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Science Fiction & politics.

Science Fiction has often been a way for writers to safely explore Earthly politics under the guise of other worlds, dimensions or times.

Live like an animal, because today, you are one.

Have you ever stopped to wonder how it would feel to be in the body of an animal?

In "The Many Selves of Katherine North", Katherine has a strange job. She's a phenomenaut, which means she projects her consciousness into various animals for a day or a week or a month at a time in order to experience life as that animal and further scientific understanding.

Meet Terry Brooks and read the latest Shannara installment.

Bestselling author Terry Brooks is touring for the release of THE SORCERER’S DAUGHTER, Book Three in the DEFENDERS OF SHANNARA series! He will be appearing at Barnes and Noble, 28801 Chagrin Blvd., in Woodmere, Saturday June 4 at 3PM!

Celebrate National Twilight Zone Day!

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While the “national day” craze has gotten a bit out of hand of late, today’s quasi-holiday is one I can get behind: Twilight Zone Day. Created to honor Rod Serling’s seminal TV series, Twilight Zone Day is the perfect time to revisit your favorite Zone moments.

Clone Detective vs. Robot Detective -Made to Kill & A Borrowed Man-

A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe

Cover of A Borrowed ManBooks are rare. If you need information, borrow a person. E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer.

An alien invasion? They're already here. So now what?

That is the premise of 2 new Science Fiction books released in July: The Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor & Armada by Ernest Cline.

How close are we to: Modern Technology = Mind Control?

Science-fiction is full of great "what-ifs". Many stories have reflected the paranoia that often comes with change, going back as far as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
In modern times, technology changes our lives so quickly and completely that it's inevitable that science fiction would reflect our modern fears about technology taking over our lives.
Recent titles that take aim at the pervasiveness of technology include American day Dream by Margot Pepper and ReVision by Andrea Phillips.

15 Secrets Hiding in the World of Game of Thrones

Discover 15 Secrets Hiding in the World of Game of Thrones, according to George R. R. Martin in “The World of Ice and Fire”, a massive, official, and beautifully detailed history compendium.

EW's Best of 2014- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Cover of Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is one of the most lauded books of 2014. Besides being a A New York Times Bestseller, it is a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, Amazon's best Science Fiction book of 2014, and Entertainment Weekly's fiction book of the year. Find out for yourself what an amazing read this is.
 

What on Earth? The Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch.

Something is very wrong with Wayward Pines.
Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in bucolic Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing one month earlier. But almost immediately, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. When he comes to he has, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase.