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2017 Hugo Awards – The Novelettes

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2017 Hugo Awards – The Novelettes

Hands up, anyone who knows the difference between a novelette and a novella. Anyone? Okay, a novelette is a work of fiction that clocks in at anywhere from 7500 – 17500 words; basically it longer than a short-story but shorter than a novella. Everyone take notes because there’ll be a test later.

This year the Hugo novelette division features six very strong entries (well, five, and one that wins for humor at least), covering the range from Partly Sci-Fi to Mostly Fantasy to whatever category you want to attach to Stix Hiscock’s story. Click the jump for a brief review of the Hugo 2017 nominees for Best Novelette.

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Binary System – The Batman Tribute Edition of “Our Favorite DeviantArtists”

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Binary System – The Batman Tribute Edition of “Our Favorite DeviantArtists”

Binary System Podcast has ONCE AGAIN been on the road this week (promise, folks, things will settle down soon. Probably just in time for San Diego Comic-Con to throw everything askew.) So instead of a podcast, this week we’re doing another post where we scroll through DeviantArt and look at all our favorite pieces. It’s a tough job, but we’ll do it for you, our loyal and devoted fans. All five of you.

We lost another one of our icons this month. Do a Batusi or two in honor of Adam West, and enjoy some Batman art from some of our favorite DeviantArtists.

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Review: 2017 Hugo Award Finalists – The Short Stories

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Review: 2017 Hugo Award Finalists – The Short Stories

Okay, it’s time to buckle down and start trying to see how many of this year’s Hugo Nominees we can review before the awards are given on August 11. Everyone who reads this column probably knows by now that I’m really fond of short stories, so let’s start with those. Click the jump for a short (naturally, right?) review of each of the finalists for Best Short Stories.

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Binary System Podcast #84 – Lightning Speed Intermission

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Binary System Podcast #84 – Lightning Speed Intermission

Both branches of Binary System Podcast are once again on the road this week, so we recorded a 7-minute podcast. And still managed to fit in the Sense8 and Till All Are One cancellations, American Gods, how we haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, how Elizabeth has seen Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, and how Kathryn is still trying to get through Iron Fist (it’s…not going well.)

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Review: Vision Vol. 1 – Little Worse Than A Man

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Review: Vision Vol. 1 – Little Worse Than A Man

It’s the quintessential American Dream: a respectable government job and a house in the DC suburbs. The picture wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful wife and two happy children, or at least that’s what the Vision thinks. So he went to a lot of trouble and made them.

Nominated for a Hugo Award this year, Tom King’s Little Worse Than A Man (with illustrations by Gabriel Walta) shows what happens when a non-human hero is determined to live a human life. It’s a story that starts out light and then gets dark surprisingly fast.

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New translation of Battle Angel Alita on comiXology & Kindle

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New translation of Battle Angel Alita on comiXology & Kindle

Binary System Podcast has been a fan of Battle Angel ever since you could rent the anime on VHS from Blockbuster. Now the manga returns in a digital only format to comiXology and Kindle, newly translated too, see below for the official press release.

Announcing an All New Translation of the Iconic Battle Angel Alita Manga from Kodansha Comics and ComiXology Originals

Long after being out of print, Yukito Kishiro’s iconic and popular manga series Battle Angel Alita is available today for the first time in nearly a decade, with a stunning new translation of the first three volumes available exclusively as a digital release from Kodansha Comics via comiXology Originals. Kishiro’s post-apocalyptic science fiction story about an amnesiac cyborg named Alita has thrilled international audiences since it was originally published in 1990. James Cameron is currently producing a live-action adaptation of the acclaimed title.

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Binary System Podcast – Our Favorite DeviantArtists

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Binary System Podcast – Our Favorite DeviantArtists

Binary System is on the road this week, and we’ll return with an episode next Thursday. In the meantime we did what we love to do: browse through our favorite artists over on DeviantArt. Here’s a handful of the ones we were lingering over this week (all images below are Safe For Work, though a few of the artists have some deliciously NSFW images in their galleries, just in case your boss is looking over your shoulder.)

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Review: The Secret History of Twin Peaks

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Review: The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Time to get a slice of cherry pie and pour yourself a cup of damn fine coffee (and hot!) This Sunday brings us the long-awaited continuation of the Twin Peaks series, twenty-five (well, twenty-six)(almost) years after the original series ended, leaving us with many, many unanswered questions.

In preparation for the new episodes, Mark Frost has given us The Secret History of Twin Peaks. The murder of Laura Palmer may have focused the world’s attention on Twin Peaks, but the more her mystery unfolded, the more clear it became that this little town’s weirdness goes way back.

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Binary System Podcast #82 – Alice Isn’t Dead Part 2 Episode 3 “Abandoned Places”

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Binary System Podcast #82 – Alice Isn’t Dead Part 2 Episode 3 “Abandoned Places”

This week we tried to recap the latest episode of Alice Isn’t Dead, but it’s this really atmospheric episode that doesn’t do well as a recap (it’s like trying to verbally describe an excellent sunset: you kinda had to be there.)

So we gave that up and talked about Only Lovers Left Alive (and strategic side-butt), the new trailer for Bladerunner 2049 (and how Jóhann Jóhannsson is doing the music and yes to all that), the upcoming Twin Peaks season and the book The Secret History of Twin Peaks and (*pushes glasses up*) the difference between an epistolary history and an oral one. (*Grins at you over the glasses.*) Heh. We said oral.

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Review: Motor Girl – Real Life

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Review: Motor Girl – Real Life

Samantha Locklear is dealing with things as best as she can. And she does have a lot of things to deal with. A former marine who served three tours of duty, she’s suffering from PTSD and multiple medical problems after being held as a POW for almost a year. And then there’s the mysterious lights in the sky, and a businessman who has an obsession with those lights and who’s looking to buy up all the property in the area, whether the owners want to sell or not.

Fortunately Sam’s got a job she’s very good at (mechanic in a desert scrapyard), and a very understanding boss who’s not at all intimidated by pushy businessmen. Oh, and there’s also Sam’s best friend in the world, a 600-pound talking gorilla named Mike.

Mike, as you’ve probably guessed, is completely imaginary. What’s interesting is that Sam knows this.

Even more interesting? I’m pretty sure Mike knows it too.

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