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So You Want to Read… A Guide to Sci-Fi and Fantasy Subgenres

Science fiction and fantasy have never been straightforward genres. They encompass any number of weird, obscure, and wildly imaginative works of …

Science Fiction

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels – reviews roundup

Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill, The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo, Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove, The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds, Gilded Cage by Vic James, Defender by GX Todd<p>Adam Nevill’s riveting ninth novel, <b>Under</b> <b>a Watchful Eye</b> (Pan, £12.99), …

These Arcade Game Shadow Boxes are Simply Awesome - Technabob

Do you love classic arcade games, but don’t have the room (or the cash) for an arcade cabinet in your living room? These fantastic pieces of …

Retrogaming

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

19 minutes ago<p>Jon Gruden is obviously not a fan of the NFL's rule that doesn't allow him much contact with his players in the offseason.<p>Feb 13, 11:15 …

College Football

'Rogue One' in 8-bit is a video game dream come true

Choose to play as your favorite member of the Rebel Alliance and embark on a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans on Scarif!<p>In this …

French Illustrator Whose Comics "Inspired" Star Wars Finally Getting the Movie Treatment

Luc Besson is bringing Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin's "Valerian" to the big screen, and it looks fantastic<p>Several years ago, we …

Science Fiction

Batman Is Teaming Up With One of His Biggest Comic Book Inspirations For a New Miniseries

Pulp heroes, like the Shadow, were one of the biggest influences on Bill Kane and Bob Finger when they first came up with Batman over 75 years ago. …

The Only Time in History When Men on Horseback Captured a Fleet of Ships

The French Revolutionary Wars lasted a decade, but their strangest moment may have lasted just a few days.<p>The Battle of Texel remains the only …

World History

Learn the Double-Stitch Technique to Handsew Leather

<b>Get the Book!</b> The first comprehensive guide to applying digital design techniques to traditional leatherwork .<p>Though its history dates back to the dawn of civilization, leatherworking remains an enjoyable and useful skill even in the age of 3D printers. And while you can spend a lifetime learning …

7 Unprecedented Archaeological Discoveries That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Each year, archaeologists and researchers around the globe make unprecedented discoveries. In the last couple of years however, —thanks to …

Archaeology

The Best Whiskey Stones

Resist the melt.<p>For ages, whiskey drinkers have been diluting their drinks with ice. They've tried different shapes — big cubes, spheres, wedges — to slow down the inevitable melt. Enter: whiskey stones. These little bad boys will survive the journey from freezer to glass and back for an unlimited …

Whiskey

Awesome Art Picks: Superman, Wolverine, Batman, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites …

Graphic Novels

The Late Roman Empire Army Was A Changing, But Still Massive, Force 

World History

World War II: japanese Fighter Mitsubishi A6M Zero

The design of the A6M Zero began in May 1937, shortly after the introduction of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter.<p>Operating under the Imperial Japanese …

Military

25 Years Ago, Mega Man 4 Changed The Series Forever

It’s Looking More And More Likely Fox Will Tackle Dark Phoenix Again With Rumored Next X-Men Movie

Because U demanded it: it looks like Fox is taking another crack at <i>The Dark Phoenix Saga</i> again in their X-Men movie franchise. We all fondly remember</i> …

Easy Crock-Pot Recipes For Beginners

I'll be the first to admit that I don't love cooking, but eating out or ordering in every night isn't financially sustainable no matter how much I …

Cooking

Welcome to the boneyard, where US Air Force birds go to die

The feeling is even stronger for airmen.<p>In an excellent article in Airman Magazine, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Bates describes retired Col. Bill Hosmer admiring a derelict F-86 Sabre:<p>To retired Col. Bill Hosmer, it's still beautiful. He walks around the old fighter and stares in admiration. He …

Aerospace

Secret WWI telegram holds lessons for today, historians say

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — In a secret telegram a century ago, Germany tried to get Mexico to join its side during World War I by offering it territory in the United States. Britain intercepted, deciphered and shared the "Zimmermann Telegram."<p>Historians, seeing parallels to today, say there's a lot to be …

Woodrow Wilson

Gold in Ancient Egypt | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Egypt is a land rich in gold, and ancient miners employing traditional methods were thorough in their exploitation of economically feasible sources. …

Ancient History

The Best Controllers for Retro Gaming

Whether you’re playing retro games through an emulator on Windows, Mac, or a custom-built Raspberry Pi console, you need a controller. We tested some …

The Eight Best Woods for Cooking Over a Flame

Cooking meat over fire is about as old school as it gets. It’s also deeply satisfying and a great way to add rich new flavors to wild game and fish. …

BBQ

50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017: 'Blade Runner,' 'Star Wars' and More

From superhero blockbusters and high-profile sequels to docs, director passion-projects and some downright weird stuff<p>You do not need a crystal ball …

Construction

This sneaky 'Super Mario World' hack has been in hiding for 26 years

For anyone who grew up playing the Super NES, there are few things more nostalgic than the sight of Mario's adorably pixelated little face bobbing …

How A Destitute, Abandoned Parisian Boy Became The First Celebrity Chef

The bustling Paris streets were rutted and caked in thick mud, but there was always a breathtaking sight to behold in the shop windows of Patisserie de la Rue de la Paix. By 1814, people crowded outside the bakery, straining for a glimpse of the latest confection created by the young chef who …

France

For seven years, a global community of writers has been using a hashtag to complain about writing

Writers are mildly delusional. They have to be, to abracadabra a story into existence and then hope, against all odds and evidence, that it actually gets read.<p>According to an oft-cited 2002 survey, 81% of Americans, about 200 million people, believe they have a book in them. But blockbuster sales …

Creative Writing

We Tried Jack Daniel's Whiskey Coffee So You Don't Have To

"Believe me, I come from a long line of people who know what whiskey tastes like.”<p>The best part of waking up? The Jack Daniel’s coffee in your cup, of course.<p>The 150-year-old whiskey distillery recently released Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Coffee in partnership with World of Coffee. Made with …

Anne Levy talks Holocaust survival at East Bank library | NOLA.com

As Anne Levy spoke, tears flowed, some audience members were stunned to silence and, at other moments, laughter rippled in the Jefferson Room of the …

There was an easy way to beat this Super Mario World enemy all along

Nintendo hides so much stuff in its games, man<p>We’ve previously reported on Supper Mario Broth, one of Tumblr’s best and weirdest blogs. The site, which collects little-known Super Mario trivia, recently shared yet another fun fact, this time about <i>Super Mario World</i>. It turns out that there’s a trick …

Keurig Will Soon Be Able to Brew Something Much Stronger Than Coffee

Making a cup coffee from a pod in under a minute is already pretty amazing, but soon, your Keurig will be able to make alcoholic drinks. You read that right: beer, cocktails, and spirits will be able to flow out of your Keurig like the nectar of the gods thanks to a partnership between …