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Here’s My Favorite Geeky Collectible: What’s Yours?


You see this? It’s one of the original ALIEN action figures released by toy manufacturer Kenner in 1979. It’s something else, too: It’s my PRECIOUSSSS.
These things are very hard to come by, because they were only available for sale for an extremely short time. As it turns out, kids didn’t want a  13-inch, chrome-fanged, [...]

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On the Allure of the Ghost Story: A Quick Chat With Susan Hill


On the Allure of the Ghost Story: A Quick Chat With Susan Hill

Susan Hill is the author of many works of non-fiction and novel in a variety of genres, including the ghost story The Woman in Black, the basis for the 2012 movie of the same name. Her most recent book is The Small Hand & Dolly:
A HAUNTING PAIR OF GHOST STORIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF [...]

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Dreaming of ‘Paprika’


Dreaming of ‘Paprika’

Last night I had a dream that I had lost my right hand and most of my right leg. The cuts were neat, and I was largely unaware of the circumstances that had led to my predicament. Here I was, apropos of nothing, sitting on a doctor’s examination bed. Waving the stumps back and [...]

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How Would You Like to be ‘Amped’?


How Would You Like to be ‘Amped’?

In Daniel H. Wilson’s second action-packed science fiction novel, Amped, regular humans gain extraordinary abilities through high-tech brain implants. As these powers become more pronounced, the “regular” population grows fearful and enacts laws to persecute this new minority. One of the “amped” humans, Owen, flees his oppressors and sets out to find a community of [...]

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Paulo Coelho’s ‘Aleph’ and Five Amazing Cases of Reincarnation


Paulo Coelho’s ‘Aleph’ and Five Amazing Cases of Reincarnation

In Paulo Coelho’s allegorical novel Aleph, a fictionalized version of the best-selling author embarks on a journey of self-discovery. After meeting a young and gifted violinist named Hilal, he realizes that she is the same woman he loved – and betrayed – five hundred years before.
While reincarnation, the belief that a person’s immortal soul transmigrates [...]

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‘I Feel Your Pain!’ The Surprisingly Selfish Origins of Empathy


‘I Feel Your Pain!’ The Surprisingly Selfish Origins of Empathy

In Kevin Brockmeier’s new novel The Illumination, a mysterious event has caused wounds of all sorts to glow and shimmer, making them impossible to ignore. We don’t have an illumination in our world, and sometimes we overlook the pain of others.
“I feel your pain!” The phrase, uttered by President Bill Clinton in response to an [...]

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Charles Yu’s ‘How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe’ Heading to Big Screen


Charles Yu’s ‘How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe’ Heading to Big Screen

The film rights for Charles Yu’s brain-twisting time travel masterpiece How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe have been bought by Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures. Readers may know 1492 Pictures for prior SF/F literary adaptions including the first three Harry Potter films and Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Brendan Bellomo [...]

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Charles Yu’s ‘How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe’ Comes to Stage


Charles Yu’s ‘How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe’ Comes to Stage

Residents of the Columbus, OH area will want to check out a new stage adaptation of Charles Yu’s mind-bending time travel novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. The play, directed by Matt Slaybaugh and adapted by Slaybaugh and playwright Jennifer Fawcett, stars Ian Short in a solo performance as time machine [...]

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‘Future Science’: Everybody Hurts, But Why?


‘Future Science’: Everybody Hurts, But Why?

Consider this: most of the words we use for psychological pain are usually descriptive of physical pain as well. Is the pain of rejection actual, well, pain? I think so, but is there a reason why this is?
Rejection is something most of us are probably familiar with, maybe some of us more than others – [...]

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Interview with Max Barry, Author, ‘Machine Man’


Interview with Max Barry, Author, ‘Machine Man’

For engineer Charles Neumann, the loss of his leg in an industrial accident becomes an opportunity to better nature’s own design. After completing work on his prosthetic leg he elects to “upgrade” the rest of his body, one piece at a time. Prostheticist Lola Shanks loves her work, but worries that her former client and current love [...]

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