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The Great Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off Second Update (by Mihir Wanchoo)

Previously I had spoken as to how I planned to do mini-reviews of 4-5 books at a time. However changes on my family front have precipitated a change in my reviewing pattern. With time being a constraint. I'm going to take a page from...Show More Summary

“Twin Peaks” 3rd Season Doubled: Angelo Badalamenti Returns!

According to WelcomeToTwinPeaks, the third season of the cult TV show “Twin Peaks” has been doubled in size, growing from 9 to 18 episodes! Additionally, composer Angelo Badalamenti is returning to score the show. On top of that, Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, WA, which served as the location of the Double R Diner from […]

Louisiana Black Bear May Soon Be Removed From Endangered Species List

7 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Louisiana black bear inspired the teddy bear and is its home state’s official mammal, and its once-low population has been elevated thanks to decades of conservation efforts. This week, the US Department of the Interior announced the bear may soon be removed from its list of threatened species. Read more...

Walking On All Fours: The World Of Animal Prostheses

10 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Replacing one lost leg is challenging, but what about two, three or four? Read more...

This Petrifying Predator Figure Looks Like It Could Rip Your Face Off

10 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Predator was already a pretty extreme design. Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai line just took that extremity, ripped its spine out and then used it as a club to beat the extremeness to death. Oh dear. Read more...

May 23, 2015: The Dark Matter Deluge!

Whoa!  As our series premiere draws ever nearer (less than two weeks and counting!), things are really beginning to ramp up.  Check out all of the Dark Matter-related goodies…   …starting with this terrific interview by longtime Stargate supporter...Show More Summary

Christopher Lloyd's LEGO Ad Makes Us Want A New Back To The Future Movie

11 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Doc Brown returns in this fun trailer for WB Games’ Lego Dimensions, in which the zany scientist helps construct the device that enables the toys (including his own tiny doppleganger, and lots of other familiar faces that have nothing to do with Back to the Future) to virtually “come to life.” Read more...

Eighteen minutes of raw footage from the set of Mad Max: Fury Road

12 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Obviously chock full of spoilers, this behind-the-scenes footage gives some detail of the camera cars, the stunts and just how minimally used the CGI really was - safety cables and harnesses removed in post, etc. Read more...

This Is What Happens When Two Galaxies Collide

12 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Four hundred million light years away, NGC 6240 appears in this image from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. One NASA source terms the galaxy’s shape the result of a “galactic merger,” another goes for the more colorful “titanic galaxy-galaxy collision.” Read more...

A Thought-Provoking Video That Examines Worldbuilding In Fantasy Fiction

13 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Author Evan Puschak, aka blogger the Nerd Writer, breaks down what he calls “the perils of worldbuilding” in this video, using the works of Tolkien and Game of Thrones, among others, as examples. On his blog, he writes: Read more...

The Problem With the Backlash to the Game of Thrones Rape Scene

Time.com recently posted an interesting article titled "The Problem With the Backlash to the Game of Thrones Rape Scene" by Cathy Young.Here's an extract:Gender issues in popular culture are a valid topic of discussion, and feministShow More Summary

More inexpensive ebook goodies!

There's a pretty good deal on the other side of the pond. You can download the first volume in Bernard Cornwell's The Warrior Chronicles, The Last Kingdom, for only £0.95 here.Here's the blurb:The first book in Bernard Cornwell’s number...Show More Summary

The Play's The Thing (That Gets You Killed) In Trailer For The Gallows

15 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

On the heels of its jarring teaser from April, the full trailer for The Gallows — about a cursed high-school play — offers a lotta night vision and shaky-cam, a haunted VCR (?), a slowed-down version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and a spirited prayer that found-footage horror still has one last breath in it. Read more...

Extract from Chris Beckett's MOTHER OF EDEN

Here's a teaser extract from Chris Beckett's Mother of Eden, compliments of the folks at Broadway Books! For more info about this title: Canada, USA, Europe.Here's the blurb:“We speak of a mother’s love, but we forget her power.”Civilization...Show More Summary

How To Start Getting Into Horror Part 3: Monsters

We’ve tackled how to introduce someone into the mindset of horror, easing them in with films that have horror flavors but aren’t a nonstop scarefest. Then, I’ve written about some of the basic films that set up a solid foundation and appreciation for what the horror genre has to offer, ensuring that there is a […]

This week's New York Times Bestsellers (May 18th)

In hardcover:Charlaine Harris’ Day Shift debuts at number 15.In paperback:Andy Weir's The Martian maintains its position at number 6 (trade paperback).George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones is up one position, ending the week at number...Show More Summary

Newborn Baby Gorilla Enjoys A Nap While Its Mother Keeps Watch

16 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Just six or seven days old, a baby Western lowland gorilla has a snooze in the arms of its proud mother, Frala, at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. So far, mom and newborn have been hanging so tight that keepers haven’t been able to determine whether their newest charge is a male or a female. Read more...

This Gorgeous Batman Figure Looks Like A 3-D Sketch

16 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

I’m a big fan of DC’s “Designer Series” figures, where the artstyle of a particular DC artist is painstakingly recreated on a poseable action figure. But this latest figure, based on the art of Batman: Hush artist Jim Lee, takes that design ethos to its most incredible extreme. Read more...

Way to Go, Ireland

19 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

It's beginning to look like Ireland will show its true colours in #MarRef today. pic.twitter.com/rfle1YyhA6 — Micheal Mac Suibhne (@MicMacSuibh) May 23, 2015 They’re still doing the counting but everyone knows how it’s going to go: Ireland is going to have marriage equality, and be the first country to have it via popular vote. And to … Continue reading Way to Go, Ireland ?

A Brief Note About Me Reviewing the Hugo Nominees

19 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

I’ve been asked a few times if I plan to write any reviews of the Hugo nominees this year after I’ve read them. The answer: No, I don’t. One, if you look at my general modus operandi around Hugos, I don’t ever really comment on what I think of the merits of the individual nominees … Continue reading A Brief Note About Me Reviewing the Hugo Nominees ?

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