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Seven Beautiful Faces of Fahrenheit 451

Slate put up a slideshow of some of the beautiful covers Fahrenheit 451 has seen over the years. Here are seven of my favorites for sale on the site. Strangely, I think I like the paperbacks best. That seems to be the way with science fiction, for me. Which is your favorite?

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Video: Ray Bradbury On Why We Need Books

The late, so great Ray Bradbury on why we need books, why we need art, why we need the fantasy and escape and imagination. There is also some fascinating information about the making of the film adaptation of The Illustrated Man. “We need artists. We need people like myself, who take hold of a piece […]

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Missing Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)

Ray Bradbury, the master storyteller and legend of American literature, has died at the age of 91. The LA Times carries an interesting obituary. I adore Fahrenheit 451 (even the graphic novel version), and recently read and loved The Martian Chronicles for the first time.  I was struck by the detailed thought Bradbury had obviously […]

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2011 Nebula Award Winners

The Nebula Awards have been recognizing and rewarding greatness in science fiction writing since 1965. Nebulas are handed out by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and their annual event celebrates the books of the previous year. The 2011 winners have just been announced: Novel Winner: Among Others by Jo Walton Novella Winner: […]

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50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James – An Honest Book Review (and a Bonus Peek at Christian Grey’s Condo)

I just finished reading E.L. James’ wildly-buzzed-about-and-speculated-upon erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Look, don’t judge me, it was for book club. And I only reread a few specific passages. No more than three or four times. The truth is, the book is completely, almost inarguably ridiculous. The main male character is a perpetually-single, unattainable, […]

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Review

Review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – an absolutely enchanting book, nearly impossible to put down.

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Stephen Fry Fights for Hobbit Pub

Actor and comedian Stephen Fry has expressed disgust over the lawyers for the production of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” going after a Southampton pub with legal action.

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Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Set

Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy is now available in a single beautiful volume, published by Everyman’s Library.

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The never-ending stories of Arthurian Literature

The stories of King Arthur had a special magic for me when I was growing up. I have visited the castle in Cornwall that is called Tintagel several times (even though it was built in Norman times and has nothing to do with Arthur) and it was easy to imagine the Knights of the Roundtable […]

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Sci-fi & fantasy legend Anne McCaffrey dies

Legendary science fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey has died in Ireland after suffering a stroke. She is famous for penning the Dragonriders of Pern series. McCaffrey was the first female to win a Hugo Award for fiction, the first woman to win a Nebula Award, and achieved popular success with her novels. McCaffrey published […]

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