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When I was reading The Hidden Oracle I realized something I’m not sure how to put it into words, it’s so easy to explain it in spanish but I have a hard time explaining in english, but I’m gonna try my best. 

Trials of Apollo is a complete new saga, it’s different than Heroes of Olympus because that saga was more connected to PJO. But TOA? It’s a new beginning, it’s for a new generation of kids, it’s the start of another era, Percy and his friends, the original campers, they are no longer at camp, it’s the time of a new generation of campers, inside the book and outside the book. 

Reading TOA is a bittersweet experience and I can say the reason of that is all the small explanations Riordan had to add to the books, we know who is Paul, we know Tyson is a cyclops and Percy’s brother and we definitely know who Annabeth is, but the new readers? The ones whose first touch to the Riordan world is this book? They have no idea of any of that. They are the new campers, they are the ones who are gonna grow with Meg and Lester and Kayla and Austin and the new batch of campers the same way we did with Percy and Annabeth and Clarisse and Silena and the others.

Having Percy at the start and the end of this book is Riordan’s way of Percy passing the torch to Lester. This is not his story anymore, he has grown up, he is off to college, his era of being a hero is done. Percy is now on his way to becoming a legend and it’s Lester and Meg’s turn to be the heroes. Sure, Percy is not going to disappear off the saga, it’s Riordan we are talking about and Percy is his third son, but his role is the same role Chiron had on the PJO saga Percy is the mentor now, no longer the kid who needed help.  And for me, a girl who sees Percy as my hero, Percy who helped me when I needed someone the most? Is absolutely heartbreaking but at the same time I can’t help but feel happy for all the new kids who are gonna have Lester as his Hero. Because this is just not a new saga, this is a new saga filled with all types of representation to little kids who are gonna read this and see that some campers have two dads, maybe just like them, or look! Apollo likes boys and girls! just like me! All the representation this book has and this saga is going to have just makes my heart so incredibly full and warm. 

And this is why reading Trials of Apollo is so bittersweet to me.

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‘But silver lining, Tyson’s right. He just proved that it can be broken…’ ‘The only way to break a prophecy is with a bigger prophecy, or if someone outside the prophecy intervenes…’ ‘Tyson, I’m impressed. That was some excellent lateral thinking.’

A more accurate representation 

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Zeus!Percy, Poseidon!Nico, Pluto!Jason

Requested by Anonymous. 

Siblings are still the same, meaning Hazel as a daughter of Neptune and Thalia as a daughter of Hades. For Tyson we decided to still have him be a son of Poseidon as he kind of has to be. 

  • Instead of calling Percy ‘seaweed brain’, Annabeth calls him ‘airhead’ instead. 
  • Sometimes when Percy gets on Zeus’ nerves, he grounds him for a few days, meaning he can’t use his powers to fly anymore.
  • Percy has tried to make cabin 1 more comfortable, but only managed to place some nice pillows without having to fear angering his dad.
  • Annabeth had to convince him not to put a night-cap on Zeus’ statue though as she almost lost her shit at the thought of Zeus’ reaction to that.
  • Percy sometimes zaps people with electric shocks at random times, most of the time without really being able to control it. Usually when he’s upset, annoyed or excited or sometimes just to annoy other people.
  • Annabeth jokes that it felt like electricity went through them as they kissed for the first time. 
  • Percy and Blackjack are a perfect warrior team as they both work great in the sky. 
  • Sometimes when Nico gets angry or grumpy, he walks into the lake and sits at the bottom for a few hours, having chats with the fish and Nereids.
  • Nico has a grumpy pegasus with whom he talks to more than other demigods on some days. 
  • When Nico and Bianca used to be younger, they’d have water fights together, much to the annoyance of Maria.
  • Instead of being killed by the automaton, Bianca drowned, leaving Nico pissed at Poseidon and his own power over water. 
  • He taught Tyson how to play Mythomagic.
  • Hazel still has control over the earth as a daughter of Neptune and her bond with horses is even stronger. 
  • When Bianca and Nico lived in Venice, they’d take shortcuts through the canals on their way to school.
  • Instead of having been send to CJ immediately by Juno, he was forced to spent the summers with Proserpina, but could spent the winter with Thalia and his mom. Eventually he was sent to CJ anyway because of the prophecy. 
  • Thalia always used to summon skeletons to scare Jason when they were younger. Now Jason knows in advance when the Hunters are visiting, because suddenly a skeleton would appear to give him a heart attack.
  • Jason took it as a personal offence that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
  • Hazel bullies Jason with the fact that Neptune is still a planet.
  • Everyone bullies Jason that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
  • Jason and Piper together are the scariest couple: Jason with his ability to control the dead and Piper who can tell you to do anything she wants you to.
  • Thalia is even more afraid to fly as she feels safer when close to the earth, but it doesn’t really matter as she can shadowtravel, which comes in handy with the Hunters as well. 
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Carl Sagan’s reaction to his close call with death from his battle with Myelodysplasia, In what would be his last interview ever.

After the release of his new book: The Demon Haunted World, Carl Sagan discusses pseudoscience, life and death. Watch the full video here.

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Whoops! Mike Tyson totally failed at trying to ride his daughter’s hoverboard.

[Neil deGrasse Tyson:]
‘We have one collective hope: The Earth.
And yet uncounted people remain hopeless.
Famine and calamity abound.
Sufferers hurl themselves into the arms of war.
People kill and get killed in the name of someone else’s concept of God.
Dare we admit that our thoughts and behaviors spring from a belief that the world revolves around us?
Each fabricated conflict, self murdering bomb, vanished airplane,
Every fictionalized dictator, biased partisan and wayward son
Part the curtains of society’s racial, ethnic, religious, national and cultural conflicts,
And you find the human ego turning the knobs and pulling the levers.
When I track the orbits of asteroids, comets, and planets,
Each one a pirouetting dancer in a cosmic ballet, choreographed by the forces of gravity,
I see beyond the plight of humans. I see a universe ever expanding
With its galaxies embedded within the ever-stretching, four-dimensional fabric of space and time.
However big our world is — in our hearts, our minds, in our out-sized atlases?
The universe is even bigger.
There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on the world’s beaches.
More stars in the universe than seconds of time that have passed since Earth formed.
More stars than words and sounds ever uttered by all humans who have ever lived.
The day we cease exploration of the cosmos is the day we threaten the continuance of our species.
In that bleak world, arms-bearing, resource-hungry people and nations
Would be prone to act on their low contracted prejudices,
And would have seen the last gasp of human enlightenment —
Until the rise of a visionary new culture once again embraces the cosmic perspective;
A perspective in which we are one, fitting neither above, nor below, but within.’

My favourite pastime is rummaging through the secrets of the universe, only present to those who are curious enough to look.
—  Amber Rudenick (me)