The Idea Factory

Before Apple, before Google, there was Bell Labs, font of one brilliant invention after another. With a novelist's eye for vivid details and juicy character sketches, Jon Gertner chronicles five decades in an eccentric world where having a Ph.D in an esoteric field was merely the ticket to entry, and Nobelists sprouted like dandelions. A vision of America's innovative Golden Age, and an inspiration to fresh ambitions of genius.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.