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A Magic Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft

Last weekend, when I visited famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s grave in Providence, Rhode Island, I found these Magic: The Gathering cards leaned against his tombstone. Presumably a tribute to the novelist, whose tombstone reads “I am Providence,” these “Providence” cards say, “There is power in prayer, regardless of who…

Why People Get So Worked Up About ‘Canon’

Last week, the news emerged that director Neill Blomkamp’s recently confirmed Alien movie will wipe away the series’ less celebrated sequels and will pick up the story of Ellen Ripley from James Cameron’s Aliens. “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens,” Blomkamp…

The Quantum Thief: An Excerpt

The Quantum Thief: An Excerpt

The Quantum Thief, released in the UK last year and in the US this month, is a heist story set in a future of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people communicating by sharing memories, and a race of hyper-advanced humans who originated as massively multiplayer online role-playing game guild members.