January 11, 2013

This isn't Fiction - Astrology, Asimov, and Anchovies

I was thinking (yes, this sort of thing happens). Why not kick off the new year with some fresh ideas? Veni vidi whatever-"deciding-something"-translates-into-in-Latin. So, to cut a long story short, I decided to go for a little A to Z theme in the Friday feature. And seeing how this is the first post this year I now present you with the letter ...

A, of course. 

Non fiction isn't all about facts, it can also border on figments of your imagination. Nevertheless ASTRONOMY and ASTROLOGY both have a spot within the wide world of non fiction.

Astronomy is a natural science that deals with the study of celestial objects; the physics, chemistry, and evolution of such objects; and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth.

Astrology consists of a number of belief systems which hold that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world.

Still got trouble telling the two apart?
When people ask you your "sign"- that's Astrology. [...] Not to be confused with Astronomy, the bad-ass science of the universe.
Urban Dictionary

See, the two couldn't be further apart ... or maybe not?
Astrology and Astronomy were archaically one and the same discipline, and were only gradually recognized as separate in Western 17th century philosophy.

Who knew?
Astrology is thought to be both a science and an art. It claims scientific status because it requires mathematics and an understanding of Astronomy. It is an art because interpretation is necessary to bring the different aspects together and formulate an idea of the individual's character traits and tendencies.


Isaac ASIMOV was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Not only was he one of the most prolific authors of our time, he ventured into both fiction and non fiction territory.

Curious? Find out more about Asimov's work on Goodreads.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..."


You'll find non fiction books on a broad spectrum of topics. Some will start with the letter A too. If you're feeling particularly hungry, you may read about apples, appetizers, or ... ewww ... even anchovies!

An Apple Harvest (Frank Browning and Sharon Silva)

The Big Book of Appetizers (Meredith Deeds and Carla Snyder)

Olives, Anchovies, and Capers (Georgeanne Brennan and Leigh Beisch)


So what tickles your fancy? Interested in Astrology? Read anything by Asimov? Or are you already checking out some appetizer recipes? 


  1. For me, Isaac Asimov is one of the few writers who could write a very good short story. I love Asimov and it is good to see him mentioned here,

    have a good weekend,
    kind regards,

    1. Absolutely, and let's not forget that he's one of a few authors who're great in writing both fiction AND non fiction books!

  2. Love Asimov. Used to be obsessed with both Astrology and Astronomy as a child; now it's mostly Astronomy and although I snigger at Astrology, I still read my horoscope each morning.

    Oh and I'll be making an Apple crumble later on this evening. And I wish I had an Apple Martini right about now...

    1. Ha, me too, when I was a teen I'd read a lot on astrology and astronomy, but these days? No horoscope reading for me.

      Did you say Apple Crumble? *drool*

  3. I am definitely in for the appetizers... and some absinth would be good :)) As for astrology, I do not believe in horoscopes, not since I read that Taurus women can be b**ches :))

    1. Some absinthe? Had a rough week, huh?

      And talking about horoscopes - they say Virgo's are so neat and tidy, but whoever came up with that idea never set foot into my apartment! :-D