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Stranger Things: Kickin’ it old school and keepin’ it weird

There’s a consensus about Stranger Things that everyone reviewing the show on the internet has somehow magically come to: a Spielberg/Stephen King, 80’s homage to genre entertainment. It’s a decent description for the show, but a bit of a generalization. There are a number of tropes pulled from 80’s movies: bikes, bike lights, forests, flashlights, guys in ...

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Thoughts On: Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder’s fantasy novel Poison Study has a great hook, that drew my in right away to a book that was a bit one toe in the young adult pool, other-toe-adult. I tend to avoid modern young adult literature, mostly because I’m a masochist and prefer more cumbersome tomes, but sometimes I’m a sucker for ...

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Short Story Pick: ‘Sleeper’

Jo Walton’s “Sleeper” is a short and engaging read set in a future where the minds and memories of the dead can be brought back to life. A young woman studies the memories of a deceased BBC director with many secrets for a biography that she is writing. Here it is on Tor.com.

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‘Space Pants’ Rock My World

This past week Peter Dinklage hosted SNL and performed this lovely little number: And, yes, Peter, your pants do blow my mind. So, in honor of the song, here are some space pants finds. Now you too can wear a “tour of the solar system”.

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Spielberg Directing Ready Player One: My Entire Life Has Built Up to this Moment

Ernest Cline’s breakout novel, an ejaculation of everything nerds could ever wish for in one place, is set to be adapted into a film under the direction of Steven Spielberg. Spielberg is a breakout director whose previous credits include some relatively unknown titles like, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park. Ready Player One takes place in ...

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Recent Reading

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms In this first book of The Inheritance Trilogy fantasy series by N.K. Jemisin, the story follows Yeine Derr, who finds herself one of three possible heirs in line for the throne to rule the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Coming from the barbaric lands of the north to the elegant kingdom of Sky, where she ...

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Short Story Pick: This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year

As someone who works in the news business and loves science-fiction, it delights me when I see the two brought together. This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year by Kris Millering, follows a journalist who is captured in the field, while covering a story on an unidentified spaceship. She also struggles with her relationship. ...

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Earth’s New Friend

Kepler-452b, a planet with many Earth-like characteristics, was captured by the Kepler telescope and discovered by NASA scientists, who are calling it “Earth 2.0”. The planet sits at a similar distance to its star as Earth does to the sun, meaning it could potentially hold liquid water. The planet is quite a bit larger, however. ...

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Happy Birthday, Nellie Bly

Today is the 151st birthday of muckraker journalist Nellie Bly. Google has put up an animated video on their website with Karen O singing in the background as a tribute  to Bly’s trailblazing career as a  journalist who went undercover, traveled the world, and gave a voice to those in need.

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