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Derek Austin Johnson
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I'm of the opinion that science fiction and horror don't mix well. The sense of wonder brought on by the best SF is at odds with the fear of the unknown mentioned by H. P. Lovecraft in SUPERNATURAL HORROR IN LITERATURE. And then I think of things like Martin's "Sandkings," Ellison's "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream," and Reynolds's REVELATION SPACE and realize I may have to rethink my position. 
Sci-fi horror is a well-known film genre, but terrifying sci-fi books often go unappreciated.
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A good but woefully incomplete list. 
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"I was trying to create a future where they’ve really got peace down, but in order to do that they’ve had to ban religion and institute censorship. It’s a difficult utopia. It’s not just hard-won through hard work and past wars, it’s hard-won through giving up things that we today would find really terrible to give up, like freedom of speech. I picked that one because freedom of speech is something that’s really important to me, which is why it was such a good choice of something to have to sacrifice, to ask this question: Is it worth giving this up to gain that? How do you feel about a future that has gotten eight of the 10 things you would have on your list at the cost of losing the last two?"
An interview with Ada Palmer, author of the new science fiction novel Too Like the Lightning
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Yes, I will watch this. Why do you ask?
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When your location becomes irrelevant.
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Toffler was somebody whom I followed closely for a long time. While subsequent books don't appear to have aged well, both Future Shock and The Third Wave remain incredible, relevant books.
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I haven't read everything here, but the things I have read I think highly of. 
If you're a fan of terrifying reads, be sure to pack these horror novels in your beach bag this summer.
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Peter Straub has a great interview at Locus. "My ideas about narrative have certainly changed with time, and my whole stance toward it has changed, as would have to happen in any long en­gagement with a subject. I don’t want to write the same kind of books I did when I started. Really, I can’t. I like reading novels that go from the beginning to the end. I like reading novels that don’t break the frame. I like novels that have endings one cannot anticipate, novels with jolting revelations. I like crime stories. I like Victorian novels. Conventional fiction strikes me as one of the most beautiful things made by man. Generally speaking, novels engage our sense of history, our imaginations, our moral sense."
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Proponents of the Paleo philosophy, a popular diet based on foods believed to have been eaten by cavemen, are overlooking a gruesome staple of their meals: other people. Researchers at the Universi…
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Nightmare fuel.
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I think the nightmare fuel was the creation of these beasts in the first place. I'm going back to watching Happy Tree Friends.
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If you have a ton of data and you want to tell a good story, interactive infographics are a fantastic tool. They entice your audience to explore the content, whether it’s a data set or a guided sto…
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    English, 1989 - 1993
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I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination. -- John Keats
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I don't believe in ghosts...I don't believe in vampires...I don't believe in demons, angels, astrology, werewolves, JFK conspiracy theories, Feng shui, utopias, God, Satan, pyramid power, Freud, Marx, Buddha, prayer, the power of positive thinking, poltergeists, reincarnation, UFO's, Bigfoot, grapho-analysis, whole grain cereals, Jesus, Patsy Ramsey's innocence, an afterlife or...fill in the blank...I may believe in the Beatles. The jury's still out on that. But I definitely do not believe in Yoko. I am, in John Keats's words, "...certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of Imagination." -- Dan Simmons
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