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This book imagines what animals might look like if humans went extinct

A new edition of the 1981 book After Man: A Zoology of the Future is here<p>If humans disappeared from the face of the Earth, letting evolution run its course, what would animals look like in 50 million years? That was the premise of the book <i>After Man: A Zoology of the Future</i>, published in 1981 by …

Books

If You Watch The Handmaid's Tale, You'll Love These Dystopian Novels

A book can be the ultimate escape from reality, whether you're lounging on a beach chair on vacation or spending some time alone in your own home. …

Books

15 Sci-Fi Books To Read If You Need A Break From Dystopian Novels

Dystopia novels seem to be more popular than ever these days. Between <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i>and <i>The Hunger Games</i> and the disturbing resurgence of <i>1984,</i>the …

Science Fiction

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

As a fantasy lover, I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t aware of JRR Tolkien. I read <i>The Hobbit</i> until it fell apart as a child, and have always strived, in my own contributions to the genre, to take even a shred of the care in my world-building that Tolkien did in his. “It is written in my …

Literature

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Science Fiction

SURAJ African House Mix | Boiler Room x Ballantines True Music Kenya

Why Did Indira Gandhi Have Gayatri Devi Jailed During Emergency?

The third Maharani of Jaipur, Gayatri Devi, was sent to Tihar Jail in July 1975, where she spent nearly six months during the Emergency imposed under …

India

Blood Standard by Laird Barron, read by William DeMeritt

An MSG Convert Visits the High Church of Umami

On my kitchen counter, to the side of the stove, there is a jagged skyline of jars and bottles, featuring the condiments and oils and spices that I use too often to ever properly put away. A few are ingredients so key that I buy them in bulk, storing the multi-kilo mega-packages in the back of the …

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

Sailing

Famous salt baked chicken outlet to close permanently on Sunday when owner retires

SINGAPORE: Amidst the rows of modern restaurants and hipster cafes that occupy the conserved shophouses along East Coast Road, Chakey’s Serangoon …

If You Love Interesting Cars, You Owe Kenichi Yamamoto A Debt Of Gratitude

Outside of Japan, Kenichi Yamamoto isn’t a household name. Not the way Henry Ford and Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca are. Yet most people who enter …

The Story of D&D Part One: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Dungeons & Dragons

<i>To catch you up on the history of Dungeons & Dragons, your nerdmates at Geek & Sundry are providing you with this handy-dandy series of stories on</i> …

Tears in rain? Why Blade Runner is timeless

It’s entirely apt that a film dedicated to replication should exist in multiple versions; there is not one <i>Blade Runner</i>, but seven. Though opinions on which is best vary and every edition has its partisans, the definitive rendering of Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian film is most likely <i>The Final Cut</i> …

Blade Runner

The Evolution Of The Browser

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Karl Mattson is vice president of international at Maxthon.</i><p>The browser wars have always been cyclical, moving from periods of monoculture dominated by one or two browsers to periods of comparative competition characterized by multiple, strong, second-tier browsers and a growing list …

Tokyo WWII firebombing, the single most deadly bombing raid in history, remembered 70 years on

It is considered the single most deadly bombing raid in history.<p>Seventy years ago today, US forces firebombed Tokyo to force the Japanese to an early …

Jeff Bezos relies on lowly grunts like me: Life as a cog in the Amazon machine

I keep hoping for an uprising among my fellow contract workers. In the meantime, let’s ship some Skechers to Kansas<p>In my father’s capitalism, employees were nurtured by their company and encouraged to learn new skills. Today’s major corporations hire disposable temp workers to do the work of a …

A Modest Proposal for the Removal of the Word “Craft” from Beer

Cultural trends evolve the same way as genes, mutating to survive, adopting those traits that give them the most benefit against the hostility of …

Soupe À L'oignon Gratinée

Soupe À L'oignon Gratinée from Los Angeles Times• 8 large yellow onions, halved and sliced lengthwise into 1/4 -inch strips<br>• 1/4 cup unsalted butter<br>• Salt<br>• 2 …

Recipes

9 Chef-Favorite Ingredients That Cost Almost Nothing

Here, chefs reveal the inexpensive, everyday ingredients that they love.<p>Even in the world's fanciest restaurants, life in the kitchen isn't all …

Cooking

How to Make Ad Hoc's Incredible Fried Chicken Tenders for Your Super Bowl Party

If you can't make it to Thomas Keller’s casual restaurant, you should at least make this game day-friendly, chicken finger version of one of Ad Hoc’s …

How I Learned to Stop Ordering 'Thai Spicy'

<b>Editor's note:</b> Please welcome friend of Serious Eats (and former contributor) Joe DiStefano, a.k.a. "The Man Who Ate Queens." These days Joe is the chief writer of Chopsticks and Marrow, where he explores food all over Queens and beyond. Today he's dropping by to dispel some myths about ordering …

Knives for Locavores

Around the country, bladesmiths like Washington's Michael Rader and Pennsylvania's Butch Harner forge raw metal into beautiful knives. Choosing small …

Mirchi Qorma (Kashmiri Lamb in Chile Sauce)

6 dried Kashmiri chiles or pasilla chiles, stemmed<p>2 small red Thai chiles or 1 red jalapeño, stemmed<p>2 lb. lamb shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2″ …

The RIGHT Way To Clean Mushrooms

There are many myths being told about mushrooms. To be fair, mushrooms are the most mysterious of ingredients that frequent the kitchen counter -- from the way they grow to the way they are best prepared. For many of us cooking with these fungi, it feels like we're working in the dark.<p>We're here to …

A Song of Spice and Fire: The Real Deal With Hunan Cuisine

Chairman Mao Zedong, who hailed from spice-loving Hunan province, once said, "You can't be a revolutionary if you don't eat chilies." The Hunanese food writer Liu Guochu says Mao loved spice so much he sprinkled ground chilies on slices of watermelon.<p>My first experience with anything vaguely …

7 Next-Level Condiments That Chefs Can't Live Without

You might find this hard to believe, but chefs don’t make everything from scratch. Here, seven culinary stars reveal the store-bought condiments …

50 Kitchen Tricks to Help You Become a Master Chef

Cooking can be a pretty tricky job, even if you're following a recipe. Luckily, Kit Stone <i></i>made this enormous infographic to help you shave off some …

The 24 Best Lines From Alton Brown's Eater Q&A

The venerable <b>Alton Brown</b> sat down for a community Q&A with Eater earlier today, and as to be expected, he offered some poignant and cheeky answers. Brown is a Food Network staple: He hosted the popular show <i>Good Eats,</i> which fused science with cooking, and he currently plays host on the competitive …

The Surprisingly Interesting History of Margarine

<i>How well do you know your margarine history? Let’s take a look at the origins of the butter substitute, and the dairy lobby's attempts to defeat …