Magical Words Link Roundup 1-12-2017

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The Dark Star Trilogy by Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, is billed as the African Game of Thrones. I want to read it noooooow.

One inarguable legacy of Obama’s presidency will be the encouragement of nerd culture and the fostering of its analytical and imaginative aspects into innovative fields of industry.

Sure things don’t exist in this universe—or do they? When it comes to speculative fiction, every year does feature at least a few examples of them—we’re talking, of course, about sequels.

[Sometimes] we are so focused on delivering this (essentially ill-fated) new concept of strong women that we not only forget to challenge what we mean by strong male characters, but also how we can challenge and redefine gender and the subsequent stereotypes as a whole.

Ursula Vernon, Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn came together to talk about the year in books, games, comics, movies, and more.

Artist Scott Windorski is banned from Evercon for harassment

Ten scientists told Buzzfeed News what they fear most in 2017.

The end game is near. The final confrontation is inevitable. There’s just one small problem: Your evil combat lair from the last time this happened is still at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, and you’ve gone and blown most of your spare budget on that horde of surprisingly easily defeated laser hamsters. Not to worry!

Who wants to live forever? There are all sorts of ways to cheat death in science fiction and fantasy.

Laura Anne Gilman talks about the one book that piqued her creative fury.

Who said it, a Trump cabinet pick or Shelob, the giant spider from Lord of the Rings?

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