Ursula Vernon’s latest book, Castle Hangnail, may be aimed at middle-schoolers, but it’s a delightful story for anyone who has wondered about the practicalities of running an evil castle. In this case, a young wicked witch must protect her new home from real estate developers, magical bureaucracy, and a truly evil… »
We all know that movie and TV versions of books, comics and games don’t always capture what’s truly great about them. But sometimes, they do something far worse. Which movie or TV version of a beloved story was so awful, it actually made you embarrassed to admit in public you were a fan? »
In Gothic fiction, it never pays to be the first wife. The things these women go through are awful, and are made worse by the fact they usually end up as the backdrop of someone else’s story. Here’s our ranking of the 10 Gothic first wives who suffered the most — and what you can learn from them. »
Clarkesworld Magazine has received 50,000 short fiction submissions. To celebrate, editor Neil Clarke posted a list of the most common short story titles, based on analyzing his submissions. Including “Dust,” “Home,” “The Gift,” “Hunger,” and “Monsters.” And he also put all 50,000 titles into Wordle, resulting in the… »
Lots of science fiction and fantasy stories like to flirt with real darkness — showing heroes who cross the line occasionally, or situations that have no right or wrong answer. But then they usually return to the path of lightness. Which story missed out on the potential to go to a really dark place? »
The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female? »
Star Wars Celebration is more than just a convention — it’s a rare chance to live in a world of nothing but Star Wars for a few days. And the love of Star Wars comes across beautifully in some of the photos from the event. Photographer Davann Srey was in Anaheim all weekend, and here’s the best costumes he saw. »
Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) sits front and center for the very first trailer for Syfy’s huge adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s famous alien invasion book Childhood’s End. This is a big deal, and it absolutely must be done correctly. »
Game of Thrones keeps delving into murkier and murkier territory, as we sift through the ashes of war and the show adapts George R.R. Martin’s most morally ambiguous books. So maybe it’s not a surprise that too much loyalty poses as much danger as betrayal. Spoilers...
Do your charitable donations suck? Are you failing to save lives due to greed you don't even realize you have? Do poor people have the right to take all of our stuff? One of the world's most famous philosophers talked about these very topics with us. »
This week’s best stories are about what it means to be human, about balancing the universe’s harmonies, and about using one’s voice as a weapon or a balm — depending on the situation. »
A newly-unearthed section of A Wrinkle In Time has been released by Madeline L’Engle’s granddaughter — and it has some strong words about the dangers faced by democracies, as they try to balance security and freedom.