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Review: Every Heart A Doorway

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Review: Every Heart A Doorway

Alice fell down a rabbit hole to Wonderland. Dorothy was whisked away to Oz by a tornado. Wendy, Michael, and John flew away to Never Land with Peter Pan, and Harry Potter could just go to Platform 9¾ whenever he needed to enter the wizarding world. Literature is full of examples of children who stepped (or fell. Or were dragged) into one of many different variations of fairyland..

Some children when they return are happy to have escaped alive. Most grow up and remember their adventure as a childhood daydream. A few get to stay in fairyland forever. Seanan McGuire’s Hugo-nominated novella Every Heart a Doorway is set in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a school for those travelers who’d do anything to go back.

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Binary System Podcast #86 – The Alice Isn’t Dead catch-up episode (…part 1)

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Binary System Podcast #86 – The Alice Isn’t Dead catch-up episode (…part 1)

This week Binary System Podcast is organized and on top of all the things! Hah, kidding, we’re still playing catch up. This week we recapped episodes 4 and 5 of the latest season of Alice Isn’t Dead, and still had time to talk about House of Cards, Iron Fist, Twin Peaks (…seriously, someone tell us, why do dudes think barfing scenes are hilarious?…) Jurassic World, and the totally unnecessary but really pretty boxes they sent with the Comic-Con badges.

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Review: The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth Book 2)

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Review: The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth Book 2)

Father Earth did not always hate life, the lorists say. He hates because he cannot forgive the loss of his only child.

The first book of The Broken Earth series introduced us to the earthquake-prone world of Stillness, plus the orogenes who calm earthquakes, and the Fulcrum Guardians who keep the orogenes in line. It was also where we met the orogene Essun, who lost her childhood family…and then her ties to the Fulcrum, and then her new family, and then another family after that, until all she has left is her dying former lover Alabaster and the impossible task that he’s just dropped in her lap…

…right after he cracked the world in half. As bad as things were in Book 1, in Book 2 they’re about to get much worse.

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Binary System Podcast #85 – The Night Vale catch-up episode (…part 1)

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Binary System Podcast #85 – The Night Vale catch-up episode (…part 1)

Binary System Podcast is back on schedule! Mostly! A little? Okay, not at all, because we’re way behind on our Night Vale Recaps. So this week you get two for one! Listen in as we race through Night Vale episodes #108 (“Cal”) and #109 (“A Story about Huntokar”) in 20 minutes and still manage to fit in some thoughts on The Originals, American Gods, Moana, and Twin Peaks!

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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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