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New Hugo Award categories for puppies

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The "Puppies" are a coalition of right-wing and white-supremacist groups who pushed a slate of ideologically pure nominees onto the Hugo Award ballot, complaining that you could no longer judge books by their covers, and that science fiction had changed to reflect the world since the 1970s.

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The Galapagos Incident, free science fiction thriller for Kindle

The Galapagos Incident: A Science Fiction Thriller (The Interplanetary War Series Book 1)

This dark, fast-paced space thriller was a fantastic read. The Galapagos Incident is wonderful first installment from author Felix R. Savage, and it is free!

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The Apocalypse Survivors: The Undead World Novel 2

The Apocalypse Survivors: The Undead World Novel 2 (The Undead World Series)

Main characters continue to die, and living humans remain the scariest evil in Peter Meredith's continuing zombie adventure, The Apocalypse Survivors.

Wow! The Apocalypse Survivors has really built on the first novel in this series! I enjoy how Meredith shows us just how ugly the standard, everyday problems of the United States will be when fueled by a zombie apocalypse. In this, his second book, race wars, rape, cults and cowardice rule the land. Fantastic new characters are introduced, because they have to... we're losing everyone we love!

These are adult novels but not done in a disgusting or horrible manner. The some characters are cartoony, and perhaps have to be, while others highly relatable. I am finding the mix right for gripping, keep me up til the book is done zombie fiction.

The Apocalypse Survivors: The Undead World Novel 2 (The Undead World Series) via Amazon

Kazuo Ishiguro on writing, characters and novels

Rick Kleffel sez, "I spoke with Kazuo Ishiguro about his new book, The Buried Giant, and his means of using the literary toolkit of the fantastic to excavate the human psyche. It proved to be great fun. "

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The Disneyland Book of Lists

The Disneyland Book of Lists

The Disneyland Book of Lists is a fantastically fun, incredibly dense collection of Disneyland trivia!

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Slipcased hardcover complete Eight Ball


Forthcoming from Fantagraphics, a slipcased, two-volume set collecting Daniel Clowes's seminal Eight Ball, whence came Art School Confidential and Ghost World.

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Uncovering sexual preferences by data-mining sex-toy sales [NSFW]


UK sex-toy retailer Lovehoney allowed researcher Jon Millward to data-mine its huge database of over 1,000,000 sex-toy purchases and 45,000 reviews, in order to see what he could infer about Britons' sexual proclivities from the things they bought.

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VISUALIZE: Daily routines of accomplished creative people


This chart summarizes data from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, providing that rarest of treasures: an infographic that actually improves the legibility of information.

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Haunted Mansion Lego!


This Haunted Mansion Lego set is up for your votes -- it's got mine!

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Humble Last Gasp Bundle!


Pay what you like for DRM-free ebooks featuring Basil Wolverton, pop surrealism, Hi-Fructose, Ron English and many more quality titles from our favorite underground press, Last Gasp.

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Pop Sonnets, the book -- the Bard meets Backstreet Boys

The Shakespearean delights of Pop Sonnets, one of my favorite reads, are being collected in a new book to be published in October.

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$17 radio amp lets thieves steal Priuses

If your car has a proximity-based ignition fob that lets you start the engine without inserting a key, thieves on the street in front of your house can use an amp to detect its signal from your house and relay it to the car, getting away clean.

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Excerpt from Neal Stephenson's forthcoming novel Seveneves

Neal Stephenson's posted the first 26 pages of his forthcoming novel Seveneves, "a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years."

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Podcast of two Kim Stanley Robinson Martian stories

Tony from Starshipsofa sez, "StarShipSofa podcast is very proud this week to have two short stories by the great science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson. First up is the 1999 short story Purple Mars, then we play Discovery Mars published in 2000. Both stories can be found in KSR's Martians collection."

This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead Series Book 2)

This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead Series Book 2)

Eric and Gabe have been holed up in their Appalachian mountain retreat for 2 years, fending off the zombies and watching their supplies diminish. This Shattered Land takes them across America to rejoin the resurgent US Government in Colorado.

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Kickstarting a new Girl Genius volume


Carol writes, "Phil and Kaja Foglio have recently launched the Kickstarter for the latest book in the Girl Genius graphic novel series, Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails. (And they've already reached their basic funding goal!)"

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The Loch Ness ladle

It's $21.80 and will make your tureen into a cryptozoological mystery. (via Kottke)