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2014's best science fiction and fantasy


Locus magazine has published its annual recommended reading list, which signposts the best in science fiction and fantasy from the previous year.

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D20 and 20,000 Leagues ties


These gorgeous 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and D20 ties are $24 from San Francisco's Binary Winter

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Overclocked is now a DRM-free audiobook


My multi-award-winning short story collection Overclocked is now a DRM-free audiobook, courtesy of Downpour.com

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SF/F writers: apply now for Clarion and Clarion West

Applications are open for both the Clarion Writing Workshop at UC San Diego and the Clarion west workshop in Seattle, a pair of legendary, six-week intensive instructional summer workshops for aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers.

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Tardis tea-infuser



Made from stainless steel, possibly larger on the inside than the outside, and $20 from Thinkgeek. (via Geeky Merch)

The Je Suis Charlie Humble Bundle


Name your price for six titles, including the Wil Wheaton audiobook of my novel Homeland, all money goes to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

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License Expired: an unauthorized James Bond anthology

Now that the James Bond novels and character have entered the public domain in most of the world (but not the USA), David Nickle and Madeline Ashby teamed up to edit "License Expired," an anthology of unauthorized 007 stories for the Canadian press Chizine.

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Chest-burster Creme Egg


A seasonal treat, courtesy of @Ghouliachilds.

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WATCH: Trailer for Haphead, crowdfunded indie cyberpunk series about pro gamers

In one week, Toronto's Postopian Pictures -- the people who brought us Ghosts With Shit Jobs and many other delights -- will premiere their crowdfunded cyberpunk series Haphead (previously):

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To Serve Man: it's a notebook!



Thinkgeek's $13 To Serve Man notebook is a replica of the prop used in Damon Knight's classic 1962 Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man.

Damon was one of my Clarion instructors in 1992 and I had the immense pleasure of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode that sent up his script, on the big TV in the common-room. Damon laughed his ass off, I'm pleased to report.

To Serve Man

New editor at the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Congratulations to Charles Coleman Finlay on becoming the ninth editor of F&SF in its glorious, 66 year history. (via IO9)

Pacific Edge, the most uplifting novel in my library

This utopian story, about a world where people live together without the need for extreme haves and have-nots, is available as a DRM-free audiobookRead the rest

Freedom of speech is now compulsory


A timely reminder from Scarfolk town council.

Tor.com's annual free "Best of" ebook

Every year, Tor.com anthologizes some of the best short fiction from its website in a free ebook, and it's always one of the best sf anthologies of the year -- this is no exception!

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Genderswapped 10th Doctor coat would look great as streetwear


At $300, the 10th Doctor Women's Coat is too pricey to be a cosplay accessory, but luckily it's also the kind of very beautiful garment you could wear every day, made from a wool/viscose blend, fully lined, and tailored for easy motion (it reminds me of the streetwear for superheroes from Volante). (via Geeky Merch)

WATCH: Tacky 1980s sci-fi and fantasy opening credits

YouTuber RwDt09, aficionado of all things tasteless, curated this remarkable collection of tacky opening credits for 1980s sci-fi and fantasy TV series. Included on the list:

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Monstrous Regiment: the finest Discworld novel?

Monstrous Regiment, a book about gender, war, identity, strategy and tactics, can be enjoyed without reading any of the other marvellous books in the Discworld series. Read the rest

The opening manuscript page of JG Ballard's "Crash"


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Tom Edison Jr's Electric Mule — 1891 science fiction story

Alternate title: "The Snorting Wonder of the Plains." As Paul Di Filippo says at Weird Universe, "This cover could hardly be improved upon for macabre glee and impartial offensiveness." Read the story here.

Sci fi short story by Paul Di Filippo

"Faster Now" is a short story about a near-future world where brain hackers called "now tweakers" (nowts) use their time-management skills to get a leg up on normals. It's by Paul Di Filippo, who wrote many excellent essays and stories for the zine version of Boing Boing.

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Sonic Screwdriver cutlery


The 10th/11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver cutlery is dishwasher safe and runs $30/setting. (via Geeky Merch)

Mel Brooks on the 40th Anniversary of his "greatest film," Young Frankenstein


In a short interview from September, Mel Brooks reflects on the history of Young Frankenstein, which he calls "his greatest movie" (an assessment that's hard to argue with, given how brilliant it was, though the competition is stiff!).

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Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Doctor Who scarves and skirts


Etsy seller Rooby Lane makes great, nerdy textiles, sporting designs from sf/f TV and movies, like the Lord of the Rings and Marauders' Map map scarves and the Tardis skirt. (via Geeky Merch)

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Gingerbread Enterprise


Blackmarket Bakery sends us, "a gingerbread recreation of the Starship Enterprise from 'Star Trek,' created by us and on display at our store in Costa Mesa, CA."

Meet Jeff: mockumentary/biopic about a giant, killer robot who plays himself

Meet Jeff is a Wired web-series that's a mockumentary about a robot actor called Jeff 1000 who has been given his own biopic, starring Summer Glau.

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Stross's Merchant Princes books in omnibus editions


Charlie Stross's "Merchant Princes" series-- a sly, action-packed romp that blends heroic fantasy, military science fiction, economics, politics, and alternate worlds -- originally published as six mass-market paperbacks, is now available in three handy trade-paperbacks.

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David Nickle and Karl Schroeder's "The Toy Mill"


"His hair was whiter than his flesh. Thick whorls of ice embedded his beard in icicles like a January cataract; more separated the thick hairs of his eyebrows into individual daggers, pushed back by the yuletide winds of the stratosphere so that they swept down to meet at the bridge of his narrow, blue-tinged nose."

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Weird fiction Storybundle to benefit Helsinki Worldcon bid


Crystal writes, "Love indie fiction? Want a choose-your-price set of Weird Fiction ebooks that will help support the Helsinki bid for Worldcon? We want to bring Worldcon to Helsinki in 2017, to boldly go where no Worldcon has gone before.

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Replica Star Trek original series tricorder


Thinkgeek's $60 replica tricorder is full-sized, plays real Leonard Nimoy-voiced Spock audio samples, and has a removable light-up scanner. (via Geeky Merch)

Neil Gaiman reads Jabberwocky

It's a thank-you to the donors who took Patrick Rothfuss's Worldbuilders charity over the $600K mark.

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