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<b>White Chrysanthemum</b> <i><br>Mary Lynn Bracht (Fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons)</i><p>In 1943 Korea, Hana has lived most of her life under Japanese occupation, but as a sea …

10 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Have to Read

Sometimes we need an escape from reality, and these young adult fantasy books are our ticket to worlds beyond even our own (very active) …

Don't know where to start? The essential novels of Ursula K Le Guin

From the fantasy of Earthsea to ambisexual planets, these masterpieces offer brilliant introductions to a dazzling writer who broke entirely new ground

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23 Oscar-nominated movies you didn't watch but now should

Nominations were announced Tuesday for the 90th Academy Awards, so you know what that means. It's time to catch up on the movies you didn't see last year so you can sound in the know around your film-loving friends for the next two months.<p>We're not talking about the movies with wide releases that …

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So You Want to Read Literary Horror: Here’s Where to Start

The Remastered, Full-Color Edition<p>If you haven’t read <i>House of Leaves</i>, go grab a copy now. We’re happy to wait, it’s just that good. I’m pretty …

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15 Book Club Recommendations For Horror-Lovers, Because Scary Novels Are Better In A Group

If the sudden popularity of murder-mystery novels has your book club selection feeling a little stale, check out these 15 horror novels to introduce …

A Post-Mortal SFF List (Inspired by Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman)

<i>I’ve seen human foibles that have resulted in temporary maiming or momentary loss of life. People stumble into manholes, are hit by falling objects,</i> …

The Hidden Gems of 2017 Movies Are on ... Netflix?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first two months of the year are desolate times for movie lovers who prefer to gorge on new releases. Once the holiday season’s tidal wave of blockbusters and prestige pictures has receded there’s not much action beyond the awards season itself. …

Sundance 2018 Preview: 21 Films That Could Break Big

From Oscar bait to out-there oddities, these are the Sundance films we’re most excited for this year.<p>Though 2017’s movies are still mired in the long process of honoring and snubbing and all that, it is technically 2018, which means that a whole new crop of films loom on the horizon. Where better …

Amazon's best original shows in 2017: RANKED

Amazon<p>Amazon is spending a boatload making TV shows and movies for its Prime service, and was one of the big winners at the 2018 Golden Globes, with two wins for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."<p>The show's star, Rachel Brosnahan, who goes from 50s housewife to stand-up comic, won the Globe for best …

10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to <i>Mad Max</i>—if not George Miller’s insanely influential …

These Post-Apocalyptic Books Will Freak You Out

Armageddon. The apocalypse. Judgement Day. For every word there is to describe the end of days, there are five different ways authors have envisioned …

All the science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that everyone will be talking about in 2018

Bookshelf goals<p>With a new year comes the promise of new books hitting bookstores. 2018 is shaping up to have plenty of adventures to delve into — taking readers to distant planets, fantastical realms, and beyond. We’ll meet some authors publishing their first-ever novels, and we’ll become …

Here’s how 2005’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was patched this week

Lucasfilm and Disney are still on their game<p><i>Star Wars: Battlefront 2</i> is more than 12 years old, but it has received two patches in the past four months, leaving fans of the old Pandemic Studios-developed shooter wondering who exactly is behind these updates. It turns out that although Disney isn’t …

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When Science Fiction Meets Social Science

In 1980, Robert A. Heinlein wrote, “The most difficult speculation for a science fiction writer to undertake is to imagine correctly the *secondary* …

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Hard Science Fiction: A Beginner’s Guide to the Genre

There exists a common misconception that all science fiction is fantastical. That all sci-fi takes place in a universe where ships can travel faster …

19 books we can't wait to read in 2018

2017 was a big year for books. During a time when the news cycle was often too much to handle, we turned to books to help us cope and make sense of …

Julian Barnes, Sebastian Faulks, Leïla Slimani … the best fiction for 2018

Books by Rupert Thomson, Aminatta Forna and a clutch of brilliant debuts are among the novels to look out for this year<p>It feels like 2018 has more than its share of debut novels to get excited about. <i>The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock</i> (Harvill Secker)by Imogen Hermes Gowar nails the 18th century as …

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'If you're looking for Nordic angst, forget it!': your favourite books of 2017

From mind-bending typography to birdsong, from short stories to long lives, Guardian readers pick their favourite reads<p>This brilliant, Man Booker-shortlisted first novel has been described as a noir, and it has echoes of southern gothic. A violent act precipitates the final conflict. Love Carson …

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SFFWorld Best of 2017 Part 2 – Science Fiction

It’s that time of year when, as we have done for the last decade or so, we have dragged ourselves from the revelries here at <i>SFFWorld</i> to try and put …

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Hard-Boiled Thrills: 2017’s Best Crime Fiction

For a certain kind of crime writer, there’s not a more maddening backhanded compliment than that a book “transcends the genre” <b></b>and approaches, <i>ahem</i>, …

Faculty 2017 Winter Reading List | Stanford Law School

<b>Michelle Wilde Anderson, Professor of Law, recommends Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee and Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in</b> …

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New Kindle? Load it with the best sci-fi and fantasy of 2017

Got an e-reader for the holidays? Lucky you! Welcome to a brave new world of cheaper books and the liberating convenience of slipping an entire vacation's worth of reading into your back pocket.<p>Here's our list of the 10 best science-fiction and fantasy novels published in 2017, in no particular …

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14 new games you can complete in a weekend

What to play over the holiday break<p>I have a confession to make. Of the top 10 games we picked for 2017, I have finished exactly one of them. That is to say, I have survived a round of <i>PUBG</i>. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the games; I just have a hard time willing myself to play something past the …

Gaming Industry

Let It Go: Niña Weijers’s Debut Novel and Understanding the Universe

ON JULY 9, 1975, the conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader set sail from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in a 13-foot sailboat named <i>Ocean Wave</i>, intent on crossing …

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50 Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2018

Reading is fun, we love it so much<p>As 2017 comes to a close, I think it's safe to say we should just, you know, celebrate the fact that we're still here at all. I mean, it's felt very touch-and-go most of the time this year. And yet, here we are still, hanging on by our fingernails.<p>And here we'll …

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Time’s Running Out: 5 Historical Fiction/Fantasy Novels To Read ASAP

I mean, there’s no way I can finish these before the year is up, so I’m going to pretend January 2018 is December 2017 Part II if I have to because …

Announcing the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists - PEN America

PEN America is thrilled to announce the longlists for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards. Our awards are juried by panels of esteemed, …

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