Monday, March 31, 2014

Free Fiction: Short Story Treasure Trove*

by Megan S.

I'm not usually a fan of short stories.  There's just not enough narrative there.  I want more. I want to know the characters, become immersed in the world, experience the consequences and that's not easy with a short story.  All that changes, however, when those brief works are a part of a series like Seanan McGuire's InCryptid novels.  The author's collection of tales from the world of a cryptozoologist family are a grab bag of wondrous, heart-wreching, heartwarming, violent, and funny stories and they're totally free.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Television Without Pity Will Soon Be No More, More's the Pity

by Sara N.

Sad news came down from on high yesterday: Television Without Pity is shutting down on April 4, and its forums will go offline in May.

I am bereft, you guys. At this point in its life, it's not a site that I visit daily, but oh, it used to be.

The website formed in the wild and lawless early days of the Internet and was devoted to the transcendent glory of Dawson's Creek. Dawson's Wrap, as it was called, morphed into Mighty Big TV and started covering a variety of programs, from the big hits to the tiny cult shows. It was renamed Television Without Pity in 2002, and its mix of highly entertaining episode recaps and free-ranging forums made it the only place online to go to discuss everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Survivor, from The West Wing to Heroes, from Project Runway to 7th Heaven.

For the last almost two decades, TWOP was where you could go to find your tribe in a time when it was lonely to be a niche TV viewer and being a geek wasn't as celebrated as today. Try explaining to a classmate in 1998 that you had to get home to catch the new episode of Buffy, and chances were, you weren't going to met with an understanding squeal. Try discussing how much you hate the Rimbaldi MacGuffin on Alias at a party, and people were probably going to edge politely away from you.

Not so at TWOP. TWOP let fans of TV — sci fi, dramas, reality, and even sitcoms and other yukky stuff — get together to chat and obsess and dissect and speculate and swoon and bicker and dream. It was the online home for the casual fan and the superfan. The TWOP Office forums were the only way I survived the never-ending summer of 2006 when we weren't sure if Pam had actually gone ahead and married that loser Roy despite Jim's pure and perfect confession of love. Endless online speculation with the other Office loonies kept me sane while we waited for the season premiere.

Sure, TWOP's purchase in 2007 by Bravo Media saw it evolve into a more slick, sanitized, corporate money-grubbing affair, but it continued to provide an outlet for the viewer who had an excess of emotions about what she just watched and needed to share those feeling with other people, even if they were strangers connected by a series of tubes.

I've taken you for granted over the last 10 years, TWOP. I stopped reading your recaps and only hit your forums occasionally, mostly when I needed to extend my hate-watching of Smash just a little bit more by wallowing in the deliciously mean forums, but you were there for me. Sure, I thought Jacob's insanely philosophical Battlestar Galactica recaps were ridiculous — I mean, come on. They took longer to read than it took to watch the stupid episode, and have we forgotten the buffalo buffalo buffalo debacle? — and the extreme criticism about the final season of Buffy may have sucked away some of my enjoyment of it. But you were there for me, man. Heck, you're even in the works cited section of my dissertation because I used your forums and recaps for research for my content analysis.

You were there for me. You helped me find my tribe. My television watching will be a little lonelier now, and you'll be missed.

For more on the influence of Television Without Pity, check out this excellent Vulture piece.
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Getting to Know Generation V & M.L. Brennan

When I first read M.L. Brennan's GENERATION V, I thought it was very good and also different from my usual Urban Fantasy. Messed up, but different. Different take on vampires, on powerful heroes, it worked for me. Then I read the second book, IRON NIGHT, and this series and author went on my auto-buy list. Action-packed, with an expanding world, lots of character progression and complicated relationships (and I'm not just talking of the romantic variety), it was a roller coaster that I want to experience again. 

I also knew that I wanted to get Brennan here on Stellar Four to talk about this series. Luckily, in between visits to cons and work and writing, she had time to answer some questions. This is a slightly spoilery discussion, but we had a ton of fun discussing these books, and I have many feels about this series, so enjoy!

KF: Usually when you meet an Urban Fantasy lead, he or she is in the middle of kicking someone's ass, or is about to, or is at least fighting in some way. Fortitude Scott, however, is pretty much a doormat. Did you start off thinking about the story as trying to get a character as different from the norm as possible?

MLB: Definitely. I like an ass-kicking protagonist as much as anyone else, but it has become almost a cliche at this point. We've all seen the scene where the quiet, normal-looking guy is surrounded by nefarious punks intent on his wallet -- until suddenly it is revealed that the predator in the scene is *not* the punks, it's the normal-looking guy.

We've come to expect that, and I think that it can potentially lose some of its resonance because of that. I wanted to make Fort a different kind of vampire as well as a different kind of Urban Fantasy protagonist -- so one of the first things I really wanted to do was have him get mugged, and have him be completely at the mercy of his muggers.

KF: Did you have to fight to keep Fort as non-confrontational as he starts?

MLB: It definitely wasn't an easy sell. A few publishers passed on it because they didn't really think that it would work for readers. And if you look through the reviews on Goodreads, the stand-out complaint from people who didn't like Generation V was that they hated that Fort was so non-confrontational. So those publishers weren't exactly wrong, per se. I was fortunate that when Roc bought it, it was because of the interest of Anne Sowards, and she *completely* got what I was going for.

Because Anne is also my editor, I never really had to fight in the editing process to keep Fort the way he is. However, Fort is actually a little more proactive in Generation V than he'd been in my original draft (I know, just imagine!). Anne pointed out a few areas where I'd kept Fort just a bit *too* passive, so those were adjusted to give him a few more moments of strength. I'm really happy with the way that Generation V turned out after the edit -- Anne respected what I was trying to do with the character, but she also helped me make the book better overall.

KF: What resonated with me was how for Fort (beginning book 1 Fort), any confrontation is equated with violence and becoming the thing he fears most. I see this often, in a way, with people who will do just about anything to get out of a confrontation. Like most of my coworkers at my former job. Did real life influence this?

MLB: To a degree, yes. I think it's a tendency of people who have a scarring experience growing up to set up their adult life in a way that massively overcorrects for what they felt when they were young. I've seen that happen in the decisions my friends have made, and also in myself. I also had the benefit of going through an MFA program, and believe me, there's no window into people's childhood trauma like reading their short stories for two years. Fort's very internalized fear and self-hatred felt extremely human to me.

KF: I have called this world wonderfully and magnificently effed up, and it is. The creation of new vampires alone, I mean, how, what, (see, I'm sputtering). It is the most messed up origin I think I've ever read, but as much as it icked me out, you did it in a way that didn't put me off. Probably because Fort is just as bothered as I was, more so. WHERE DID THIS COME FROM?

MLB: "Wonderfully and magnificently effed up" is still one of my favorite descriptions of the world -- I wish they'd blurb it on the third book! :)

Anyway, the origin came from a simple desire: I wanted vampires to make sense.

That's a little oversimplified, but that's what it came from. Vampires in the usual way bother me as characters because they're completely in stasis. They aren't growing older, they aren't going to die, and presumably in 5,000 years they'll be sitting around in spacesuits doing the same things they are doing at the moment. If they want to reproduce, they just out to find someone, take a nip, give a sip, and BAM -- new vampire. Those are characters have have absolutely no stresses on them -- there's none of the worry about doing the things they want to do before their time on earth is over, there's none of the change and maturing that happens as we get older, and there isn't even any stress regarding whether to have a kid or if that can happen. (plus, can we talk about a population problem? eternal life, youth, and a completely unlimited reproductive ceiling? the whole damn world would be nothing but vampires!)

It started as a bit of a thought experiment -- how could vampires function according to real-world rules? I needed a functional life-cycle from birth to reproduction to death, which turned my attention into two useful places -- apex predators and parasites. Apex predators gave me a good start on lifespan and reproductive ceiling -- basically, if humans were the prey, then that would be my start. I imagined that humans were seals and the vampires were Great White sharks -- the prey live shorter lives and have more offspring that mature much faster, while the predator has a much longer maturation period, reproduces *years* after the prey, and produces fewer offspring that are vulnerable for longer periods. The shark will (barring accident) live much longer than the seal, but on a species level is actually much more precariously perched, since they can't recover their numbers quickly. That also gave me the idea for making vampires into a species perched on the edge of extinction.

And once you start researching parasites, believe me, nothing looks effed up anymore. Or at least the effed up starts to look completely tame.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

@Midnight Is Where It's @

Chris Hardwick is the hardest working nerd in show business. Besides founding the Nerdist podcast as well as Nerdist Industries he has hosted shows on the BBC and the Talking Dead show on AMC that runs after the Walking Dead. He is addicted to everything nerdy and I'm pretty sure he runs on wi-fi at this point. That's why, when I heard he was going to be hosting a game show about the internet, I knew I had to watch. I'm glad I did, it is AMAZING.

@Midnight is a late night game show that is on Monday through Thursday after The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. It is bewilderingly awesome. Just brilliant. It's a game made by internet addicts for internet addicts and curated by a cast of comedians. Chris Hardwick hosts the show with all the sprightly energy and joy of a hobbit who's about to go on a magical adventure. He looks genuinely thrilled to be there every night and you can tell he takes great joy in it. The comedians come from all walks of comedy, from established stand up comedians and actors to rising stars from YouTube.

So what makes @Midnight so awesome? Well, if you're anything like me, you spend an obscene chunk of your time on the internet in some form. Whether you're gleefully cackling over drama on Twitter or catching up on gossip on Gawker, you know the hot internet stories of the day. Hardwick mines all of that for a half hour of jokes at the expense of the internet. He digs through the depths of reddit and etsy for things to mock and creates categories based on Yelp reviews and Vines. If it happened on the internet that day, @Midnight is mocking it. Thankfully, nothing feels mean or cheap about the show. Hardwick and the @Midnight writers are all citizens of the interwebs and they mock it lovingly. It never feels cheesy or forced because they embrace and understand the internet.

The format of @Midnight is exceedingly simple. Hardwick acts as moderator, shouting out his new trademark phrase "POINTS!" when one of the three comedians playing make a funny answer. The categories are things like the popular reddit game "Cringeworthy" where comedians use just three words to make Hardwick cringe. There are live challenges that involve the comedians writing fake Amazon reviews and responding to Craigslist ads. There are games that involve telling the difference between Yelp reviews for Chucky Cheese and prisons, as well as showing gifs and asking the comedians to guess what happens next. Each segment is topical for the day and often involves gossip, tech news and geeky things like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. The game that ends every episode is suitably called "For The Win". 

The highlight of the show is a segment called Hashtag Wars, where comedians come up with as many insane things to fit into a Twitter hashtag as possible. If you're ever on Twitter around 11:30pm EST you have undoubtedly seen a flood of people tweeting bizarre answers to things such as #RuinAChildrensBook, #StaycationSloguns, #DrunkMovies and #BadBroadway. Part of the charm of @Midnight is that the Hashtag Wars game is just basically giant audience participation. The best tweet earns the coveted spot as the Tweet of the Day on the next episode and the incredibly engaging and funny @Midnight Twitter account hands out POINTS! to some of the best answers. Honestly, does Twitter love anything as much as it loves a good hashtag game?

Besides the fantastically fun audience participation and the great work by Hardwick, @Midnight is notably for it's inclusion of female comedians. Teams of just men are few and there's usually at least one female comedian on every panel. They're allowed to shine and no one talks down to them for being women trying to be funny. Seeing funny women included is an absolute joy. Nothing about the female comedians feels like a token gesture and many come back for additional episodes.

@Midnight is the funniest program on TV right now. Almost every episode makes me laugh so hard that I cry and POINTS! has become part of my internal brain monologue. If you aren't watching this, then there is something very wrong with you.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Deeply Geeky Yarn for Deeply Geeky Knitters

by Sara N.

Sometimes, you just don't want to shout about your fandom. No, sometimes, you'd rather whisper your love of Doctor Who or Star Trek or Mass Effect or My Little Ponies.

One of my favorite Etsy shops has the yarn you need for those days when you want to keep your pop culture obsessions subtle. Knit and Fiber Creations features custom, hand-painted yarn colorways inspired by some of your favorite sci fi/fantasy/gamer/comics/geek properties. Check out some of the pretties:

Hulk-inspired glitter yarn

Melisandre-inspired yarn from Game of Thrones

TARDIS-inspired yarn from Doctor Who

Effie Trinket-inspired yarn from Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Guinan-inspired yarn from Star Trek: The Next Generation
(I have to believe this is the only time Whoopi Goldberg has inspired someone in the fiber arts.)

Twilight Sparkle-inspired glitter yarn from My Little Ponies

Liara T'soni-inspired yarn from Mass Effect

Curious how the yarns look when they're knitted up? They make sweet little stripes! Here's the Tate from American Horror Story colorway in skein form and mid-knit.

Photo from the Knit and Fiber Creation Facebook page. 

You'll have to check out the rest of the shop for all of the other super cool creations. Right now, the Etsy store is also featuring yarn colorways inspired by The Walking Dead, The Lord of the Rings, True Blood, Harry Potter, The Smurfs, Animal Crossing and even 50 Shades of Gray. There's even a line of Pride and Prejudice-inspired yarns, including Lizzie and Mr. Bingley. The shop regularly rotates through all kinds of shows, movies, cartoons and games, so it's always worth a check back every few months.

As for me? I'm coveting that Hulk yarn. That would make a ferocious pair of socks, don't you think?
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Slut Shaming: Holding Our Heroines to a Higher Standard

by Megan S.

Heroines make the hard choices.  Heroines do the right thing.  Heroines are the better person.  So we'd never expect one of our very favorite Urban Fantasy heroines to blame the sexual assault victim she's supposed to save.  Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson does just that when she gleefully slut shames the victim in the newly released Night Broken and it's despicable.

(Mostly spoiler-free discussion below.)
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Reviews: The Martian by Andy Weir and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

by Sara N.

Two sci fi releases dropped on the same day last month and have been building positive buzz ever since. One tells the story of a man stranded on Mars. The other follows two Iowa teenagers as they race to stop a giant bug infestation. One is a must-read novel of resilience and the human will to survive. The other is a monster romp that gets a bit mired in teenage sexual confusion. Keep reading for the lowdown on both.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Geeky Addition to the Garden

Spring is here or at least is here for some of us. While it might sound wonderful, the truth is that in my neck of the woods we did not have enough rain this winter so water rationing is on the horizon.

This has affected my plans for a summer garden, of course, and I've been researching plants that are water-wise. While perusing the offerings at the local nursery, the boychild found one plant he could not live without.

He didn't want it because of how it looked. He wanted it because it's called a Hobbit.

Putting them in pots makes it easier to move them in winter - they don't do well with frost.

No, they didn't come with the One Ring and no wizards have been setting off fireworks or trying to coerce me into going on an adventure.

Crassula ovata is a type of jade and like other succulents does very well with little water. If you are not the most attentive gardener, might I suggest trying something like the Hobbit or other succulents.

So far they seem to be happy. Luckily for these little guys, if I forget to water them for a while, they actually do better.

These Hobbits made friends with the aloe.

For info on caring for Hobbit succulents try: World of Succulents.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Night Vale or Bust!

During a particularly awful blizzard in January, the Welcome to Night Vale Twitter account announced they were going on a East Coast tour. Since Welcome to Night Vale is my favorite thing in this or any other universe, I gleefully waited to see what cities they'd go to. The dates, they announced, we're going to be in March and April. Perfect, I thought as I steeled myself to go shovel another foot of snow, the weather will be great by then! One of their first stops on the tour was Philadelphia, the city I work in, so I snagged tickets to the early show on March 3rd so fast I think my credit card started to smoke. Joseph Fink said on his Twitter that Philadelphia was definitely going to be spoiled for special guests. I was besides myself with excitement. "Oh yeah", I said to myself, "the weather will definitely be better by then!"

Friends, the weather was not better by then. The American Midwest and East Coast has had THE WORST winter in the history of all recorded human time. We battled through temperatures that were below freezing for weeks on end, we felt our resolve eroded by almost daily snow storms. If Charles Dickens had been writing about this winter, he would have penned "It was the (best scratch out) worst of times, it was seriously the absolute fucking worst of times". Don't even get me started on the rather Night Vale-esquely named "Polar Vortex" that made made half the country stop dead in it's tracks as even the most hardened winter warrior threw up their hands and gave up in the face of -20 degree below zero temperatures.

I tell you this so you can understand why I completely and utterly flipped the hell out when I heard there was going to be another snow storm on March 3rd, on my Night Vale day. "It's fucking MARCH" I shouted to no one. "The weather was supposed to be better by now!" I cried. All of my Night Vale plans hung in the balance as I watched the weather reports in dismay. Up to a foot of snow, they said. You aren't going anywhere, they said. On Twitter, Joseph Fink announced that the shows were still on no matter what and I began to have just the slightest bit of a mental breakdown. This winter has taken such a mental and physical toll on me that I refused to let it take Night Vale as well.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Steven Universe Is Awesome

I've been sick for the past week and a half so I haven't done much of anything that doesn't involve laying in bed and pretending not to exist. As we all know, the best thing to do while you lay in bed and go in and out of medicated hallucinations is watch TV. In my learned opinion, here are the three best things to watch when you're unwell.

1. Top Gear
2. How It's Made
3. Cartoons

I'd like to talk to you about the cartoon I ended up obsessed with over this weekend. It's colorful, funny and feminist! Imagine that! Introducing Steven Universe! You should be watching this.

Cartoon Network has some great cartoons on it. There's Adventure Time and Regular Show and old favorites like The Misadventures of Flapjack. I've been avoiding some of their new shows because they looked pretty awful. Imagine my surprise when my Regular Show marathon turned into a few episodes of Steven Universe, which I discovered I enjoyed immensely.    

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Monday, March 17, 2014

A Cocktail for Parselmouths & Leprechauns

by Megan S.

Of course my family decorates for St. Patrick's Day.  Would you have expected anything less?
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I'm too far in my cups* to write a full post today, so I thought I'd share the recipe for an Irish Coffee in honor of the man who drove the snakes out of Ireland.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Favorite Posts From The Last Year

by the Ladies of Stellar Four

Well, it's official.  We've been around for three years now singing the praises of all things girlie in the genre.  We've published more than 250 posts including some on our original crafts, think pieces, rants, and our favorite finds. And we've loved every minute of it.  So, we thought a good way to end our anniversary celebration with a round-up of some of our favorite posts over the last year.

Here's what we've loved sharing with you.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

We've Been Sorted

It's no mystery what's made Stellar Four click so well for the last three years: between the four of us, we represent all of Hogwarts.

It started as a comment, likely from Meghan or Megan, about which house they belonged to, and pretty soon all of us made the trip to Pottermore. There we dutifully created our own accounts that we will never use again, received our acceptance letters, took a trip to Diagon Alley and Olivanders, then it was off to Hogwarts and the reason for it all: the Sorting Hat. But where would the Hat place us? Would any of us be in the same house? Would we get the house we wanted, or thought we wanted?

(Drumroll, please) We were all four sorted into different houses. Some of us might have been happier with their selection that others, but when you look at it a little closer, it all fits.

Can you guess which House we got?
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Best Things Come In Threes

Stellar Four is three years old! Before you know it we'll be walking and talking and going to kindergarten and slowly taking over the world. Wait, what do you mean that's children and not websites? Anyway...

To showcase the fact that all the best things in the world come in threes, I wanted to highlight some of the best science fiction and fantasy movie trilogies! There's nothing better than a good movie trilogy. When done right, they're cohesive stories, well told and well imagined. It's a delight to marathon them. These are the trilogies you can't pull away from if you see them on TV on a lazy Saturday afternoon. You know for a fact that the next nine hours will be spent on the couch. It doesn't matter how many times you've seen these films, you can't help watching them all over again. And again. And again.

Check out the best movie trilogies after the jump!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Your Guide to Out-of-This-World Snacks for a Veronica Mars Viewing Party

by Sara N. and Megan S.

What's better than celebrating our third anniversary with dinner and a movie?  Why, celebrating with a viewing of Veronica Mars and a dinner of appropriately themed foods, of course! And that's exactly what we'll be doing this Friday night when the groundbreaking movie is released in theaters and for digital download.

If you're like Sara and are planning on watching the movie at home because it isn't available in your area, you've probably already invited all of your Marshmallow friends over for the viewing. (And if you're a good person, you've even included those misguided few on #TeamPiz.)*

Don't worry if you're not sure what to serve.  We've complied a list of Mars-centric recipes so you can put on an epic** party that would impress the snootiest 09er. 
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Nothing Says Happy Third Anniversary Like A Tribute To Leather

by the Ladies of Stellar Four

It's Stellar Four's third anniversary* and we're celebrating with the traditional gift of leather.  Why leather?  Who the hell knows, but Hallmark says that's the thing, so were rolling with it.  Anywho, he's our tribute to the best leather in the genre.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

The Best Antler Items for Hannibal/True Detective/Baratheon Fans

by Sara N.

Antlers, you guys. So many antlers.

My husband and I spent the last two weeks watching the entirety of Hannibal and are now almost done catching up with True Detective. Quite by accident, we've found ourselves watching a lot of lovingly staged murders that heavily feature deer antlers. (And I'm not the only one who noticed this trend.)

Hannibal featuring Will Graham in an unhealthy mental place.

After a few days of trying not to see antlers every time I close my eyes, I decided to lean into it. Antlers for everyone! Antlers on everything! Hopefully not on corpses, though!

Read on for the best antler-related Etsy offerings I could find.

True Detective featuring Rust Cohle in a philosophical mental place.

(OK, so True Detective and Hannibal are only SF/F genre-adjacent, which makes them marginal as Stellar Four fodder. Still, they're both excellent in their own very different ways, and they should really be on your watch list, so let's just go with it. Plus, you can always approach these items from a Game of Thrones/House Baratheon stag perspective if the genre thing bugs you.)
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Let's Discuss CINDER

By Kathy F.

I have to say thank you to everyone who recommended CINDER to me. I loved it, you were all right.

Fast-paced, intriguing, complicated, gritty world and it is a Sci Fi Fairytale. I have an innate weakness for fairytale retellings and this book hit all of the right notes. It was the Cinderella story (with other fairytales hovering in the background), but at the same time it was its own thing. I have to say that the prince character was a big improvement over any other version I've read or seen.

Cinder herself was spectacular. As a cyborg, she is treated as sub-human. She has very little freedom from her stepmother's greed and hatred, but she is resourceful. Living in a future where a horrible disease can kill you at any moment and there is constant threat of war from the Lunar empire, things are looking bleak. However, she still loves her youngest stepsister, has a quick mind, and dreams of escape. A dream that is within her power and ability to achieve.

The Lunar queen is powerful and evil and I am really looking forward to what happens next.

I know I need to get book 2, Scarlet, ASAP, and so many of you have also helpfully pointed out the three short stories also set in this universe.

CINDER Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
SCARLET Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
CRESS Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
WINTER (2015)

Short stories (on the author's Wattpad):

Marissa Meyer:

Now let's get to the discussion. As these questions and the answers in the comments will likely be SPOILERY, read at your own risk.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

By The Numbers: Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Isn't Lady Friendly

by Megan S.

It's 2014: women have had the vote for 94 years and television's been around almost as long.  You'd think ladies would be pretty well represented on the small screen by now, especially in science fiction and fantasy where inequality is a common story line.  You'd think that and you'd be wrong.  Women are getting the short shrift when it comes to equal representation in genre shows and I have the startling numbers to prove it.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


I hope you've all been reading! Join us Thursday for a little group discussion on CINDER by Marissa Meyer.

The ebook is currently $3.56 at Amazon and B&N. Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

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Monday, March 3, 2014

The 2nd Annual Stella Awards Results!

Hello and welcome to the 2nd Annual Stella Awards, honoring the best cinematic achievements in science fiction and fantasy!

This year it is our privilege and honor to award the best films this year, based on your votes!

It always hurts when you see films you loved dearly be ignored by bigger, flashier award shows. Was Pacific Rim not worthy of even a technical award?

The Oscars last night got a little right, though. Gravity swept up all the tech awards and Frozen beat out the other animated films. Still, most of our fan favorites were left out in the cold. Not now, though! This is the day you've been waiting for! Here are the winners of the coveted golden Stella Award!

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