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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