Love this: Google has been leading up to the birthday of H.G. Wells with a series of unexplained UFO-related "doodles" on its home page. Today, the UFOs finally invaded the "doodle," (see below) marking the 143rd birthday of the man who wrote the classic sci-fi novel War of the Worlds. Read more here. Yay for marking authors' birthdays as momentous events. You rock, Google.
Incidentally, it's also Stephen King's birthday. He's 62. I particuarly liked this part of his brief biography courtesy of Writer's Almanac:
"After college, King worked jobs at a gas station and a Laundromat. His wife worked at Dunkin' Donuts. He said, 'Budget was not exactly the word for whatever it was we were on. It was more like a modified version of the Bataan Death March.'
"His writing office was the furnace room of his trailer home. He sold a series of horror stories to men's magazines, and he said that the paychecks from these stories always seemed to arrive when one of his kids had an ear infection or the car had broken down. His first novel was Carrie (1973), about a weird, miserable, high school girl with psychic powers. The hard cover didn't sell very well, but when his agent called to say that the paperback rights had sold for $400,000, King couldn't believe it. He said, 'The only thing I could think to do was go out and buy my wife a hair dryer.'"