News from the Archive 0005: BBC Visit, Rocketship X-M, and Alice

No. 5, 31 October 2012

A BBC film crew visited the Internet Archive; here’s their story.

In addition, the San Francisco Chronicle did a nice profile of our work:

From the Archive’s Mailbox

I’ve just downloaded an image file (various galaxies in their vast array) from your NASA Images pages to use on the jacket of my new SF novel for preteens, The Calling.

I appreciate your open policy of not copyrighting these images but allowing people to use them with a simple acknowledgement (which I have added).

—John Peace

We’re glad to help, but the availability of NASA imagery is determined by the space agency.

Selected Collection: Crap from the Past

This is a pop music radio show for people who already know plenty about pop music. Hosted by Ron “Boogiemonster” Gerber, it’s broadcast Friday nights from 10:30 to midnight on KFAI, Minneapolis. This collection of over twelve-hundred recordings goes back two decades, a millennium, or “since the days of DOS,” depending on how you slice it.

Other Picks from the Archive

Rocketship X-M (1950)

Rocketship X-M landed on the red planet over sixty years before NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover touched down there recently. Hollywood years, that is. Rocketship X-M is the story of five astronauts (played by Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O’Brien) who blast off to explore the moon but end up on Mars instead. Stay tuned for the ending … 

— recommended by Emilio Conseco

Through The Looking-Glass (and what Alice found there), Lewis Carroll

This is a first edition “Presentation Copy” of the followup to Alice In Wonderland. Not only is this a personal favorite that blew my mind when I first read it some years ago, but this is a first edition copy in excellent condition with fifty of the original illustrations by John Tenniel. I don’t need to describe the impact this book had on literature, but what makes this copy so fascinating to me is that inside the front cover is a note in the authors own hand, “Emma Vine, with the author’s kind regards. Christmas 1871.” There is also a penciled-in note saying that Emma Vine was Lewis Carroll’s nursemaid. This was very exciting for me to discover and I can’t believe I was able to see something like this with my own eyes, a real literary treasure.

— recommended by Gemma Waterston

Music That’s Better Than It Sounds

This collection of thirty-four pieces (songs?) by Forty0ne really is better than it sounds.

And the liner notes aren’t bad either!

— recommended by Helen Temnesen

What are your Archive favorites? Please suggest a link or two and a few words about why you appreciate your recommendation to:

—David Glenn Rinehart

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David Glenn Rinehart is an artist in residence at the Internet Archive as well as a cartoonist, composer, filmmaker, musician, and writer. His work is at and elsewhere.