See Max Gladstone in Conversation with Malka Older!

Don’t miss your chance to see acclaimed authors Max Gladstone (Four Roads Cross) and Malka Older (Infomocracy) discuss science fiction and fantasy, worldbuilding, and their latest works at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA on July 27th at 7:00 pm!

Max Gladstone is the author of the Craft Sequence: Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, Full Fathom Five, Last First Snow, and Four Roads Cross. You can start reading Four Roads Cross, out tomorrow, here!

Malka Older’s debut novel, Infomocracy, has been hailed as the perfect book for election season, and you can find excerpts, news, and more about the book here. Malka is a writer, humanitarian worker, and PhD candidate at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations studying governance and disasters.

RSVP here!

“I Think You’re Underestimating Humanity” — Star Trek Beyond Spoiler Review

Star Trek Beyond
Written by Simon Pegg & Doug Jung
Directed by Justin Lin
Release date: July 22, 2016
Stardate: 2263.2

Please note that this is a SPOILER FILLED REVIEW! Seriously, lotsa spoilers here and in the comments. If you do not wish to be spoiled, there’s a spoiler-free review elsewhere on the site, and you can read that and also comment there without worry about being spoiled. Here, though, we’re talkin’ ’bout the whole thing…

[I joined on a dare…]

Sherlock‘s Inspector Lestrade Wore A Cute Apron, Still Didn’t Get Sent to Comic Con

An adorable treat for Sherlock fans, showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat screened a short video at San Diego Comic Con to explain their thought process behind which actors they brought along to the mega-event. The result gives us a rare glimpse into the fraught decision-making processes that television producers go through every–

–who am I kidding? It was just an excuse to put Rupert Graves in a pretty apron.

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Death’s End: The Death of the Magician

With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to experience the multiple-award-winning and bestselling Three-Body Trilogy by China’s most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. Now this epic trilogy concludes with Death’s End—translated by Ken Liu and available September 20th from Tor Books. Read an excerpt below, and check back for additional excerpts before the book’s release!

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

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Five Books That Get Survival Right

It was important to me to write the survival skills described in my debut novel, The Last One, as accurately as possible. My main character isn’t an expert, and I needed to know what mistakes she could make. There are also characters who are experts, and I wanted to be able to write them convincingly as well. That’s why I undertook weeks of hands-on wilderness survival training while writing the book—so I could get it right. Or, at the very least, so I wouldn’t get it horribly, horribly wrong. While taking a handful of survival classes doesn’t make me an expert, I do know enough now to appreciate when a novel gets an important aspect of survival right.

[Here are five novels that do.]

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Rereading Katherine Kurtz: Saint Camber, Prologue through Chapter 2

Welcome to the weekly reread of Katherine Kurtz’s Camber trilogy! Last week we finished Camber of Culdi, and generally we felt as if the book had not held up in the reread.

This week we’re starting Saint Camber. I’ll be breaking it up a bit differently than heretofore, as the chapters vary in length—trying to do about 40 pages of the first-edition paperback per week. So we begin with the Prologue and proceed through the first two chapters.

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John Barrowman Wins at Cosplay Yet Again

Look, we’re all adults here. We can be honest about the fact that life is a constantly shifting chaotic mess. But there are some things you can rely on – and fortunately for us, one of those things is John Barrowman showing up at San Diego Comic-Con in the greatest possibly cosplay. Here he is as Futurama‘s Zapp Brannigan. Look at those boots! Look at that steely captain’s gaze! And you know what’s better? If you click through you get to see him as Squirrel Girl.

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The New Mystery Science Theater 3000 Is Coming to Netflix!

After the one of the most successful fundraising campaigns in Kickstarter history, an insane live telethon, and a reunion hosted by Rifftrax, Mystery Science Theater 3000 made a triumphant announcement: the show will be coming to Netflix! The streaming service announced the news via their Twitter account.

We’ll update the news as it comes in!

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Brie Larson Confirmed as Captain Marvel

As the Marvel Studios San Diego Comic-Con panel came to an end, with all of the cast members coming together for an epic superhero group selfie, there was one last announcement: Captain Marvel (a.k.a. Carol Danvers) was in the house! And onstage came Brie Larson! The Kong: Skull Island actress, who was at SDCC promoting her other film, has officially been confirmed as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next female superhero.

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