design
I’m Happy to Judge These Animated Vintage Textbooks By Their Hypnotic Covers

Artist Henning M. Lederer has once again brought to life a collection of vintage book covers from the ‘60s and ‘70s by transforming their abstract designs into funky animations. Read More >>

science fiction
Why We Need Utopian Fiction Now More Than Ever

From the neon-drenched noir of Altered Carbon to the technophobic Black Mirror, dystopia is all over mainstream entertainment these days—and considering the current political climate, it’s easy to see why. But when was the last time you watched a utopian show or movie? Unless, like me, you’re watching Star Trek on repeat forever, it’s probably been a while since your imagination took a trip into a better world. Read More >>

books
Read an Exclusive Excerpt From the Star-Studded Sci-Fi Anthology Resist 

The world is a mess. That’s one fact we can all agree on. And when reality is hard to talk about or to understand, sometimes fiction is the best way to express what’s really going on. Read More >>

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You Can Now Read Novels on Facebook Messenger

Facebook's hoping the next novel you read will be on Messenger, because that's where they've just released one. Read More >>

books
Ease Your Game of Thrones Withdrawal With This Exclusive Sneak Peek at George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood

“You’re going to have to keep waiting for The Winds of Winter,” George R.R. Martin wrote back in April. No shock there. But in that same blog post, the Game of Thrones creator announced a different book: a detailed history of House Targaryen. It comes out later this month, and we’ve got an early peek. Read More >>

animals
Real-Life ‘Zombie’ Animals Walk The Earth Thanks to Thousands of Parasites

Consider the ladybug. Our polka-dotted little friend spends its days munching aphids, climbing leaves, occasionally alighting upon a delighted child’s outstretched finger, and generally beetling around being adorable. It’s one of nature’s most inoffensive critters, which is perhaps why the Dinocampus coccinellae wasp is such a troubling one by comparison. See, in order to lay her egg, the mama Dinocampus must attack a ladybug with her stinger, and deposit an egg—and a virus—into her precious little abdomen. As the baby wasp grows, it sustains itself by eating the ladybug’s insides, until the virus—which has infected the host’s entire body—hits the brain and shuts down the central nervous system. This conveniently paralyses the ladybug while the larva erupts from her abdomen and spins itself into a cocoon. Read More >>

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The Good News is They’re Ending the Funny Grown-Up Ladybird Books…

...the bad news is there's one about Brexit to silently nod through before the suffering ends, as The Story of Brexit is released in the pleasing little hardback format this week. Everyone is ordering it for everyone else for Christmas, so it doesn't matter what we think. Read More >>

books
Confront Your Christmas Demons With the Black Mirror Festive Annual

If you want to think about things and issues this Christmas and be made to feel bad each time you look at your telephone instead of grandma's teary face, Charlie Brooker has a little treat for you. It's the Inside Black Mirror festive tie-in merchandise gifting book, in hardback too so it appears more expensive and like you actually care and put some thought in. Read More >>

star wars
A Brief Guide to the Long, Ever-Changing History of How Star Wars Has Portrayed Mandalorians 

From the Holiday Special to The Mandalorian, the Star Wars race that counts Boba and Jango Fett among its numbers has a long history in and out of the narrative of the galaxy far, far away. It’s one that Star Wars has long been enamoured with—but its portrayal has ebbed and flowed in fascinating ways over the last four decades. Let’s take a look, shall we? Read More >>

movies
Know Your Haunts: A Crash Course in Horror’s Most Confusingly Similar Ghostly Titles

Last week Netflix debuted a new series based on The Haunting of Hill House, the third adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel. That’s a lot of Hauntings—on top of certain other, confusingly similar titles like The House on Haunted Hill. Get your ghosts in order with our handy cheat sheet. Read More >>

harry potter
In Defence of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

It’s wild that an eighth Harry Potter story exists in the world and almost no one talks about it. Read More >>

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Mark Judge’s Book Wasted Now Available for Free on the Internet Archive

Mark Judge’s 1997 book, Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk, has become an international focal point as people in America and elsewhere debate the fitness of Judge’s old friend, Brett Kavanaugh. But it’s virtually impossible to buy the out-of-print book, with one copy going for $1,900 (£1,438) on Amazon. Thankfully, the Internet Archive now has a copy that you can read for free, giving us a peek at this unlikely piece of American political history. Read More >>

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Netflix’s Witcher Series Has Cast 2 of Its Most Important Female Characters

Now we know just who’s behind two crucial figures in The Witcher television series. Netflix has confirmed the actors who will bring Ciri and Yennefer to life in its new fantasy epic. Read More >>

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Phantasm’s Don Coscarelli on His New Memoir and What It Means to Be a Cult Director

Director Don Coscarelli—beloved by genre fans for directing films like Phantasm, The Beastmaster, and Bubba Ho-Tep—is now a memoirist, thanks to a brand-new book that looks back on a wild, colourful, four-decade career in Hollywood’s indie trenches. Read More >>

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Make it ‘Clear’ That Dumbledore is Gay, According to the Director

Months ago, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates courted controversy among some Harry Potter fans by saying that the movie – despite featuring a young Dumbledore grappling with confronting his now-villainous love interest – would not address author J.K. Rowling’s post-book reveal that Dumbledore is gay. Now he’s walking that back, ever so slightly. Read More >>