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Literature

How The Anthropic Principle Became The Most Abused Idea In Science

The Universe has the fundamental laws that we observe it to have. Also, we exist, and are made of the things we’re made of, obeying those same fundamental laws. And therefore, we can construct two very simple statements that would be very difficult to argue against:<p>We must be prepared to take …

Physics

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US

George Orwell’s tale of doublespeak and Big Brother is flying off the shelf after the president’s inauguration. But other imaginary worlds are closer to reality<p>Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller …

Literature

The Red Turtle is a breathtaking example of what animation is capable of achieving

The Studio Ghibli co-production is a quiet, purposeful, gorgeous animated fable about man and nature.<p><i>The Red Turtle</i> defies easy categorization. One of this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar nominees, the first-time feature from Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit is an animated film co-produced by …

100+ Essential Books Every Man Should Read

Amazon is offering $5 off on print book purchases of $15 or more until 11:59 pm December 14, 2017. Use the promo code <b>BOOKGIFT17</b> at checkout to …

Literature

This AI translates its internal monologue for humans to understand—and plays Frogger

Artificial intelligence has allowed us to outsource many of the decisions we might normally make onto the backs of machines, like determining who’s in a photo or translating text into another language. That convenience has usually come with a cost: We can’t understand why those decisions are made, …

Artificial Intelligence

New year, new voices: four debut novels that should be on your 2017 reading list

Orlando Bird picks some superb debut novels, which flit from Sixties campus radicals to spoilt brats in Rio de Janeiro<p>New year, new fiction – and the biggest noises are coming from the other side of the Atlantic. No surprises there, you might think, with a weary shrug. (In 2016, they were over …

Books

The Lasting Brilliance of ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’

Like many people my age or younger, I came to <i>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?</i> by way of the film adaptation: Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece <i>Blade Runner.</i> The film still stands today as my favorite movie, so much so I gave my son the middle name of Deckard (Rachel being high on our list of names …

Science Fiction

Sex Criminals and psychic dinosaurs: the oddest comic book heroes coming to TV

Move over Batman and Superman … the new wave of supers are telepathically linked to dinosaurs – and can stop time when they orgasm<p>In the not-too-distant past, TV comic book adaptations were a predictable beast. They would be brightly coloured, feature costumes too slavishly close to the originals, …

Nariyal Paani playlist: Start your 2017 on a musical note at a festival by the sea

If you're making plans for the weekend of 21 and 22 January, make sure it's <i>Nariyal Paani</i> that you're going to. With a promise of the Sun, sea and …

Fiction Book Review: Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. Tin House (Norton, dist.), $15.95 trade paper (344p) ISBN 978-1-941040-56-0

Rabbit Cake<p>Annie Hartnett. Tin House (Norton, dist.), $15.95 trade paper (344p) ISBN 978-1-941040-56-0<p>In Hartnett’s winning debut, a memorable young …

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon’

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE HOLMES CANON<p>By Laurie King<p>Pegasus, $24.95, 368 pages<p>He may be a literary phantom …

Literature

10 Engrossing Fantasy Books Like "The Lord of the Rings"

<i>From our friends at Feed Your Need to Read</i><p>Though it’s easy to get lost somewhere between the Shire and Mordor, there is indeed more to fantasy …

Books

Essential reading: nine experts on the books that inspired them

From film to philosophy, from music to history and economics, masters of their crafts pick the five books they could not live without<p>Philosophy: Alain de Botton<br>‘Seneca should be the author of the hour’<p>Author Alain de Botton is known for applying philosophical concepts to everyday life; his books …

Literature

10 Musicians to Watch in 2017

While this was a huge year for bold-face artists like Beyoncé and Frank Ocean, there have also been plenty of promising up and comers slowly making their way to the forefront of the music scene. And as 2016 steals away legend after legend after legend, we're looking ahead at the new, young voices …

Hippocampus

Stream Brian Eno's Ambient Album 'Reflection'

Brian Eno's new ambient work, <i>Reflection</i>, is just that: 54 minutes of what sounds like plinking chimes, rippling vibraphone and deep synth tones mirroring a parallel world. Released on Jan. 1, it's a a meditative start to 2017 and a call-back to 1985's <i>Thursday Afternoon</i>, not to mention a …

Brian Eno

2017 Golden Globes Predictions: Who Will Win Big This Year?

Our crack team of experts sees a good night ahead for Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, and The Crown.<p>Can anyone ever truly predict what will happen at the Golden Globes, the rowdy pre-Oscar party that delights in anointing the new and unexpected? Maybe not—but that won’t stop <i>Vanity Fair</i>. Below, …

‘Hidden Figures’ Review: Breaking Barriers of Space, Race and Gender

How three black women in the segregated South helped put a man into orbit<p>‘Hidden Figures” brings news that keeps you thinking with amazement, “Who knew?” Its larger subject, set in the early 1960s during the height of the Cold War, is a story that had already been told definitively, or so we may …

Soviet Union

Golden Globes 2017: will La La Land dance all over the competition?

If the Academy Awards are Hollywood telling the rest of the world what they think of themselves, think of the Golden Globes as the rest of the world preemptively sticking its oar in.<p>The louche annual shindig – the 74th edition of which is due to take place at the Beverly Hilton this Sunday evening …

The 11 best video games of 2016

We struggle to recall 12 months so crowded with great video games. Indie developers, blockbuster studios, virtual reality tinkerers, and creators who defy labels: all corners of the industry contributed to one of the strangest, most varied, and best years in the medium’s short history.<p>Controversial …

Pokémon Go

12 Things to Add to 2018 For a Healthier, Happier Year

In the New Year, there are some things you should cut back on to be healthier, but also so many things you should add in. The best part? They're so simple — and many of them cost absolutely nothing. Try adding more of each of these to your day-to-day in 2018 to make this year so much better than …

Wellness

Your Creative Calendar: 68 Things To See, Hear, And Read In January

Run the Jewels 3, the return of director Ben Affleck and season 2 of Full Frontal are just some of what’s coming.<p>Once upon a time, <i>Co.Create</i> put together a statistical, 100% scientific analysis proving that January is the weirdest month of the year for movies. This study coincided with the release …

TV

33 science fiction and fantasy books that everyone will be talking about in 2017

Better make some space on your shelves<p>We’ve already taken a look at what novels are hitting bookshelves this month, but 2017 promises to be a huge year for science fiction and fantasy literature as a whole. There’s going to be some great reads from debut authors, while some of the best names in the …

Science Fiction