Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting The Crystal Shard

In the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale, four unlikely (sort of) heroes (sort of) join forces (sort of) to defeat an evil wizard (sort of) wielding unimaginable power (actually, it’s pretty imaginable). Welcome to our look back at the Dungeons & Dragons novels of yore, where I read these classic fantasy books to see what treasures might still lie within… and what horrors, too. Read More >>

The Endangered Internet Archive Is Full of Treasures

The Internet Archive set out in the 1990s with an improbable mission to become the “Library of Alexandria Two”; by 2020, they’ve arguably surpassed that goal, plus delivered their collection straight to the masses. It’s the only repository where a NASA recap of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster logically coexists with a 1990 recording of the Grateful Dead live in the US state of Connecticut and a 1979 hip hop mix tape. Whether you need to settle a dispute over the origins of the Buffyverse, or you’re litigating trademark infringement, the Wayback machine’s vast archive of old webpages is admissible evidence. You can search for TV news videos by quotes. At this writing, the archive bot is quietly, surgically extracting rotten links and replacing them with Wayback pages (millions so far), and the archive is filling in over 100,000 book references with live links to pages in full texts. These are the guys who tell us to archive our shit and save it for us anyway when we don’t. Read More >>

Check Out Christopher Nolan’s Tenet With This Exclusive Making-of Sneak Peek

For fans anxious to learn every little secret about Christopher Nolan’s new movie, Tenet, we’ve got your first look at the promised land. Read More >>

Book Sales Rocket as the Physical Shops Reopen

We have as a nation got through the pile of unread classics we've had on the shelves for decades*, and have done so much lockdown reading that we're hungry for new books to buy and read, fuelling a return of the Good Times for book retailers. Read More >>

Animorphs is Finally Getting a Movie, Let’s Hope it’s as Weird as the Books

It’s morphing time. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scholastic is teaming up with Picturestart to produce a film adaptation of Animorphs – i.e. the books that made you think you could become your own dog. What, just me? Read More >>

An Ancient Dark Crystal Mystic Comes to Life for the First Time in a New Book of Thra

The world of Thra is full of incredible beings and creatures, from major civilisations like the Gelfling and the Skesis, to humble landstriders and adorable (and occasionally horrifying) Nurlocs. Now, a new book wants to detail Thra’s grand bestiary – and Gizmodo has an exclusive look inside shows. Read More >>

8 Classic Sci-Fi Books That Offer a Short but Provocative Read

We’re still in the middle of a pandemic and trying to stay socially distant, so it’s a great opportunity to spend time with a classic novel. That doesn’t mean you have to slog through War and Peace to feel like you’re getting some culture. Here are some famous (and lesser-known) quick-to-read stories that helped define modern science fiction. Read More >>

Max Brooks’ Bigfoot Tale Devolution Is Headed for the Big Screen

Author Max Brooks has a new book out called Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre, and it arrives with some exciting news: much like Brooks’ previous best-seller, zombie-apocalypse story World War Z, Devolution will be getting the feature-film treatment. Read More >>

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In This Star Wars: Shadow Fall Excerpt, Wyl Lark Recalls a Costly Victory

The daring adventures of our loveably traumatised pilot heroes in Alphabet Squadron are continuing this month with the release of Shadow Fall, the second in Alexander Freed’s planned trilogy of tales giving us starfighter action in the early days of the New Republic. But our latest look inside the novel offers a moment of reflection, even in victory. Read More >>

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Stephen King Yearned to Write an ‘Existential’ Horror Novel About Friday the 13th’s Jason

Watching a hockey mask-wearing killer murder dozens of campers in the Friday the 13th franchise may not scream: “We need his point of view!” But it turns out horror icon Stephen King’s “best novel idea” he never penned was the story of, you guessed it, the indescribably immortal Jason Voorhees. Read More >>

Artemis Fowl is a Flashy Fairytale About a Magically Militarised Police Force

If you wandered through a book store’s YA section back in the early aughts, chances were good your eye would eventually be caught by one of the glittering, golden cardboard standees stocked full of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, a novel about a criminal boy genius with designs on carrying out the most impressive heist in either human or fairy history. This week, Disney finally releases its long-awaited adaptation to the world. Read More >>

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Star Wars’ Not-So-Brief History of Fleeting LGBTQ+ Representation

The long road to meaningful representation of LGBTQ+ creatives and characters in our popular media is a history interwoven throughout decades of media narratives. For Star Wars, one of the biggest pieces of popular culture in living memory, that story has come in fits and starts – and in many ways, it’s still a story that is only just beginning. Read More >>

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Warner Bros.’ ‘Statement’ About J.K. Rowling is Empty Bullshit

To say that Warner Bros. released a statement about J.K. Rowling’s recent and ongoing response to accusations of transphobia would be, well, an overstatement. Because at this point I’ve read it enough times that I’m not even sure it’s words anymore. Read More >>

Google’s Drone Delivery Service Now Dropping Library Books to Kids

Book-loving kids in Christiansburg, Virginia USA, are about to get a special delivery to ease the boredom of summer quarantine (and months of being stuck at home). Google will soon start dropping books to kids via its drone delivery service, Wing, according to the Washington Post. Read More >>

Daniel Radcliffe Delivers a Powerful, Heartfelt Message to Support Trans Rights

Warner Bros. might be willing to look the other way while Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling continues to support transphobic views, but Harry Potter isn’t having any of that shit. Read More >>