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The Starship Enterprise, the famed setting of the original ‘Star Trek’ series, was almost lost to the graveyard of failed pilots. alanoodle.com

How ‘Star Trek’ almost failed to launch

With a pilot that was deemed too complex and cerebral, 'Star Trek' looked dead in the water. Fifty years later, we look back at the show's rocky beginnings.
The global South has more in common than just proximity – our cultural heritage links our literature. Chris Goldberg

Reading three great southern lands: from the outback to the pampa and the karoo

Seasons, stars, settler colonialism: the nations of the south – Australia, Argentina and South Africa – have much in common. And the 2003 Nobel laureate for literature, JM Coetzee, is helping reframe Australian writing within this southern context.
Classic Mega Man … storytelling gets inventive when your main character can’t speak. Brian Talbot

Explainer: the art of video game writing

Writers are vital to today's increasingly story-driven video games. Readers are active players and everything in the game – from the environment to the rules – can shape the narrative.
EL James: the infamous ‘Fifty Shades’ author. REUTERS/Neil Hall

What makes a book ‘good’?

A poor review doesn't make for a bad book. But a good one doesn't make for a good one either.
When children start school, they need to develop reading fluency. from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: how is literacy taught in schools?

There is a lot of misinformation about how Australia prepares teachers to teach reading and writing in schools. So here's how it really works.
The foot is the basic unit for what we consider to be romantic and beautiful: poetry. Khánh Hmoong

Explainer: poetic metre

Poetic terminology can be alienating, off-putting. Whispering "dactylic hexameter" in people's ears won't necessarily tempt them into reading heroic verse. But there is hope – and poetry – for us all.
This is what happens when science writing gets too turgid. Shutterstock

How not to write about science

Science can be fascinating and exciting. But much science writing is dull and obscure. Here are some of the tricks scientists often use to suck the joy out of science.

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