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5 Classic Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Writers with Serious Dark Sides

<b>H. G. Wells Was a Eugenics Enthusiast with a Soft Spot for Stalin.</b><p>H. G. Wells was a real piece of work. Saying he had a dark side might be letting …

Literature

If You're Looking for Something to Read in 2018, Barack Obama Has 10 Suggestions for You

The ex-president has time on his hands these days. He's used it to catch up on his reading.<p>What has former president Barack Obama been doing since leaving office in January 2017? There was jury duty, a few speeches, kitesurfing with Richard Branson, and of course some golf, but it looks like our …

Books

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

Top picks from TIME staffers who love a good read.<p><i>This story originally appeared on Time.com.</i><p>Great literature grows out of periods of change, and …

Books

50 Children's Books You Should Definitely Reread as an Adult

Some stories become better and sweeter over time.<p>Some stories become better and sweeter over time.

25 animals that scientists want to bring back from extinction

Advances in science, specifically biotechnology, could enable scientists to bring some of these animals "back" from extinction, and there are a few already on the list.<p>Generally, it helps if there is a species still alive today that is genetically similar to the extinct animal, like elephants for …

86 Books Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency

After an eventful and historic run, Barack Obama’s final term as president comes to a close on January 20. One of the legacies he will leave behind …

How to make 2017 the year you finally read more books

Vowing to read more books is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution—right up there with getting organized and exercising. But even if you consider yourself a bibliophile, it can be hard to get through books when you’ve fallen out of practice. Here are a few tricks that can help you read more …

Books

In this 'weird, lost corner of America,' the beach of your dreams awaits in the most remote national park

Ofu Lagoon, on Ofu Island, is perhaps the most scenic spot in the National Park of American Samoa. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)<p>Even for a Saturday in the South Pacific, this was a sleepy morning.<p>On American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila and its neighbor, Ofu, villages were still, …

30 Winter Wonderlands Around the World

We tend to associate winter with bleak, gray skies and runny noses, but there's a beautiful side to the season that often gets overlooked. We're talking about Italian mountains covered with snow, pristine frozen lakes, and English cottages that put Norman Rockwell paintings to shame. And while we …

The 12 Most Moving Quotes From Black Women In 2016

"When they go low, we go high." Wisdom to live by from inspiring Black women like FLOTUS and Beyoncé changed the game in 2016, so it's only right …

Women of Color

Nostalgia in 2016, ranked: From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘Fuller House’

Our culture has been obsessed with nostalgia for a while now, but it may have hit its peak in 2016, with a slew of remakes, reboots, revivals, sequels and homages.<p>Which ones were the best? Nostalgia, at its core, is deeply personal — the reason it’s so powerful is that it reminds you of a …

Readers' travel photography competition: 2016 – the winners

In 2016, Guardian readers entered thousands of fantastic images to our monthly travel photo competition. Here are each month’s best shots. Scroll to see the overall winner and runners-up, judged by Mick Ryan of Fotovue. Monthly winners are on display until 10 January at the Guardian’s London office

London

Chroma: Geometry, Mass, Light

“‘Chroma I’ and ‘Chroma II’ comprise a series I have been working on for the past couple of years,” explains Australian photographer Ben Thomas. “For ‘Chroma,’ I wanted to use color as both mechanism and protagonist. My aim was to transform urban sprawls into illustrative, flat and colorful images …

Photography

31 Best Restaurants in New York City

If you can make it here (as a restaurant), you can make it anywhere.<p>New York, New York brings tourists in droves for its world-class museums, monuments, and theater. But have you taken a good look at our food scene lately? From fast-casual fried chicken to refined seafood temples and Caribbean from …

What’s the Difference Between Brown and White Eggs?

'My best travel discovery of 2016'

Inspired by the surprises thrown up in our weekly A great little place I know series, we asked writers and adventurers to share their best discovery of the year<p><b>Peter Frankopan, historian and author</b><br>The world of 2016 is not all doom and gloom. In Asia, things are changing fast as the Silk Roads rise …

Silk Road

12 Books That Will Change Your Life, According to Successful Women

When we need a major dose of inspiration, career tips, or life advice, there's one place we always turn: books. These humble tomes seem to cure our …

The 7 Best Fantasy Books for the Holiday Season

Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday gift or want a story for yourself, here's fantasy that isn't grimdark.<p>Thanks to the popularity of</i> …

Books

The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists

Slavery. Racism. Urbanism. Disease. While 2016 may not have been a banner year for liberal democracy in the world at large, it should definitely go down as a woke time in book publishing.<p>For dedicated bibliophiles, the low thrum of literary FOMO that bubbles up around May has by mid-December …

Books

15 Of Rainbow Rowell's Favorite Books For Your Next Library Trip

In just a short time, Rainbow Rowell has shot to literary fame with five incredible books in just five years. While <i>Eleanor and Park</i>, her story of a …

7 Travel Secrets from Airport Insiders

Twitter has a new plan for Vine

It turns out that some parts of Vine may live on after all.<p>More than a month after announcing the app would eventually be shut down, Twitter now says …

10 Unforgettable Hamilton Moments of 2016

<i>Hamilton</i> opened on Broadway well over a year ago (August 2015), but nevertheless, 2016 may have been the most noteworthy period so far for Lin-Manuel …

The Best Independent Bookstores in America

Independent bookstores are not only surviving but thriving—their savvy service and welcoming environs (especially at this time of year) securing a …

The Mysterious Discovery of a Continent That Wasn't There

Robert Peary claimed he discovered a new land mass in the Arctic. Was he lying?<p>In 1906, legendary American explorer Robert Peary returned from an unsuccessful attempt to reach the North Pole with an astonishing revelation: He had discovered a new continent, a giant island floating in the middle of …

Books: 10 most important books of 2016 and more

Hello, I'm books editor Carolyn Kellogg, with this week's book news for you.<p><b>THE BIG STORY</b><p>Looking back on the year, I've selected the 10 most important books of 2016. Because books take so long to create, there's no guarantee that they'll be as meaningful when they're published as they were when …

Definitive Proof That No Place in the World Does Christmas as Well as London

Prepare to be stunned.<p>If you were under the impression that we are more than a little obsessed with Christmas, then you would be right. And while we, of course, ooh and aah over the Christmas offerings in the U.S., we're here today to say something that might be a little controversial: We think …

Christmas Trees

The 10 Best Apps Of 2016

Our favorite brand-new apps of the year–plus a few radical upgrades–for your phone, tablet, and computer.<p>To say that 2016 was a good year for helpful apps would be a colossal understatement. A perfect storm of artificial intelligence, big data, excellent interface design, and fresh takes on …

Apps

16 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for November

It’s November already. How the hell did that happen? Best hope you’re caught up on your October reading, because November boasts a bumper crop of …

Science Fiction