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What would you do with super-intelligence?

In Wired by Douglas E. Richards, Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily enhance brain functioning a thousand-fold. An unfortunate side-effect happens to be ruthless megalomania and a complete disregard for human emotions.

Try the "Horror movie diet"!

Need to lose some weight? According to the January issue of Reader's Digest, watching horror movies is a good way to do it.
Watching a scary movie causes your adrenaline to surge, burning nearly as many calories as a brisk walk. Apparently just watching Stanley Kubrick's The Shining can burn up to 184 calories!

Let "The Games" begin!

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In the (near?) future, Olympic officials get tired of having to test Olympic athletes not only for drugs, but for genetic enhancements. So they decide to bring back the Gladiator competition, where genetic manipulation of contestants is not only allowed, it is encouraged! After all, the contestants must fight to the death. The only caveat is that No Human DNA can be used.

Year-end wrap up, "Best" list for SF/Fantasy

Here is Amazon's list of the Top SF/Fantasy of 2012:

SEAL Team 666 by Weston Ochse

The title alone made me want to pick this book up and read it. And the blurb on the cover that called it "Like the X-files written by Tom Clancy" didn't hurt either.

What's worse...puberty or apocalypse?

What could possibly be worse than adolescence? Only one thing, the end of the world.

Deathworld by Harry Harrison

Jason dinAlt is a professional gambler who uses his somewhat erratic psionic abilities to his advantage in the casinos. While on a gambling trip he meets a man from the planet Pyrrus who offers him a cut of a huge potential pot if he will help him win.

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Set a few years before the most recent Miles Vorkosigan story (Cryoburn, 2011), this may be one of the most anticipated and long-awaited entries to Bujold’s acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fans have clamored for Ivan Vorpatril’s story, and at last Bujold delivers something that will both thrill the devoted audience and entrance new readers.

Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp.

Something is wrong in Spokane.
The area has been (mostly) evacuated and the military isn't letting anyone in.
The stories that leak out are unbelievable.

Do you have a jones for Game of Thrones?

So you love Game of Thrones, but the next season doesn't start until next spring...what can you do?
A great starting point for learning more about the series is "Inside HBOs Game of Thrones".