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The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest [exclusive excerpt]

The eagerly anticipated new novel from “one of the master illusionists of our time.” (Wired)

Summary: Near future: Tibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled from Anatolia to Britain when his wife, an aid worker, is killed—annihilated by a terrifying weapon that reduces its target to a triangular patch of scorched earth. A century earlier: Tommy Trent, a stage magician, is sent to the Western Front on a secret mission to render British reconnaissance aircraft invisible to the enemy. Present day: A theoretical physicist develops a new method of diverting matter, a discovery with devastating consequences that will resonate through time.

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Boing Boing at SXSW Interactive

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Illustration: Adam "ApeLad" Koford

Headed to 2014 SXSW Interactive in Austin this weekend? Cory, Xeni, Mark, and Pesco will all be there participating in a variety of sessions. Here's a handy guide:

* Saturday, March 8, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, SXSW Create Long Center: "Cool Tools Show & Tell" Bring your favorite tool (hand tools, maps, how-to books, vehicles, software, specialized devices, gizmos, websites — and anything useful) and be prepared to talk about it and (if feasible) demonstrate it to other cool tools enthusiasts. Presented by Mark Frauenfelder

* Saturday, March 8, 7pm - 11:30pm, Capitol Tower: "In the Future, Everything Will Work: A Cyberpunk Retrofest presented by EFF/EFF-Austin" with Cory Doctorow, Gareth Branwyn, Bruce Sterling, William Barker (Schwa) and Jon Lebkowsky

* Sunday, March 9, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Omni Downtown: "Ingenuity: Hackathon Uncovered" with David Pescovitz, Mark Frauenfelder, Eric McClellan (Team Detroit), and Liz Boone (FM).

* Monday, March 10: 9:30am - 10:30am, Austin Convention Center: "Snowden 2.0: A Field Report From the NSA Archives" with Cory Doctorow and Barton Gellman.

* Monday, March 10, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Hilton Austin Downtown: "Community-Building: Better than Chemo" with Xeni Jardin, Alicia Staley, Deanna Attai, and Jody Schoger.

Hope to see your happy mutant mugs in Austin! Ask us for stickers!

Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile now under construction!

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We are thrilled to announce that work on the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile has begun! As we said, our sponsors at Ford agreed to support the customization, modification, and transformation of a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagine for a Boing Boing vehicle. (Original announcement here. Check out all the concept designs here!) Theresa Contreras and her talented team of makers at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California have already started building out the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. Above, a glimpse of the open side door revealing the rough rack design for our zine, book, and comix library! And here's a shot of the unfinished framing for the cabinet of curiosities behind the rear door. So beautiful. Photo 4

We will post more images as the Happy Mutant Mobile magic continues to unfold. We're also thrilled that in the coming month, longtime BB reader Ryan Powers will join us in visiting L&G Enterprises to see Ryan's idea for a bubble-blowing Jackhammer Jill hood ornament come to life! Also on the customization list: exterior art, a roll-down projection screen, tricked-out coffee station, and of course a mobile blogging/video studio inside the vehicle! Plus more. Much more. Below, additional photos of the rear and the in-progress interior.

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White Queen series giveaway

Enter Boing Boing's giveaway to own a copy of the Starz Original mini-series, The White Queen, the riveting portrayal of one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in English history told uniquely through the perspective of three relentless women as they scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne.

To enter the giveway of The White Queen on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD now from Anchor Bay Entertainment, head over to this post on Boing Boing's Facebook page.

Space alien sex art: excerpt from Strange Attractors

Strange Attractors includes the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created remarkable explorations of possible extraterrestrial life forms and their multifarious sexual desires.

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Back with the Borribles

Aimée and Rose de Larabeitti remember the stories their father, Michael, told them—stories he would go on to publish as the anarchic, anti-authoritarian, and completely wonderful Borrible Trilogy of young adult books.

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Boing Boing T-shirts 25% off for a limited time

Check out our limited-time special sale on Boing Boing T-shirts: they are just $14.95 each!

We've got shirts by Jim Woodring, Amy Crehore, Rob Beschizza, Adam "Ape Lad" Koford, Kevin Dart, Mark Pawson, Tom Gauld, Barnaby Ward, Alex Pearson, Sarina Frauenfelder, and Mark Frauenfelder!

Boing Boing T-Shirt Sale!

Cryptozoology patches from BB sponsor Shana Logic!

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Seeking a curious and unique gift? Check out the independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other goods available from our wonderful sponsor Shana Logic! Shana suggests the Cryptozoology Tracking Society patches from Maiden Voyage. "Each embroidered patch is reminiscent of the old fashioned National Park patches, but each features a cryptid character in their natural habitat!" Available in Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster, and Mothman designs for just $6. Free USA shipping on orders over $50! Shana Logic

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Sponsor shout-out: American Apparel and classic calculator watches!

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Special thanks to our longtime sponsor American Apparel where you can now find a fantastic range of eclectic watches, from vintage Swatch to Citizen to these killer classic calculator models by Casio! American Apparel

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A conversation with Terry Pratchett, author of The Carpet People

Carpet People dof34Deep among the Carpet fronds, where the wild snargs prowl, the Munrung tribe has known peace for decades. But now the old order is unraveling, and a new story is in the making. A story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction; of villainous mouls, hungry for power; and of two noble brothers on the adventure of a lifetime.

It’s a story that will come to a terrible end—if someone doesn’t do something about it. If everyone doesn’t do something about it . . .

This special edition of Sir Terry Pratchett’s hilarious and wise first novel The Carpet People features his own illustrations, including never-before- published art, and revised text. Also included is an exclusive short story written by Terry at age seventeen, before he went on to create the phenomenally popular Discworld series and become one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

Cory Doctorow and the famed author discuss building worlds, the legitimacy of authority, and the future:

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Artist Kendra Binney's wood panels from BB sponsor Shana Logic

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Need a gift idea? Check out the independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other curious creations from our lovely sponsor Shana Logic! Now in stock, a wide selection of limited edition wood panels by Portland-based painter Kendra Binney. Each 1/2" thick maple wood panel features a reproduction of an original painting. The sides are hand painted, the whole piece is sealed in resin, and the artist's signature on the back. There's a variety of sizes and prices available and all are ready to hang. Also today is Shana Logic's Super Magical Monday Sale! And… free shipping on USA orders of $50+. Shana Logic

Distract yourself with free browser games

This post sponsored by the delicious caramel, chocolate and nougat inside every Milky Way®

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For some of you, sites like this one are a welcome distraction from what you really should be doing or, more likely, what someone else thinks you really should be doing. So to go one recursive step further, here are five distractions from this distraction, a short list of fantastic free browser games, from Cookie Clicker to Kingdom of Loathing:

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Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile: Submit your ideas!

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Illustration: Kevin Dart

Boing Boing is building out a Happy Mutant Mobile! Can you please help? Our sponsors at Ford have agreed to customize, modify, and transform a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagine for a Boing Boing vehicle. Here are some of our ideas: Behind the vehicle's side door is a library of curated 'zines, books, and comix free for browsing. The rear doors open to reveal a cabinet of curiosities world of technology, science, and art. The cargo space is a mobile blogging/video studio for on-the-road interviews.

We have a slew of ideas that we'll show you over the coming weeks, and we bet you have even better ones! Please share them with us in the comments over at our BBS, on Twitter (#happymutantmobile), Facebook, or Google+. You can even email us or deliver via passenger pigeon. Doesn't matter if you describe it with a sentence, a paragraph, a drawing on a napkin, blueprints, a 3D model, or an interpretive dance. We're just excited to check out your most ingenious, creative, unusual ideas for how to remake the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into a Happy Mutant Mobile!

Over the next month, we'll pick some of our favorites, get them illustrated by our favorite artists, and post them to the site. We'll be selecting our first batch this coming Monday, December 2. If yours gets selected for posting, we'll send you a Boing Boing t-shirt! Whoever comes up with our absolute favorite idea will be invited to join us in person at the mod shop to see the actual work in process. It'll be an all-expense paid trip. Flights within United States only. Travel and expenses limited to $5,000 total. Posh. Where? Somewhere cool. We'll tell you later.

Below are the modification restrictions. We'll be taking out all of the passenger seats so there's plenty of room inside. Go wild. You're not paying for it. And you don't have to do the work yourself either.

Thanks for helping us make the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile! See you on the road!

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Boing Boing launches model rockets at NASA Ames

SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev

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When asked what we are here for, Beat writer William S. Burroughs famously answered, "This is the space age, and we are here to go." We can't easily grab a seat to orbit but model rocketry is an excellent space age maker hobby that's stood the test of time. For a good time, call the LUNAR hotline! LUNAR is the Livermore Unit of the National Association of Rocketry, the northern California hub for model rocketry enthusiasts. Every month, LUNAR hosts a legal "sport launch" at NASA's Ames Research Center on the Moffett Federal Airfield in Silicon Valley. Everyone is invited to bring their model rockets, engines, and get ready for lift-off! It's a wonderful, supportive scene for new and old rocket buffs and families. One recent weekend, our sponsor Toyota loaned us a Toyota RAV4 EV and we decided the LUNAR launch was the perfect destination for a new electric car. And we're counting down...

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Dinosaur, galaxy, and circuit ties from BB sponsor ShanaLogic!

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Dig these excellent geeky Cyberoptix ties now available from our wonderful sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other curious creations. Made in Detroit, they're soft silk-like microfiber printed with non-toxic ink. Along with the Short Circuit, Dinosaur Skeleton, and Galaxy Constellation prints above, ShanaLogic also offers dozens of other styles, like Brain Waves, Unicursal Hexagram, Evil Laser Kitten. There are even bow ties! Shana says: Take 10% off with code: BOING

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