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'Tell The Machine' Is A Lucid Dream Of Sci-Fi Perfection

Look, I know how these things are supposed to work.<p>You find yourself here, looking for a recommendation on a book. A specific book, or maybe a new book. Something you've never heard of. We do a little dance, you and me. I tell you that the book was good or bad. I tell you why. I pull a salient …

Books

10 Short Stories That Will Blow Your Mind

Short stories are hard to craft. Often overlooked in discussions about “real” literature, they have to pack the same sort of punch that a novel …

Books

20 books Bill Gates says you should read this summer

Bill Gates loves to read.<p>The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft and chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation reportedly reads around 50 books a year, and he chronicles his literary adventures on his blog, Gates Notes.<p>Gates' book recommendations have included historical accounts like Walter …

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Here Are 5 Founding Fathers Whose Skepticism About Christianity Would Make Them Unelectable Today

Click here for reuse options! Thomas Jefferson believed that a rational form of religion would take root in America. Was he ever wrong.To hear the …

Religion

10 Essential Offbeat Science Fiction Novels

<i>Catherynne M. Valente's new novel</i> Space Opera <i>imagines Eurovision in space, with high and deadly stakes, resulting in a frenetic, imaginative</i> …

Weird

Best Books of 2017 : NPR

Use the filters below to explore more than 350 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year. (You can also combine filters!) Want even more recommendations? Check out our favorite books from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008<p>Filter by: ו <i></i><br>Clear filters<br>• Staff Picks<br>• Biography & …

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NPR's Favorite TV Shows Of 2017

Before we begin, a note: See how the adjective up there in that headline is "favorite," not "best?" That's intentional.<p>There's just too much television out there for a comprehensive ranking; the TV landscape has never been more expansive than it is today. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and …

TV

Yanny vs. Laurel is ‘The Dress of 2018'—but these sound experts think they can end the debate right now

We asked some scientists to weigh in on this viral ear-worm.<p>Gird yourself for another ‘the dress’ debate. You remember it even if you wish you didn’t: an image of a dress went viral on Twitter because it appeared, to some, to <i>definitely</i> be white and gold, while others were <i>positive</i> it was black and …

Music Production

'Cult X' Asks How Easily You — Yes, You — Might Be Taken In

<i>Caveat lector</i>: Some of the explicit sex scenes in Fuminori Nakamura's new novel <i>Cult X</i> will disturb you. Whether that's because they embarrass you or turn you on or both is very much beside the point. Not only does Nakamura have more disturbing things to share, those sex scenes point toward the …

Jared And Ivanka Blessed By Israeli Rabbi Who Compared Black People To Monkeys

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly received a blessing in Jerusalem on Sunday from Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef — who was …

‘Warlight’ is a quiet new masterpiece from Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje’s new novel, “Warlight,” his first in seven years, has the immediate allure of a dark fairy tale. “In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals,” the adult narrator begins, leading us into the shadowlands of memory.<p>On a summer day in …

Michael Jackson's drummer performing Smooth Criminal

There's something about Sugarfoot's perfectly-constructed drum work on <i>Smooth Criminal</i> that's both of its time and completely timeless—a key part of …

The 10 Best Americana Albums Of All Time

Before we recommend the 10 best Americana albums of all time, maybe we should define the term. In our mind, <b>Americana</b> is more a spirit than a sound – …

18 Dystopian Novels That Will Definitely, 100% Blow Your Mind

The future is dark, disturbing, and thrilling to read.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

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The 12 Worst Ideas Organized Religion Has Unleashed On the World

Click here for reuse options! These dubious concepts advocate conflict, cruelty and suffering.Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things …

Theology

16 book recommendations for when you have absolutely no clue what you want to read

There's a funny thing that happens when you tell someone you write about books. Almost always, they immediately ask, "Do you have any book …

5 Books To Read If You’re Missing "Game Of Thrones"

Five books set in worlds that are frozen over, and where that setting becomes central to each character's state of being.<p>I don't come from a place where it snows. I live in San Francisco, where it's basically the same temperature all year long — always mild, always temperate, with a hint of blue …

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Stream 47 Hours of Classic Sci-Fi Novels & Stories: Asimov, Wells, Orwell, Verne, Lovecraft & More

The pronouncements of French theorist Jean Baudrillard could sound a bit silly in the early 1990s, when the internet was still in its infancy, a …

The Six Best Science Fiction Novels Of 2018 (According To The Hugo Awards)

Image: Tor Books<p>Over the weekend, the premiere award in science fiction and fantasy writing - the Hugo Awards - announced their six finalists for …

‘Wild Wild Country’: A Rajneeshee Cult Insider on the Horrors the Netflix Series Left Out

Satya Franklin was a close friend of Bhagwan and Sheela, and lived at Rajneeshpuram. She writes about the many things—sterilization, disconnecting …

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

"We are all refugees from our childhoods. And so we turn, among other things, to stories. To write a story, to read a story, is to be a refugee from …

Steven Pinker’s 10 Favorite Books

<i>Bookseller</i> <i>One Grand Books</i> <i></i><i>has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture.</i> …

Stark Differences in Climate Impacts Between 1.5 and 2 Degrees of Warming

A difference of just half a degree of global warming, from 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius, would mean that an additional 5 million people worldwide will …

Modern mindfulness is rooted in a racist history

In January 1902, Reverend Clarence Edgar Rice warned Americans of a religion that “both in theory and practice…degrades women,” practices “crass brutality” towards animals, and “goes hand-in-hand with vice…that blushes not at unspeakable practices.” Even more terrifying, this “cruel” and …

Hinduism

The people of Cape Town are running out of water—and they’re not alone

The whole world is drying up.<p>Day Zero: that’s the ominous label officials in Cape Town have bestowed on the day that water will run out. A three year drought in the region drained reservoirs faster than expected. They were full at the start of 2014, but estimates from the end of January 2018 show …

Water

20,000 scientists give dire warning about the future in 'letter to humanity' – and the world is listening

A dire warning to the world about its future, which predicts catastrophe for humanity, is continuing to gain momentum.<p>The letter – which was first …

Climate Change

21 Surprising Facts About "The Office" That'll Make You Lose Your Freaking Mind

Cousin Mose did what?!

Arctic Transformed into Alien Landscape in Surreal Climate Change Photo

The "browning" process has dramatically transformed the terrain.<p>Gone are the days when we could count on the Arctic landscape to be painted in shades …

Global Warming

Humanity Officially Started Ruining The Planet In 1965 -- Welcome To The Anthropocene Era

Researchers have pinpointed the moment that humanity fundamentally changed our natural world – the beginning of a new epoch.<p>The Anthropocene age began between October and December of 1965, according to a study published in <i>Scientific Reports</i>, which found the marker of this new era in the heartwood …

20 Best Science Fiction Books Of The Decade

After much mulling and culling, we've come up with our list of the twenty best books of the decade. The list is weighted towards science fiction, but …

Books