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Inside Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World

At the great science fiction writer’s Sri Lankan residence, our correspondent talks to friends and associates who remember a witty, enigmatic—and …

10 great cartoonists you need to know: Celebrating International Women’s Day

Comics is producing an unfeasible amount of good to superb work currently, the volume of which makes it impossible for even the most ardent …

Graphic Novels

Passion and History in 'She Makes Comics'

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>Being a geek is becoming more and more mainstream. Yet there are still stereotypes of what makes a geek a “geek.” Being a …

Graphic Novels

8 Tips For Creating Great Stories From George R.R. Martin, Junot Diaz, And Other Top Storytellers

Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook: The Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction is jammed with storytelling wisdom from some of world’s top fantasy writers. Here’s some of it.<p>What the hell is a Story Lizard? In <i>Wonderbook: The Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction</i> (Abrams Books, October 15), Story Lizards …

North Korean defectors undermine totalitarianism with smuggled pirate sitcoms

In an <i>amazing</i>, long, in-depth investigative piece, Wired's Andy Greenberg recounts the story of North Korean dissidents who have escaped, but who …

North Korea

What's The Matter With Dystopia?

<b>This story originally appeared on Public Books</b><p>February 1, 2015 — Dystopia is flourishing. In the process, it is becoming routine and losing its political power.<p>If current fiction is to be believed, postapocalyptic wastelands will in the not too distant future be as common as parking lots, deadly …

Books

6 SF/F Novels with Non-White Protagonists That Aren't By Octavia Butler

There’s currently a movement in sci-fi and fantasy encouraging readers to seek out more diverse books. But what to read? Well, there’s <i>Kindred</i>, by …

Books

Down and dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths

The translator of a newly discovered trove of 150-year-old tales on the gender-bending surprises found there<p>In 2012, readers around the world were intrigued to learn that a researcher in northern Bavaria had discovered hundreds of never-published fairy- and folktales collected by the 19th-century …

Literature

The brilliant ideas and radiant visions of reclusive SF author Greg Egan

Egan was always a writer that Night Shade admired. He’d had a good run with HarperCollins’ Eos and HarperPrism imprints in the U.S. back in the 90s …

Books

Fascinating Quotes About Horror Cinema from Female Filmmakers

February is a month buzzing with celebrations. For fans of horror cinema, that includes Women in Horror Month — which supports female genre artists …

Horror

Archaeological study explores drug-taking and altered states in prehistory

Neanderthals on speed 60,000 years ago; Paleolithic art inspired by psilocybin or <i>Amanita muscaria</i> mushroom trips; and alcohol-fueled religious …

Thoth Hermes Trismegistus and his Ancient School of Mysteries

Thoth Hermes Trismegistus is portrayed by the Egyptians as the moon god with the body of a man, head of an ibis, and a crescent moon over his head. …

The 20 best board games of 2014, finalists from Board Game Geek

The community at BoardGameGeek.com, known hobby games tastemakers, have announced this year's nominees for board game of the year. If you're a fan of the hobby, or interested in learning more, this is a great place to start.<p>BoardGameGeek is a massively popular gaming resource and online community, …

Centireading force: why reading a book 100 times is a great idea

Author and columnist Stephen Marche, who has perused PG Wodehouse and Hamlet more than 100 times each, extols the virtues of literary repetition<p>I have read two books more than a 100 times, for different motives and with different consequences. Hamlet I read a 100 times for my dissertation, The …

Literature

How Spelling Keeps Kids From Learning

Mastering English requires abilities that most children don’t develop until they're pre-teens.<p>Johnny in Topeka can’t read, but Janne in Helsinki is effortlessly finishing his storybooks. Such a disparity may be expected by now, but the reason might come as a surprise: It probably has much less to …

Language

Father John Misty: How to Make Love

“Would you mind bringing me my dancing shoes?” Josh Tillman asks his wife and collaborator, Emma, as she walks into the green room. Tall, with striking eyes and a soothing demeanor, she returns moments later with a sleek pair of ankle-high black leather boots. Tillman eases into them, takes his …

Santa Cruz

Simpsons opening remade as genius 16-bit pixel animation

Is it wrong to enjoy this more than the original?<p>This wonderful 8-bit tribute to "The Simpsons" was directed and animated by Paul Robertson and Ivan …

Human Language Adapted to Climate

CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA—A group of researchers from the University of Miami, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and the Max Planck …

Scott McCloud on artistic frustration, optimism, and evolution in 7 comic books

<i>With Reading List,</i> The A.V. Club <i>asks one of our favorite pop-culture creators to describe a list of reading materials that are tied together by a</i> …

Graphic Novels

Modern languages show no trace of our African origins | Ars Technica

We can't assume that human migration affects language and genes the same way.<p>The evolution of human culture is often compared to biological …

Anthropology

How Video Game Addiction Can Destroy Your Life

Experts estimate that more than 3 million Americans between the ages of eight and 18 could be suffering from video game dependency.<p>The withdrawal made Brett want to die. The 12-year-old had only been cut off for a few hours, and his mind was already wandering to a dark and dangerous place. Looking …

Mental Health

5 Important Things You Won't Believe Comic Books Invented

Comic books consistently create worlds where men have super strength and women have scientifically impossible body proportions, which are the first …

Marvel Comics

JK Rowling loves Minecraft - but what games do other authors play?

JK Rowling surprised some people this week when she admitted playing the world-building game, but she’s not alone. Authors find games of all kinds bring inspiration – as well as offering welcome distraction<p>“I have an 11-year-old son – of course I play Minecraft,” JK Rowling tweeted on Monday, after …

Table Tennis

The best introductory Arduino book just got better

Arduino is on open-source electronics prototyping platform that lets you make interactive stuff without having a degree in electrical engineering. …

Arduino

The Face Everyone Dreams About

"This Man," as he is regularly referred to, first appeared in New York in 2006, when a psychiatrist sketched the face of a man who had begun showing up in her dreams repeatedly.<p><i>Editor's note: Ugh. Looks like we were fooled on this one. This whole website and story is a hoax.</i><p>I can't remember …

Mind