Rudy Rucker's top 11 book picks for 2015

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Rudy Rucker is one of my favorite authors of all time. So it's no surprise that the books he read in 2015 and recommend on his blog sound interesting to me: Purity by Jonathan Franzen, Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Inherent Vice and Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson, The Peripheral by William Gibson, All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland, Sandman Slim Series by Richard Kadrey, Genius at Play: the Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts, Jean-Michel Basquiat by Leonhard Emmerling, A Palazzo in The Stars by Paul Di Filippo, and The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne. Read the rest

Owners of 20,000 print books can get discounted audiobook bundles

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Peter from Shelfie writes, "Shelfie has announced a partnership with Findaway to add 20,000 audiobooks to its print to digital bundling service. This news comes on top of the recent announcement that it will be adding nearly 100,000 titles for DRM-free bundling from Springer." Read the rest

Pwning Tomorrow: the Electronic Frontier Foundation's first science fiction anthology

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Today, EFF published Pwning Tomorrow, a science fiction anthology featuring stories by 21 celebrated authors, including Bruce Sterling, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Beukes, Pat Cadigan, Madeline Ashby and Charlie Jane Anders (I have a story in there too!). Read the rest

Hugo Long List anthology of great science fiction -- now available!

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The successful Kickstarter raised enough money to put Volume One of the anthology in print, featuring 21 Hugo-award-nominated stories. Read the rest

Great old fairy tale comics from Walt Kelly, creator of “Pogo”

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Walt Kelly's Fairy Tales is a 300-page anthology of Golden Age comic book stories by the great Walk Kelly. It's edited by comic book historian Craig Yoe.

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Concrete Park: apocalyptic, afrofuturistic graphic novel of greatness

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I learned about Concrete Park from Calvin Reid, the pioneering comics critic/reviewer who chaired a panel with Scott McCloud and me at the Miami Book Fair last month; Calvin called it the best new afrofuturistic comic he'd read, and I rushed out to get my own copy.

The new world of packaging design: green, communicative, tailored

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A new book, Material Innovation: Packaging Design, written by a material science consultant and a design consultant, explores the ways that packaging is being changed by innovations in retail, materials, design, and marketing. Read the rest

Springer Nature to release 100,000 titles as DRM-free bundles

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Peter from Shelfie writes, "In a press release on Digital Book World, Springer Nature has announced a partnership with Vancouver start-up Shelfie (BitLit) to offer digital bundles on over 100,000 titles from their catalog." Read the rest

Solo: Hope Larson's webcomic of rock-n-roll, romance, and desperation

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On Saturday, I stopped in at the incredible Comc Arts LA indie comics fest and came away with a staggering double-load of amazing funnybooks, and the standout from that wonderful haul is Hope Larson's "Solo." Read the rest

Humble Bundle's Prime Sci-Fantasy Bundle

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The latest Humble Ebook Bundle features 15 DRM-free ebooks, with works by Fritz Leiber, Kelly Link, Mary Robinette Kowal, Neil Gaiman, Peter Beagle, Madeline L'Engle and many others -- name your price and how much you'd like to divert to charities, including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Science Fiction Writers of America's Givers Fund, and Patrick Rothfuss's Worldbuilders. Read the rest

Urban Transport Without the Hot Air: confusing the issue with relevant facts!

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Steven Melia's Urban Transport Without the Hot Air joins Drugs Without the Hot Air, Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open and Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air as a highly readable, evidence-based look at a contentious and politicised area that offers a refreshing dose of facts in a debate dominated by ideology.

Steven Pinker's list of the 58 most-abused English words and phrases

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In his latest book, The Sense of Style, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker sets out to create a new English stylebook that celebrates the language's fluidity while still striving for clarity -- an anti-authoritarian, "evidence-based" manifesto for clear and vivid communications. Read the rest

Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling talk about their new anthology TRANSREAL CYBERPUNK

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Rudy Rucker sends us, "videos by Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling discussing their new anthology TRANSREAL CYBERPUNK: it's a thirty-year mind-warped ping-pong in which the authors are the characters themselves. As scholar Rob Latham puts it in his introduction, This book is unlike any other collaboration I know of in the field, ... the whole is not only greater than the sum of its parts, but wilder, and weirder, and more wondrous. Science fiction is the richer for it." Read the rest

Time's Divide, a new CHRONOS files book by Rysa Walker

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Ryaa Walker's CHRONOS files are some of my favorite time travel novels! I have been eagerly awaiting Time's Divide, a new installment in her fantastic series!

In prior installments, Kate learned the secrets of her familial skill with time travel, uncovered her father's dark plot to control the future, and befriended a small cadre of allies in her quest to save humanity! While her adventures have been hair raising, it is time for her battle to really begin. Her father Saul is moving to cull the human race, leaving only his adherents. Alliances are tenuous, trust is impossible, and that dude from an alternate timeline is still pining away for a woman who doesn't exist!

If you enjoyed the earlier stories, Time's Divide is a must.

Time's Divide (The Chronos Files Book 3) via Amazon, free via Kindle Unlimited Read the rest

Never Goodnight: a Swedish punk Peanuts

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In 1982, Coco Moodysson was a 12 year old punk in Sweden, along with her best friend and her best friend's sister. They gave themselves spiky haircuts, started a band called Off to the Alps, wrote a song called "Ecco Shoes" and demanded that the adults in their lives take them seriously.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by famed "dot" artist Yayoi Kusama

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

You must have some trepidation when you set out to illustrate a story as iconic as Alice in Wonderland. What effect can you offer that isn’t already achieved by the classic words themselves? From the myriad images contained within the story, how do you choose what to illustrate and what to leave out? And when everyone’s idea of Alice is already so wrapped up in the Disney version, can you really expect anyone to embrace your vision instead?

Thankfully, Yayoi Kusama doesn’t shy from the task and in the process has accomplished something beautiful and thoroughly undisneyfied. The illustrations aren’t designed to help you visualise Alice’s world as if it were real, but rather to exhibit it in all its un-realness. Kusama’s dreamy polka dots pattern each page while bold colors and abstract mosaics challenge everything you thought you knew about Lewis Carroll’s story. Frequently the illustrations require a double take: are you looking at something that’s close and microscopic, or far away but gargantuan? Even the text of the story is welded into Kusama’s artistic vision, growing and shrinking, hiding amid the illustrations, getting eaten by fish and winding around mushrooms. The book just gets curiouser and curiouser.

"Begin at the beginning," the King tells Alice in the story, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop." Easier said than done, King – because with such lush illustrations on display, reaching the end isn’t a guarantee of anything. Read the rest

Molly Crabapple's memoir DRAWING BLOOD: preview and a giveaway

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