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Fury Road badge-set


These 1.25" Fury Road badges are $11.36 for a set of 7 (also available as magnets!) (via Geeky Merch)

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Caveman Science Fiction


I missed this set of 2009 comics by Dresden Codak (previously) the first time round: Caveman Science Fiction. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

WITNESS. Madventure Time: GREATEST MASHUP EVER

Adventure Time meets Fury Road. CHROME. SHINY. WITNESS. (via Waxy)

Scalzi's latest Old Man's War novel hits shelves today!

It's called The End of All Things, and it's book six in the series (here's my review of book one); he's touring it all over the USA.

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War Boy bandanas


Matthew "Gianteye" Borgatti, creator of the Guy Fawkes bandana and dangly lockpick earrings, has done it again with the $20 War Boy Bandana: "YOU WILL RIDE INTO VALHALLA SHINY AND CHROME!"

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Veiny, slick silicone ovipositors

For when you want to role-play stern schwa and sweet, submissive Whitley Streiber; comes in two models but the $120-130 Splorch is the clear winner. (via JWZ)

Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities: when science changes everything

Amara's Law states, "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run" -- Robert Charles Wilson's gripping conspiracy novel The Affinities brings the experience of that process to life.Read the rest

Immortan Joe Wants You For War, Boy!


Hugohugo's Fury Road/Uncle Sam mashup art is available as a tee, shirt, poster -- there's also a Furiosa/We Can Do It mashup. (via Gameraboy)

Soylent's new liquid form is kind of spermy, and the guy behind it is sort of creepy

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Annalee Newitz writes at Gizmodo about Rob Rhinehart, erstwhile “creepy nerd messiah” who today posted a long-ass personal essay to mark the release of Soylent 2.0, “the next version of his sperm-esque food replacement drink.”

We read all of the Soylent guy's essay so you do not have to. As Annalee says, it's basically about “how he’s given up alternating current so he can get ready for his life as a space cyborg.”

There are more than 35 paragraphs in Rob Rhinehart's blog post today. Here's the first.

The walls are buzzing. I know this because I have a magnet implanted in my hand and whenever I reach near an outlet I can feel them. I can feel fortresses of industry miles away burning prehistoric hydrocarbons by the megaton. I can feel the searing pain and loss of consciousness from when I was shocked by exposed house wiring as a boy. I can feel the deep cut of the power bill when I was living near the poverty line. I can feel the cold uncertainty of the first time the power went out due to a storm when I was a child. How long before the delicate veil of civilization turns to savagery with no light nor heat nor refrigeration?

Savagery! Perish the thought.

At Gizmodo, Annalee writes:

Rhinehart has all the hallmarks of a future cult leader. First of all, he’s marketing a pseudoscientific bullshit product, Soylent, which promises to liberate your nerd mind from its analog meatsack. Though actual nutritionists say replacing your food with Soylent is a bad idea, why should you trust them? Rhinehart, an electrical engineer, knows better. If you just drink Soylent, you no longer need to do icky physical things like eat solid food and store rotting items in your house. (Yes, he actually refers to food as “rotting ingredients,” which is not exactly a good sign from a dude trying to sell you things to eat.)

But now Rhinehart has taken it to the next level. He isn’t just trying to sell you on a dubious product from science fiction. Now he’s discovered that the road to enlightenment is slick with Soylent. In today’s manifesto, he’ll sell you on a whole new way of life. Inject your fingers with magnets so you can feel electrical current. Then give up on dirty, dirty alternating current, which uses up so much energy. Use a butane “space stove” to heat water for your coffee. Ride in Ubers to cut down on emissions (that is, if you can’t ride “robot horse cheetahs, or drone multicopters.”) Get your clothing custom-made in China, and stop doing laundry. Drink Soylent warm so you don’t need a fridge.

Kirk/Spock/Delft china pattern tote


This beautiful, reversible Kirk/Spock tote reminds me of Delft china patterns (see below): it's $22 from April in Sacramento. (via Geeky Merch)

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Kickstarting a volume of feminist bicycle zombie science fiction


Elly writes, "We're running a Kickstarter to try to give the feminist-bicycle-scifi-about-zombies genre a big leg up."

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Kickstarting new music from Sassafrass, who created the insanely great Icelandic saga opera

I wrote about sf writer and historian Ada Palmer's music before -- heart-stoppingly beautiful music about space and Icelandic gods -- and now's your chance to help bring more of it to life.

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Name your price sf bundle with Rucker, Apex World SF and more!


Jamie from Vodo writes, "There's a new sci-fi bundle available over at VODO: Oodles of speculative goodness including the Rudy Rucker Ware tetralogy, 3 Volumes of the Apex Book of World Sci Fi, movie Haphead and more -- you choose what to pay!"

Huge, futuristic 3D printed mech-tank

Singaporean toymaker Michael Sng made Boudicca, a T1 Training Colossus -- a 3D-printed robot tank with 400 custom parts and servos controlled by an Arduino.

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Ant-Man, the Physics of Shrinking, and the Higgs Boson

It's simply a cross-interaction between the Higgs field and the Pym field!Read the rest

Book review: Neal Stephenson's “Seveneves” has too little humanity in the characters

Stephenson’s new novel doesn’t generate the kind of excitement for the future that we’ve come to expect from the author of Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and Anathem.Read the rest

My upcoming events in Seattle


I'm teaching the Clarion West writing workshop in Seattle in late July, and you can come see me at two events, one on July 25, the other on July 28.

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