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So you guys may remember the name Annalee Newitz. I mean, she only-co-created io9, and ran it as editor-in-chief from 2008 through 2015. So I thought you may be interested in reading a preview from Autonomous, her first novel, which bestselling scifi author Neal Stephenson describes thusly: "Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the Internet."

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Look, guys. This spring's offering of books is huge. Huge. We're not even going to suggest reading all of these, unless you yourself are some kind of alien or wizard capable of stopping time. However, we've gathered a stellar assortment for readers of all tastes to choose from, including a wide range of fantasy, science fiction, horror and short stories.

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After long years of research, your efforts have paid off: the archaeological site you're digging in has turned up a stash of rare, striking bones, no doubt the beginning of a groundbreaking discovery. Only then, you find the KFC wrapper, revealing that this "ancient burial ground" is just the leftovers of someone's lunch.

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On April 14, the first teaser for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Last Jedi was released. In the trailer, Rey says she sees "light", "darkness" and "a balance". While this is par for the course in a galaxy far, far away (a Jedi's oft-stated purpose is to maintain the balance of the Force), what threw most audiences for a loop is Luke's final words in the trailer, that he only knows "one truth. It's time for the Jedi to end."

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Stephen King is the undisputed master of horror. He's an incredibly prolific writer, penning over 56 books under his own name alone, and is one of the most adapted authors alive, with over 120 adaptations of his books, scripts, and short stories on film and television. In those thousands of pages, there have been more deaths than anyone could count — until now. After scouring every one of King's novels, films, mini-series, and collections of short fiction, here are the 28 worst deaths in the Stephen King canon.

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Sidekicks. Always there to lend a helping hand, or sword, or wand, as the case may be. A hero is nothing without his or her sidekick, but these companions rarely get the recognition they deserve. A few second bananas may get the spotlight on occasion — your Robins, your Chewbaccas, your Igors — but they all originated in comics, films, or on TV. This list is for the truly forgotten, the most overlooked of the overlooked. Here is a ranking of the top 10 best science fiction and fantasy sidekicks that originated in books.

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Dr. George Church is a real-life Dr. Frankenstein. The inventor of CRISPR and one of the minds behind the Human Genome Project is no longer content just reading and editing DNA — now he wants to make new life. In Ben Mezrich's latest book, Wooly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, Church and his Harvard lab try to do the impossible, and clone an extinct Woolly mammoth back into existence.

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The crew of the Serenity never made it to Earth on the show or the movie. But what if they had? And what if they only did insanely cute things while they were there? These are the tough yet super-adorable questions being asked by illustrator Joey Spiotto in his new book Firefly: Back from the Black, and we have an exclusive first look.

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Based on the approximately four hundred hours of Next Food Network Star that I have seen, I gather that it's hard to properly describe food to someone who can't actually taste it. This apparently isn't a problem for George R.R. Martin, who inserts long and varied food descriptions everywhere in A Song of Ice and Fire. These are the best ones.