On this day in sci-fi history, we were granted a good deal of literature.
First, it was on this day in 1937 that J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. There have been, of course, a bunch of movies based on it made since, but we're still partial to the cartoon version.
Tolkien says that he started the novel in 1930. He was grading papers and turned to a blank page on his desk and wrote: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." The rest is a juggernaut of Middle-earth-related stories. The book has never been out of print since 1937; it's won countless awards and remains enormously popular reading.
It was also on this day in 1947 that Stephen King was born.
A native of Portland, Maine, King has written PILES of the best horror, fantasy, and science fiction work around. And also, things like The Shawshank Redemption. The list is pretty massive, but to really get in there, check it out here.
And, because this is what we do here, here are few of our favorite moments from TV and movies based on King novels:
The Shining (1980)
You might be thinking it's too late for some summer reading. But let's recall that a lot of these books take place in colder months. So … start up your fall reading list early, huh?
Tomorrow: So. Many. TV. Shows.