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H.G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’ Will Be Turned Into a TV Series By Sky

There’s never a bad time for time-travel, especially the mother of all time-travel stories. H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine is receiving another …

Time Travel

Fiction Book Review: The Barbarians Are Coming by David Wong Louie, Author Marian Wood Book $23.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-399-14603-9

The Barbarians Are Coming<p><b>David Wong Louie, Author</b> Marian Wood Book $23.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-399-14603-9<p>More By and About This Author<p>The author of a …

Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:<p>Fiction<p>1."My Year of Rest and Relaxation," by Ottessa …

The first 6 things to do when you get an Amazon Echo

Congrats, you just got an Amazon Echo ($85 at Amazon.com). Now what?<p>It's time to unbox it and set it up. Amazon will walk you through the setup process, but it won't clue you in to all of the settings that you should deal with first.<p>That's where we come in. Here we'll show you those crucial first …

Smart Homes

20 Great Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

amazon.com<p>If Oddball Families Make You Smile<p><b>The People We Hate at the Wedding, by Grant Ginder</b><p>An estranged family flies en masse to London for a …

Books

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Strange Love in America follows an orphan-turned-Harvard-medical-student, a modern-day Spartacus, who uses love to free the slaves from the gladiator ring of institutional, language-thinking existence. https://t.co/qfq7mtOywz

3 Sweet Reads For August's Hot Days

Summer is still in full swing, and that calls for binging on totally absorbing and heartwarming romances. These three novels — full of mystery, adventure and love — deliver a perfect escape and a satisfying happy ever after.<p>It's happened to so many women: they have a fantastic connection with a guy …

Books

Ballin’ on a Budget: How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Made Mega-Rich World for $30 Million

In the high-flying world of Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” book trilogy, $30 million would barely cover the couture, jewels, private jet fuel and …

Jetfuel

Hollywood Turns Upside Down as Pending Landmark Theatres Sale Could Be the Tip of Upcoming Exhibition Changes

A number of speculative deals are floating in the Hollywood ether, as the industry moves away from studio dominance and toward Silicon Valley. Caught …

Amazon Studios

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Author Picked Only Producer Who Wouldn’t Whitewash Lead

Jenny Han, who wrote the book “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” said in a New York Times column on Friday that nearly every producer she met with …

Coldplay

Be careful what you believe about screen time making you blind

The science behind the latest screen-time scaremongering<p>If you believe the headlines that have been circulating over the past few weeks, staring at screens is ruining our eyes. “Blue light from phones, tablets could accelerate blindness and hurt vision, study finds,” <i>USA Today</i> declared. Only, that …

Cancer Cells

10 best smart-home gadgets for newbies

The smart home has never been more accessible, so what's the best place to start?

Smart Homes

#ShareYourRejections - The pain of being turned down

<b>From getting a job to making declarations of love, being told we are not good enough is part of life.</b><p>It is these experiences of rejection that actors, writers and would-be romantic poets are sharing on social media using the hashtag #ShareYourRejections.<p>Although some instances are light-hearted, …

Social Media

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These are first 7 Alexa skills you should enable

After you take the time to set up your new Alexa speaker, explore some of its topical features, and find other ways it can help you through the day, digging into third-party skills is the next logical step.<p>But the world of Alexa skills can be daunting. There are so many to choose from, it can be …

Smart Homes

Infographic: What content do users love to share on social media?

Getting users to share your creations is the elusive end goal for all content marketers.<p>Knowing what content you should be creating—and on which …

This Quiz Will Tell You How Good You Are At Tricky Words

Prove how well you know the difference between tricky English words.

Language

Keanu Reeves is publishing 'esoteric' books under his own new imprint

What do Keanu Reeves and Sarah Jessica Parker have in common — that is, besides starring together in the 1989 PBS film <i>Life Under Water</i>? (Really!) As …

Visual Art

LiveTag is out to make dumb objects smart

"Smart" internet-connected devices could indeed make life easier for us, but the things <i>do</i> typically have to be equipped with battery-powered …

University of California

How ‘d*ck soap’ turned Book Twitter upside down

<i>Warning: This post is NSFW due to photos of phallic soap. Seriously.</i><p>As a connoisseur of internet controversies, you’re hard pressed to find better …

Books

Without these three cutting edge technologies, your smart home will never be simple

There’s a problem with Class 1 homes: the operational complexity grows with each new device. New voice commands. New device names. New errors. Besides the novelty, the complexity growth negates the value of the smart home, also making them unusable to older generations who didn’t grow up using …

Emerging Technology

Jacqueline Carey Talks Lush Epic Fantasy In Starless

Jacqueline Carey is one of my favorite writers.<p>Not only is she incredibly nice but she writes absolutely beautiful prose, capable of creating …

Books

NPR Picks The 100 Greatest Horror Stories of All Time

NPR has done us a great service! In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s <i>Frankenstein</i>, they asked all of us who love being scared to …

Horror

Crazy Rich Asians Is a Breath of Fresh Air

Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the best-selling novel is both a step forward for Hollywood and a throwback to the classic high-society comedy.<p>The Young family of <i>Crazy Rich Asians</i> is, for lack of a better word, quite wealthy. They’re well-off. One might say they have oodles of money. There’s no ignoring …

Romantic Comedy

9 Podcasts for Road Trips That Are So Addictive You Just Might Miss Your Exit

Consider this a public service announcement: It's not too late to take a summer road trip. Whether you have your sights set on the sunny California …

Books

Awesome Kindness (It's A Jungle... Arm Them With Virtues Book 2) Kindle Edition

“Awesome Kindness” is a story about two friends who create their own joy and strengthen the confidence of one another. In their eyes, their friend is …

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Escaping the Default Future When Writing Science Fiction

At one point in my new novella <i>The Million</i>, our hero Gavin is crossing Europe by airship. Gazing out the windows, he sees this:<p>There were no …

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