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As July 12th grows ever closer, my excitement to see Warner Bros. & Legendary Pictures' "Pacific Rim" grows ever more as thoughts of mechanized behemoths tearing through other-dimensional monsters fills my head. Read on for a guide to all manner of "Pacific Rim" merch!


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by Alison H. Mayer

Experience the end of the world through the eyes of a meth addict in Peter Stenson's "Fiend"! We've got your exclusive first look at the novel that's part addiction drama, part love a whole lot of zombies!



This week marks the release of "Turbulence," a novel about costumed crime fighters, Bollywood starlets, and indestructible geniuses by author Samit Basu. After the jump, check out an 8-page excerpt from the book, which is available now from Titan Publishing.


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As a response to a call to boycott the movie adaptation of his classic sci-fi novel "Ender's Game," author Orson Scott Card -- known opponent of gay marriage -- released the following statement to EW:


Kleefeld's Fanthropology: FanFic–Where's the Brotherly Love?

I'm in the middle of reading "Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet," a collection of essays on (obviously) fan fiction edited by Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse. The essays range a bit in the specific aspects of fandom writings they cover, from examinations of the authors to the editors (i.e. readers) to the literary techniques that are frequently employed. I don't claim to know everything about fandom, so I'm always looking to learn more and books like these are fantastic.



By Kevin M. Brettauer

The watchman, he lay dreaming
The damage had been done
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
And he tried to tell someone.
- Bob Dylan, “Tempest”

The works of the recently deceased Richard Matheson, who passed away at the age of 87 on June 23rd, were infectious.



By Josh Wigler

Now that Warner Bros. has run out of stories to tell with the Boy Wizard, they're setting their sights on the Boy Detective.


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Author Richard Matheson, whose work in the science fiction and horror genres left an indelible mark on pop culture, passed away Monday at age 87.



CBS’ much-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “Under the Dome” premieres tonight at 10 p.m., and we’ve got a whole series of interviews with the talented cast playing the unfortunate souls trapped by “The Dome” in the small town of Chester’s Mill.

Up first is Mike Vogel, a veteran of A&E’s “Bates Motel” along with such series as “Pan Am” and such films as “Cloverfield” and “The Help.”  Vogel has one of the major roles in the book, of mysterious new guy in town Dale “Barbie” Barbara – who, like everyone has a few secrets of his own.  We talked to Vogel about his inspirations for “Barbie,” what to anticipate on the show, and more.



Fans of Stephen King already know that the author began writing his tremendous (and tremendously entertaining) "Under the Dome" over thirty years ago, but put the novel aside because he felt he couldn't handle the logistics of having an entire town trapped in a giant "glass" prison cell. Before he finally finished the tome, he took a second crack at the material during the filming of he and George Romero's "Creepshow." That incarnation was called "The Cannibals" and according to King, was inspired by real life circumstances:



By Amber Lena

Rogue Touch is an alternate origin story, filling in the gap between when a scared Anna Marie runs away from home and ending, presumably, not long before she encounters Mystique in Marvel's X-Men comics. Told entirely in the first person, it’s a look at Anna Marie’s internal monologue as she comes to terms with the burden of her ability as she truly falls in love for the first time. To all you diehard Rogue/Gambit fans out there, beware: tether your ship to the dock or risk not enjoying what is a very romance-heavy novel.

Much like The She-Hulk Diaries, Rogue Touch is more of a romance with light action than anything else. It all begins when Rogue, still going by Anna Marie, unwittingly harms yet another person with her powers. Forced to go on the run from the law, a stranger who has been hanging around town shows up at her apartment and whisks her away, seemingly on the run himself. It is soon revealed that James, also known as Touch, is keeping just as many secrets as Anna Marie and soon they’re being hunted by both the police and otherworldly forces. Read More...

By Amber Lena

'The She-Hulk Diaries' is a whole new take on the tall green lady in the pleather bodysuits that has graced the Marvel universe since 1980. In a series of diary entries penned by her human counterpart, Jennifer Walters, the reader gets insight into what it’s like for Hulk’s cousin as she struggles to come to terms with her two very different lives. While meant to showcase She-Hulk as a strong, female character, the novel often loses sight of its lofty feminist goals in favor of taking on the tone of a casual romantic comedy. Though this book is a light, fairly entertaining read, it lacks focus in both content and tone, ultimately leaving the reader confused.

There are a few things immediately established about Jennifer Walters which are repeated throughout the book: she is a wildly successful lawyer who has found herself unemployed, she needs to find a new place to live, and she wants a boyfriend. She wants a boyfriend so much that she writes more about her potential romantic interests and past hookup than she does about the amazingly fascinating case she gets assigned. While, in all fairness, her romantic pursuits turn out to be crucial to the overarching plot point, a reader looking for intense action and a highly detailed conflict will be disappointed. For the most part, the set-up is overly drawn out and the resolution is rushed—what should have been some of the most dramatic scenes in the book are cut short, making for a whole lot of build-up without much payoff. Read More...


What happens when a high-tech antihero gets tossed into a low-tech world? That's the premise of author Danie Ware's "Ecko Rising," out this week from Titan Books.

And after the jump, we've got an exclusive preview!



by Katherine Erlikh

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the Book Expo America 2013 at the Javits Center. While I have previously attended comic book and anime conventions both big and small, this was my first time at a book convention. It was certainly a very startling and different experience. The BEA is the largest book trade convention in the United States. Publishers, authors, booksellers, teachers, librarians and dedicated readers flock to the expo annually, seeking the panels, new readers, autographs and freebies.

I had very few expectations, but I was thinking it would be similar to New York Comic Con (which also takes place at the Javits). Even though it was quite different, and at times I felt a little lost, I had a great time at the event.



Outer space invaders! Vampires! The bloody 3,000 Year War which leads to the events of the novel/animation/manga phenomenon "Vampire Hunter D" begins here in this excerpt from the recently-released novel by horror novelist and series creator Hideyuki Kikuchi ("Demon City Shinjuku," "Wicked City").


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