Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
If you’re skittish about tech stocks, invest your money in first-edition hardcovers of “Fight Club.” Fox 2000′s film version of Chuck Palahniuk’s gritty novel will appear next month and will star Brad Pitt and Ed Norton. Specialty bookstores are already offering first editions of the book for up to $75 each.
“Prices for the book depend on the movie, and in this case everyone says good things about the movie,” says Craig Graham, whose Los Angeles store, Vagabond Books, is selling a first edition of “Fight Club” for $70. “If it’s a good movie, things can be kind of explosive.” Another store, Positively Books in Portland, Ore., is selling a first edition, signed by the author, for $105.
Scarcity, as well as hype, has boosted the value of copies of “Fight Club.” The paperback, published by Henry Holt and Company in 1997, is hard to find, and delivery of the second edition has been postponed until October. (Supposedly, Holt and Fox 2000 still haven’t settled on the cover, which may or may not feature Pitt and Norton, although a Holt spokeswoman refused to comment on the matter.)
Meanwhile, W.W. Norton & Company, who published the hardcover of “Fight Club,” is reaping the rewards. The book sold only around 5,000 copies when it was first published in 1996, but recently it’s become a real contender. “There has been a quantum leap in demand for this book,” Norton’s director of publicity, Louise Brockett, told Salon Books. “We sold 149 copies of it yesterday. Yesterday. One day. That’s an indication of what’s been going for the past two months.”
Craig Offman is the New York correspondent for Salon Books.More Craig Offman.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.