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Space Opera is the funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Eurovision in spaaaaaaaaaace!<p>Many authors attempt comedy in science fiction, but few pull it off. Alongside very funny works like John Scalzi’s <i>Redshirts</i> and Terry Pratchett’s entire <i>Discworld</i> series, the pinnacle of hilarious science fiction is Douglas Adams’ <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,</i> …

Science Fiction

The best recent science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz; Blackfish City by Sam J Miller; The Wolf by Leo Carew; The Silenced by Stephen Lloyd Jones and The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S Buckell<p><b>Autonomous</b> (Orbit, £8.99) is the debut novel from Annalee Newitz, a science journalist and co-founder of the SF …

Books

30 Weird Products On Amazon That Are Mind-Blowingly Useful

Plenty of products exist on Amazon to simplify your life and make chores easier to stomach. But then there's the other stuff — the weird and utterly …

Inventions

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Chemistry

15 Adult Books Like 'A Wrinkle In Time' To Read If You Grew Up On The Childhood Classic

With <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i> taking the box office by storm, you should have already dusted off your old copy and re-read it in anticipation of seeing the …

Books

13 Items on Amazon People Are Going Absolutely Nuts for Right Now

The best of the best.<p>It’s hard to know when you order something online if what you’ll be getting is the real deal or a cheap whisper of what you were …

Shopping

These secret Netflix codes unlock hidden show and movie categories

The recommended content on your Netflix account comes from a complicated algorithm analysing your viewing history.<p>And unless you are sharing your …

This beautifully designed 'dumb phone' can only make calls and send texts — and it might be the key to curing our addiction to apps

The Brooklyn-based startup Light has set an impossible goal of getting people to put down their smartphones.<p>Light launched in 2014 and a year later debuted its first product, the Light Phone. It could only make calls and tell the time, and the company described it as a "quite a smart 'dumb' …

Apps

Review Roundup

Saturdaaaaaaaaaaaay!<br>Woo!<br>I mean, who really doesn’t love Saturdays, in general? Sure, there’s not always the best Saturdays, but overall, it’s …

Board Games

Rise To Storyteller Legend By Mastering These 3 Epic GM Tips

<i>GM Tips, hosted by the talented veteran Game Master Satine Phoenix, is our show to help Dungeon Masters and Game Masters improve their craft and</i> …

Board Games

“Oh My God, This Is So F---ed Up”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side

Some of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley are regulars at exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties—gatherings they describe not as scandalous, or even secret, but as a bold, unconventional lifestyle choice. Yet, while the guys get laid, the women get screwed. In an adaptation from her new …

Silicon Valley

18 science fiction and fantasy books to read this January

Start off your year with a good book (or two)<p>It’s a brand new year, and that means that it’s time to dust off the reading list and take a look at what’s coming ahead.<p>In the last days of 2017, I finally found some time to catch up on Brian K. Vaughn and FIonna Staples’s brilliant comic <i>Saga</i>. I’ve …

Science Fiction

20 Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2017 (But Shouldn't Have)

If nothing else, 2017 has been a truly great year for science fiction and fantasy films. While many have been major motion pictures that no one could …

Horror

6 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read ASAP - Riveted

Not too long ago, if someone asked me if I liked sci-fi novels my immediate answer would be no. For some reason, I never wanted to pick up a book set …

Why we need a 21st-century Martin Luther to challenge the church of tech

It’s 500 years since Martin Luther defied the authority of the Catholic church. It’s time for a similar revolt against the hypocrisy of the religion of technology<p>A new power is loose in the world. It is nowhere and yet it’s everywhere. It knows everything about us – our movements, our thoughts, our …

Theology

The End of Football

By 2050, the National Football League (NFL) will be like the Barnum and Bailey Circus of today. Bankrupt, closed, irrelevant, morally passe.In the …

Numb

Starfinder is here, and it’s fantastic

Paizo’s newest role-playing game is more than just Pathfinder in space<p>Paizo Publishing, the creators of the popular Pathfinder universe, were on hand at this year’s Gen Con to celebrate the release of Starfinder, a spacefaring role-playing game and only its second major tabletop RPG. The team …

Quantum Weirdness Has Been Tested Beyond The Particle Scale For The First Time

Yes!<p>A small tweak on a definitive experiment in quantum physics has allowed scientists to observe for the first time exactly how molecules behave as …

Quantum Mechanics

Modern Diplomacy - Modern Diplomacy

New Social Compact10 hours agoHigher Education for Sustainable Development Middle East23 hours agoA New Era at the State Department?<p>Trending<p>Southeast …

Here Are All the Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving in July

We’re well into summer now, but there’s still plenty of time to add a book or eight to your reading list. And you’ll want to, after checking out all …

Books

More Mechanics To Steal To Make Your D&D Game Better

Running a game of <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> is like cooking for a few friends on a regular basis. Recipes for a dish often start out the same. Everyone adds …

Board Games

55 Essential Space Operas from the Last 70 Years

John Harris art equals space opera.<p>What makes a science fiction story a space opera? Well, it needs to take place in space obviously, though not …

If You Like Science With Your Fiction, Humble Has The Bundle For You

Science fiction.[/caption]<p>Humble Bundle has put together a dream package for readers who enjoy science fiction. It’s called the Super Nebula Author Showcase and it’s presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America.<p>As is always the case with Humble Bundles, you pay as much as you like with a $1 …

Writing

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

Programming

These Cartographers Are Making Awesome Fantasy RPG Maps For Your Campaigns

Finding other encounter and campaign maps for your RPG is as easy as a Google search, <i>they say</i>. However, rummaging through a few million maps and …

Board Games

Here, there and everywhere | The Economist

Quantum technology is beginning to come into its own<p>After decades as laboratory curiosities, some of quantum physics’ oddest effects are beginning to …

Quantum Computing

Your Essential Science Fiction Books for May 2017

From muderbots to the origins of the xenomorphs, sci-fi reading is dangerous this month.<p>Historically, the month of May is often a great time for …

Science Fiction

Josh Glenn's top 75 Golden Age sci-fi novels

My friend and frequent Gweek podcast guest Josh Glenn put together a terrific list of Golden Age science fiction novels (which he classifies as …

Dan Harmon’s HarmonQuest coming to Seeso July 14

Well, it’s not the “and a movie” half of the prophetic six seasons and a movie <i>Community</i> mantra, but Dan Harmon (<i>Community</i>, <i>Rick and Morty</i>) does indeed …

Geek