Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein (Italian edition)

The novel “Podkayne of Mars” by Robert A. Heinlein was published for the first time between November 1962 and March 1963 in the magazine “Worlds of If” (also known simply as “If”) and as a book in 1963.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour taking off for its last mission (photo NASA)

This morning the Space Shuttle Endeavour landed safely at the end of its last mission. It was the last of 25 missions which included several activities related to the International Space Station, scientific experiments and also a service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Humanoids by Jack Williamson (Italian edition)

The novel “The Humanoids” by Jack Williamson has been published for the first time in 1948-1949 in the magazine “Astounding”. This novel is set thousands of years into the future, when many planets have been colonized by humans. On one of the many inhabited worlds a scientist discovers the secrets of rhodomagnetics and, frightened by the terrible energies that can be released, he tries to use it for peaceful purposes. After years of work he builds the perfect androids whose primary directive is “to serve and obey and guard men from harm”, the Humanoids.

Patty Schnyder at Roland Garros 2009

Swiss tennis player Patty Schnyder has announced her retirement from professional competitions. In hes career she won eleven single titles and five double titles.

Jeff Conaway at a convention in 1998

Yesterday the sad news arrived of American actor Jeff Conaway’s death due to complications of pneumonia. Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway was born on October 5, 1950 in New York. He’s famous for working in the movie “Grease” and in the TV shows “Taxi” and “Babylon 5”.