Posted by Stubby the Rocket

Game of Thrones in space

George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones (more officially, A Song of Ice and Fire) is an irresistible blend of modern-day allegory, fantasy, lewdness, and dragons. So we were wondering…would the uniqueness of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world translate if you switched the genre to science fiction?

The answer must be yes. After all, the elements of A Song of Ice and Fire themselves could translate easily into a spaceship story: A series of planetary systems instead of kingdoms… One of them having control over a vast “Iron Fleet”… A dark and cold threat that no one seems to be paying attention to… A Wall made of black holes or star-fire or a condensed Oort Cloud… Dragons that are basically still dragons but they can breathe, fly, and shoot fire in space…

Okay, we’d read that in a heartbeat. But perhaps that story is already out there?

  • “The Expanse” series by James S. A. Corey is the first series that comes to mind when considering an overall comparison. (And reviews for the TV show are quick to dub it “Game of Thrones in space”.)
  • In terms of political inter-family intrigue, Ian McDonald’s “Luna” series seems to be shaping up as a worthy successor. It’s only two books along, but is already being compared to Game of Thrones.
  • And for those looking for the more fantastical elements of A Song of Ice and Fire, but set in space, it would be eyebrow-raising not to point out that Anne McCaffrey’s classic Dragonriders of Pern already got there, well before A Song of Ice and Fire ever existed! (Dragonriders was even being considered for a screen adaptation back during the networks and producers were rushing to have their own GoT-style hit.)

These are great starting points for this question, but that can’t be everything. Time for some book recommendations! What other space-based science fiction might scratch that Game of Thrones itch?

Posted by Emily Asher-Perrin

Valerian trailer

If you’ve been feeling at sea lately because no film since Jupiter Ascending has been interested in feeding you hyper-pigmented super pretty space times, you only have to wait until July! Luc Besson (of Fifth Element fame) is bringing you an adaptation of the graphic novel Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets.

There’s a team, a mission, lots of action. We get bonus Clive Owen and super-bonus Rihanna:


Also one of those cute tiny aliens. And all the weird clothes. And ships. And stars.

Valerian will hit theaters on July 21st.

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Posted by Not Always Learning

High School | Germany

(At my school, if you miss a class, you have to fill out a form with the periods you missed and get it signed by the teacher(s). Those under 18 have to have a parent sign it, but if you are 18 or over, you just have to sign the form yourself. I had been ill and I go to my math teacher so he can sign my form.)

Teacher: “What’s that?” *points at my signature*

Me: “Uh… that’s my signature.”

Teacher: *looks at me suspiciously* “It looks weird.”

Classmate: “Sir, it’s just her signature. It’s just a little squiggly.”

Teacher: “Show me your signature.” *hands me a piece of paper for me to sign*

(I sign the piece of paper. He still looks suspicious, but lets it go. Later:)

Classmate: “Did he think you forged your own signature?”

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Double sided HEMNES shoe storage

Take 2 Hemnes shoe cabinet from IKEA.

HEMNES shoe cabinet


Cut the feet. Place them back to back.

Remove the top.

Then replace the top with a piece of wood of your choice.

Cover the sides with a piece of wood.

Double sided HEMNES shoe storage

That’s it.

~ by Florent, FC Renovation.

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Posted by Eric Berger

Blue Origin

Even as Blue Origin has talked up its ambitions to build a larger New Glenn rocket this year, the company also continues to finalize work on its suborbital space tourism vehicle, New Shepard. On Wednesday the company's founder, Jeff Bezos, released some illustrations of what the experience might look like from inside the capsule.

The images show six leather, recumbent seats arranged around the interior of the spacecraft, and each seat features a large window view and a small personal view screen to track the flight. Passengers are wearing Blue Origin pullovers, apparently their "launch suits." The images also show a brightly lit console in the middle of the capsule—but this isn't a table or an in-flight service bar, it's the capsule's escape motor. The company demonstrated the functionality of this feature with a dramatic in-flight escape test last October.

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Posted by Peter Bright

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Note: After a rather long wait, the Surface Book with Performance Base is finally coming to the UK (and France and Germany). Pricing starts at £2250 for a Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD, scaling up to £3150 for 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. You can pre-order now, but deliveries don't start until April 20.

The review below was originally published on November 10, 2016. Note that the original Surface Book is being heavily discounted right now (between 10 and 20% off), so the price difference between the two models is much larger than in November last year.

Most of the PC OEMs have refreshed their Skylake systems to include Intel's new Kaby Lake chips. Kaby Lake parts are for the most part drop-in replacements for Skylake parts—same chipsets, same power envelopes and cooling requirements—and some manufacturers have taken advantage of this fact. Dell's new XPS 13 is in most regards identical to the old XPS 13, for example, except for the processor swap. Some manufacturers have been a little more ambitious; HP's updated Spectre x360 adds Thunderbolt 3 and Windows Hello support as well as slashing the size and weight.

Microsoft, however, has gone for none of these routes. The Surface Pro 4 with its Skylake processor remains the current iteration of the company's productivity-oriented tablet and hasn't changed since its introduction. The Surface Book, the laptop that can do double duty as a tablet, also remains a Skylake system. But Microsoft has made an upgrade of sorts to the Surface Book range in the form of an even more expensive version that sits at the very top of the range: the Surface Book with Performance Base.

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([personal profile] tyger Mar. 30th, 2017 01:34 am)
So, today I've been trying to set up my raspi as a Terraria server for me and Azy, because why the hell not.

Run into two major obstacles: 1. I can't remember the passwords for the raspi. Do thing I know where I wrote them down, but I can't find THAT, either. Ffffff.

2. The router is being an ABSOLUTE BUTTFACE and REFUSING TO SAVE CHANGES. >E >E >E >E >E I don't know why, either! I'm doing what it says - hitting save, then resetting the router - but yeah, it Really Doesn't Want to do the thing. May have to SSH in and do it manually rather than using the browser interface. Which is annoying because gdi router you have ONE JOB. (But hey, guess who's super fucking glad they're learning about this shit anyway! Because if I hadn't been taking the networking class this semester I would be SO CONFUSED, as well as grumpy. ^^;;;)

Still, even if it's filled with roadblocks, it's at least forward movement, so that's good. :D

Posted by Lee Harris

Detail of The Great Day of His Wrath by John Martin

You have two choices: Join the enemy’s army or die.

Hm. Time for a third option?

Brian McClellan, author of the brilliant Powder Mage trilogy, has written a new military fantasy book for to be released in 2018: War Cry.

On the high plains, war is life.
Teado has been a part of the war effort for as long as he can remember. His childhood was spent in the aircraft and ammunition factories until his power manifested. Now he is on the front lines, fighting the great war as one of the monstrous shapeshifting wizards that are all but extinct after decades of battle.
Behind enemy lines, Teado’s special operations platoon plays a deadly game of cat and mouse, sabotaging and demoralizing the enemy. But food is scarce. The enemy has pushed their main forces back further and their requests for resupply have gone unanswered. They will make one last dangerous bid for survival and, maybe, change the course of the war forever.

Brian’s editor, Justin Landon said:

“No one does fantasy and technology better than Brian McClellan and War Cry continues that legacy. I’ve been a fan of his for years and it’s surreal to be working with him now. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Credit: Emily Bischoff

Credit: Emily Bischoff

And Brian had this to say:

“I’m delighted to be on board with Justin Landon is one of the first friends I made at a convention after becoming a professional author, and I’m very excited to finally work with him on a project.”

Brian McClellan is an American epic fantasy author from Cleveland, Ohio. He is known for his acclaimed Powder Mage Universe and essays on the life and business of being a writer. Brian now lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, Michele, where he writes books and nurses a crippling video game addiction.

War Cry will be published by in ebook and trade paperback formats in 2018 and was acquired by Justin Landon and Lee Harris from Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates.