Tuesday, 28 February 2017

What Is 5G, and When Do I Get It?


Look at the top corner of your phone screen. Right now, it probably reads 4G LTE, and you’re probably fine with that. But soon—and we’re talking years, not months—your phone will say 5G there instead.
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NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off

HOUSTON—Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and peers through a porthole cut into the side of a silver, tanker-truck-sized vacuum chamber. Inside, a blueish-purple light shines, unchanging and constant, like a bright flashlight. “It looks kind of boring,” Chang-Díaz admits.
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

17 Writers On The Importance Of Reading


From his letter to Mademoiselle Leroyer de Chantepie, September 1858, via The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary. From his autobiography, Palm Sunday.
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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Five Amazing Women Warriors of the Middle Ages

So I watched Batman v Superman. You don’t need a medievalist wandering through your digital space just to pile on with the many things that went wrong with the film, so instead let me say this:
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Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction Seeks to Encourage and Honor Pakistani SFF

The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction, announced this week, seeks to encourage the pursuit of science fiction and imaginative writing in Pakistan. Organized by Pakistani speculative fiction authors Tehseen Baweja and Usman T.
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Grumpy Cat and Garfield Comic Is Either the Worst Idea Ever, or Purrfectly Genius


Grumpy Cat and Garfield are teaming up in their first comic book series. This seems like something that would grate my skin until it bleeds... but it might actually be one of the most logical crossovers in years.
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J.J. Abrams & Stephen King’s Castle Rock Series Gets 10-Episode Order

Hulu is taking viewers into the chilling world of acclaimed, best-selling author Stephen King in the new Hulu Original drama series Castle Rock, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. Television and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason.
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Announcing the 2016 Nebula Awards Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2016 Nebula Awards nominees (to be presented in 2017), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
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Gorgeous Kitty Paw Nebula Image Proves Cats Really Do Belong In Space


All cat lovers are familiar with toe beans, the little jellies that adorn the bottom your fur baby’s paws.
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“And the Master-Poet painted…”: Neil Gaiman Revisits Old Gods in Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman’s newest book, Norse Mythology begins before the beginning with Surtr and his flaming sword in an empty, mist-choked universe and ends after the ending with the sons of gods and a game of chess.
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Get lost in this wonderful collection of fantasy maps


We love fantastic maps, and recently, we recently came across an artist named Arlin Ortiz. He has been working on a project called Any Which Way: An Adventurer’s Atlas, a collection of wonderful fantasy maps.
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Good News! The Future of Sci-Fi Isn’t Just Death and Darkness


Science fiction is full of dystopian scenarios—but those are only on the page. When it comes to the writers producing sci-fi and fantasy, the future is anything but bleak. Those authors are focusing on a more progressive future.
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Wolverine Movies: The Evolution of Hugh Jackman’s Logan

Take a look back at 17 years of Hugh Jackman Wolverine movies! Since the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Wolverine has been one of Marvel’s breakout superheroes, and yet that success didn’t fully carry over to the general public.
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Guillermo del Toro Confirms Hellboy 3 ‘Will Not Happen’

Last month, fans were stuck in a frenzy when director Guillermo del Toro promised he would speak with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and star Ron Perlman about making the long-awaited Hellboy 3. Now, Del Toro has taken to Twitter to deliver the news that the film will not happen.
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France’s Beautiful National Library Reopens After a Decade of Renovations

Ten years in the making, the former National Library of France has reopened after extensive renovations. Architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Brégal were charged with bringing life to the historic complex on Paris’s rue de Richelieu.
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Monday, 20 February 2017

2016 Aurealis Awards shortlist announcement

The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), organisers of the 2016 Aurealis Awards, are delighted to announce the finalists for the Awards.
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B&N Bookseller’s Picks: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of February 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. A Conjuring of Light, by V.E.
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Charlie Jane Anders Wins the 2017 Crawford Award for All the Birds in the Sky

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has honored Charlie Jane Anders with the 2017 Crawford Award for her debut novel All the Birds in the Sky. Presented annually, the Crawford Award recognizes an author’s first book of fantasy fiction.
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12 Things You Might Not Know About Big Trouble in Little China


The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry, available now, is a must-read for cult movie fans.
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Louisville Library Workers Champion Preferred Pronoun Badges

Six months after librarian Valerie Pfister was told by administrators at Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) that wearing a preferred pronoun button was a dress code violation, the library has honored its promise to list preferred pronouns on the library-issued name badges of any employee who r
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Human Embryo Editing Gets the OK—But No Superbabies


Thanks to a new set of lab techniques, scientists are learning to edit genes, cutting and pasting to remove unwanted mutations or add desirable traits.
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Somehow Australia's Favorite Song to Bump Uglies to Is Star Wars' 'Cantina Band'


Star Wars is sexy, sure. But I’d still question the logic of anyone who decides to have sex while listening to a band that specializes in what was once called “jizz music.”
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Saturday, 18 February 2017

This 3,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Sword Is Absolutely Incredible


In what archaeologists are calling the “find of a lifetime,” a horde of Late Bronze Age weapons has been discovered at a Scottish construction site. Among the items found is a gold-decorated spearhead, and a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in remarkably good condition.
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LOGAN is More than Just a Good Superhero Movie. It's a Great Movie. Period. [Review]

At this point, the superhero genre has devolved into a yearly battle for delivering ever-more bombastic movies. Sometimes they have interesting stories but mostly it's about big action sequences smashed between some quirky dialog and maybe an inkling of story.
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Here's a Mysterious Teaser for J.J. Abrams and Stephen King's New Hulu Project, Castle Rock 


The first collaboration between Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams, author Stephen King, and Hulu yielded 11.22.63, an eight-episode time-travel drama about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Grab $18 Million and Drive Home a Stunning 1950s Jaguar

If dropping a few million dollars on a brand new supercar isn’t enough to get you going, maybe it’s time you considered a classic. Like, say, the 1957 Jaguar XKSS going up for sale next month. Just be sure to warn your accountant ahead of time, because auction house Gooding & Co.
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Tolkien’s Oxford home up for sale


Tolkien and his wife Edith moved to the property on 30 March 1953, leaving 99 Holywell Street in the centre of Oxford for the suburb of Headington to the east. The couple lived there until mid-July 1968, when they left Oxford and moved to Poole.
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Neil Gaiman’s Next Novel Will Be a Sequel to Neverwhere

Now that Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology has hit shelves, the author has announced his next upcoming work–the long-awaited sequel to Neverwhere, titled The Seven Sisters.
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The most expensive library in the world? Book Capella opens for Russian elite

Charging around £100 per visit to its pricey collection, it’s not clear if this is an actual library or just a novel spot for wealthy Russians to hold meetings 09.00 EST Last modified on Wednesday 15 February 2017 09.
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Philip Pullman Reveals Details About The Book of Dust… Trilogy!


After almost two decades, Philip Pullman has announced the publication date of The Book of Dust. And it is more than we could have expected. Much more.
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Friday, 17 February 2017

5 Stephen King Tales That Are Probably Unfilmable

There have been a lot of stories in the world of literature that have been described by critics as “unadaptable,” and there have been many filmmakers who have gone out of their way to prove them wrong. Whether it’s David Cronenberg tackling William S.
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State Library Victoria – 5 things to do at the Library during White Night Melbourne


You’re going to be spoilt for choice if you’re wandering around White Night Melbourne. Thankfully, we’ll have enough for you to see and do here at the Library that you won’t have to worry about deciding how to spend your time.
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Met has released more than 375,000 images that you can use for free


The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made its entire collection of art in the public domain — more than 375,000 images — available to the public under Creative Commons Zero. The designation means that the general public can use the images in any way they see fit.
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How Ancient Legends Gave Birth to Modern Superheroes


The images that pop up in most people’s heads when they think about superheroes can be traced back to the 1938 debut of Superman and the genre evolution that followed.
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A Castlevania show is coming to Netflix this year


Netflix is adding a show based on the Castlevania series to its lineup this year. The news, reported by io9, amounts to a single line of confirmation in a Netflix press release: “Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017.”
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Monday, 13 February 2017

There’s a Troll Inside All of Us, Researchers Say

You probably think you’re a pretty nice person when it comes to making comments online, but new research indicates anyone can act like a troll under the right circumstances—even you.
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An Italian scooter maker invents a robot that follows you around carrying your stuff

Inside an industrial building in Somerville, Massachusetts, I’m watching a robot follow someone around like an eager puppy. The light-blue robot, called Gita, is almost spherical, with two wheels about the size of those you’d find on a mountain bike.
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An AI poker bot has vanquished the professionals

Humans have been bested by a computer in yet another game once considered too difficult for artificial intelligence to master.
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Holy Crap, This Avengers: Infinity War Teaser Will Give You Goosebumps


In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers are going to meet the Guardians of the Galaxy. We all more or less knew that, but to hear Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige straight say it in this brand new teaser video will make the hairs on your arm stand up straight.
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Friday, 10 February 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie Review

2014’s The LEGO Movie had no business being as good as it was, and in the three years since its release, the film has only gotten better in my estimation. I can legitimately say that it could be the best American animated movie of the Tens.
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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Cushing Library To Exhibit New Fantasy Collection

Authors who create elaborate fantasy worlds, like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth and George R.R. Martin’s Westeros, often provide maps to guide readers through these imaginary lands.
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Saturday, 4 February 2017

The First Stranger Things Season 2 Photo

Netflix (via EW) has debuted the first Stranger Things Season 2 photo and revealed that the new season will have a Super Bowl spot this Sunday! In the gallery below, you can check out a photo from the ad in which Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) are
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Do you see what I’m saying? Why Libraries should be embracing virtual reality.


IntroductionHere at the University of Oklahoma Libraries, we introduced Virtual Reality (VR) to our community with the Galileo’s World Exhibition. I fully expected VR would be of interest to many of younger exhibition attendees.
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