Monday, 16 October 2017

Bodleian to publish Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

The Bodleian Library will publish Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth as a companion to the forthcoming exhibition of the same name on 1 June 2018.
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Meet VOX, a proposed mission to uncover the secrets of Venus

This article originally appeared on Van Kane's blog and is reposted here with permission. When I wrote my blog post on the New Frontiers mission proposals, I could identify eleven of the twelve proposals. One, though, then had no public trace.
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Tastunoko's Superhero Team-Up Anime Infini-T Force Is Coming to the West


Image: Viz MediaLast year, Tatsunoko announced it would be celebrating its 55th anniversary with an Avengers-esque mashup of some of its most iconic superheroes for a new anime series—and although Western audiences may only be vaguely familiar with some of these heroes, they’ll be getting to see
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Horror is Good For You (and Even Better for Your Kids)

One of the core reasons I make books now is because Ray Bradbury scared me so happy, that what I am perpetually compelled to do is, at best, ignite the same flame in a young reader today. Most of my comics, certainly the ones I write myself, are scary ones or revolve around scary themes.
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Banned, burned, and now rebuilding: Comics collections in libraries

Comics is both a medium—although some would say it’s an art form—as well as the texts produced in that medium.
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Testosterone Rex triumphs as Royal Society science book of the year

Psychologist Cordelia Fine’s dissection of the myths that sustain assumptions about sexual difference acclaimed by judges as ‘a cracking critique’ A book that rubbishes the idea of “fundamental” differences between men and women has become the 30th winner of the prestigious Royal
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There cannot be two kinds of medicine: EU scientists shred homeopathy, alt med


An organization representing scientific academies throughout Europe released a statement Wednesday that squarely bashed homeopathy as nonsense and warned that the “promotion and use of homeopathic products risks significant harms.
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Why Hellboy is the hero of our time


The end of the world could come any day now. Perhaps that’s an exaggerated reaction to the news these days; most likely, the world will stagger and limp along just like it always has.
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Tolkien’s Map and the Perplexing River Systems of Middle-earth


Remember when I said that the map of Middle-earth had 99 problems and mountains were 98 of them? Well, it’s time to talk about that one remaining problem: rivers. I’ll mostly be talking about the Anduin here, since it’s the most major river on the map.
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

New Andrzej Sapkowski

Earlier this year, Orbit (US) and Gollancz (UK) announced that they will publish a translation of a new book in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher universe: Season of Storms. More Polish SFT!
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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Josh Boone to Write Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s The Talisman


The Fault in Our Stars and New Mutants writer Josh Boone is set to write the big screen adaptation of the Stephen King and Peter Straub novel “The Talisman,” according to Variety. The novel was released in 1984 and was nominated for both the Locus and World Fantasy Awards in 1985.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

Stephen King May Write Another Dark Tower Story


Successful Stephen King adaptations are everywhere right now—but one that didn’t stick its landing is The Dark Tower. And at the movies and on TV, the future of The Dark Tower series is in up in the air.
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69 Porg Photoshops That Will Haunt Your Dreams In the Most Adorable Way Possible


The porg is easily the most controversial new character in the Star Wars universe. You either love it or hate it, but either way, everyone wants to make photoshops of this strange little creature. And Gizmodo readers delivered.
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

We can’t ever know whether or not our universe is a simulation


Are we living in a simulation? A flurry of headlines says no: we need no longer worry about our lives being mere software spawned by a highly advanced supercomputer. These stories stem from a recent Science Advances paper about simulating quantum physics.
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Monday, 9 October 2017

We're building a 1,300km-long underground science experiment to study the world's most elusive particles


In an abandoned gold mine close to Deadwood, South Dakota, construction has started on what is arguably the world’s largest science experiment.
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Aurora Australis: The Future Looks Bright for Children’s Lit

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand!
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Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Books of October 2017


Looking for something to read? Here’s the Unbound Worlds guide to the best and biggest science-fiction and fantasy books of the month.
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Lovely LISA


One of the amazing ideas to emerge from Einstein’s theory of general relativity was the possibility of gravitational waves rippling their way across the cosmos. It took a century to verify this prediction.
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Premiere Date and Key Art

Grab your chainsaws and watch out for Deadites because the grooviest show on TV returns in all its Ash-kicking splendor with more grisly battles, ghoulish banter and more blood-drenched fun than ever.
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

We, robot: the computer co-authoring a story with a human writer

In Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, a collection of nine short stories about robotics, Asimov explores the possibilities of human-computer interaction. How can humans and computers co-exist? How can they work together to make a better world?
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

2017 Inky Award winners for best young adult literature announced

The winners of the 2017 Inky Awards for young adult literature were announced today by The Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria. The Inky Awards were established in 2007 as Australia’s national teen choice awards for young adult literature.
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Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation


Some physical phenomena may be impossible to simulate. Just in case it’s been weighing on your mind, you can relax now. A team of theoretical physicists from Oxford University in the UK has shown that life and reality cannot be merely simulations generated by a massive extraterrestrial computer.
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Monday, 2 October 2017

The 10 Most Frequently Challenged Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books

In the age of the smartphone, one might be forgiven for thinking attempts to ban books are one of those old-timey things we can all laugh about today, like prohibition or child labor.
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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Australia sprints into the space race


In a rare show of Federal, state, academic and business cooperation, Australia this week declared its intention to build its own space agency.
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

11 Superhero Costumes That Deserve to Be Seen in Live-Action


We’re inundated with comic book movies and TV shows these days. But for a decade now, we’ve been in the age of the “practical” hero look. And that was fine in the beginning, when everyone was worried about getting regular people to take this genre seriously.
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The incredible record libraries where you can listen to vast archives for free


Sonic treasure troves. Vinyl might have a rep for being a notoriously expensive endeavour, but right now hundreds of thousands of records are sitting, waiting to be played, from listening stations and audio set-ups designed exactly for this purpose.
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

IT Sequel Gets a Release Date from New Line Cinema

A sequel to the monster hit IT is on the way and New Line Cinema has given it a release date. The IT sequel will be written by Gary Dauberman and directed by Andy Muschietti, who directed the first film. The IT sequel will also see the return of the child actors from the first film.
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Sunday, 24 September 2017

12 Literary Writers on Stephen King’s Influence


Stephen King—prolific writer, mega-bestseller, living author with the most film adaptations to his name, crowned king of horror but by no means limited to that genre—turns 70 today.
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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Celebrating 50 Tumultuous Years of Batgirl


This year’s Batman Day is also a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the debut of Barbara Gordon, the once and future Batgirl.
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Barbarella, the Lady Captain Kirk, Returns to Comics for First Time in 35 Years


Barbarella, the iconic and controversial erotic scifi heroine, is returning to comic books for the first time in over three decades, and it’s going to be very sexy.
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4 Science Books That Explore the Future of Human Evolution

Not too long ago, designer babies, artificial intelligence, and immortality were the exclusive province of science-fiction. Not anymore. According to these science writers, these and other surprising changes could all be coming in the near future — provided we don’t destroy ourselves first.
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An Exclusive Excerpt From io9 Co-Founder Annalee Newitz's New Novel, Autonomous


So you guys may remember the name Annalee Newitz. I mean, she only-co-created this very site and ran it as editor-in-chief from 2008 through 2015.
Read the full article: An Exclusive Excerpt From io9 Co-Founder Annalee Newitz's New Novel, Autonomous

A Definitive Collection that Defies Definition: Le Guin’s Hainish Novels & Stories


A year after their release of Ursula K. Le Guin’s complete Orsinia works, the Library of America has released a stunning two-volume set collecting the author’s most famous sci-fi works.
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Picturing The Hobbit


The Hobbit has been inspiring artists and readers for generations, ever since its publication 80 years ago today. Artwise, I’ve always had a soft spot for The Hobbit; I love that it lends itself equally well to delightful and weighty interpretations.
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Friday, 22 September 2017

Dark Horse Books Announces the HELLBOY Omnibus Collection

In 1994, Mike Mignola released the first Hellboy series, Seed of Destruction and introduced the world to the Right Hand of Doom, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and one of the most iconic comic book characters—and universes—of all time.
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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Welcome to the Silmarillion Primer: An Introduction

Welcome to the Silmarillion Primer, wherein I discuss, praise, and adoringly poke fun at J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal work in a series of essays, spanning twenty or so installments, as a prep for its would-be readers.
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The Reading Lists Hidden Inside 12 Great Books

Earlier this year, I read Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman for the first time, and was immediately delighted—I mean, if you want to seduce me as a reader, you could do no better than to mention W. G. Sebald on page three.
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26 Underrated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Gems You Shouldn’t Miss

With the influx of new sci-fi, fantasy, and horror books hitting shelves every week, it’s easy to miss a few good books here and there. There are more than a few well-hewn jewels that deserve a spot on your to-read pile. Thankfully, it’s never too late to pick up a good book.
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon Join Forces Again


– Gotham’s Dark Knight joins forces with New York’s Heroes in A Half-Shell this December as DC Entertainment and IDW Publishing today announced plans for BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II, a six-issue follow up to the smash-hit crossover series of 2015.
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At the End of the World, Clade Celebrates Human Endurance

It’s the end of the world in Clade, but James Bradley’s unusually beautiful novel of climate collapse isn’t really about the apocalypse. Its natural disasters, and the resulting societal upheaval, are immovable and inevitable—events his characters cannot hope to avert, only overcome.
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The Greatest Adventure: Tolkien’s The Hobbit Turns 80!


In a hole in the ground lived one of literature’s smallest badasses, Bilbo Baggins, who in 1937 burst onto the scene in a ring of smoke. That’s right: 80 years ago this week, J.R.R.
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Monday, 18 September 2017

IBM Has Used Its Quantum Computer to Simulate a Molecule—Here’s Why That’s Big News


We just got a little closer to building a computer that can disrupt a large chunk of the chemistry world, and many other fields besides. A team of researchers at IBM have successfully used their quantum computer, IBM Q, to precisely simulate the molecular structure of beryllium hydride (BeH2).
Read the full article: IBM Has Used Its Quantum Computer to Simulate a Molecule—Here’s Why That’s Big News

History of zero pushed back 500 years by ancient Indian text


The symbol “0” is a familiar sight, but its origins are far from certain. A recent batch of carbon dating is causing the history of mathematics to be rewritten, as it has discovered zeros dating back to a period 500 years before previously seen.
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Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore


Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his forearms. “This demo is a mind fuck,” says Reardon, who prefers to be called by his surname only.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

This Crazy Concept Art Is for a Fantasy Samurai Movie Made With Puppets


You’ve seen samurai movies, you’ve seen puppet movies, and you’ve seen ghost stories. What happens when you mash the three together? You get The Haunted Swordsman, and we’ve got some super cool concept art from the project.
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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Five fascinating questions physicists are seeking to answer


From Copernicus to Einstein, the field of Physics has changed drastically over time. With each new theory, further hypotheses appear that challenge conventional wisdom.
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How to Watch Cassini's Grand Finale at Saturn


The end is nigh: On Friday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will send its last messages back home as it plummets through Saturn’s atmosphere until it is ultimately ripped apart. This death dive marks the final phase of a 13-year mission exploring the ringed planet and its bevy of moons.
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Cassini’s 10 best pictures from its 13-year voyage around Saturn


NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been voyaging through the solar system since October 1997. It went into orbit around Saturn in 2004 and has since taken thousands of images of the planet, its rings, and its many diverse moons.
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Your First Look at the New Hellboy!

Holy crap! Your first look at the new Hellboy is here! The first photo of David Harbour as the hero has arrived and can be viewed in the gallery below.
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