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Jean Luc Picard Autobiography Coming Soon

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Preview Leaves Fans Spellbound

Spellbound More than a thousand die-hard Harry Potter fans waited anxiously to have their bags checked outside the famous Palace Theatre in London. Just about everyone was smiling, knowing that they were going to be some of the first people on the planet to watch the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. As one fan said to me, “If you have grown up with Harry Potter, this play is so much more than just another book, it’s the chapter of what has been a part of your life for so long”. 19 Years Later Harry Potter and the Cursed Child essentially picks up nineteen years after the end of the original Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is all grown up and working at the Ministry of Magic. His son Albus, on the other hand, is struggling to cope with a family legacy and it is one which he doesn’t really want. The play has been divided into two parts, with the first part taking place on Tuesday evening in London’s West End. In truth, this is not actually the play, but instead, it is more of an advanced dress rehearsal. Nonetheless, people from all over the world are gathering to watch it. Christine Worden, a mom of three from Texas Christine Worden, a mom of three from Texas has traveled to the London solely because her and her children want to watch the play. Christine is a massive fan, and she feels as though she and J.K. Rowling share some common ground because both women know what it is like to be jobless. J.K. Rowling was jobless when she wrote her very first Harry Potter book which went on to be a huge success. “I know what it is like to be trapped in poverty because I have been there myself before. Thankfully Rowling gave me the inspiration and the strength to pick myself back up. Nabshan Karim from Pakistan A short distance away, Nabshan Karim from Pakistan stands under an iron awning that supports the play’s artwork. “I have always been able to relate to Harry Potter because we were the same age”. Karim says that even now the two of them are in the same chapter of their lives because in the play, Harry potter is 25 years old and a father of three. “I’m just about to get married myself and then I’ll most likely be having children of my own as well. It’s almost as though I have been following him over the years,” said Karim who is busy attending university in London. The main character in the play will obviously be Harry Potter, but a lot of people will also have their eyes on a black Hermione Granger whose part is being played by Noma Dumezweni, a recent Olivier Awards winner. “Finally, we get to see Hermione Granger the way she was always meant to be. It’s how she was portrayed in the books, and it is how she should have appeared in the… 0

Game of Thrones – Battle of the Bastards Preview Video

HBO unveiled its first promo for “Battle of the Bastards,” the much-anticipated face-off between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) coming Sunday.

HBO unveiled its first promo for “Battle of the Bastards,” the much-anticipated face-off between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) coming Sunday.

The Singularity Is Coming

Tony Thorne, MBE, has just inked a deal with a Beijing based publisher for the rights to publish a Chinese language edition of his speculative fiction hit, The Singularity Is Coming in paperback and ebook formats. The book will be translated into simplified Chinese and has a suggested retail price of $6.20 (US currency equivalent) for the paperback, with a suggested retail price of about $3.00 (US currency equivalent) for the ebook. The Singularity Is Coming AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) is on its way faster than many of us can even imagine and this technology will completely transform our lives, beginning with the smartphones and wearables already in use today. New AGI developments are already underway and the Singularity’s arrival is only a matter of time – and it’s a genie we can’t put back in the bottle. Quite a few experts think that the Singularity is less than a decade away and we’ll soon see machines which are smarter and more capable than any human.

How to Write a Book in Three Days: Lessons from Michael Moorcock

Not my genre but really interesting >> How to Write a Book in Three Days: Lessons from Michael Moorcock | Wet Asphalt http://t.co/NAKgemAOhKSource: www.wetasphalt.com

Not my genre but really interesting >> How to Write a Book in Three Days: Lessons from Michael Moorcock | Wet Asphalt http://t.co/NAKgemAOhK

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NEW RELEASE! Love & Zombies

When zombies attack Philadelphia, a legal secretary and lawyer & wizard must fight for life and love and in the face a ravenous undead horde. It’s a free-for-all struggle to stay off the zombie all-you-can-eat menu, and nobody is safe. Can love and bullets overcome the hordes of the ravenous undead? Find out in Book 1 of the Zombie Shuffle, a fun, sexy interracial paranormal romance (with zombies). This book contains sexual content and is meant for mature readers only. If you love interracial paranormal romance click the button below and grab a copy today. Start reading it today!

Interesting Reads

ACE BOOKS Briggs, Patricia • Night Broken  ANGRY ROBOT PRESS Kashina, Anna • The Blades of the Old Empire BLOOMSBURY Maas, Sarah J. • The Assassin’s Blade DAW BOOKS McGuire, Seanan • Half-Off Ragnarok HARPER VOYAGER Harrison, Kim • The Undead Pool HARPER COLLINS Jones, Diana Wynne, & Ursula Jones • Islands of Chaldea LITTLE, BROWN UK / ORBIT BOOKS MacLeod, Ken • Descent ORION / GOLLANCZ PRESS Patrick, Den • The Boy with the Porcelain Blade Sanderson, Brandon • Words of Radiance PENGUIN GROUP/ROC BOOKS Bishop, Anne • Murder of Crows PRIME BOOKS Reed, Robert • The Memory of Sky RANDOM HOUSE / DOUBLEDAY Pratchett, Terry • Raising Steam REBELLION / SOLARIS Lovegrove, James • Age of Shiva Tem, Steve Rasnic • Blood Kin SMALL BEER PRESS Gunn, Eileen • Questionable Practices TITAN BOOKS Christopher, Adam • Spider Wars: The Burning Dark Miller, Ian • The Art of Ian Miller TOR BOOKS Cook, Glen • Working God’s Mischief Cooper, Elspeth • The Raven’s Shadow Elliott, Will • The Pilgrims Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson • Mentats of Dune Sanderson, Brandon • Words of Radiance Schroeder, Karl • Lockstep VanderMeer, Ann, & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. • The Time Traveler’s Almanac          

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination

Margaret Atwood is nothing short of a literary marvel. Her writing is insightful, her characters fully realized and her knowledge shines through in all of her work. Atwood is one of those rare science fiction writers whose books have an appeal to all readers, not just sci-fi fans. In her new book In Other Worlds, SF and the Human Imagination, she puts her extensive knowledge of the genre to use in a work which explores the variety and stretches the limits of science fiction, incorporating fantasy and speculative fiction elements. The result is something of a love letter to sci-fi and a work which will no doubt win Atwood a whole new generation of fans as well as satisfying long time readers. Atwood is most famous for her book The Handmaid’s Tale, a story of a dystopian future society where women are subjugated by a totalitarian government. Given Atwood’s masterful depiction of a future gone wrong, it shouldn’t surprise readers that a good portion of In Other Worlds is dedicated to the writer’s thoughts on the utopian and dystopian worlds created by Huxley and Orwell in novels like Brave New World, 1984 and Animal Farm. In the book, The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred is part of the Republic of Gilead. She is a is in the home of the Commander, his wife and family. She is required to walk to the marketplace where signs are pictures instead of words and woman are now forbidden from reading. In addition to lack of education, she is also considered valuable for her ovaries and must lay on her back once per month so that the Commander can attempt to impregnate her. This is the job of Handmaids in a society where birthrates are on the decline. Offred use to stay with her husband and make love because she wanted to. But those days are long gone. With a benign title like The Handmaid’s tale, you will find the reading both horrifying and humorous. It’s nothing like what you’d expect, but that’s the genius of Margaret Atwood. The book also includes analysis of other common science fiction themes and their origins, including mad scientists, genetic experimentation, gender, sex and reproduction. One especially memorable essay on the subject of humanity’s longtime fascination with flight leads Atwood to a comical reminiscence of one of her first attempts at writing: a story about a race of flying rabbits. This is only the jumping off point for the essay, however, which continues on to consider Greek myth and comic book superheroes. Any reader with even a casual interest in the science fiction genre or for that matter, anyone who enjoys the work of an essayist of Margaret Atwood’s estimable caliber should consider picking up In Other Worlds, SF and the Human Imagination. It’s an entertaining and often illuminating read which you’ll find difficult to put down even if you’re not terribly familiar with the genre.

NEW! Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin

If you’re a fan of George R.R. Martin, you’re probably eagerly awaiting the next installment in the A Song of Fire and Ice series and if so, there’s good news. It may not be the latest chronicle of Westeros, but Martin’s recently published novella is set in Westeros, many years before the events of the novels. The novella “The Princess and the Queen, or The Blacks and The Greens” tells the story of a war (without spoiling too much, yes, there are dragons). However, if you’re hoping to avoid spoilers, you should probably stop reading right now. The novella appears in an anthology called Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. The 800 page anthology features short stories and novellas centered on tough (or, as the title suggests, dangerous) women. “The Princess and the Queen” tells the tale of a time long before the events Martin’s readers are familiar with, a time known as the Dance of Dragons. Essentially, the story is this: King Viserys I has died, leaving his daughter Rhaenyra as Queen. However, Queen Alicent, Viserys’ widow, is of the opinion that only a male can take the Iron Throne and prefers her son Aegon as heir. The conflict between Rhaenyra and Alicent kicks off a calamitous civil war which leaves much of Westeros in ruins, with all of the murder, betrayals and wholesale slaughter you’d expect in this situation. And then there’s the dragons. Readers familiar with Westeros from the Song of Fire and Ice novels think of this is a world where dragons are believed to be extinct; that’s not at all the case in this earlier era. In fact, there are so many dragons that they become one of the driving forces of the story. Dragons are hands down the most destructive force in this age, with just one dragon being able to take out nearly an entire army. While the rivals for the Iron Throne engage in plenty of scheming to secure the backing of influential figures and gain a strategic advantage over their adversary, what it really comes down to in this particular civil war is who has the dragons. More to the point, it’s about who has the biggest dragons and who has the most. George R.R. Martin fans will learn a lot here about the finer points of dragon wrangling and riding here, as well as the strategy that goes into dragon-enhanced warfare, Westeros-style. If you’re squeamish about dragon-on-dragon violence, then this may not be the story for you. However, for the vast majority of Martin’s readers, there’s much to enjoy in the author’s evocative descriptions of dragon dogfights, such as the following passage: “The attack came sudden as a thunderbolt. Caraxes dove down upon Vhagar with a piercing shriek that was heard a dozen miles away, cloaked by the glare of the setting sun on Prince Aemond’s blind side. The Blood Wyrm slammed into the older dragon with terrible force.” Exciting is probably a bit of an… 0

Zombie Apocalypse Z Is Here!

Zombie Apocalypse Z: The First Wave – Book 1 A Normal Day Goes Horribly Wrong Ross Black is an angry, misguided, high school student preparing to do something that will destroy his life when the first wave of zombies attack. Sarah Frost is an autistic 11-year-old who is bitten by a zombie. Instead of becoming undead, she slowly becomes telepathic and possessed of knowledge she should not have. Aimee has come to the United States illegally only to find that her dream country has turned into a waking nightmare. Jack Frost is an army private who begins to realize that his bunkmates have a serious problem. And, who is Jonah – a delusional lunatic or the salvation of the human race?   Zombie Apocalypse Z: The Remaining – Book 2 It Only Gets Worse The Hossiers are a family on the run, careening towards possible destruction just ahead of the undead horde. Uncle Carl, once shunned and ignored, comes into his own when fighting zombies. He can shoot any kind of gun, and his aim is true. Devastated and suicidal, Ross escapes his high school and joins up with 11-year-old Sarah, not knowing that she is destined to change his life. Aimee reluctantly follows Jonah as they race towards a future that will spell either salvation or the total destruction of humanity. Zombie Apocalypse Z: The Remaining Avenge – Book 3 Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely Zombies become the least of everybody’s problems as Major Dunfield has taken charge of the military and goes power-mad. Killing without conscience, he justifies all in the name of the New United States of America. When Jack Frost defies him and deserts, Dunfield goes on a personal crusade to hunt Jack down. His vendetta puts him on a collision course with Jonah, Sarah, Ross and Jack Frost as book 3 of the Zombie Apocalypse Z series comes to an shocking climax that irrevocably changes everything. Zombie Apocalypse Z: The Collection The Remaining versus The Undead A motley band of unlikely heroes struggles to stay alive in a world irrevocably changed by a virus that unleashes the destruction of all humanity. Some live; some die, but they all fight to survive as everything they love is overrun by ravenous, zombie hordes. Start Reading this Zombie Apocalypse Z series Today!

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