics and more!
Fiction space reading is a HUGE category! There are novels in all kinds of genre...thriller, mystery, romance…you name it.
I want to salute the comics and coloring books this month, the fun stuff!
Again, so many books, so let me tell you what I noticed: I truly love the more vintage comics like Uncle Scrooge. This can be found on ebay right now. I’m a huge fan of the graphics and colors of the 1970s… this one was published in 1975.
With coloring books being so popular again you can easily find one. I like the simple graphics for my coloring books.
Recently Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame passed away. I have more on him in my post today.
That style of comics had loads of space in themes like this Space Cowboys from Grandway Comics, You can download that for free right now. I was not personally into that style of comics when they were popular, but now I’m looking at them and how they are written. Comic book writing is having a huge come-back with adults.
Click here for Uncle Scrooge comics on ebay.
You can download Space Cowboys for free here.
My quote this month is from Carl Sagan. I watched all his shows and he had such an interesting way to look at the universe. This quote is so typical of what I remember from the shows. I can actually hear his voice when I read this:
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
-- Carl Sagan
Read more Carl quotes here.
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Meet another set of GREAT quilt shops this month! Once you download the block, visit them, it’s so fun to find new quilt shops to visit!
Mabel & Ethel's Quilt Shoppe, Sandusky, Ohio
Here at Mabel & Ethel’s Quilt Shoppe, we carry a wide variety of high quality fabrics and unique wools. You'll also find a delicious selection of the industry’s most recent jelly rolls, layer cakes, and other delectable pre-cuts. Located in historic downtown Sandusky, Ohio, our store features a casual, welcoming atmosphere and friendly, knowledgeable staff members who are always on hand to offer attentive, personalized service. No matter your quilting style or skill level, we have the products and services you need to bring your creative ideas to life!
"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." - William Butler Yeats
Mabel & Ethel
279 E. Market Street,
Sandusky, OH 44870
• Tues - Wed - Fri: 10am - 5pm
• Thursday: 12pm-7pm
• Saturday: 9am - 2pm
• Sun - Mon - Closed
Iva’s Machine Quilting and Sewing Center, Sevierville, Tennessee