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Robinhood stock trading comes to web with finance news for its 3M users

You know what’s cool? Not just being worth over $1 billion, but saving your customers $1 billion. Today, zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood announced that it’s hit 3 million registered accounts, $100 billion transacted in its app, and $1 billion in saved commissions considering competitors like …

The guy behind the '4-hour workweek' thinks you should work for 4 hours at WeWork

Tim Ferriss made his name on productivity: how to get the most out of your workday, and your life, in just four hours. The Silicon Valley investor—in …

Legendary Screenwriting Guru Robert McKee On Creating Incredible Dialogue

McKee had always planned on authoring a trilogy of books: <i>Story</i>, <i>Character</i>, and <i>Dialogue</i>. After <i>Story</i> became a phenomenon, he began researching …

15 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving This August

The end of summer is slowly approaching, but there’s no wrong time to do some lazy-day reading. Or, as the case may be, …

4 D&D-inspired Games You MUST Try

Thanks to the Open Gaming License, Dungeons & Dragons has seen a thousand flowers bloom beneath its banner. We here at Geek & Sundry have picked out …

Board Games

The 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2016 So Far

From silkpunk to Big Data dystopia, the year's best SF/F (so far).<p>Four magical Londons or four women who meet during a violent rebellion? Sleeping …

Science Fiction

You've Been Pitching Wrong Your Whole Life—Here's How to Do it Right

You've been appealing to all the wrong parts of the brain.<p>You’ve been pitching wrong your whole life.<p>Wealth, power, and celebrity are sources of …

The Unstoppable Aliette de Bodard Smashes the British Science Fiction Awards

Aliette de Bodard just became the first person to win both the fiction categories at the British Science Fiction Awards. She won Best Novel for her …

First Look at Firewalk, a Supernatural Thriller From the Co-Creator of iZombie

Chris Roberson has been writing terrific alternate history books for years, in addition to his work on comics like <i>iZombie</i> and <i>Superman</i>. Now, he’s got …

Your 20s start out like a Tom Hanks movie, then the cracks start to appear | Rhik Samadder

The secret to surviving and thriving in your 20s is to screw expectations: your power to personal responsibility ratio will never again be so golden<p>I survived my 20s by staying alive until they were over. If that sounds facetious, great. It’s also true. The years between 27 and 30 were the hardest …

Will McIntosh's Burning Midnight is a Fantastic Novel About Collecting And Otherworldly Horror

I’ve been a huge fan of Will McIntosh’s since I picked up his debut, <i>Soft Apocalypse</i>, and since then, he’s turned out fantastic novel after fantastic …

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”<p><i>“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,”</i> <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 <i>Esquire</i> compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a …

Literature

Stephen Batchelor Talks Buddhism in a “Secular Age”

Once an ordained monk, the author’s latest work focuses on bringing Buddhist teachings into the 21st century.<p>What is Buddhism? It’s a simple question, but an unanswerable one, at least on a frozen, bite-size, media-ready level. It’s a question not unlike the koan that <b>Stephen Batchelor</b> pondered back …

The Secrets to Writing Successful Movies for the Whole Family

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Zen Cho's Sorcerer To The Crown Shows What Happens When Politics And Magic Mix

In <i>Sorcerer to the Crown</i>, magic in England has been in decline, and the one respected Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers is an institution tasked …

Lightless Is A Fascinating Thriller Set Far Out In The Solar System

Set in the edges of the Solar System, a pair of thieves board an experimental military spacecraft and are promptly captured, but not before setting …

Five Famous Tabletop RPG Tales Too Epic to Believe

Whatever tabletop role playing games (RPGs) you play, you’re bound to have a few memorable stories. Sometimes, these episodes go beyond funny …

The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It's because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at what he was writing about. He didn't spend his life being good at writing.<p>He didn't spend his life typing. He ran a country. Or …

Books

Wacom Bamboo Spark puts your notes on paper on your smartphone

BERLIN — Our paperless society still has a lot of paper and a lot of people scribbling notes on them. The worst part is when we have to combine our …

10 Masters of Cinema on Screenwriting and Filmmaking

Knowledge is power. Experience is currency. And the pursuit of both in the screenwriting world is necessary.<p>Screenwriters learn most from both their …

Elon Musk Recommends 12 Books that Changed his Life

The best thing about Elon Musk is that he makes us dream big again. Musk, of course, is the billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX.<p>Charlie Munger was …

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

New Anthology Has Women Fighting Lovecraft's Horrors. It's About Time.

H.P. Lovecraft was maybe not the most woman-friendly writer out there. His works teem oleaginously with many things, but not prominent female …

Horror

Ebooks are changing the way we read, and the way novelists write

Our attention spans have shortened, we’re distracted, and authors have changed their style to suit, but these changes are part of the wider digital transformation<p>If you hand me the original paperback edition of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow I can, quickly and without too much scrabbling, find …

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Absolutely Must Read in August

The summer is almost over—but the beach reads keep on coming. Including brand new series by N.K. Jemisin and David Drake. A brand new Christopher …

Books

The New David Foster Wallace Film Is Exactly The 'Grotesque Parody' He Feared

Why have we chosen to move further and further away from Wallace’s brilliant work?<p>“The End of the Tour” opened Friday with a well-deserved 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg have, by many accounts, given career-best performances in this “biographical road trip” of the five days …