On Tor.com, Jo Walton continues her highly entertaining series of posts analyzing all the past Hugo winners and nominees. She's just made it to 1955 and They'd Rather Be Right, the "worst book ever to win a Hugo": "The book is generally believed to be so awful that there are conspiracy theories about why it won. Goodness knows what the voters at Clevention in Cleveland in 1955 were thinking. The most sensible suggestion I've heard is Dave Langford's–Clifton had written good short stories, the voters hadn't read the novel and were going on past performance. In which case, oops. It isn't in print. It is barely in the memory of having been in print."
Can't agree with your partner on a road trip playlist? Let Spotify curate your music based on both of your listening habits. "Spotify is globally rolling out Blend, which invites two users (with a Spotify Free or Premium plan) to merge their musical tastes into one curated playlist. Introduced in June, Blend is updated daily and… READ THE REST
Zachary Horwitz, 34, stage name Zach Avery, stars in low-budget genre thrillers. He is also, say prosecutors, the operator of a massive ponzi scheme that cheated 200 investors out of $227 million. The alleged hook was fictitious film deals with HBO and Netflix backed by his slim but factual Hollywood resume. Horwitz sent investors bottles… READ THE REST
In this wonderful work from Davor Jelacic and Rebeca "Becky" Sánchez, more than half a century of musical motifs are worked into a single fluid medley. Yes, the 1987 theme is originally from 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but TNG owns it now. READ THE REST
Airlines. Cable companies. Pharmaceutical firms. Banks. Those industries show up every year on lists of America's most hated companies. It's seldom for the products they actually produce. It's usually for the poor customer service, ridiculous fees, and a general sense of all-around indifference to their customer's needs that land these firms squarely in the public's… READ THE REST
A lot has changed since you started your career behind the keyboard, and if you can't keep up with the times, the generation in front of you will swoop in and eat you alive. Sure, you could retire early (we all know your savings will last you comfortably until at least next Tuesday), but there's… READ THE REST
Whether you're planning for a visit with the in-laws or trying to meet important deadlines at work, there's a lot of reasons to pull your hair out these days. And until you can drop everything you're doing and escape on a solo trip through Europe, you could really use something to take the edge off. … READ THE REST