Magical Words Link Roundup 4-3-2017

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Brian Staveley says, “I can never quite decide if chocolatiers are visionaries or pranksters. I used to think…that a cabal of malevolent chocolatiers was hidden away somewhere, cackling over the limitlessness of human folly.”

This might blow your mind a little: some people seriously think the Earth is flat.

Stephen King has written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum…

Barnes & Noble asked several authors “What are some of your favorite unlikable characters? What drew you to them?”

It could take just one cough, one kiss, one touch or even one bite to change not only your life, but the lives of everyone around you — and for months or even years.

Black Nerd Problems presents The Luke Cage Syllabus, a breakdown of all the black literature featured in Netflix’s Luke Cage.

The Kindle Gold Rush is history, but there’s even more pressure to write fast – not only for authors who self-publish, but for traditionally published authors as well.

The Guardian offers the point-of-view of the failed novelist, who says, “My biggest mistake? Thinking it was my destiny.”

Throughout the bloody pages of innumerable fantasy books there are countless examples of the siege in fiction. From epic wars that last for years to brutal assaults that are swift and decisive, sieges are a classic element in many stories.

Want to kiss aliens and explore far-flung planets with a crew from across the galaxy? Mass Effect is the franchise for you. And if you love the games, you’ll probably also enjoy these eight books.

In the 1994 interview with Samuel R. Delaney that inaugurated the term, Mark Dery defines Afrofuturism as “speculative fiction that treats African American themes and addresses African American concerns in the context of 20th-century technoculture—and, more generally, African American signification that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced future.”

Just in time for doomsday, Norway’s “Doomsday Vault” is getting an expansion.

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