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Ray Bradbury Reveals the True Meaning of Fahrenheit 451: It’s Not About Censorship, But People “Being Turned Into Morons by TV”

Even those of us who've never read Ray Bradbury's <i>Fahrenheit 451</i> know it as a searing indictment of government censorship. Or at least we think we …

10 Must-Read Books That Should Be Mandatory Reading In High School

Mandatory reading isn't always everyone's favorite kind of reading. Everyone has that one book that they remember slogging through in high school …

14 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this August

Space opera, vikings, and epic fantasies<p>Summer is in full swing, which means that there’s plenty of time to grab a book and head outdoors to enjoy the sun and warm weather — at least here in Vermont, where the outdoor temperatures haven’t quite topped 90 degrees yet.<p>I helped cover San Diego …

Science Fiction

Here Are The Trailers You’ve Missed From San Diego Comic-Con So Far

The FOMO-fest at SDCC is heating up.<p>San Diego Comic-Con is in full effect now, which means that the release of trailers, teasers, promos, and activations for your favorite vaguely superheroic/science-fiction/fantastical movies and TV shows has gone from “faucet” to “firehose.” Trying to keep up …

Comics

Russian History & Literature Come to Life in Wonderfully Colorized Portraits: See Photos of Tolstoy, Chekhov, the Romanovs & More

Colorized episodes of <i>I Love Luc</i>y verge on sacrilege, but Olga Shirnina, a translator and amateur colorist of considerable talent, has unquestionably …

'Aquaman' makes a big splash at Comic-Con's Hall H

Based on the latest <i>Justice League</i> trailer, it sure looks like Aquaman could be the scene-stealing breakout – and the good news is that his newfound …

Comic Books

'Justice League': See Four Minutes of Footage From Superhero Epic

Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash unite in latest look at November 2017 blockbuster<p>A year after the first look at <i>Justice League</i> was …

How to make the most of an extra-tall home screen on the Galaxy S8 or LG G6

The tall screens on recent flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 offer up a lot of options for building and theming home screens. You …

LG G6

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s VFX lead unpacks the secrets of the Staten Island Ferry scene

<i>Spider-Man: Homecoming</i> is a great little movie, thanks to its small focus and deeply personal stakes. Peter Parker is one of the greatest comic book characters ever created, because where heroes like Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne face huge conflicts, Peter’s a regular teenager with everyday problems, …

Staten Island

Disney offers a first look at Star Wars land

14 acres of nerd heaven<p>Disney has finally given a first glimpse into its highly anticipated <i>Star Wars</i> lands currently being built in California and Florida, unveiling a 50-foot-wide 3D model of the area that will eventually cover about 14 acres. The <i>Star Wars</i>-themed attractions are due to open in …

Walt Disney Company

Motorola’s next wave of Moto Mods includes 360-degree camera, DSLR mod, Marshall speaker and mic

Motorola made a big promise last year with Moto Mods, committing to 12 new options each year. After releasing a few with the Moto Z2 Play and showing off quite a few concepts back at MWC, the company has today shown off have a dozen more new Moto Mods at an event in Ghana.<p>Motorola’s event with one …

The Ugly Truth About Self-Doubt as a Writer

Today’s topic won’t be a comfortable one. I’m going to address an issue I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear—but by the time I’m done, you’ll be …

Creative Writing

Watch Rufio's Origin Story in This Fan Film Starring the Original Hook Actor

Ask people what they most remember about Steven Spielberg’s <i>Hook</i>, and the answer is bound to be Rufio. The character, played by Dante Basco, was the …

The 17 Best Young Adult Novels of 2017

I've been so in love with young adult books this year. Reading young adult (even though I'm an adult-adult) brings me back to that time. Feelings were heightened, I was first starting to learn about the world and my place in it, and I was becoming the person I am today. I've got a roundup of the …

The '50 films to watch before you're 11' – and what the list is missing

A film education charity has compiled a list of movies to help turn kids into well-rounded cineastes. But is there too much Shrek and not enough otter murder?<p>There are 50 movies that your child should watch before the age of 11, according to the film education charity Into Film. These films, chosen …

Animation

Microsoft Surface Pro Echoes Apple's Annoying Advantage

One of the curious observations about Microsoft’s program of Surface devices is how the devices in the same breath are totally unlike any Apple device while seeming to follow many of the underlying assumptions about the hardware from Cupertino.<p>Given the latest news from those who have access to the …

Surface Pro

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on September 24th

The first season will also be split into two parts<p>CBS’s <i>Star Trek</i><i>:</i> <i>Discovery</i> finally has release date. <i>Deadline</i> reports that the first two episodes of the long-delayed series will premiere on September 24th. With the announcement comes word that the network is splitting the season into two parts. The …

Star Trek

Does Anyone Still Care about the 12.9″ iPad Pro?- Part Two

After the testing I’ve done with both of the new iPad Pros this week, I am unchanged in my personal opinion- the 12.9 is still the one for me. I absolutely love the big screen and it’s the main reason that I came back to the iPad after moving on for a while after the release of the iPhone 6 Plus. …

IPad Pro

The beautiful 'Ori and the Will of the Wisp' comes to Xbox One

Little over a year since physical copies of the award-winning <i>Ori and the Blind Forest</i> hit stores, and we finally have a sequel. Yep, <i>Ori and the Will of the Wisp</i> looks to be an even more sumptuous two-dimensional platformer, and will arrive with Xbox One X optimizations as well as a 4K option if you …

Xbox

You Can’t Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop Without Literally Destroying It

Repair specialists iFixit have dubbed the new laptop a ‘Russian nesting doll from hell.’<p>Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop may have earned glowing reviews from certain sections of the tech press, but don't tell that to iFixit.<p>The company, which provides repair tools and manuals for popular gadgets …

Microsoft Surface

The Project Fi data-only SIM is my favorite deal in wireless

Skip the tethering hassle<p>Project Fi is Google’s specialized wireless service designed primarily for Google’s own phones. It doesn’t get much attention because, in order to use it, your main phone pretty much has to be either a Google Pixel or a Nexus device. It hasn’t kept up with the trend of …

Telecoms

Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the New Google Earth

<b>Google Lit Trips</b> have been a popular learning activity for many years. With the new version of Google Earth, they are now available for <b>Chromebooks</b>!<p>If …

Maps

iPad gets overhauled multitasking and other major software updates in iOS 11

Apple announced some new updates for the iPad Pro at WWDC as part of the upcoming iOS 11 update that finally builds out the tablet’s potential as a professional device, with what Apple calls “the largest iOS release for iPad ever.”<p>The Dock is getting overhauled, and now resembles the dock on a Mac. …

Apps

'Beren And Lúthien' Reflects Tolkien's Real Life Love Story

One night in December of 1993, I stood in a frost-bound churchyard in Wolvercote, near Oxford. The tombstone in front of me bore the names of Edith Mary Tolkien and her husband John Ronald, but underneath each name was another: "Lúthien" and "Beren."<p>Young Tolkien had fallen in love with Edith when …

Literature

The Library of Congress Is Using These Images to Tell the Story of World War I

Cartoon of U.S. student happy that war has stranded teachers in Europe.<br>Library of Congress<p>1 of 10<p>When the United States entered World War I 100 years …

Library of Congress

Eve V is like the Microsoft Surface Pro, but better

Designed with crowdsourced-input, the Eve V is a tablet that takes on the new Microsoft Surface Pro and wins.<p>Announced last year on Indiegogo, the Eve V from Finnish company Eve Tech will soon be shipping in a few weeks, but in limited batches.<p>That hasn't stopped the company from showing off its …

Gear & Gadgets

Intel announces Core X line of high-end processors, including new Core i9 chips

Targeted at enthusiast customers<p>Intel announced a new family of “Core X” desktop processors at Computex today, offering even more powerful versions of its existing Core i5 and Core i7 models, along with a new, top-of-the-line Core i9 line for those who want even more firepower.<p>The Core X platform …

Computer Hardware
Writing

Pacific Rim 2: New Gipsy Avenger Jaeger Design Revealed

<b>Pacific Rim: Uprising</b> will feature a new generation of jaegers, including Gipsy Avenger – for which detailed designs have surfaced online. The film …

Construction