Quote of the week

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Laugh Out Loud!

Name a city where no one goes?

bildFind out the answer next week!
Last week’s answer: Because his grades were below c-level.

Space in Fiction

2001: A Space Odyssey book

2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction novel written by British-Sri Lankan science fiction writer and inventor, Arthur C. Clarke. The novel was developed alongside with American film director Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of the same name. The novel is based on several of Clarke’s short stories, notably “The Sentinel”, which was published in 1951. It was published in 1968 and by 1992, had sold 3 million copies all over the world.

A Space Odyssey deals with various themes, including Perils of technology and nuclear war, space exploration, artificial intelligence and evolution. This was followed by ‘2010: Odyssey Two” in 1982, ‘2061: Odyssey Three’ in 1987 and ‘3001: The Final Odyssey” in 1997.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series written by English writer and dramatist Douglas Adams. It was originally created as a radio series which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978. The series, although named as a trilogy, includes six novels, of which the last book, ‘And Another Thing (2009)”’, was written by Irish writer Eoin Colfer. The series mostly centers on the adventures of an Englishman named Arthur Dent and also, the adventures of several other characters, including Ford Prefect, an alien and a researcher for the guidebook, Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Galactic President who is also Ford’s semi-cousin, Marvin the Paranoid Android, a robot and Trillian, the only other human survivor of Earth’s destruction.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first book in the series. It was published on October 12, 1979 and within the first three months, had sold 250,000 copies. This was followed by “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)”, “Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)”, “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)”, “Mostly Harmless (1992)” and Eoin Colfer’s “And Another Thing” in 2009. Besides the series of novels, adaptations of this series include, stage shows, a TV series, a computer game and comic book adaptations.

Cartoon Corner


Kids’ Corner

Fun book to read

poolMcElligot’s Pool – Dr. Seuss


Book of the week

Book-of-the-weekSuperstars – Jaqueline Wilson


World Space Week

World Space Week is an event celebrated in some parts of the world, where a whole week is dedicated to science and technology. The celebrations start on the 4th, the day Sputnik 1 was sent to space and end on October 10, when the Outer Space Treaty was signed. This week was inaugurated in 1999 by The United Nations General Assembly. Space Week is commemorated by holding various activities like star-gazing parties, space exhibitions, parades, and rocket-building competitions.

Creative Cornerbee

Calling all the Bookworms across the country!
Welcome to Creative Corner where all creativity and fun exist. Each week we’re giving you the opportunity to write a short story or a poem related to the given topic and the best story or poem will be featured in our page next week (or the week after). So grab your pens, notebooks and thinking caps and let your imagination do the rest. And don’t forget to send it to The Nation when you’re done.

Happy writing Bookworms!
Topic: The Discovery
Deadline: October 10

Compiled by

Kids’ Corner
Kalindi Wimaladharma
Royal Institute

Teens’ Corner
Hemangi Wimaladharma
Girls’ High School

Cartoon Corner
Kulindu Wimaladharma
Royal Institute