Harlan Ellison is one of the greatest authors of science fiction and fantasy. He’s written more than 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays and essays as well as criticism…

Via Laughing Squid:

In 1996 the internet was run by beautiful women who accessed the ‘tubes Lawnmower Man-style from hackerspaces designed by Frederick’s of Hollywood. Don’t remember that? You were probably too busy playing Neverwinter Nights on AOL. Thank God that Playboy does. Check out this remixed version of “Women of the Internet” to learn what you missed.

Perhaps try harnessing the power of negative thought for a new path to happiness. Psych Your Mind writes: When you walk through the self-help aisle of any bookstore, you are likely to see…

Via WFLA 540 AM:

In the DVD release for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Episode 10, showrunners Dave Benioff and D.B. Weiss admit to using the severed head of former president George W. Bush in the scene below. The show-runners statement follows:

“The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had lying around.” — Dave Benioff & D.B. Weiss

You can see the footage at the 1:10 mark in this video:

I’m best known for my big non-fiction investigations of historical mysteries but I’m trying a new path as a novelist to celebrate my 60s and I’m grateful for any support my readers are willing to give me. My first novel, Entangled, explores big, cutting edge ideas about time-travel, out-of-body and near-death experiences, consciousness, pre-history, the battle of good and evil, and the mystery of reality but does so in the form of fast-moving tale of fantasy and adventure. Very few of my non-fiction readers have yet taken a look at this novel but at less than $1 for this week only why not give it a go?

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Here are the links again: iTunes | B&N Nook | Kindle

Here’s a synopsis and some background information on the science behind Entangled, and a video trailer below. I hope you enjoy the book,


Taken from a 1940 issue of Fortune, a rendering of a map of an imaginary future continent, ‘Synthetica’, composed of synthetic materials and plastic debris. This is our magical future. Via Strange…

[disinfo ed.’s note: The following is an excerpt from Lost At The Con, new fiction from Big Shiny Robot‘s Bryan Young.]

lostattheconA political writer for a second rate, online news magazine, Michael Cobb is assigned by his editor to cover a sci-fi and fantasy convention in a bid to humiliate him.

Since Cobb can’t afford to turn down the job, he heads to Georgia and dives head first into the world of Griffin*Con, renowned the world over as the Mardis Gras of geek conventions. In Atlanta he finds a place that takes geeky debauchery to new heights: science fiction and fantasy, cosplay, booze, sex, comic books, drugs, slash fiction, and more.

This scene takes place on Cobb’s first day at the con:

My heart sank, killing the warmth of the drugs. The urge for locomotion finally returned to my legs and I continued my sojourn to the elevator.

That feeling of flying high without a safety net returned as the elevator doors I’d finally reached opened with a sharp DING.

And there before me was a Darth Vader…