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A Roundup of 2017's Best Book Lists for Kids and Teens

As the year draws to a close, critics, reviewers, websites, and awards committees have been presenting their roundups of the year’s favorites. We’ve …

Suffragette heir pens child’s guide to ‘fantastic women’

For most of her life, children’s author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst had no idea she was distantly related to Emmeline Pankhurst, and a cousin of the suffragette’s direct descendants. “I was in my 20s when I found out about our family connection, but because of my surname, Emmeline’s story has …

Feminism

7 Captivating Historical Fantasy Books

Fantasy books have the ability to transport us to other worlds. <i>Historical</i> fantasy books recreate a time in the past, putting an enchanting twist on …

Books

Five Books that Rewrite Magic, Myths, and Ballads

In some ways, we authors all write fan fiction, mirroring (or windowing) our favorite books. We may borrow quotes, characters, settings, even whole …

Books

Netflix ordering a sequel for Bright is the right move

<b>Netflix orders a sequel to Will smith’s Bright, and it could not be a better move by the streaming giants.</b><p>Whether you loved it or hated it Netflix’s …

11 Black Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors You Need to Read

<i>This article originally appeared on The Portalist. It has been republished here with permission.</i>While we’ve always been avid science fiction and …

Science Fiction

What Ursula K. Le Guin Meant to Me: Four Writers Remember

<b>Adrian McKinty</b> <i><br>“Le Guin raised questions in the fields of science fiction and fantasy that no one else was asking at the time.”</i>In the summer of 1978 …

Literature

You’ll always be in uniform with these Star Trek messenger bags

You may not be able to wear your Star Trek uniforms to work, but you can probably carry your gear in one of these Star Trek TNG Uniform Messenger …

What Altered Carbon’s Future Says About Our Present Day

Science fiction is always about the present day. Highly advanced technology or aliens aside, sci-fi authors are always telling stories inspired by the world they live in and where they see it going in the future. <i>Altered Carbon</i>, both Richard K. Morgan’s book and Netflix’s adaptation, is no different.<p>…

Beyond 'Black Panther': A brief history of Afrofuturism

<b>Excited for</b> <i>Black Panther</i><b>? So are we. Which is why we're rolling out obsessive coverage with</b> <b>Black Panther Week.</b><p>Among the images glimpsed in Marvel’s …

Apple spotlights apps using ARKit’s capabilities on new webpage

Apple has launched a new page on its website dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of augmented reality on iOS, made possible by the introduction of ARKit in 2017. The new page highlights several apps in the areas of productivity, gaming, and learning that have embraced AR in unique or novel …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Company’s ‘Wearables’ Business is Nearly the Size of a Fortune 300 Company

Apple CEO Tim Cook says revenue from the company’s “wearables” business, which includes the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones revenue is …

Apple Now Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products in the United States to add a selection of Apple Watch Series 3 models, marking the first time Apple's newest wrist-worn device has been available from the refurbished store since its September 2017 release.<p>As of the writing of this …

Free Internet access to be given on Tokaido Shinkansen Line:The Asahi Shimbun

Free access to wireless local area networks (WLANs) will be available soon on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line.<p>Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), …

Japan announces longest growth streak since 1980s boom

TOKYO: Japan’s economy posted its longest continuous expansion since the 1980s boom as fourth-quarter growth was boosted by consumer spending, moving …

Bank of Japan

Ice Hockey: Japan win as unified Korea enjoy special moment

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japan carried the day on Wednesday when the long-time national rivalry with North Asian neighbors North and South Korea spilled on to Olympic ice, beating Korea's unified women's ice hockey team 4-1 in a game of firsts for both teams.<p>For the Japanese, it marked …

South Korea

Yakuza 6 PS4 Gameplay: Trashing Shops, Fighting Thugs, Taking Selfies

After a strong 2017 with prequel title Yakuza 0 and Yakuza: Kiwami, Sega is continuing Kazuma Kiryu's journey through the Japanese underworld in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life this year. The game picks up some time after the events of Yakuza 5, with Kiryu returning to the Sunflower Orphanage to find …

Writers Guild Gives Horizon Zero Dawn Award for Best Writing

Horizon Zero Dawn Receives Award for Best Video Game Writing<p>February 13, 2018Written by Anthony Nash<p>The success of <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i> continues on into …

Horizon Zero Dawn

New In Monster Hunter World This Week (Last Chance): Event Quests And Limited Bounties

We're still coming to grips with how Monster Hunter World will engage players long-term with its endgame. New monsters to fight and new video game-themed gear are on the way, but in the meantime, Capcom will provide a regular supply of new limited-time quests and bounties to keep players busy. …

Ubisoft Has More Plans For The Nintendo Switch

When the Wii U was launched, developers and retailers were not happy at how poorly the console was doing. However with the Nintendo Switch, …

What 3D Video Games Would Look Like As 2D Platformers

<i>The Witcher 3</i>, <i>Battlefield 1</i> and <i>Fallout 4</i> are video games that take place in enormous 3D spaces. But let’s imagine, for a second, they (and loads of …

Gaming

Play Dead Space and Devil May Cry HD for free

<b>If you’re prepared to jump through a few hoops, you can play the original Dead Space, and Devil May Cry HD, for free on PC.</b>Nothing good in life is …

If This New Video Game Loot Box Bill Becomes Law, It Could Shake Up The Industry

<b>[UPDATE]</b> A spokesperson for the Entertainment Software Association told GI.biz that providing "greater awareness and transparency about the wide range of in-game experiences" is a never-ending job. The organisation added that it believes self-regulation is the right way forward as opposed to …

WarGames - Vintage VHS Movie

"Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy star in this "exciting and entertaining movie" (New York) about a teenage computer "hacker" who stumbles upon the ultimate challenge - World War III!<p>David Lightman (Broderick) can bypass the most advanced security systems, break the most intricate secret codes and …

24 Children’s Books To Read To Your Kids In Honor Of Black History Month

The Huffington Post – February marks Black History Month, and storytime is just one of the many occasions when you can teach your kids about the …

Black History

Top Awards Given Out for Young Adult and Children’s Literature

Erin Entrada Kelly’s middle grade novel “Hello, Universe,” about the bond that forms between a Filipino-American boy, a Japanese-American girl and a deaf girl after a shocking act by a neighborhood bully, won the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature, one …

Books

Joy Cowley: 'Books should help a child feel powerful'

From personal hardships to influencing millions of children from the Bronx to Bluff, and incredible successes, Dame Joy Cowley is a national taonga.

Books

What we can learn from indie fiction authors - by Chris Zukowski

Independently published authors somehow figured out how to survive even though there are over 100,000 eBooks published every year. They have a lot …

Writing

Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of February 2018

It’s been five years since a cosmic incident known as The Ring of Fire transported the modern day town of Grantville, West Virginia, through time and …

9 Important Marvel Movie Moments To Remember Before Seeing 'Black Panther'

T'Challa and the nation of Wakanda are finally getting their own movie. <i>Black Panther</i> will be the superhero's major introduction into the Marvel …

Marvel Universe