Monday, 18 December 2017

Spending A Day With Guillermo del Toro’s “At Home With Monsters”


Guillermo del Toro has created some of the most detailed, immersive fantasy worlds in screen history—environments you feel like you can reach out and touch.
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Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Most Savage Burns of 2017

We’re not haters here. Book Marks is a benevolent oracle, existing only to enlighten. All we want is to spread the gospel of high quality literary criticism so that our readers can find the books they’ll love.
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Monday, 11 December 2017

The Witcher to Be Developed by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix


Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is set to develop The Witcher stories as a series for Netflix, according to Variety. The Witcher stories first appeared in the Polish science-fiction magazine Fantastyka from author Andrzej Sapkowski in the 1980s.
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Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read


Lifelong learning will help you be happier, earn more, and even stay healthier, experts say. Plus, plenty of some of the smartest names in business, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, insist that the best way to get smarter is to read. So what do you do? You go out and buy books, lots of them.
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

ODIN'S GIRL by Kim Wilkins

At three months of age, Sara had crushed her grandmother’s index finger. Turned the bone to sawdust. By ten months she had broken six cots and her mother gave up and let her share the double bed. Nobody was allowed to give her wooden toys.
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Saturday, 9 December 2017

AlphaZero Annihilates World’s Best Chess Bot After Just Four Hours of Practicing


A few months after demonstrating its dominance over the game of Go, DeepMind’s AlphaZero AI has trounced the world’s top-ranked chess engine—and it did so without any prior knowledge of the game and after just four hours of self-training.
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Friday, 8 December 2017

The Oldest Items in 13 Wonderfully Specific Libraries


Some of the world’s best, most interesting libraries are not grand buildings with the extensive collections, but small spaces dedicated to one wonderfully specific type of work. There are libraries that focus on lesbian history and ones that keep only works connected to the human imagination.
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Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water Is a Beautiful Love Story Where the Story Doesn't Matter


In Guillermo del Toro’s latest film The Shape of Water, a mute cleaning lady falls in love with a mysterious fishman. It’s a weird premise, to be sure, but nothing about how it’s handled feels weird.
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Apex Book of World SF 5 Out Next Year!

Apex Publications recently announced a new Apex Book of World SF, expected out next year. This fifth volume will be edited by Cristina Jurado, editor of SuperSonic and Apex Magazine’s international fiction editor. Can’t wait!!!
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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Aurora Australis: Superheroes, Merfolk, and Corporate Insects

Welcome to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! In Australia, there’s been controversy over which national politicians are actual dual citizens or not (thus invalidating their election as members of parliament), and we voted yes in
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Monday, 4 December 2017

Rare Manuscript Exhibit Explores How Climate Disasters Create Monsters


In April 1815, a volcano in the East Indies erupted with cataclysmic force, releasing a plume of ash that circled the entire globe. In the weeks and months that followed, the skies grew dim and global temperatures plummeted. Crop failures, famine, disease, and death ensued.
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Robins of the Hood: Robin Hood Retellings and Histories

Robin Hood is another one of those legends (along with Arthurian legend) that grabbed my attention from a young age. I’ve always been an Anglophile, so I was bound to be intrigued by it, but I think it goes deeper than that.
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After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters


At present, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is 21 billion kilometers from Earth, or about 141 times the distance between the Earth and Sun. It has, in fact, moved beyond our Solar System into interstellar space. However, we can still communicate with Voyager across that distance.
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Islamic Bookbinding


While the Western tradition of bookbinding is well represented in the State Library Victoria collection, the Library also holds a small but fascinating assortment of manuscripts produced in the Islamic world.
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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Cassini’s last portrait of Saturn


The final full mosaic image of Saturn captured by the Cassini probe.
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IBM Raises the Bar with a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer


IBM established a landmark in computing Friday, announcing a quantum computer that handles 50 quantum bits, or qubits. The company is also making a 20-qubit system available through its cloud computing platform.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

In historic move, Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate

It turns out a “Lord of the Rings” TV series isn’t the biggest Tolkien news of the week or the month or the year. Christopher Tolkien, son and literary heir of J.R.R. Tolkien, resigned from the Tolkien Estate. And his departure changes everything.
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

China's 'giant eye' library opens


Tianjin Binhai Library is part of a larger plan to provide a cultural district for the city. The building acts not only as an education centre but as a connector from the park into the cultural district.
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Amazon announce new Tolkien television series


Amazon have today announced that they will be creating a new television series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Following rumours earlier this month, Amazon have today confirmed an agreement on a deal with the Tolkien Estate and the Tolkien Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.
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