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Geek book of the week: How a writer colonized another planet

Like the great pulp sci-fi writers of yore, Allen Steele loves to colonize other planets. As a modern writer of so-called "hard" science fiction, he …

TC Boyle: 'I’m distressed by this absurd world, so the only way I can think straight is to make up stories'

The award-winning author of World's End and The Tortilla Curtain reveals his writing inspirations, ranging from Brazilian jazz to a loaded revolver<p>TC Boyle, 66, is an American novelist and short-story writer. Born in New York state, he completed a PhD and MFA at the University of Iowa before …

This Desk Features 1,100 Yards of Scrolling Paper to Record Your Ideas

Handwritten list makers, doodlers, and note takers – rejoice! Minneapolis College of Art and Design student Kirsten Camara designed the <i>Analog Memory Desk</i>, which is perfect for people who like to write things down. It has a built-in mechanism for scrolling 1,100 yards of butcher paper that acts as a …

12 Sick Burns From People Who Didn't Get The Jane Austen Hype

In her lifetime, Jane Austen's novels gathered little, but positive, critical commentary. She sold some books; people seemed to like them. At 42, Austen died. And then things took a different turn.<p>Two of her novels were published posthumously, and more people began reading her work. A relative …

Neil Gaiman: ‘Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry’

I want to tell you about my friend Terry Pratchett, and it’s not easy. I’m going to tell you something you may not know. Some people have encountered an affable man with a beard and a hat. They believe they have met Sir Terry Pratchett. They have not.<p>Science fiction conventions often give you …

9 Amazing Female Graphic Novelists, Illustrators And Cartoonists You Should Read

It's been a big couple of years for women in the comic book world, with Marvel Comics unveiling female versions of their previously male-dominated troop of heroes. Last month, a girl-powered Avengers cast was announced, including such superheroes as She-Hulk, Dazzler, and Medusa. It's a bound in …