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The Victorian Hugos: 1893 Was to Books What 1977 Was to Movies

Science fiction books in 1893 are where science fiction film was in 1977. In both cases, the genre was... perhaps “in the doldrums” is too harsh a judgment. Certainly, enough significant work had appeared before 1893 and 1977 that one could, in those years, speak of the science fiction genre, in both media, as a… » 8/04/15 10:45am Today 10:45am

Today's Best Media Deals: Blomkamp³, Iron Man Collection, and More

If you happened to like all of Neil Blomkamp’s movies, and not just District 9, you can get all three on Blu-ray today for $20, plus a 64 page digibook, and an alternate ending for Chappie. [Blomkamp³ Limited Edition Collection (Chappie / District 9 / Elysium), $20]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UCADTZ6/... » 8/04/15 10:45am Today 10:45am

Which Children's Series Do You Have to Be an Adult to Appreciate Fully?

Everybody can name lots of stories aimed at kids that adults can also appreciate. But sometimes it goes further than that, and you get kids’ series that only adults can get a full appreciation of. Which TV show, comic, movie, book or other thing aimed at kids really can only be fully appreciated by adults? » 8/03/15 1:27pm Yesterday 1:27pm

Today's Best Media Deals: The Ultimate Harry Potter Collection, & More

Today only on Amazon, $98 gets you a whopping 31 discs featuring all eight Harry Potter films on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy, along with 45 (!!!) hours of special features. The set normally sells for $150 or more, and makes a perfect gift for your favorite Harry Potter fans. [Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection, $98]… » 7/31/15 10:45am Friday 10:45am

10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books—but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them.
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Under The Dome Shows The Worst Scenario For A Hillary Clinton Presidency

Hey, it’s me. The Dome. Sorry I haven’t been around much. I’ve been kind of busy. You know how it is. They wanted to bring me to San Diego Comic-Con and put all of Hall H under me, as a publicity stunt. But then people got all squirrely about my plan to put J.J. Abrams in a cocoon. What? It would have been fun. » 7/24/15 5:25pm 7/24/15 5:25pm

Ursula K. Le Guin, Fyodor Dovstoevsky, and the Snuggly Comfort of Evil

Ursula K. Le Guin’s most famous short story is probably “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” It’s a modified version of a thought experiment from Fyodor Dovstoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and in turn it’s helped inspire a raft of similar stories. But “Omelas” isn’t just an interesting idea—it’s a provocation. » 7/24/15 2:56pm 7/24/15 2:56pm

Which Writer Deserves More Credit For Revolutionizing SF and Fantasy?

Science fiction and fantasy don’t lack for heroes, especially among the writers who’ve helped to shape them. We all celebrate people like Joss Whedon, Frank Herbert and Ursula K. Le Guin. But which writers deserve way more credit for their roles in revolutionizing science fiction or fantasy? » 7/23/15 2:46pm 7/23/15 2:46pm

How to Deal With Harsh Criticism of Your Writing

There’s nothing more vulnerable than the act of making up stories. Whether it’s an introspective personal story or a seat-of-your-exploding-pants thriller, you’re taking something out of your unfiltered imagination and putting it into the form of a product. That people then criticize. How do you handle that? » 7/22/15 1:00pm 7/22/15 1:00pm