Add Some Popular Novels to Your Kindle for $3-$4 Each, Today Only

Today only, Amazon's got a nice little collection of Kindle novels on sale for $3-$4. The most popular of the bunch are probably Private Down Under by James Patterson, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, but be sure to check out the full list if you need any new reading material. [Gold Box] » 3/28/15 8:45am Today 8:45am

Which "Lovable" Villain Is Actually Terrifying When You Think About It?

Science fiction and fantasy are full of straight-up scary villains. But then there are the lovable ones, who are too quirky and goofy to seem really threatening. They start to become part of the gang, even. But they're still horrible people. Which "lovable" villain is actually horrifying if you think about him or her? » 3/27/15 2:10pm Yesterday 2:10pm

Home Is The Cutest Vision Of Colonial Domination You'll Ever See 

In the new kids' animated movie Home, some unbearably cute aliens come to Earth and take our planet away from us, imprisoning the humans in, basically, reservations. And in the process, the movie manages to use cuteness to tell kind of a thoughtful story about imperialists who think of themselves as victims. Spoilers… » 3/27/15 10:16am Yesterday 10:16am

Economists Who Study Science Fiction Will See Science More Realistically

There are definitely plenty of economists who love science fiction — Paul Krugman comes to mind immediately. But economics could still benefit from more attention to the genre, argues economist Ha-Joon Chang from Cambridge University. But Chang's reasons for recommending SF might be a bit surprising. » 3/26/15 1:59pm Thursday 1:59pm

Which Sequel Threw Out The Best Part Of The Previous Story's Ending?

The most powerful ending is often the one that closes the story with a resounding bang. An ending that lets you know that things have changed. But those are also the hardest to continue, and some people don't even try. Which sequel completely abandoned the best part of the previous installment's ending? » 3/25/15 2:09pm Wednesday 2:09pm

A Classic Novel By The Strugatsky Brothers Is Out In English At Last

Most of us know Boris and Arkady Strugatsky from their novel Roadside Picnic — but their fantastic output was much greater than that. And now at last, there's an English-language edition of their trippy book The Dead Mountaineer's Inn, translated by Josh Billings with an introduction by Jeff VanderMeer. » 3/24/15 6:01pm Tuesday 6:01pm

Wow, Game Of Thrones Season 5 Is Even Darker Than We Expected

We kind of assumed this year on Game of Thrones was going to be as bitter and dark as graveyard-shift coffee. After all, it's based on the two ugliest books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But we saw the season premiere last night, and it's even nastier. Here are our spoiler-free impressions. » 3/24/15 2:06pm Tuesday 2:06pm

The No-Stilettos Rule: My Approach As A Woman Creating Scifi Book Covers

How do you create a book cover that really sells the story to its audience? How do you package a book with a badass woman protagonist without relying on bare midriffs and spiky heels? Muddy Colors columnist Lauren Panepinto explains how she approaches cover art in her role as Orbit Books' Creative Director. » 3/20/15 11:00am 3/20/15 11:00am

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Insurgent Is Like Two Hours Of Someone Else's Terrible Therapy Session

There was always something ugly at the heart of the wish-fulfillment in the Divergent series — everybody except me is one dimensional, because I'm special! But where the first movie managed to turn this into a weirdly sweet adventure about trying fit in, the sequel just goes full-on narcissistic. And dreary. » 3/20/15 9:24am 3/20/15 9:24am