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5 Books Written by Authors in the Grip of Mental Illness
The joke that all writers are crazy for choosing a profession with so little glamour or guaranteed return on investment is an old one, but it’s not that...
Five Books that Broke Genre Barriers
There are a lot of different ways to measure the success of a novel. Sales, certainly. Lasting cultural impact counts. Influence on future writers is...
5 Can’t-Miss Classics of Dystopian Fiction
For as long as we’ve had visions of utopia and perfect bliss, we’ve also envisioned the opposite. Mad scientists, thought police,...
A Reading List for the New Season of
Overwhelmingly, fans of Doctor Who have strong opinions about Doctor Who. Do we love Peter Capaldi’s no-hugging grumpier Doctor, or are we having a hard...
11 Fictional Drugs With Side Effects That Include Creeping Us Out
When I was an unfortunate looking teenager, I took a very powerful acne drug with some very scary side effects, side effects serious enough that the...
10 Book Titles that Would Rock as Heavy Metal Songs
Coming up with the title to a work is hard (except for New York Post headline writers), which makes for a convenient loophole in copyright law: Titles...
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Four Great Dystopian Novels that Made it to the Big Screen
Although they can be deeply unsettling, I do love a good dystopian novel. They pinpoint the ways in which seemingly innocuous conveniences and safety...
5 Science Books That Will Make You Laugh
Creative types have been mining material from the sciences for years. Hollywood loves the imaginative leaps of science fiction (it’s been churning...
Some Light NSA Reading! 15 Books About Surveillance
Sales of George Orwell’s dystopic novel 1984 have skyrocketed in the wake of the NSA scandal. Clearly, the revelation that Big Brother actually is...