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A Close Look at the 2014 Hugo Winners

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Damn. My reading list just got longer (except I’m already reading Ancillary Justice so, one down…

Originally posted on J. C. Conway:

With the close of Loncon 3 today, we now know the winners of the coveted 2014 Hugo Awards for best works in science fiction and fantasy published in 2013. Here is a rundown of the works in the fiction writing categories–each of which should be on your “to read” list, if it is not already on your “read it” list:


Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. — Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. — Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

Ancillary Justice also…

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Write and Draw Your Own Comics Available for Pre-Order

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My lovely expert and zombie-meister, Matt Finch, on Write and Draw Your Own Comics. Wot you can preorder now!

Originally posted on Books and Adventures:

Usborne Write and Draw Your Own Comics by Louie Stowell

Blimey, between this and the pre-orders for the 2015 Library Innovation Toolkit, it’s getting to be like the Home Shopping Channel over here.

Earlier this year, I was a consultant on the new Write and Draw Your Own Comics, created by the talented Louie Stowell and a range of brilliant artists for the children’s publisher Usborne.

Some of the activities in the book got field-tested by the kids and teens of Auckland, New Zealand, during my stint there last year and I can vouch for the finished work as being pretty freakin’ awesome.

Write and Draw Your Own Comics is out this October, but you can pre-order the book via the Forbidden Planet website now – looks like they’ve dropped the price by a couple of quid for early birds too.

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This is basically what junior school was like

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King Joffrey is not pleased with the results of his online quiz

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Beards: Applause for You, Stigmatisation for Me

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Beards: Applause for You, Stigmatisation for Me


I’ve always been fairly anti-beard from an aesthetic point of view. But I’ve never really given them all that much thought. This article makes very interesting reading on beards and race.

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by Taimour Fazlani

The male beard, what can I say about the male beard? The traditional epitome of male masculinity, and the outwardly bearings of your ‘man’s man’. The bearded man is the kind of man synonymous with hypermasculinity, ideals of strength and dominance.A recent study in Evolution and Human Behavior found women now tend to prefer bearded men. The study also found women perceive full-bearded men as ‘better and more protective fathers’.

As a bearded man I should surely be rejoicing at this new found appreciation and celebration of the beard. Sadly this is not the case, for I am not white. Compliments revolving around the ‘edginess’ of my style do not await me. Such compliments tend to be directed towards straight, white men likeJon Hamm, Ricki Hall or the many ‘Beard Appreciation Pages’ on Twitter andInstagramfull of white faces.


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