The Renegade Spy Is Now Out In German – Staatsfeind!

It’s been a long time coming but approximately eighteen months after its English version made its debut, the German translation of the Renegade Spy is finally out!

The translated title is “Staatsfeind, Kampf Ohne Regeln” (Enemy of the State, War Without Rules“) because there is a stupid publishing law in Germany. Basically, all existing titles are copyrighted which means that if someone has already used a German title, you have to make yours different and unique. If you don’t, well then you’re setting yourself up for a copyright infringement lawsuit, and you’ll lose.

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Facebook Live #2 : Mark Talks Autographs, Paperbacks & Writing Tips

On Tuesday, I did my second Facebook Live session, after last week’s had to be unexpectedly cancelled at the last moment. In this one, which I enjoyed as much as the last one, I went into my new autograph cards, my paperback books, and questions from viewers relating to writing tips and my inspirations.

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Facebook Live #1 : Mark Talks Spies, Scorpions & Sigourney Weaver

Last week, I finally bit the bullet and started Facebook Live streaming. I have never been more nervous in my entire life. Being live, there is obviously no possibility of edits or do-overs. So if you mess up, freezing live on-air and looking like a deer in the headlights is a real possibility.

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NASA Releases a Free Online Archive: 140,000 Photos, Videos & Audio Files

Until the Internet, only a few select images from NASA made their way to the public. Since the 1990s, the agency has published hundreds of photos and videos online, but these efforts have been fragmentary. That changed this month with the release of a huge photo archive — 140,000 pictures, videos, and audio files – and makes them searchable.

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The CIA Had a SECRET Report On Soviet Superstitions

A formerly SECRET report uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives show that in the earliest days of the Cold War, the CIA took an interest in Soviet superstitions. The report, which was kept classified for 60 years, was apparently compiled by a defector.

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Mary Shelley’s Handwritten Manuscripts of Frankenstein Now Online for the First Time

Thanks to the newly-opened Shelley-Godwin Archive, you can read “for the first time in digital form all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley’s finest work and arguably the most famous work of British Romanticism. The story behind the writing of Frankenstein is famous.

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