Read This: Nightbird

Read This: Nightbird

Nightbird by David Busboom is an entertaining, richly written debut novella that I wish were a full-length novel. The language is evocative, the premise interesting, and the plot straightforward without being predictable. Isaac, the first-person narrator, describes his deflowering by a mysterious woman, and what becomes of his life because

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BioGenome Project Aims to Sequence Life on Earth

BioGenome Project Aims to Sequence Life on Earth

An international group of scientists would like to see the genomes of all complex life on Earth sequenced and cataloged, with the goal of saving endangered species. The Earth BioGenome project would take an estimated decade to accomplish and cost roughly $4.7 billion. But if it works, the genetic sequences

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Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War | 10-Year Legacy Featurette

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War | 10-Year Legacy Featurette

Are we ready?      

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King Kong Coming to Broadway

King Kong Coming to Broadway

Really, who among us has not thought that King Kong would make a terrific Broadway show? Now, it’s about to happen. The first human actors have been cast in the upcoming musical set to open next season. Christiani Pitts will play Ann Darrow, while Eric William Morris will play Carl

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Starz Cancels Ash vs Evil Dead

Starz Cancels Ash vs Evil Dead

The deadites win this time. Starz announced that Ash vs Evil Dead will be cancelled at the conclusion of the show’s third season—on April 29. Ash vs Evil Dead brought back Bruce Campbell as the dim but enthusiastic Ash Williams to continue the mayhem of the original Evil Dead film

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Under the Shadow: Djinn and Personal Demons

Under the Shadow: Djinn and Personal Demons

Under the Shadow, an Iranian horror film released quietly in the U.S. in 2016, is low-key, creepy, and tantalizingly  unresolved. Set in 1980’s Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, writer-director Babak Anvari’s story of an evil djinn’s grip on a family works largely through the power of suggestion, with a few

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Rare Dinosaur Tracks Found in Scotland Add Details to a Lost World

Rare Dinosaur Tracks Found in Scotland Add Details to a Lost World

Dinosaurs once roamed across Scotland, and left the tracks to prove it. Fossils from this period are rare, so the tracks are an important part of understanding how the giant dinos got around and which environments they could get around in. The original find on the Isle of Skye in

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Tolkien’s Fall of Gondolin Coming in August

Tolkien’s Fall of Gondolin Coming in August

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin will be published for the first time on August 30, 2018. Edited by Christopher Tolkien, this HarperCollins edition will collect the various versions of the story to present the narrative and its development. Alan Lee will once again provide illustrations. According to the Tolkein

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Baboons Escape Research Facility by Climbing Out

Baboons Escape Research Facility by Climbing Out

Shades of Planet of the Apes–four baboons escaped from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute last Saturday by using a barrel to get over the fence. The San Antonio facility houses its 1,100 baboons (which are used for disease and drug testing by the Southwest National Primate Research Center) in an

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“The Gunny” R. Lee Ermey Has Died

“The Gunny” R. Lee Ermey Has Died

R. Lee Ermey, the acid-tongued gunnery sergeant from Full Metal Jacket, has died. He was 74. “The Gunny” began his acting career after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps, landing roles that made use of his military background. Ermey was a technical advisor to Francis Ford Coppola on Apocalypse Now,

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