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2017 Hugo Awards – The Finalists

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2017 Hugo Awards – The Finalists

The Hugo Awards are this Friday, 7:30 PM Eastern European time (that’s 12:30 in the afternoon for those of us on the East Coast). The Worldcon 75 youtube channnel should be streaming the ceremony live, just in case you’d like to watch the announcement for Best Novel (or Best Editor Short Form, if that’s what you’re interested in.)

Pixelated Geek managed to read almost all of the fiction entries this year; we’re only missing the novels A Closed and Common Orbit and Too Like the Lightning, plus a few of the graphic novels. If you’ve read any of those and would like to have a review linked to the PG site, let us know! If any of the ones we’re missing wins an award then I plan to read those next (I still think Death’s End is going to walk away with the Best Novel award this year.)

Huge thank you to the Hugo Awards website and File 770 for providing tons of info on the awards, controversies, and the places to find entries that were posted in full online!

Click the jump for a full list of the finalists (and my predictions for the winner!)

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Review: All the Birds in the Sky

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Review: All the Birds in the Sky

One day the Singularity would elevate humans to cybernetic superbeings, and maybe then people would say what they meant.
Probably not, though.

Charlie Jane Anders’s Hugo-nominated book, All the Birds In the Sky is a modern-day fantasy/sci-fi drama that’s partly about a global apocalypse and a war between science and magic, but mostly about two young outcasts trying to find their place in the world and in each other’s lives.

Put yourself in the place of a typical highschooler, with more than the typical amount of high-school misery. Add the complication of being a budding engineering genius (if you’re Laurence), or you’ve just been told by the Parliament of Birds that you’re actually a witch (if you’re Patricia). Imagine stumbling across the one person in the world who understands you, not because they share your passions, but because they think your passions are weird and fascinating and something that makes you you.

Now imagine finding out that the two of you are destined to destroy the world.

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Podcast Review: Conversations With People Who Hate Me, Episode 1

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“And remember, there is a human on the other side of the screen.”

Fans of Welcome To Night Vale may be familiar with Dylan Marron as the voice of the Carlos, the enthusiastic scientist with the perfect hair. Many other folks probably know Dylan from his popular videos, including the Unboxing series (“Unboxing Rape Culture”, “Unboxing Police Brutality”, etc) and the Shutting Down Bullsh*t series.

These videos have spawned a lot of hate mail and – in the way of the internet practically since the first e-mail was sent – a few people have felt free to say some truly nasty things when no one can see the face of the person typing. Dylan Marron has decided to use these responses as the basis for a new podcast, “Conversations With People Who Hate Me”. The podcast is an attempt to start an actual dialog with some of Dylan’s detractors. I listened to the first episode today, “You’re a Piece of Sh*t”, and the results were surprisingly not as uncomfortable as I thought they’d be.

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Binary System Podcast #90 – Better Late Than Flat On the Ground Passed Out in a Post-Comic-Con Coma

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Binary System Podcast #90 – Better Late Than Flat On the Ground Passed Out in a Post-Comic-Con Coma

It’s the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 wrap up! And we’re TIRED.

Join the twins and Official Binary System Photographer Captain Slack (otherwise known as Kathryn’s husband Nathan) as we kick back the Sunday night after Comic-Con, a little goofy from sensory overload and possible some saké, and discuss the cosplay, the celebrity (sort of) sightings, the events we saw, the stuff we bought, and the crowds we survived.

For the continuing galleries, articles, and interviews from SDCC 2017, keep an eye out here and on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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SDCC 2017: MGM Announces New Original Series “Stargate Origins”

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SDCC 2017: MGM Announces New Original Series “Stargate Origins”

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Stargate SG-1, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) unveiled plans surrounding its popular Stargate franchise during a panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego. At the forefront of the announcement is Stargate Origins, MGM’s first 10-episode premium digital series. Click the jump for details on the series and on MGM’s new digital platform: Stargate Command.

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Binary System Podcast #89 – Night Vale Bonus tracks, and San Diego Comic-Con!

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Binary System Podcast #89 –  Night Vale Bonus tracks, and San Diego Comic-Con!

This week Welcome to Night Vale demonstrated once again that they don’t understand the meaning of the word “hiatus” because they gave us both an excerpt from the upcoming Night Vale book It Devours, AND a teaser for the new “Conversations With People Who Hate Me” podcast. This brings up one of the few times that the twins come down on opposite sides of an issue, because Kathryn likes to read the comment threads of news articles to find the rare moments of intelligent discussion and well-worded viewpoints, and Elizabeth doesn’t because she thinks they’re cesspits of humanity.

After that they nerd out about Saga for a bit (the cover to issue 44 is all kinds of neat) and then spell out their plans for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! They’ll both be there, along with Official Binary System Photographer Captain Slack (otherwise known as Kathryn’s husband Nathan) to do some interviews, take a pile of photos, and report back on Nerd Mecca. Keep an eye out here and on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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2017 Hugo Awards – Three Novellas

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2017 Hugo Awards – Three Novellas

The clock’s ticking; we only have a few more weeks before the 2017 Hugo Award ceremony in August. Since I think it would be a crime to leave any of the shorter fiction entries unread, this week I’m reviewing three of the nominees for Best Novella at once. Click the jump for a review of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric and the Shaman, Kai Ashante Wilson’s A Taste of Honey, and Kij Johnson’s The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe.

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Binary System Podcast #88 – The Alice Isn’t Dead catch-up episode (…part 2)

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Binary System Podcast #88 – The Alice Isn’t Dead catch-up episode (…part 2)

This week Binary System recaps two episodes of Alice Isn’t Dead in record time and that’s it! We’re all caught up with podcasts! And in one week San Diego Comic-Con takes over our lives and we’re going to get totally behind again. Enjoy the moment while it lasts…

Of course while trying to do a recap we go off on tangents about people who mine wikipedia for the best stuff, and about what a modern day oracle would look like (they probably wouldn’t be wearing greek robes in a cave, most likely a hoodie in an abandoned van) and about why you can’t eat the oranges on the ASU campus.

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