Magical Words Link Roundup 4-26-2017

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Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, sales of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale spiked.

io9 explains why they believe you should reread “American Gods” before you watch the new show.

Searching for exoplanets like Proxima b is not as simple as gazing through a telescope and pointing them out.

Unless you spent your childhood living in a cupboard under the stairs or being prepared for ritual sacrifice by your cult pseudo-family, you probably have fond memories of the stories you enjoyed as a kid.

There are plenty of movies that everyone knows star magical or supernatural characters, like Harry Potter, the Marvel movies, or Fast And Furious parts 5 to infinity. And that’s fine! The problem is when supposedly non-fantasy films feed us plots that seem realistic, but are basically essentially wizardry in disguise.

Con season is fast approaching, and with it, room parties. So it might be good to know that while you might think you’re a good judge of your own inebriation, according to a recent study, we actually determine our state of drunkenness based on the people we’re drinking with.

Is there anything more validating than bonding with a friend over something obscure? Some of the best friendships began with phrases like “You watch that?!” or “You do that, too?!”

Seanan McGuire says, “Let’s talk about the power of something closed, whether or not it’s been forbidden; the mystery of the trapdoor that leads up into the attic, the powerful draw of the locked hatch that leads down into the cellar, the irresistible temptation of someone else’s fridge or medicine cabinet.”

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