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World War 3 Illustrated: prescient outrage from the dawn of the Piketty apocalypse

The Reagan era kicked off a project to dismantle social mobility and equitable justice began. This trenchant, angry, gorgeous graphic zine launched in response.Read the rest

The Art of Neil Gaiman

You can learn a lot by peering into an artist’s process. In The Art of Neil Gaiman, Gaiman friend and fan Hayley Campbell is given generous access to Gaiman’s notebooks, sketches, archives, and even the details on some of his failed projects.

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Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain

Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain

A humorous take on the YA superhero novel! Penelope wants to become a superhero, just like Mom and Dad, but things don't quite go according to plan in Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain.

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Read Dickens with the prices adjusted for inflation

So many times I'm reading a Victorian plot that revolves around some gentry fop handing a scullery boy a sum of 100 half-whatevers. And I’m left wondering: is that a staggeringly large amount of money or an insultingly small one?

Historical Currency Conversions is a tool for finding the current value of historical currency. Type in an amount you see in a book and it spits out: “100 guineas in 1850 had the same buying power as 14647.25 current dollars.” Sure there are socioeconomic challenges to comparing 1850 London with current times, but you get in the ballpark enough to move on with your book.

Nebula nominees announced

The Science Fiction Writers of America have announced this year's Nebula Award Nominees, as selected by the professonals in its membership.

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Looking for a good genre novel? This giant chart could help

fictionThis poster is a reader's guide to various fiction genres. By following a path from genre to sub-genre to sub-sub-genre, you will arrive at a recommended book. For example, you can go travel along Empirical > Occupational Fiction > Music to get High Fidelity or Pink Cadillac. The image above is a detail from the poster.

30-Day Guitar Workout

30-Day Guitar Workout

In addition to the oddest cover design ever, 30-Day Guitar Workout offers great exercises and has improved my playing.

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Jews vs zombies and aliens vs sexual abuse


Lavie Tidhar writes, "Jews vs Zombies and Jews vs Aliens will be published as e-book originals on March 19th, and are currently available for pre-orders (a limited paperback will follow)."

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Borderlands Books will stay open, thanks to cash from supporters


The store had been slated to close after San Francisco's new minimum wage law tipped it from marginal (due to high rents, competition from Amazon) to unprofitable, but after a meeting with customers, the owners decided to offer $100 "memberships" to make up the shortfall.

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Padded messenger bag disguised as a huge leatherbound hardcover


It's from Thinkgeek, and includes a removable internal pad/divider/organizer, fits 15" laptops, and has an internal zippered compartment, $50.

Apocalypticon, a hilarious post-apocalyptic novel

Apocalypticon

Who says post-apocalyptic fiction has to be dreary? In Apocalypticon the end of the world is absolutely hilarious.

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The brilliant ideas and radiant visions of reclusive SF author Greg Egan

There are no pictures of Greg Egan online, and his website has a disclaimer that while some of his more dedicated fans claimed to have tracked down a picture of the author, it’s not him.Read the rest

Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

There is a lot to be obsessed with in the life of Aleister Crowley, the relatively infamous occultist, poet, painter, spy and ceremonial magician. The Beast in Berlin covers a period of his life that has, until now, been largely unexamined.

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Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

David K Randall's Dreamland is a review of the best scientific thinking that illuminates and important subject: namely, why do we spend a third of our lives paralyzed, eyes closed, having vivid hallucinations?Read the rest

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

A scientist, his dog and an MRI machine. In How Dogs Love Us, Gregory Berns tells the story of how he is seeking to decode the canine brain.

Neuroscientist Gregory Burns, and his off-beat team of researchers, came up with the idea of putting a dog on an MRI. If military trained dogs could help eliminate Osama bin Laden as a terrorist threat, why couldn't they be taught to lay still for an MRI? If Burns and team could just capture that data, they might be able tell us what dogs are really thinking.

Berns loves dogs and he loves his dogs. He does an amazing job of communicating what is special about our relationships with our canine companions and why we should be curious as to how dogs view that bond. This book is more the story of how they got to start collecting data, rather than one that presents hard truths about canine mentation. It is still a wonderful read. I did have a hard time, however, as one of Burns dogs is named Callie. I recently lost a Callie of my own.

I'll be looking forward to the second book, where Berns share more research. This edition was available "free" via Kindle Unlimited.

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

Tor.com announces new line of novella-length books

Starting next Sept, the company will publish 3-4 new, DRM-free, original science fiction novellas as ebooks, audiobooks and print-on-demand paper books per month, and they're launching strong, with titles by Seanan McGuire, Mary Robinette Kowal and Paul Cornell, as well as a slate of first-time authors.

Free ebook: "Marriage" by HG Wells

Marriage

Marriage is a surprising story about relationships and people by science fiction legend, HG Wells.

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