Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016

Short stories hold a special place in the modern history of science fiction and fantasy—from the Golden Age, when sci-fi and fantasy magazines gave birth to legendary careers, to today, when they’ve proliferated across digital media, introducing us to up-and-coming talent and revealing new fa
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The Best Horror Books of 2016

This year was an interesting one for horror.
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Our favourite science fiction and fantasy book covers of 2016

You may judge these books by their covers. We did. We couldn’t track down the designer for a couple of these, so if you know who they are please tell us in the comments!
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Notable Literary Deaths in 2016

This year, we were obliged to say goodbye to a number of literary luminaries, from the wonderful poet C.D. Wright to Leonard Cohen to Katherine Dunn, the woman who has saved the lives of an uncountable number of teenagers.
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Friday, 30 December 2016

A Guide to the Epic Scifi Movie Valérian, and the Fantastic European Comics That Inspired It


Not many people in the U.S. will know that Luc Besson’s lavish new scifi epic, Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is actually yet another movie adaptation of a hit comic book. This is mainly because Valerian the comic was never a hit in the U.S.
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Cinderella as masochist, Red Riding Hood as trickster: new book resurrects 'troubling' fairytales

‘Deliciously cruel’ 19th century twists on favourite stories, as adapted by Baudelaire and Apollinaire, make English debut in new book, Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned 12.10 EST Last modified on Monday 7 November 2016 13.
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Thursday, 29 December 2016

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but a neural network can

The idiom “never judge a book by its cover” warns against evaluating something purely by the way it looks. And yet book covers are designed to give readers an idea of the content, to make them want to pick up a book and read it. Good book covers are designed to be judged.
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The Burning Isle Is a Grimdark Fantasy with Graphic Novel Flair

High fantasy has a tendency to ponder, probe, and observe, and record the results in great detail, and at great length.
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This Fun Science Fiction Movie Art Puts the Emphasis on the Science


When we hear the phrase “science fiction,” most of the time, we focus on the second word. That’s the fun part, right? The stuff that’s impossible? Well, a new art show is flipping that on its head.
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Elon Musk Says His Smart Solar Roof Could Cost Less Than Your Dumbass Regular Roof


Shortly after shareholders approved the acquisition of renewable energy firm SolarCity on Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that his company’s dope new solar shingles could cost less than wack conventional versions of the same thing, even before saved energy costs are accounted for.
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Monday, 26 December 2016

WIRED Envisions the Future in Its First-Ever Science Fiction Issue

This year has seen WIRED (the print and online publications) become increasingly more literary, starting with the impressive WIRED Book Club in April and now turning the January 2017 issue into the inaugural Fiction Issue.
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The Medieval Origins of Xmas

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the medieval origins of Halloween. It was a fun piece that folks seemed to enjoy, and I fully intended on following it up with an article on the origins of Thanksgiving goodies—which aren’t medieval but are pretty darn fascinating nonetheless.
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Thursday, 22 December 2016

The HOT List: 16 Best Libraries in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of only twenty UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world so it’s fitting that Melburnians love and appreciate their libraries. Apparently more people borrow books from libraries in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia.
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Forgotten audio formats: Wire recording


It’s bizarre but true: wire recording is the longest-lasting capture format in audio history, one that paved the way for reel-to-reel tapes and a host of others—even though most people today, and some techies included, have barely heard of it.
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Monday, 19 December 2016

State Library Victoria – Hack Christmas with State Library Victoria’s collection


Searching for the perfect Christmas wrapping paper? Dreaming of DIY decorations with a literary twist? We’re here to help! We’ve combed the collection for festive images, prints and patterns to remix into Christmas crafts.
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The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref

Why Should I Participate? Wikipedia is an invaluable part of every researcher's process. More references make Wikipedia a better reference tool.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 15th anniversary!

As hard as it is to believe for many of us, this coming Monday, December 19th, marks the 15th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring opening in theaters.
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve

Book lovers will want to adopt this lovely holiday tradition, which melds literary and holiday pleasures into a single event. Icelanders have a beautiful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and then spending the night reading.
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Friday, 9 December 2016

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for December


Hauntings, holidays, history and more infuse December’s five genre-bending fictions! From Lovecraft to lemmings, and including recipes (!) from Jeanette Winterson, this is a notably varied holiday feast. Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, and “genre-benders.
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Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Science Fiction


You’ve got nineteen new ways to visit a science fictional universe this December, from the latest novel in Kass Morgan’s The 100 series, to a new standalone from Robert Charles Wilson, to the sixth book in this little series you may have heard of called The Expanse.
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Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Fantasy


Twenty-four fantastic stories debut (or return) this December: A.M. Dellamonica presents the third of her Stormwrack books, The Nature of a Pirate; Mercedes Lackey edits a collection of new tales of Valdemar; N.K.
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Jeff and Ann VanderMeer Announce a New Anthology, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy


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Jeff and Ann VanderMeer are following up their Big Book of Science Fiction with another behemoth of an anthology: The Big Book of Classic Fantasy! The book, which is currently scheduled for a 2018 release, will include works from about 1850 up to World War II.
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Merriam-Webster Tackles Worldbuilding


As LitHub pointed out in a recent interview, Merriam-Webster’s social media game is on point. Yes, Merriam-Webster as in the dictionary—and the many clever, irreverent folks who dream up snappy tweets and thoughtful blog posts about etymology and wordplay.
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Holidays Meet Fairy Tales in this Magical Wooden Castle!

If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, you may want to stop off at the Franklin Park Conservatory, where you will find a castle made of trees. Landscape architect Paul Busse has spent his career creating magical landscapes from living things.
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Some Damn Fine Lego Twin Peaks Minifigures 


While the return of Twin Peaks to our screens next year might spark a new wave of merchandise around the classic series, I would imagine “Lego Twin Peaks” is probably somewhere on the list of things that will never happen.
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Italian author wins Bad Sex Award for genital ballet – but when is written sex ever any good?


“It’s terribly British, isn’t it,” said the man next to me at last night’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards ceremony at the (appropriately named) In and Out Club in St James’s.
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Saturday, 3 December 2016

(Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!

Thanks to major properties like Game of Thrones and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, we’ve entered a golden age of sci-fi and fantasy properties being developed for film and television.
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Illustrator Creates Vintage Matchbox Style Art of Cthulhu, Xenomorphs, and More!

Illustrator Chet Phillips has created an incredible series of vintage matchbox stylized art of all your favorite monsters! From cyborgs to Xenomorphs to Krampus to Godzilla, they make a gorgeous array.
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Science Fiction for Social Change: 5 Authors to Read Now

Science fiction has always best served those not served by their current reality.
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Five Slavic SFF Novels You Should Have On Your Shelves

Slavic SFF is a fascinating corner of our beloved genre. Often times it gets unfairly overlooked, or lumped in with Western European SFF and dismissed as just another faux medieval fantasy vaguely inspired by (Western) historical events. But the reality is a completely different matter.
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Legendary Entertainment Acquires Film and Television Rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune


Production entity Legendary Entertainment has reached an agreement with the Frank Herbert estate in which it has acquired the film and television rights to Herbert’s iconic science fiction novel Dune.
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Monday, 28 November 2016

World’s First Silicon Photonic Neural Network Unveiled

Neural networks are taking the world of computing by storm. Researchers have used them to create machines that are learning a huge range of skills that had previously been the unique preserve of humans—object recognition, face recognition, natural language processing, machine translation.
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The Dark Crystal Sequel Is a Comic Book, Not a Feature Film


We’re finally getting a sequel to the beloved 1982 Jim Henson and Frank Oz film The Dark Crystal, but it won’t be a movie.
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These Posters for Sequels We'll Never See May Restore Your Faith in Creativity


Two years ago, Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit presented a great idea: an art show filled with work based on sequels that don’t actually exist. They called it SEQUEL—and now that show has its own sequel. SEQUEL 2 opens on November 30, both online and at the gallery proper.
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The Fate of the World Is At Stake in Season Two of The Magicians 


Syfy just shared the first trailer for the second season of The Magicians, and there are dark times ahead.
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The Expanse Is Coming Back on February 8


The Expanse is one of the very best science fiction shows on television, with a diverse cast, a thoroughly compelling story, and beautiful production values. Even a trailer as short as the one Syfy just released makes us desperate to see more of this show.
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Japan plans 130-petaflops China-beating number-crunching supercomputer


Japan is reportedly planning to build a 130-petaflops supercomputer costing $173 million (£131 million) that is due for completion next year.
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10 Ludicrously Advanced Technologies We Can Expect by the Year 2100


Predicting the future is hard. It’s nearly impossible to know what technological marvels await in the next few years, let alone the next eight decades. Undaunted, we’ve put together a list of 10 super-advanced technologies that should be around by the year 2100.
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Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2016 (But Shouldn't Have)


It’s a holiday weekend, which probably means you have some down time. What better activity, while you’re digesting that leftover Turkey, than catching up on some of 2016's best scifi and fantasy films ?
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All the science fiction and fantasy novels you need to make it through winter


Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the time of year when curling up with a book—or a stack of books—is pretty much mandatory. If you're wondering where to start, we've got a list of new novels from 2016 to help you escape and make you think strange new thoughts.
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Stranger in a Strange Land Heads to Syfy

Can you grok it? Stranger in a Strange Land is getting a Syfy television seres Syfy has their sights set on adapting another classic science fiction novel that many have grokked over the years.
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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Hate weeding? The Tertill, the latest robot from the inventor of the Roomba, will clean up your garden


What do vacuuming, mopping, and weeding have in common? They’re all repetitive household chores that must be done frequently. They’re also all targets for roboticist Joe Jones.
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Monday, 7 November 2016

B&N Bookseller’s Picks: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of November 2016

For nearly two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s can’t-miss new SFF releases.
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Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for November

Just ten November books cross genres and leap categorization with a single bound, including several new anthologies; a Lauren Beukes collection; the latest from Memory of Water author Emmi Itaranta; The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher’s journals from the ’70s; and Warren Ellis’s Normal, now
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The 25 Best Cats in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

As anyone who has ever used the Internet knows, cats are everything. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 36 U.S. million households sport a feline companion. Where dogs are blindly loyal, a cat’s ambivalence speaks of alien wisdom.
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This Wacky World Map Just Won Japan's Biggest Design Award

The centuries-old Mercator projection is a notoriously inaccurate world map. For one thing, Greenland isn’t the massive land mass as shown on the map. But a new map by artist and architect Hajime Narukawa offers what’s possibly the most proportional map we’ve ever seen.
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Fiction Affliction: November Releases in Science Fiction

Forty new science fiction books have release dates in November! Where to start? Well, there’s Ken Liu’s anthology of Chinese SF; three reissued Doctor Who stories; John Crowley’s version of The Chemical Wedding; Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, which will surely be full of hints about next month
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Fiction Affliction: November Releases in Fantasy

Forty-three fantastic books vie for your reading time this month, from the finale of Erika Johansen’s Tearling series to Brandon Sanderson’s massive Arcanum Unbounded! Adventure awaits: Paul Cornell goes back to Lychford with The Lost Child of Lychford; Michael Livingston continues his histor
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2016 Holiday Movies Preview

As we ramp up to the end of 2016, we can look back on a year filled with franchise tentpoles, some of which worked and some of which didn’t.
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This Gorgeous Stained Glass Dalek Is Just as Likely to Yell 'Excommunicate' as 'Exterminate'

What happens when you cross a Dalek with a stained-glass window? You get the most weirdly beautiful looking killer pepperpot the world has ever seen.
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State Library Victoria – New books, and something très bon from the sixties!

This eye-popping paperback from the American arm of Penguin Books is not just brimful of some of the wildest art to grace the covers of classic literature, it also comes with fascinating insights from the artists, designers, editors and others involved with a particular edition.
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Rethinking the National Library

The recent appointment of Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress makes this a good time to reconsider the library’s role in the life of the nation and confront the problems caused by years of stasis at this revered national institution.
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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Hunt for dark matter sends scientists underground in a Victorian goldmine

Scientists have been stalking it for four decades. Like a wind that buffets leaves on a tree, they know it exists. They can see the way it moves the stars around our galaxy. But despite being the cosmic glue that binds the universe together, dark matter has remained elusive.
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Time to Vote! Announcing the Nominees of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

Vote now in the Opening Round! » Your vote counts! We need your help selecting the best books of the year during the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards, our eighth-annual event where readers select the best-of-the-best books across 20 categories.
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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Christopher Tolkien awarded Bodley Medal


Christopher Tolkien has been awarded the Bodley Medal. The Bodley Medal is awarded by the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to literature, culture, science, and communication.
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