Friday, 18 August 2017

Celebrating the 40th anniversaries of the Voyager launches


Sunday, August 20 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Tuesday, September 5, will be the 40th anniversary for Voyager 1.
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs

A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users with more than 4,000 spyware apps since February, and in at least three cases the actor snuck the apps into Google's official Play Market, security researchers said Thursday.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

13 Fantasies Inspired by Legends from the British Isles

For centuries the myths and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England have carried down through stories told around firesides, in halls, and finally transcribed and adapted in the pages of books—from The Mabinogion to The Lord of the Rings to The Once and Future King.
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Introducing 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch


Superhero movies are all the rage in the early 21st century, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon. In the earliest days of superhero comics, they were quickly adapted into serialized formats: live action movie serials, radio dramas, and animated shorts.
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Japandemonium Illustrated

English translations of these books have been hard to come by, but now, for the first time, Dover Publications’ new book collects all four under one cover.
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Four Incredible Eclipses History Never Forgot


As everyone is undoubtedly aware by this point, on August 21st, folks across the country will be able to see a total solar eclipse—the first one visible coast-to-coast in nearly a century.
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Announcing the 2017 Hugo Award Winners


The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list below. The 2017 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland.
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Aurora Australis: Awards, Books and Coming Events!

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand!
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Friday, 4 August 2017

IBM and Sony cram up to 330 terabytes into tiny tape cartridge


IBM and Sony have developed a new magnetic tape system capable of storing 201 gigabits of data per square inch, for a max theoretical capacity of 330 terabytes in a single palm-sized cartridge.
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Tolkien’s Map and The Messed Up Mountains of Middle-earth


We’ve got to talk about Tolkien’s map of Middle-earth. The man might have made up some beautiful languages and written stories that generations of writers have responded to in ways ranging from homage to bad photocopy, but I’m going to guess he was no connoisseur of geography.
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

10 Essential Stephen King Books to Complete Your Quest for The Dark Tower

The wheel of Ka turns, and  a movie based on Stephen King’s magnum opus The Dark Tower is finally coming to theaters, say thankee sai. Even better, it’s both an adaptation of the books and a continuation, meaning there’s sure to be plenty there for fans both old and new to obsess over.
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Monday, 31 July 2017

Set the Time Machine to 2114 for a Visit to the Future Library

You thought waiting for the remaining volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire was bad. How about waiting nearly a hundred years to read a book from Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale and the MaddAddam trilogy) or David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks)?
Read the full article: Set the Time Machine to 2114 for a Visit to the Future Library

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Did You Know Stephen King Created a G.I. Joe Toy in the ’80s?!


Stephen King was everywhere in the 1980’s. His charisma and spooky nature made him just as big of a star as his wild and legendary creations. We’re talking movies, TV, and even credit card commercials. You name it, he was a part of it!
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Rogue Planets May Be Even Lonelier Than We Thought


Rogue planets sound adventurous, like pirates of the final frontier minus the scurvy. The reality is much more depressing: these bodies are untethered to a star, so they’re doomed to dance around the void solo.
Read the full article: Rogue Planets May Be Even Lonelier Than We Thought

Researchers Just Launched a Prototype of Humanity's First 'Interstellar Spacecraft'


Last year, extraterrestrial exploration venture Breakthrough Initiatives announced an ambitious plan to send tons of tiny spacecraft to our nearest neighboring star system, Alpha Centauri.
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Friday, 28 July 2017

The Tech World Is Convinced 2021 Is Going to Be the Best Year Ever

Ride-hailing startup Lyft announced last week that it’s making its own self-driving car technology—a move that could help it meet an audacious goal of having autonomous vehicles chauffeur most of its passengers around by 2021.
Read the full article: The Tech World Is Convinced 2021 Is Going to Be the Best Year Ever

Thursday, 27 July 2017

100 Must-Read SFF Short Story Collections

While classic authors like Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells wrote some of the earliest SFF fiction, the popularity of SFF as a genre started with short stories.
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Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories


Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

MAME devs are cracking open arcade chips to get around DRM


The community behind the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) has gone to great lengths to preserve thousands of arcade games run on hundreds of different chipsets through emulation over the years.
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Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI


Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent task of the twenty-first century.
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Netflix Announces Matt Groening’s Fantasy Animated Series Disenchantment

Netflix has ordered twenty episodes of Disenchantment, an adult animated comedy fantasy series from the mind of Matt Groening.
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

From 2001 to Guardians of the Galaxy, Mondo's Comic-Con Offerings Were Out of This World


Every year, I make it a point to stop by the Mondo booth at San Diego Comic-Con as often as possible. No one at the entire convention releases as much exciting, vibrant, and exclusive pop culture art over the course of four days—and 2017 was no exception.
Read the full article: From 2001 to Guardians of the Galaxy, Mondo's Comic-Con Offerings Were Out of This World

The Mystery Cars Behind The First Two Lego Car Chassis Sets


We seem to be in a golden age of automotive Lego, with Lego having deals with a number of carmakers, including Porsche, McLaren, Ford, Ferrari—it’s possible Lego has more licenses with automakers than some suppliers that make actual car parts. That wasn’t always the case, though.
Read the full article: The Mystery Cars Behind The First Two Lego Car Chassis Sets

The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters


Imagine you wanted to find books or journal articles on a particular subject. Or find manuscripts by a particular author. Or locate serials, music or maps. You would use a library catalog that includes facts – like title, author, publication date, subject headings and genre.
Read the full article: The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters

Inside The Dark And Twisted Alternate Universe Of Outsider Artist Henry Darger


From the outside, Henry Darger lived a quiet, menial life. He lived for his entire adulthood in a one-and-a-half bedroom apartment. He worked as a dishwasher, a bandage roller and a janitor. He had one close friend, Whilliam Schloeder. He attended mass five times a day.
Read the full article: Inside The Dark And Twisted Alternate Universe Of Outsider Artist Henry Darger

The Full Avengers: Infinity War Comic-Con Poster!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios released three Avengers: Infinity War Comic-Con posters and now the full version has come online! You can download the Avengers: Infinity War Comic-Con poster from our gallery below.
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George R.R. Martin Teases “A Westeros Book” in 2018 That May or May Not Be The Winds of Winter

George R.R. Martin’s most recent blog post, concerning release dates for his various “fake histories” of Westeros, also included an update for The Winds of Winter, the highly anticipated sixth volume in A Song of Ice and Fire.
Read the full article: George R.R. Martin Teases “A Westeros Book” in 2018 That May or May Not Be The Winds of Winter

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Climate Change Is Here. It’s Time to Talk About Geoengineering


Let's pretend that the US didn't recently pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Let's also pretend that all the other countries that scolded it for withdrawing also met their Paris pledges on deadline.
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Austen’s appeal: how Jane Austen went from anonymous to acclaimed


Jane Austen transcends time. Her work critiques 18th century England but it remains compelling to contemporary readers. Her terrific characters, realism, and her sense of irony and humour have earned Austen critical acclaim and a wide audience, inspiring countless readers and writers.
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF


This is going to be an angry column. So, I don’t know if any of you remember that National Review article complaining about the Bechdel Test and comparing the representation of women in movies to cowboys. I won’t link to it.
Read the full article: Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF

Vintage Scifi Mag Galaxy Available For Free Online


Galaxy magazine was a pulpy, science fiction paradise from 1950 to 1980, publishing some of the most important futuristic voices of the 20th century—to say nothing of the amazing cover illustrations. And you can read hundreds of issues from its heyday online, all thanks to Archive.org.
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State Library Victoria – Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria


Self-made: zines and artist books is a new exhibition showcasing the eclectic world of independent publishing, from exquisite handmade artist books to radical low-fi zines, opening at State Library Victoria on 11 August.
Read the full article: State Library Victoria – Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria

Monday, 17 July 2017

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named after an ancient Chinese philosopher who died in 391 B.C.
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1889 Paris World Fair

The telephone, the Ferris Wheel, the first public toilet, the television, the Eiffel Tower, the incubator, the X-ray machine, even the dishwasher - these are just a few of the "firsts" exhibited at world's fairs.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Why We Still Read The Lord of the Rings

I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I know, I know: it’s not exactly an uncommon opinion. But if I’m being completely honest, it’s a fact I’ve struggled with over the years, and only really come to accept recently.
Read the full article: Why We Still Read The Lord of the Rings

SDCC 2017: Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's The Umbrella Academy Graphic Novels Come to Netflix


Netflix, the world’s leading internet TV network, will bring the ten-episode series The Umbrella Academy to members worldwide in 2018.
Read the full article: SDCC 2017: Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's The Umbrella Academy Graphic Novels Come to Netflix

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Scientist Say Tardigrades Will Be the Last Animals On Earth


Microscopic tardigrades, also known as “water bears,” are the toughest animals on the planet, capable of withstanding intense radiation, extreme temperatures, and even the vacuum of space.
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EXCLUSIVE: Batman: The Dark Prince Charming Offers a New Vision of Gotham

You think you know Gotham and its most famous resident. You may even think you know his adversaries and allies. Well, this fall, forget all that you know as we present a new vision of Gotham, care of master comic book creator Enrico Marini.
Read the full article: EXCLUSIVE: Batman: The Dark Prince Charming Offers a New Vision of Gotham

Why You Will One Day Have a Chip in Your Brain


Implanting a microchip inside the brain to augment its mental powers has long been a science fiction trope. Now, the brain computer interface is suddenly the hot new thing in tech. This spring, Elon Musk started a new company, Neuralink, to do it.
Read the full article: Why You Will One Day Have a Chip in Your Brain

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of July 2017

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.
Read the full article: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of July 2017

Luc Besson Tests the Outer Limits With Sci-Fi Epic Valerian


Luc Besson’s spaceship looks weird. Sure, it’s a spaceship, a major player in Besson’s new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Read the full article: Luc Besson Tests the Outer Limits With Sci-Fi Epic Valerian

Thursday, 13 July 2017

OMNI Magazine Back in Print This Fall

Penthouse Global Media has acquired OMNI magazine, bringing back to life the beloved and groundbreaking science fiction magazine. It’s a fitting move, as Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione co-founded OMNI in 1978 with his wife Kathy Keeton.
Read the full article: OMNI Magazine Back in Print This Fall

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Most Overlooked Rocky Planet Is Getting Two New Visitors


Despite being closest to the sun, Mercury is the most ignored terrestrial planet in the solar system. It’s had to sit back and watch while Earth, Mars, and even Venus get all the attention.
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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in July


The world is an especially strange place in this month’s genre-benders, from Christopher Brown’s post-USA Tropic of Kansas to David Williams’ When the English Fall.
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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in July


Summertime, and the space living is easy … or not, actually.
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Squirrel Girl Actress and More Join New Warriors Cast

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Entertainment has lined up the cast for their upcoming live-action Freeform series New Warriors, led by Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl actress Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us, AT&T commercials) and Derek Theler (Baby Daddy, Shark Killer) as Craig Holl
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The LEGO Apollo Saturn V - In The Footsteps Of A Giant


The Apollo programme is without a doubt one of man kinds most spectacular achievements to date and is still marvelled at by people across the world.
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Basic Assumptions of Physics Might Require the Future to Influence the Past


One of the most well-accepted physical theories makes no logical sense. Quantum mechanics, the theory that governs the smallest possible spaces, forces our human brains to accept some really wacky, uncomfortable realities.
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Monday, 10 July 2017

Author of mysterious Voynich manuscript was Italian Jew, says scholar

Illustrations of the book that has confounded code-breakers and scholars for more than 100 years may offer key clues about authorship Illustrations of the book that has confounded code-breakers and scholars for more than 100 years may offer key clues about authorship One of the world’
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Saturday, 8 July 2017

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in July


Dogs, witches, gods, sorcerers, and rat killers: it’s another summery month on the fantasy new release shelves! Christina Henry continues her series of new takes on familiar characters with Lost Boy; Sarah Beth Durst continues the Queens of Renthia series; Max Brooks visits Minecraft’s Islan
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