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Drowning the world in oil: Trump’s carbon-obsessed energy policy and the planetary nightmare to come

The president-elect’s slogan should be: Make America Smoggy Again<p><i>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.</i><p>Scroll through Donald Trump’s campaign promises or listen to his speeches and you could easily conclude that his energy policy consists of little more than a wish list drawn up by the …

Fossil Fuels

Awesome Art Picks: Westworld, Wonder Woman, Jean Grey, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites …

12 Books Every Woman Should Read Right Now

Recommended reading for 2016<p>This year (let's face it, every year) was a complicated one to be a woman in America. There were undeniably exhilarating highs as we collectively watched the acheivements of women athletes at the summer Olympics; the glorious heights attained by young women like Simone …

Feminism

Degeneration nation: It takes a village of idiots to raise a kakistocracy like Donald Trump’s

Donald Trump’s government will be “for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools”<p>Ever since Donald Trump launched his campaign last year we have searched for the right word to define the sort of government he would lead. Would it be populist or fascist? Would he be a demagogue or a dictator? Would …

Donald Trump

What they did in the shadows: President Putin and President Trump, and what we know about what we don’t know

It’s a shocking real-life spy story, but what really happened — and what it means — may not be clear for decades<p>At the end of a year in American political life that has come to seem increasingly fictional — a John le Carré spy novel, set in a Philip K. Dick alternate universe — we have reached what …

Democratic Party

Books: 10 most important books of 2016 and more

Hello, I'm books editor Carolyn Kellogg, with this week's book news for you.<p><b>THE BIG STORY</b><p>Looking back on the year, I've selected the 10 most important books of 2016. Because books take so long to create, there's no guarantee that they'll be as meaningful when they're published as they were when …

Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2016 (But Shouldn't Have)

It’s a holiday weekend, which probably means you have some down time. What better activity, while you’re digesting that leftover Turkey, than …

Tom Hiddleston

10 Ludicrously Advanced Technologies We Can Expect by the Year 2100

Predicting the future is hard. It’s nearly impossible to know what technological marvels await in the next few years, let alone the next eight …

How H.R. Giger Invented Sci-Fi's Most Terrifying Monster

Taschen's monograph on the late genius H.R. Giger took ten years to complete and is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the artist's inimitable work. In this excerpt, writer Andreas J. Hirsch explains why Giger's work is like a "Rosetta Stone."<p><i>The following excerpt from Taschen's</i> …

Art

24 of the most exciting science fiction and fantasy books to read this September

Stories with strange abilities, adventures in distant galaxies, and quests in fantastic worlds<p>It’s a new month, which means that it’s a good time to look forward to the coming onslaught of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels (as well as some cool nonfiction books) hitting bookstores over …

Science Fiction

What lies beneath: an introvert’s guide to fiction – and life

In our self-help age, shyness can seem like an obstacle to be overcome. But as Agatha Christie, Alan Bennett, Morrissey and others have shown, being tongue-tied can spur writers and artists on to greatness<p>From Roald Dahl to Harper Lee, six books for shy readers<p>Shyness seems an obvious theme for a …

Literature

10 Underappreciated Sci-fi Movies from The 70s & 80s Worth Your Time

Since George Melies went on A Trip to the Moon in 1902, science fiction has been a fertile ground for film-makers to mine. Full of the potential of …

20 Amazing Books To Read For The Rest Of 2016

It’s lit<p>It's been a great summer, right? Full of things to do and see and places to be and explore. And you've probably spent your long days reading your fill of amazing books (beach-oriented or otherwise), all of which we're guessing were a lot less disappointing than this summer's movie duds. …

Three Board Games Worth Your Entire Saturday Afternoon

One of the less fun experiences in board gaming is a title that simply won’t end. We’ve all gathered around a seemingly eternal game of <i>Talisman</i>, or …

Board Games

A cat book even a dog person can love: 'Close Encounters of the Furred Kind'

I have to get something out of the way before we go any further: I'm a dog person. I might look at cats eating bananas or stuffing themselves into tiny boxes on the Internet, but I like the concept of cats more than the presence of them. And yet, Tom Cox's "Close Encounters of the Furred Kind" is …

What We’re Reading This Summer

A few months ago, I started commuting to the office from a small town on Long Island. The train ride, with its cheerful, sunny mornings and hushed, purple evenings, has done wonders for my reading life. For the last week or so, I’ve been hurtling through “Here I Am,” the upcoming novel by Jonathan …

Books

New Adventures: all the best science fiction and fantasy books coming out in August

Space pirates, horror conventions, and epic fantasies<p>It’s a new month, which means that it’s a good time to look forward to the coming onslaught of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels coming out in the next couple of weeks. Get ready, because there are some amazing books coming to a …

Science Fiction

10 Forgotten Fantastical Novels You Should Read Immediately

Fans of magical prose and magical worlds, take heart. Titan Books has recently released a special limited edition version of steampunk legend James …

Three Must-Read 21st Century Fantasy Novels

Summer is the perfect time to sit out in the sun, relax, and crawl into a good book. We here at Geek & Sundry have separated the wheat from the chaff …

Our top 25 favourite Science Fiction films of all time

Here at The Nerd Recites, Science Fiction (SF) is a genre that we hold dear to our hearts. There have been many great SF classics over the years and …

10 Great Movies That Owe a Deep Debt to Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner, The Adjustment Bureau, Total Recall, Minority Report—there is no shortage of Hollywood adaptations of Dick stories. Yet the author's shadow stretches so far that a plethora of excellent films trace their roots to the master.<p>Science-fiction author Philip K. Dick died in 1982, yet he …

Science Fiction

7 Standalone Novels for Fantasy Lovers

<i>While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several</i> …

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Writing

Intolerance on the march: do Brexit and Trump point to global rejection of liberal ideals?

Back in 1991, the eminent political scientist Samuel Huntington pointed out that democratic transitions around the world often come in waves.<p>He …

Russia

Putin met with his security council to talk about the Baltic airspace before NATO's Warsaw summit

Putin also talked with the council's permanent members about the situation in Syria, where Russia has been waging a campaign of aerial bombardment in support of embattled ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that Moscow says is also targeting "international terrorists."<p>Western governments have …

Russia
Russia

B&N Bestsellers in Science Fiction & Fantasy: June 2016

<i>For nearly two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. At the end of each month, he’ll be</i> …

Science Fiction

The disturbing data on Republicans and racism: Trump backers are the most bigoted within the GOP

Racists are more likely to be Republicans — and the most extreme among them are Donald Trump supporters<p>Presumptive 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a bigot. He wants to ban Muslims from entering the United States, believes that Hispanic and Latino immigrants come to America in …

Government