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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".

More Tim Burton, anyone?

Tim Burton has returned to the screen this October (which I'd wager is is favorite time of year) with another creepy stop-motion animated movie for kids of all ages, Frankenweenie.
If you enjoyed this animated film, you might enjoy the live-action film (also made by Tim Burton) of the same name.

R.I.P. Harry Harrison 1925-2012

Another author of classic-ear science fiction has passed away.
Harry Harrison died August 15, 2012 at age 87.

Redshirts by John Scalzi, --Quick, beam me up!

Which apocalypse is right for me?

There have been an unusually large number of books published lately not just about the apocalypse, but with apocalypse in the title. With all these similar titles available, how do you pick the apocalypse that's right for you? Let's take a brief look at 4 of these titles.

The "mainstreaming" of fantasy and sci-fi.

It seems like only yesterday that the fantasy genre was reserved for a special few, those who wanted more than what the real world had to offer. It used to be that some people had a negative perception of fantasy literature (especially those who read only "mainstream" literature) as being cheesy, badly written, or cliche.

Sci-Fi Summer Part 2

The summer of 2012 has seen (and will be seeing) more than it's fair share of Science Fiction and Fantasy films.