Thursday, 25 August 2016

The first ever copies of the 'world’s most mysterious book' are about to be released


For centuries, scientists have been trying to decipher the text. Some of the world’s best cryptographers have dedicated their lives to solving the puzzle - but no one’s even gotten close. Now, with almost 900 copies about to go into circulation, we might finally get some answers.
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Friday, 19 August 2016

No Planet-Sized Library is Complete without these Classic Doctor Who Paperbacks!

I’m pretty excited about the resurgence of retro book and VHS covers for my favorite genre properties; the use of a retro cover for the new paperback of American Gods evokes a bygone pulp era of painted covers, and this fan-made VHS cover for Stranger Things adds an extra layer of meta-nostalgia
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A 400 Year-Old Shark May Hold the Cure to Aging


If you’re counting on technology to radically extend your lifespan, you’ll want to pay close attention to what’s happening with the Greenland shark. According to a new scientific paper, this mysterious deep-sea dweller can live up to 400 years, making it the longest-lived vertebrate on Earth.
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5 Massive Space Operas to Read Between Marathon Sessions of No Man’s Sky — The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

No Man’s Sky is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the summer, a massive space exploration sim boasting a universe so vast, the creators estimate 99 percent of its strange alien landscapes will go undiscovered by players.
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This Firefly Cartoon Is Too Perfect to Actually Exist


Firefly might be long gone from TV, but there isn’t a power in the ‘verse that will stop fans from cooking up tempting what-might-have-beens. Case in point, this delightful teaser for the Firefly animated show that some parallel universe is probably really enjoying round about now.
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Trailer Brings Back Adam West, Burt Ward

Last year, the original Batman series stars Adam West and Burt Ward confirmed they were voicing the dynamic duo in an all-new animated film and now DC Entertainment has released the first trailer for the film (via EW) titled Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Check it out in the player below.
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Monday, 15 August 2016

12 Insane Facts About He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe


It probably shouldn't shock anyone to realize that any franchise whose main character was named "He-Man" was, in fact, kind of ridiculous. But somehow the Masters of the Universe toys, cartoons and movie managed to exceed all expectation of weirdness.
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Every Page of the Wooden Codex Silenda Is a Fiendish Puzzle


Related Galleries Slide: 1 / of 9 Caption: Codex Silenda is a wooden puzzle book. Slide: 2 / of 9 Caption: Each page of a book is a different mechanical puzzle. Slide: 3 / of 9 Caption: You can only turn to the next page after you solve the puzzle.
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Saturday, 13 August 2016

All Hail This Brilliant Animatronic Hypnotoad


Remember that live-action Futurama fan film someone was making? In addition to binging Bender, Fry, Leela, Zoidberg, and the professor into our world, the Fan-o-rama filmmakers are working on realizing other characters too, including the all-knowing, benevolent, hypnotoad—ALL HAIL THE HYPNOTOAD (
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Dark Horse to Release New Hellboy Graphic Novel

Ardent fans of Mike Mignola’s beloved comic book-based satanic hero Hellboy (himself the subject of two Guillermo del Toro movies to date) will no doubt be thrilled to learn that Dark Horse Comics will publish a brand new original graphic novel featuring the big, red pruned-horn lug in in 2017.
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We’ve Devoured a Year’s Worth of Natural Resources in Just Seven Months


Today is Earth Overshoot Day—the day when humanity has consumed more natural resources than the planet is able to generate in a single calendar year. Disturbingly, this date is happening earlier with each passing year.
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Ten Spec Fic Anthologies in Translation From Around the World!

If you’ve gotten your hands on the latest anthology from Jeff and Ann VanderMeer—The Big Book of Science Fiction (Vintage, July 12)—you’ve seen just how many wonderful stories they’ve included from around the world.
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

State Library Victoria announces summer exhibition celebrating 40 years of Triple R


State Library Victoria today announced ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR, a free exhibition that marks the 40th anniversary of Triple R, Melbourne’s iconic and much-loved community radio station. The exhibition opens on Friday 18 November 2016.
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Monday, 8 August 2016

Event Horizon: From Doomed Ship to Cult Gem

In the spring of 1997, movie journalism was dominated by discussions of doomed ships. James Cameron’s Titanic, originally scheduled for the lucrative 4th of July slot that summer, had suffered yet another delay.
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Born Digital 2016: libraries launch inaugural digital preservation week and mark 25 years of life on the web

Libraries across Australia and New Zealand launch Born Digital 2016 this week (8-12 August), the inaugural digital preservation week – raising awareness of the importance of preserving digital content for the public good and as a record of 21st century history – 25 years to the week since t
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The Fight for Positive and Accurate LGBT Information in Libraries

Gay rights pioneer Barbara Gittings advocated for a revolution in the inclusion and cataloging of LGBTQ materials in public libraries to create a more positive, supportive, informative environment for all members of the community.
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The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious


Last fall, a little-known star called KIC 8462852 became our planetary obsession when astronomers said that its erratic flickering could be the result of an alien megastructure.
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High Tech Shelf Help: Singapore’s Library Robot

Library holdings are only useful if they’re findable. While many libraries focus on the digital aspects of improving search, for print collections at least, even recommending the most relevant titles ultimately falls short if they’re not on the right shelf.
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So Many Australians Are Claiming 'Jedi' as Their Religion That It's Becoming a Problem


A battle over government, religion, and Star Wars is brewing in Australia. The country will hold their national census on August 9 and a group of people is begging their fellow citizens to not put “Jedi” down as their religion.
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Award finalists: Gemmell and World Fantasy!

The shortlists for the David Gemmell Awards and the World Fantasy Award have been released! We’re excited to have authors on both lists. N.K. Jemisin’s THE FIFTH SEASON is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.
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15 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving This August


The end of summer is slowly approaching, but there’s no wrong time to do some lazy-day reading. Or, as the case may be, stay-up-all-night-because-you-can’t-put-the-book-down reading.
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Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for August

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 SF/F releases. Behind the Throne, by K.B.
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Finally Revealed: The Secret History of Twin Peaks


Welcome back to the world of Twin Peaks. From Mark Frost, co-creator of the landmark series, the story millions of fans have been waiting to get their hands on for 25 long years.
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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Where in the Horror are they Now? Clive Barker!


THEN: Some movies hit so hard, that you forever remember the moment you first experienced it. For me personally, HELLRAISER opened my eyes to its beautiful atrocities. To see a man created bit by bit from the blood of others, it was a haunting experience.
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Friday, 5 August 2016

Star Wars TV Show Eyed at ABC

Nearly two decades later, things have certainly changed. We now have a theatrical Star Wars film planned for release every year for the foreseeable future and are being teased by the prospect that a new Star Wars TV show may now be in the works.
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George R.R. Martin Shares a Peek at A Game of Thrones' Illustrated 20th Anniversary Edition


“It has been a helluva 20 years,” George R.R. Martin reflects in his latest Not a Blog post, marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of a little something called A Game of Thrones.
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Book Lover Turns Boring Steps Into A Stairway To Literary Heaven

Print book lovers have a hard time letting go of their hardcovers for many reasons, but one oft-cited point is that books are just too beautiful ― and shelves full of your favorite reads can’t be beat as decor. But, then again, why stop there?
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