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10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books—but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them.
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Daniel Bryan's Yes! Is The Worked Shoot Of Wrestling Books

Late in Yes!, the new memoir from the great pro wrestler Daniel Bryan, there’s a moment where Bryan comes to an epiphany about what he’s doing in the WWE—the place where he’s been employed since 2009: “I came to the realization that what we were doing in WWE was no longer pro wrestling,” he writes. “Instead, what most… » 7/31/15 11:21am Today 11:21am

The Complete Guide To Every Single Terminator, From T-1 To T-3000

Most of us just know a few of Skynet’s most famous killer cyborgs. The T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The T-1000, made of liquid metal. But there have been a stunning 15 models of Terminator, from Cyberdyne and Skynet, as featured in the movies, TV series and games. Here’s our complete guide to all the… » 7/01/15 4:22pm 7/01/15 4:22pm

The Wachowskis’ Sense8 Is the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted

Critics seem unsure whether Sense8 is a masterpiece, a disaster, or both. But it’s still a game-changer—pushing the limits of narrative, and testing genre fiction’s patriarchal worldview for weak points. And with a concept that revolves around empathy and personhood, it’s also a great Philip K. Dick tribute. » 6/23/15 3:57pm 6/23/15 3:57pm

11 Incredible Secrets About The Making Of Back To The Future

Back To The Future turns 30 this year — and this fall, Marty McFly arrives from the past. And a new book travels back and reveals a wealth of info about this legendary film. We read We Don’t Need Roads by Caseen Gaines and dug up 11 things you never knew about Back to the Future. » 6/17/15 5:29pm 6/17/15 5:29pm

A Complete Guide To The Mythical History Of Westeros

Long before the events of Game of Thrones and George R. R. Martin’s fantasy books, Westeros was home to magic and strange, sinister creatures. We’ve only just started to glimpse this backstory on the show, but the books contain lots of hints. Here’s our complete guide to the fantastical past of this grim world. » 6/09/15 4:28pm 6/09/15 4:28pm

On Game Of Thrones, Remaining True To Yourself Is The Worst Lie Of All

A few characters face terrible choices in this week’s Game of Thrones. They pretty much all choose expediency over principle. In the midst of all this, one character says these choices should be easy as long as you remain true to yourself. But that’s the most insidious lie of all. Spoilers ahead... » 6/08/15 1:00pm 6/08/15 1:00pm

10 Reasons The Velociraptors Are The True Stars of The Jurassic Trilogy

Everybody loves Jeff Goldblum. And the T-Rex’s roar and water ripple in Jurassic Park are iconic for good reason. But there’s only one true star of the Jurassic trilogy: the Velociraptors. They’re the best villains, and what the stupid people in the park should fear most of all. Here are 10 reasons that Velociraptors… » 6/05/15 5:00pm 6/05/15 5:00pm

One Thing the Game of Thrones TV Show Does So Much Better Than the Books

As an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Game of Thrones TV series will always be compared to its source material. Given how beloved the books are, the show can usually only match them, more often falling short. But there’s one way that the show is kicking the books’… » 6/02/15 4:28pm 6/02/15 4:28pm

Take A First Look At Ernest Cline's Armada... And Win A Signed Copy!

Ernie Cline took the world by storm with his video game epic Ready Player One. Now he’s back with a brand new novel Armada — with a premise that will sound very familiar to fans of The Last Starfighter. Read the first chapter, right here — and we just gave away 40 signed copies! » 6/01/15 4:57pm 6/01/15 4:57pm

On Game Of Thrones, Recruiting Followers Is Hard...Unless You're A Wight

Last night’s Game of Thrones was a welcome return to form. It was also a weirdly structured episode: Half a series of vignettes about faith and learning to read people, and half a rip-roaring apocalyptic action movie. But it was all tied together by the contrast between single-minded zombies and undependable humans. » 6/01/15 2:03pm 6/01/15 2:03pm

How To Get Into The Witcher Novels

If you play video games, you might be familiar with The Witcher. But before Geralt of Rivia dazzled gamers in CD Projekt Red’s series, he was the star of Polish writer Andrzej Sapowski’s hit fantasy novels. Want to know more about the literary origins of the Witcher? Here’s everything you need to get started. » 5/21/15 3:00pm 5/21/15 3:00pm