Friday, 30 May 2014

Sin City sequel poster with Eva Green deemed too risqué by US censor


A poster for the upcoming Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, has been banned by the Motion Picture Association of America for depicting its star, Eva Green, in a state of relative undress.

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

17 Spectacular Bookshops In Australia To See Before You Die


Possibly the closest you can get to Paris’ Shakespeare & Co. here in Australia. This second hand bookshop in Glebe is filled with your favourite classics, new releases and everything in between.

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Docklands turning over a new page


The collector in each of us seethes with envy at Shirley Bateman's job. In a year spent browsing for books, she has loaded up her trolley with 40,000 brand-new volumes. To her falls the pleasure of opening each shiny page and inhaling the smell of freshly minted paper.

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Is This The End Of The Marvel Movie Age?


Edgar Wright, Drew Goddard are off their Marvel projects as reports of behind-the-scenes turmoil surface. It was a good run.

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Secrets of the Stacks


Choosing books for a library like mine in New York is a fulltime job.

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Stephen King's 'It' Adaptation Goes to New Line


Two big Stephen King books — big both in reputation, and in page count — have long been in development at Warner Bros. One is The Stand, which after cycling through a few different filmmakers has Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) set to write and direct.

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‘Batman vs. Superman’ Subtitle is ‘Dawn of Justice’


Ever since it was announced that the sequel to director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel would pit Superman against a grizzled, veteran Batman, the untitled film has simply been referred to as Batman vs. Superman.

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Library of Congress is wrecking CDs to learn how to save them


Like it or not, CDs rot over time -- your well-worn copy of Soundgarden's Superunknown might not play anymore.

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12 Happy Accidents that Helped Save Science Fiction


Science fiction history is full of strange occurrences, and it's easy to imagine some wild alternate histories of the genre. And without some bolts from the blue, science fiction could have turned into something way less interesting. Here are 12 happy accidents that helped save science fiction.

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These Are The Surprising Jobs You'll Be Doing By The 2030s


As our technological and sociological realities change, so too do our jobs. But just what, exactly, will we be doing 15 years from now? Here are some completely unexpected jobs you've almost certainly never heard of—but likely will soon. Indeed, the landscape of careers is changing.

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The New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That You Can't Afford To Miss


The best days of science fiction and fantasy books aren't in the past — they're still arriving. Every month, new books come out that pack a hell of a whallop. Just check out our list of the 23 new books that you absolutely must not miss in May.

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Friday, 16 May 2014

The Library Fight in Plain Sight


New York City loves its libraries. People are passionate about them, they feel a connection to their libraries, and have a deep personal ownership over them. New Yorkers don't like to have their libraries messed with. They want them to have more resources and be able to do more.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Victorian Gothic Soap Penny Dreadful Has All the Right Moves


The logline of Penny Dreadful is both familiar and risky: "What if Every Gothic Thing?" Vampires? Ghosts? Frankenstein? Check. It could easily become 19th-century sausage. But Penny Dreadful's kind of delightful, because it's more interested in the pulp than the specifics.

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All The Most Important Batmobiles In One Handy Chart

Which Country Drinks The Most?



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This Robotic Catching Arm Can React In Less Than 500ths Of A Second

Classic Movie Posters Prove that Everything Is Better in Swedish

Here Is The First Image Of Ben Affleck As Batman

Friday, 9 May 2014

A Brave New World... Cover


Bantam has changed the cover for our forthcoming concordance, THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE, several times. You've seen a couple of the earlier mockups here and on my website. Now here's the latest and... I am told... final cover. How do you like it? WORLD OF ICE & FIRE will be out in the fall.

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Library Interior Design Awards 2014

Queens Library, Jamaica, NY. Photo courtesy IIDA
The American Library Association and the International Interior Design Association have announced the winners of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards.
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First Look: Official Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1


The first photos of the official Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 are now online. Back in January, the brick company announced that a fan’s design for a set recreating the iconic station wagon would be officially licensed and sold to the masses. Now we know the set will cost $49.

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Monday, 5 May 2014

Major Landmarks In The History Of Dark Fantasy


Dark fantasy is more popular than ever. Game of Thrones is rocking our TV sets. Tons of authors have moved to the genre. We're obsessed with bloody tales of morally gray people and supernatural forces.

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The Summer's Most Exciting Science Fiction and Fantasy Books


This summer, you can spend every free moment reading an amazing book — that's how many incredible tales are coming in the next few months. So get ready to escape into other worlds, other timelines, and mysterious cities where magic is as ordinary as a hairpin.

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Stephen Hawking Says A.I. Could Be Our 'Worst Mistake In History'

Disney Has Been Hiding Something From You In Plain Sight. I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Notice It Before.


Does the code “A113″ ring a bell? It probably doesn’t, but odds are good that you’ve seen several of these movies where it was used for some small detail. Pixar has used the number in many of their films, but what’s the meaning behind it? Let’s take a look:

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American Library Association releases its 10 most challenged books of 2013


As debate rages in Delaware over whether parents should be able to screen school reading lists for "obscene content", the latest list of the books most frequently challenged in US libraries shows it is not only classics that are being challenged.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Ultimate Guide To This Summer's Science Fiction and Fantasy TV


Tons of brand new science fiction, fantasy and horror television is coming to get you through the hot, hot months of summer. And we've got the ultimate list. Here's our complete guide to the only television you should bother with this summer. Blood and guts and dragons.

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