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Self-Published YA Debut Novel Gets Six-Figure Deal: How did Scott Bergstrom Do It?

Scott Bergstrom made publishing news when his debut novel, <i>The Cruelty</i>, got a six-figure advance with attached movie rights.<br>Scott originally …

Writing

Go Beyond God of War With These Norse Mythology Books

<i>If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.</i><p>God of War is out today, and in case you …

Books

Play 'Star Wars' holochess without a headset on iOS

When Disney and Lenovo teamed up to create <i>Star Wars: Jedi Challenges</i>, it was a significant step in bringing augmented reality (AR) gaming to the masses. The headset was modestly-priced, and the game, a <i>Star Wars-</i>themed version of chess, was accessible to everyone. Now, in a bid to push the …

Augmented Reality

30 of the best retro games ported to Android

Article Contents<p>1 Commander Keen in Keen Dreams<br>• 2 NetHack<br>• 3 Ghosts'n Goblins MOBILE<br>• 4 BLAZING STAR<br>• 5 R-TYPE<br>• 6 Alien Breed<br>• 7 SAMURAI SHODOWN II<br>• 8 The Bard's …

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

5 of the all-time greatest novels you haven't read

Many die-hard readers consider their favorite novels more than mere entertainment. But while curling up with a beloved work of literature might seem a loftier pursuit than guffawing at “Family Guy,” it’s still ultimately a diversion.<p>And now that summer’s arrived, grabbing a novel to immerse oneself …

30 new and notable Android games from the last week (3/21/18 - 3/27/18)

Article Contents<p>1 Games<p>1.1 PUBG Mobile<br>• 1.2 Shadowgun Legends<br>• 1.3 Stereobreak<br>• 1.4 Slingshot Island ARCore<br>• 1.5 Love Cubed – AR<br>• 1.6 Nightenfell AR<br>• 1.7 …

Forget drones – this $46 smartphone controlled paper airplane is much more fun

If you’re looking to a fun alternative to the quadcopter drones that have become old news at this point, we have just the thing. The POWERUP 3.0 …

21 Sci-Fi Books To Read After You Watch 'Annihilation'

With the film adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's New Weird novel in theaters, it seems appropriate to give you a list of 21 suggested books to read …

50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …

How to Get Paid to Learn How to Become a Better Writer

What if I told you people would <i>pay you</i> to become a better writer?What if I also told you people would pay you higher amounts to <i>keep learning</i> how to …

The Gone World is a brilliant, complicated novel about the consequences of time travel

How do you solve a murder by jumping back and forth in time?<p>In his debut novel, author Tom Sweterlitsch constructed a fascinating mystery with <i>Tomorrow and Tomorrow</i>, set in a virtual version of Pittsburgh after a terrorist attack leveled the city. In <i>The Gone World</i><i>,</i> he introduces an even more …

Science Fiction

You can finally sign up for PlayStation Vue on your phone

PlayStation Vue is one of my personal favorite live TV streaming services to-date, but one thing that's remained a constant annoyance since its debut …

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

The 10 Android games everyone should own

While iOS tends to get most of the mobile gaming attention, Android has a larger user base and just as many wonderful games to choose from. Whether …

We’re Obsessed With Oprah’s Latest Book Club Pick

This morning, Oprah announced the next book to be included in her book club, <i>An American Marriage</i> by Tayari Jones (<i>Silver Sparrow, The Untelling</i>)—and, …

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 …

Get up to Speed on Netflix’s New Series ‘Altered Carbon’

It used to be that good science-fiction television was a little hard to find. Now the genre is hotter than ever, and our queues are overflowing with …

Apple servers currently signing older iOS updates, users able to downgrade from iOS 11

[<b>Update:</b> Party’s over! Older OS versions are no longer being signed once more. As suspected, it was an accidental change and has been reverted. Original story below …]<p>Apple is currently signing iOS 10 version updates for many devices including iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models as shown by …

iPhone 5

Edward Snowden's Haven app turns your phone into a surveillance device

A quick search on the Play Store will show no shortage of surveillance/motion detection apps, and while some of these work alright, they're not …

26 new and notable Android games from the last week (12/13/17 - 12/19/17)

Article Contents<p>1 Games<p>1.1 Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty<br>• 1.2 NBA 2K18<br>• 1.3 MechCom 3 - 3D RTS<br>• 1.4 IT: Escape from Pennywise Cardboard<br>• 1.5 Brutal Brutalness - a …

Arena of Valor, one of the biggest mobile MOBAs in the world, is finally available in North America

You've probably played multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games on Android—there are some popular ones like Vainglory and Mobile Legends. …

It's hard to overstate my satisfaction—Bridge Constructor Portal is now available in the Play Store

It's time to return to Aperture Science for some totally not deadly tests. Note: this assessment of deadliness is not guaranteed. There may actually …

Sonic Runners Adventure is out, but it's by Gameloft and not SEGA

<i>Sonic Runners Adventure</i> is quite an odd release. The first thing people will probably notice is that this title looks pretty familiar, and that is …

These Are the 10 Best Books of 2017, According to Amazon Editors

2017 has been quite a year in the book world. We learned the inside scoop about the 2016 presidential election in Hillary Clinton’s <i>What Happened</i>, endured thought spirals and reward-incentivized mysteries with John Green in <i>Turtles All the Way Down</i>, and were even were treated to an in-depth look at …

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Add these to your reading list.<p>Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in …

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Script Leaked? Everything We Know About The Show’s Final Season [Spoilers]

Was the <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 8 script leaked ahead of the Season 7 finale episode? Seems like it as overly enthusiastic fans share spoilers of the …

TV Series

28 Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Fall

New books by Salman Rushdie, Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and John Green, oh my!

Books

27 movies you need to see this fall

Summer's the time for big, loud blockbuster movies and a few gems scattered in between. It's the fall when the real heavy-hitters come out.<p>Later this year, we'll see a bevy of Oscar contenders like "Molly's Game," independent film darlings that found their way to the big screen like "Call Me By …