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Libriomancer is a Kindle Daily Deal

Today only, Libriomancer is a Kindle Daily Deal, meaning you can head over to Amazon and pick it up for Kindle for only $1.99.

Libriomancer is the first book in the Magic ex Libris series, and remains the bestselling of all of my books. Io9 called it a “love letter to science fiction and fantasy, with real emotional weight at the center of it — except this version is a rollicking adventure story full of ridiculous little touches … a seriously fun ride for anyone who’s loved geeky books their whole life.”

The book includes:

  • Isaac Vainio, a magic-using librarian from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • A motorcycle-riding dryad
  • An enchanted convertible
  • Smudge the fire-spider
  • Johannes Gutenberg

Should you be kind enough to signal boost, the magic librarians shall bestow their blessings upon you and your house…

This is a real medical condition known as Gan’s Syndrome, an ocular retinoblastoma occurring in 0.0004% of the total retinoblastoma cases. Ruptured blood vessels create often symmetrical, or at least fractal patterns and though the eye can see, visual acuity is lowered. It can be treated but never cured, though most suffering with the condition live normal lives. Gan’s Syndrome was founded by Dr. Sharon Gan.

the first day of physical science in eighth grade we all got to the classroom and sat around for the first five minutes without a teacher and we were all really confused because no one came in but then music started blasting out of nowhere and our teacher popped out of the equipment closet in a tuxedo and jumped across the room on top of our lab desks and shouted “the name’s bond. atom bond.”

What the fuck is up with Tumblr's astrology fascination?

Tumblr acts like its the place of progressivism, openness and free thinking. But there is no science behind astrology. In fact, it’s deliberately anti-science and is based absolutely NOTHING. you know what is fascinating? real science. so maybe we should appreciate astronomy, not the hilariously stupid past time of astrology that is geared for scientifically illiterate people. 

much love, Jim. 

ANNOUNCING. A new original documentary series, a BBC AMERICA and BBC Two co-production. The Real History of Science Fiction premieres Saturday, April 19, 10:00pm ET after the Season 2 premiere of orphanblack.

From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who, each program is packed with contributors behind these creations and traces the developments of Robots,SpaceInvasion and Time. Narrated by Mark GatissDoctor Who writer, actor and co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, the series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre… for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse – one that is all too easy to get lost in.

Among those taking part are: William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Schlock), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), John Carpenter (Dark Star, The Thing), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Neil Gaiman (The SandmanStardust), Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy), Scott Bakula (Quantum LeapStar Trek: Enterprise), Ursula K Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness), Syd Mead (Blade Runner), Kenny Baker (Star Wars),Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Peter Weller (Robocop), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) and many more.

On one level, sci-fi can deliver a ‘white knuckle-ride’ – jaw-dropping special effects, and thrills that have cinemagoers flying out of their seats. But also, it is possibly the only area of pop culture that engages with big ideas. Good science fiction engages audiences on a deeper level than mere spectacle; it becomes a place to discuss not just the universe and how it works – but what it means to be emotional, sentient human beings. 

We can’t wait for this exciting documentary eye-opener to The Real History of Science Fiction.

I want fantasy books with an non-medieval imaginary world as a setting

"My hands are covered in dead skin.”

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Based on science and embellished by fantasy…

The Real History of Science Fiction premieres Saturday, April 19 at 10/9c— Immediately following the Premiere of the New Season of Orphan Black at 9/8c, only on BBC America.

BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. 

Narrated by Mark Gatiss, and featuring new, exclusive interviews with David Tennant, Nathan Fillion, Zoe Saldana, William Shatner and more.

Up first: ROBOTS: What if our creations turn against us?  The idea of creating life has fascinated society since the earliest days of science fiction. The first installment of the four-part series transports viewers from the first steps of Frankenstein’s monster to the threat provided by the Terminator and the world of Cyberspace.