In 1983, If You Wanted To Pirate A Movie, You Needed A Gun

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Welcome to this week’s Reading List, where you’ll find the best popular culture and science fiction stories on the internet assembled in one delightful package. This week: We look at hidden comic book stores, how movies were pirated in 1983, drugs in science fiction, bookselling and radio dramas.

  • Joseph Koch’s Comic Book Warehouse has one of the largest collections of science fiction, fantasy and superhero comic books on the planet, but it’s almost unheard of. [New York Times]
  • In 1983, a copy of Return of the Jedi was stolen at gunpoint. [Mental Floss]
  • Drugs appear throughout science fiction, from early stories such as the Epic of Gilgamesh to Dune. [Motherboard]
  • As chain bookstores in the United States collapse, there’s one bookstore in the UK that’s thriving, because it has stuck to one thing: books. [Slate]
  • How National Public Radio turned Star Wars into a radio drama. [NPR]

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Ivan Nazarov

Is it just me, or is anyone else amused by the fact that the guy who stole RotJ was named Riddick?

:Pictures Riddick traveling back in time to steal the movie: