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Terry Pratchett


The Colour of Magic
Year 1983
Publisher Corgi Books  (Colin Smythe)
ISBN 0552124753



On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out.  There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a native tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet ...



Jerome K. Jerome meets Lord of the Rings (with a touch of Peter Pan).  The book that started the Discworld.

'Verbally witty, imaginatively resourceful and with a nice line in comic-book action, this novel will be enjoyed by those who enjoy high-spirited fantasy'
British Book News




Artist's concept of colliding galaxies



Credit: NASA

Galactic Hearts of Glass
This artist's concept shows delicate green crystals sprinkled throughout the core of a pair of colliding galaxies. The white spots represent a thriving population of stars of all sizes and ages. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected more than 20 bright and dusty galactic mergers like the one depicted here, all teeming with the tiny gem-like crystals.

When galaxies collide, they trigger the birth of large numbers of massive stars. Astronomers believe these blazing hot stars act like furnaces to produce silicate crystals in the same way that glass is made from sand. The stars probably shed the crystals as they age, and as they blow apart in supernovae explosions.

NASA Image of the day archive







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