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9 science fiction and fantasy books coming out this September you should add to your reading list

Hitting bookstores September 4th and 11th<p>We’re going to start doing something a little different with our monthly book list here on <i>The Verge:</i> we’re shifting this column from a monthly schedule to a bi-weekly one. Each list will be a bit shorter and hopefully, a bit less daunting than a longer …

Science Fiction

'For me, this is paradise': life in the Spanish city that banned cars

How can it be that private property – the car – occupies the public space? César Mosquera<p>People don’t shout in Pontevedra – or they shout less. With all but the most essential traffic banished, there are no revving engines or honking horns, no metallic snarl of motorbikes or the roar of people …

Pontevedra

Ball Lightning is a gripping tale of obsession from the biggest name in Chinese sci-fi

From the author of The Three-Body Problem<p>In 2015, Liu Cixin’s <i>The Three-Body Problem</i> (translated into English by Ken Liu)<i>,</i> earned science fiction’s highest honor: the Hugo Award for Best Novel. The award was the first for a Chinese author, and put Liu in the global spotlight. Sequels to that novel,</i> …

Hugo Awards

Here are 7 new sci-fi and fantasy novels coming out this September to check out

Hitting bookstores on September 18th and 25th<p>HBO recently aired its adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s short novel <i>Sharp Objects</i>, and while I haven’t caught up on the entire thing yet, the first couple of episodes prompted me to dig my copy out to give it a read. I’ve been meaning to pick it up for years …

Penguin Random House

Aldi's $17 Whisky Is the Best in the World

We'll drink to that.<p>Aldi, the discount supermarket chain with stores in more than 20 countries, has won an award for best whisky in the world. Your great-grandpappy's moss-covered distillery nestled in the Scottish highlands can suck it.<p>At the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters, judges bestowed …

Scotch Whisky

The 9 Best Moisturizers to Combat Dry Skin This Winter

For your face and body.<p>Itch, itch. Scratch, scratch. Those are the signature motions of fall and winter, marked by falling flakes of dry dead skin. It's about as pleasant as it sounds, but for the dryest among us, it's an inevitable matter of seasonal irritation.<p>Not only can dry skin lead to acne, …

Skin Care

Read an excerpt from R.E. Stearns’ science fiction book Mutiny at Vesta

Space pirates!<p>Last December, R.E. Stearns’ debut space opera novel <i>Barbary Station</i> blew me away. Set in a futuristic solar system that feels similar to the world of <i>The Expanse,</i> it follows two aspiring engineers, Adda and Iridian, as they leave behind corporate jobs and exorbitant student loans to …

Volvo’s 360c concept car is a fully autonomous bedroom on wheels

Without a combustion engine or a steering wheel, Volvo reimagines the car as a short-haul flight replacement<p>“In our striving for efficiency, have we lost empathy for the traveler?” These words, from Volvo’s launch video for its new 360c fully autonomous concept car, hit home with me. I fly a lot, …

Living Rooms

Burn Fat Anywhere, Anytime with This 20-Minute Bodyweight Circuit

Get moving -- this workout from 50 Cent and Kevin Love's trainer only takes about 20 minutes.<p>Mobility is important whether you're training for a specific activity, sport, or if you just want to look good and be healthy. That's why trainer Jay Cardiello emphasizes movement and mobility exercises in …

50 Cent

Tumblr is killing off its dot

The brand is dropping the period from its logo, more proof that quirky tech branding is over.<p>Tumblr (remember Tumblr?) is the latest company to simplify and straighten out its logo. The microblogging site, which has struggled to avoid becoming another MySpace or Second Life as it has bled users in …

Tumblr

AMC is developing a sci-fi show based on Ken Liu’s short stories

The network has opened up a writer’s room for the animated show<p>Ken Liu is one of science fiction’s most celebrated writers working today. In addition to translating Cixin Liu’s acclaimed <i>Three Body Problem</i> and <i>Death’s End</i>, he’s also earned numerous awards, most significantly for his short story, “The …

How to add iPhone X gestures to your Android phone

Have your cake and eat it, too<p>The best feature of Apple’s iPhone X isn’t its hardware or design; it’s the extremely fun, easy-to-use, and efficient gesture-based navigation system that replaces the old home button. Apple’s use of gestures in the iPhone X has spurred a renaissance in gesture UIs, …

In The Robots of Gotham, AI has taken over the world — and become exactly like us

Charisma and a keen business instinct are useful traits when surviving Todd McAulty’s robot apocalypse<p>Todd McAulty’s debut novel <i>The Robots of Gotham</i> walks us through a familiar scenario: what if robots took over the world? In his future, McAulty’s robots are benevolent monarchs, bloodthirsty …

Rugby star Gareth Thomas: ‘I want a black-and-white law so people can deal with homophobia’

The rugby environment, the changing room, was so different. I started in an amateur era where ‘men were men’<p>In 2009, a few months after the former Welsh rugby captain had come out as gay, a couple of hundred people joined in a homophobic chant at the match he was playing for the Crusaders at …

Here’s what to watch on Netflix after The First Purge

In the genre of “exploitation films about the government forcing people to kill each other,” this one’s a classic<p><i>There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The</i> …

Beyerdynamic’s new $179 USB mic is built for podcasters, Twitch streamers, and musicians

Beyerdynamic has a new studio-grade USB microphone called the Fox. It’s priced at $179, which is competitive with similar products from Blue, Apogee, Rode, Shure, and other companies. The Fox is available for preorder today and starts shipping on July 16th.<p>Beyerdynamic is marketing the mic towards …

The EU is polling citizens if daylight saving is really necessary

They have until August 16th to decide<p>The European Commission has launched a public poll on whether its biannual daylight saving rules should be scrapped for good. Citizens can decide whether they want to stick with the current directive, or choose another set of rules to follow year-round rather …

How to save any audio file to iPhone without a Mac

Did you ever download an audio file to your iPhone, and then wonder just how you are supposed to listen to it? Maybe you have a few recorded lectures you want to listen to on a plane, or you have some audiobooks you’d like to listen to on the beach. The bad news is a that you can’t add music or any …

Podcasting

How to photograph fireworks and capture the color of Independence Day

Fireworks are as synonymous with the Fourth of July holiday. From rural towns to metropolises, you’re sure to one of these spectacular shows in an …

Android P adds automatic setting for 24-hour time format

This article is part of our <b>Android P Feature Spotlights</b> series.<p>In Lebanon, when someone says it's 3 o'clock and it's daytime, we all know they mean …

This Raspberry Pi rival offers a beefy CPU, 4K video, and more

Libre Computer<p>The Renegade Elite, from tech company Libre Computer, is a single-board computer that delivers more power than the Raspberry Pi.<br>• It isn’t the cheapest single board computer around, at $100, but you’re getting a lot for your cash.<br>• The Renegade Elite sports a hexacore processor, USB …

Raspberry Pi

Paul Tremblay’s apocalyptic novel The Cabin at the End of the World is a parents’ worst nightmare

A terrifying home invasion with apocalyptic overtones<p>Over the last couple of years, Paul Tremblay has consistently written some of the scariest stories that I’ve picked up. In <i>A Head Full of Ghosts</i>, a blue-collar Boston family contends with the abnormal behavior of their teenage daughter, who may or …

12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July

Distant planets, fantasy adventures, and more to add to your reading list<p>Robots are a regular staple in science fiction, from Isaac Asimov’s book <i>I, Robot</i> to the latest episode of <i>Westworld</i>. So while I was at an event in Boston, I picked up <i>Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and</i> …

Here’s how to unlock the hidden Easter eggs in Android Messages

/praisethesun \`[-|-]/<p>Earlier this month Google launched desktop browser support for Android Messages, letting you text friends from your PC (if you’ve got an Android device to set things up with). Well, it wouldn’t be a proper Google app without a few hidden Easter eggs, and users have been busy …

How to Stop WhatsApp Auto-Saving Images and Video to Your iPhone's Camera Roll

Some 60 billion messages are sent over the WhatsApp chat platform every day. One of the reasons for the service's massive popularity is that it lets users send and receive as many media-rich messages as they want, which – as long as they've limited WhatsApp's use of their cellular data plan – costs …

WhatsApp

GitHub Education is a free software development package for schools

The company wants to support coders of the future.<p>GitHub, the online, open-source code repository recently acquired by Microsoft, has already made big moves to support future software developers. In 2012 it launched the Student Developer Pack, in 2015 it built the GitHub Classroom for teachers, and …

How to text from your computer with Android Messages

Yesterday Google started rolling out the ability to text from the web with Android Messages. The feature gives users a lot more flexibility in choosing how and where they can carry on conversations. As long as your Android smartphone is powered on, you can text from a desktop computer or even other …

The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland

Summerland hits bookstores on June 26th<p>After earning considerable acclaim for his <i>Jean Le Flambeur</i> sci-fi trilogy (<i>The Quantum Thief, The Fractal Prince</i>, and T<i>he Causal Angel</i>), author Hannu Rajaniemi returns this month with his new novel, <i>Summerland</i><i>.</i> In it, he trades the far future of his previous …

The 10 Best Sunglasses For Summer 2018

There's a style for every different outfit.<p>Always prepared. That's you. You probably have shoes for all occasions from formal to casual and a jacket for each and every season. But somehow when it comes to sunglasses, you probably wear the same pair all summer, whether you’re hitting a music …

The best smartphone camera accessories

One-up your Instagram friends without killing your wallet.<p>The two best ways to improve your smartphone photography are "talent" and "practice," but if you'd rather buy your way to better shots, that works too. Nowadays, there's a great selection of accessories like clip-on lenses, stabilizers, …