Artist and Illustrator Chet Phillips creates retro matchbook covers to honor some of the greatest monsters of history, Cthulhu, the Xenomorph, Krampus, and my personal favorite, MechaGodzilla. You can see more of Phillips’ work over at Nerd Approved, but in the meantime, you can click through for our high quality publishing news roundup.
- Kirkus Review’s picks for The Best Books of 2016 include Brian Staveley’s The Last Mortal Bond, Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky, N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate, and Malka Older’s Infomocracy!
- The Los Angeles Review of Books contemplates the role of reading in a digital age.
- Here’s an alphabetical list of books about space, for all of your space-book needs.
- And speaking of space, Nnedi Okorafor would like to tell you the story of a lonely Nigerian astronaut lost in the void.
- The Mithila Review shares an essential list of Asian and Asian-American SFF chosen by Everfair author Nisi Shawl, Indra Das, Anil Menon, and more!
- Cassandra Clare takes listeners behind the scenes of the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy audiobook!
- When Ted Chiang’s spacecraft in “Story of Your Life” needed an upgrade to appear in Arrival, the filmmakers turned to Stephen Wolfram of Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica.
- Finally, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah talks about the power of fantasy and extends a dinner invitation to J.K. Rowling.