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Goodreads choice awards 2013, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Announcing the winners of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers.
The following books were selected as the best of 2013 by readers who are members of the Goodreads community. (All of these titles are available in the SF section at Westlake Porter Public Library.)

Celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who!

Doctor Who celebrates it's 50th anniversary on Nov. 23, 2013. To help get you in the mood and perhaps catch up with the ever-expanding places, people, & things associated with The Doctor, here are some suggestions.

Want To Know How You Will Die? There's an Ap For That!

"The Machine of Death", edited by Ryan North (et al.), is an anthology of original stories bound together by a central premise. A machine was invented that can tell how you are going to die. No dates, no details. Just a slip of paper with a few words spelling out your ultimate fate -- at once all-too specific and maddeningly vague.

Scare Me To Death in 1000 words or less.

That's the premise of "BRIEF GRISLYS", the new horror anthology selected and edited by John R. Mabry.

Discover Roger Corman, "King of the B-movie"!

October is the perfect time to dive into the oeuvre of Roger Corman!

Popularly known as the "King of the B-Movie", his influence on modern American cinema is almost incalculable. For every quickie "exploitation" film he made, he also delivered well-respected art films or "message" pictures. In 2009, he was honored with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

RIP Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl, one of the great science fiction authors and editors of the late 20th century, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. He was 93. Pohl was known as a dark humorist and satirist in novels.

Great Sci-Fi is for Everyone!

Looking for a great new Sci-Fi series to get hooked on? Don't forget YA novels! They're not just for kids anymore. Here's a list (in no particular order) to get you started.

Is it 1984 in 2013?

Is it any wonder that Amazon Sales of George Orwell's 1984 Shot Up 7,000% this week?

Apocalypse Cow.

It's Zombie Cows, what more do you need to know?

A fond farewell to Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen passed away last week at the age of 93. He was a groundbreaking pioneer in the world of special effects for films. His work inspired other filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, as well as a host of amateurs with clay and a camera in their parents basement.