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Love with the proper amphibian.

Mrs. Caliban by Rachel IngallsLove affairs with creatures from black lagoons might be having a moment; Guillermo del Toro's film "The Shape of Water" features a green-scaled research subject paired with a mute lab worker. But before "The Shape of Water" there was MRS. CALIBAN.

RIP Ursula K. Le Guin

Cover of The Unreal and The Real Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le GuinUrsula K. Le Guin, one of science-fiction and fantasy’s greatest authors, has died at the age of 88.

Together with contemporaries like Philip K. Dick and Samuel R. Delany, Le Guin demonstrated that literate, moving stories could be told within the confines of genre, an important lesson for modern best-selling writers like Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell, who hailed her work.

Ruh Roh, The Monsters Are Real!

A (very Scooby-Doo-like) team of teen super-sleuths and a dog reunite to revisit their most famous case, the Sleepy Lake monster.

J.R.R. Tolkien's 100-year-old novel, Beren and Lúthien, has arrived!

When he died in 1973, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien left his personal magnum opus largely uncompleted.

You had me at Murderbot

Martha Wells All Systems Red The Murderbot DiariesAll Systems Red (Book 1 of the Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells.

In a corporate-dominated space-faring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

Sci-fi and Cli-fi: Which Is for You?

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson & The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Sometimes science fiction skews local and hopeful. Other times it's doomy and far-out. Two modern masters--Kim Stanley Robinson and John Scalzi--have new books, and they happen to fall on opposing ends of that spectrum. Which one’s for you?

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Check out Goodreads.com Best SF/Fantasy books of 2016!

Announcing the winners of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year!

For Gingerbread Day: The Starship Gingerprise!

Starship Gingerprise!

Redditor Recreates USS Enterprise in Gingerbread: Read the article on Mental Floss.

RIP filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis: 1929-2016

Herschell Gordon Lewis, a director who set new standards for horror movie gore and violence in the early 1960s, died on Monday at his home in Pompano, Fla. He was 90.

Science Fiction & politics.

Science Fiction has often been a way for writers to safely explore Earthly politics under the guise of other worlds, dimensions or times.