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Five Amazing Historical Steampunk Inventions


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Steampunk fiction is full of fabulous devices: Airships, steam-powered armor, steam guns, you name it. What’s amazing, though, is that many of these devices have real-life historical precedents. Here are five almost unbelievable steampunk-style inventions from the forgotten corners of history.

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Graphic Novels & Manga

Politics, Religion and Comic Books


[caption id="attachment_41105" align="alignleft" width="100" caption="Wertham"]WerthamPhoto01[/caption] Superhero comic books are a perennial target for self-appointed moral authorities of all stripes, and not always for the best reasons. Some, like Senator Robert Hendrickson (leader of 1953’s United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency) and comic book scare-monger Fredric Wertham (author of the 1954’s infamous Seduction of the Innocent) saw them as a source of perversion, violence and moral decay. (Check out David Hadju’s The Ten Cent Plague for a history of Wertham and Hendrickson’s shenanigans and the formation of Comics Code Authority.) Priests and pastors of all sorts heard Wertham’s spurious message and followed suit with mass comic book burnings.

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SF & Fantasy

Norwescon 36 Video: Terry Brooks


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Terry Brooks spoke freely at Norwescon 36 about the early days of Del Rey Books and the publication of The Sword of Shannara. I videotaped the interview. It is a fascinating look at the fantasy genre in 1977. Make the jump!

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George R.R. Martin’s Favorite Book of 2012: ‘The Black Count’


George R.R. Martin’s Favorite Book of 2012: ‘The Black Count’

Amazon.com’s Omnivoracious blog grabbed a moment with A Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin to ask about his favorite book of 2012. What was it, you might ask: A far-flung fantasy, maybe? No, but it might as well be. Martin’s favorite book of the year, Tom Reiss’s The Black Count, is an unbelievable action [...]

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NYCC 2012: G.T. Almasi on Writing, Warfare and ‘Blades of Winter’


NYCC 2012: G.T. Almasi on Writing, Warfare and ‘Blades of Winter’

Newly published military SF novelist G.T. Almasi took a few minutes from his very busy NYCC 2012 schedule to speak with me about his musical past, his study of military history and the writing of his debut novel Blades of Winter.

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SF & Fantasy

50 Page Fridays: Naomi Novik


50 Page Fridays: Naomi Novik

Click Read More to read an excerpt of CRUCIBLE OF GOLD, Naomi Novik’s latest Napoleonic dragon adventure!

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Star Wars

Future Book to Probe Connection Between ‘Star Wars’ and History


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Star Wars and History will collect essays from historians probing the connection between the Star Wars movies and real-life history.

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Paranormal

Wolf Straps and Breaking Wheels, by David Wellington – Plus a Giveaway!


Wolf Straps and Breaking Wheels, by David Wellington – Plus a Giveaway!

Overwinter author David Wellington stops by Suvudu to share a little insight into the werewolf hysteria of 16th-century Europe. Also, enter to win a signed copy of Wellington’s Overwinter!

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Guest Post: Eric DelaBarre, “Writers, Pirates and Patriots: Oh, Say Can You Arrrrrrrgggggg?”


Guest post by Eric DelaBarre
When a writer sits down with an idea for a new story, the writer can be certain of one thing: there will be more questions to the story than answers. This is the nature of the beast that is known as ‘breaking story.’
The only thing I knew [...]

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SF & Fantasy

Till All Are One: How Transformers Came To Be


The secret origin of the Transformers is finally being revealed… or at least, the origins of its latest incarnation of the brand.

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Though it sounds cliché, it’s true that a hallmark of the Transformers brand has been change. Since its launch over 25 years ago, Transformers has shape-shifted and [...]

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