Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds

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Scott Westerfeld’s latest novel, Afterworlds is a book about a teenager who’s just sold her first book. It’s a story-within-a-story, and it works brilliantly. Cory Doctorow unpacks the nesting tales of Darcy Patel and Elizabeth Scofield.

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Got a 1943 copper penny? Don't spend it.

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World War II pennies were made mostly of steel. Dan Lewis on the rare and oft-faked coppers that made it out of the mint.

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Lauren Beukes's Broken Monsters

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Lauren Beukes’s latest crime/horror novel Broken Monsters marries the snappy, hard-boiled cleverness of her 2010 novel Zoo City with the visceral horror of 2013’s The Shining Girls and yields up a tale that’s as terrifying as it is contemporary — Cory Doctorow reviews Broken Monsters.

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The narrative lottery at XOXO

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Glenn Fleishman reports from Portland’s beloved arts and technology festival, where a darker sense of mission and meaning took hold in the event’s third year.

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Ten untranslatable words

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Ella Frances Sanders illustrates words held to be untranslatable, to English equivalents, from their native languages.

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Another school year just started: welcome back to the book censorship wars.

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It happens whenever kids come home from school with new reading assignments: some parents look at what their kids are reading and don’t like what they see. Joan E Bertin from the National Coalition Against Censorship knows why we observe Banned Books Week.

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Review: Kommissar, the cold war board game

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Deanna Dahlsad escapes Soviet Russia, sends her friends to Siberia, and braves the wicked Kommissar in this 1960s-era board game.

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Discovering Cuban Sci-fi

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Ilan Stavans did some literary exploring in Cuba, and he’s sharing with us the fruits of his (and many others’) labors.

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Down in the dark matter lab

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Lewis Dartnell descends a kilometer underground to visit a laboratory where scientists have spent twenty years searching for the elusive particles that hold our galaxy together.

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Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part 7

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Automobile-Sized Refrigerator: When a cooler just isn’t cool enough. By Matt Maranian

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Bumperhead - new graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez

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A fascinatingly disjointed tale of drugs, rock and roll, and adolescence from the legendary cartoonist who co-created Love and Rockets. Read the exclusive excerpt.

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Mice and Mystics: awesome dungeoncrawler board game for all ages

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Mice and Mystics is a beautifully-produced board game that creates a relatively all-ages-friendly dungeon crawl RPG experience without need for a dungeon master. “My kids went absolutely bananas over this game in a way I haven’t seen before,” says Jon Seagull

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The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? board game reviewed

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The board game based on the phantasmic film isn’t that great, writes Deanna Dahlsad, but will be a coveted rarity for fans

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My Rules: Gorgeous book of punk, hiphop, skate photography by Glen E. Friedman

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The release of this photography collection is exciting news for those of us who grew up in the ’80s digging hardcore punk, hiphop, and skate culture—and all who are fascinated by art that captures the spirit and freedom of that era.

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Percival Dunwoody, Phil Collins, & Somewhat More

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a Super-Fun-Pak Comix installment features an idiot time traveler, a shplourk, a non-conscious human, five metaphors for sale, and somewhat more.

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