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V.22 No.49 | 12/5/2013

Idiot Box

Jason and the Anglophiles

“Atlantis” on BBC America

A shameless mashup of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Game of Thrones” comes to the boob tube.

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Book Review

Farewell, My Metaphysic

Something More Than Night

Ian Tregillis’ genre-warper Something More Than Night isn’t quite your typical mystery. For one thing, it’s set in Heaven, and the VIP who got himself rubbed out just happens to be the angel Gabriel.
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V.22 No.47 | 11/21/2013

Book Review

Covenant’s Courage

The Last Dark: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

In this final book of the series, Thomas Covenant must traverse a near-apocalyptic world in hopes of defeating the evil entity Lord Foul.
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In Memoriam

RIP Jack Vance

The cusp of the demon is the iPad in your lap

jackvance.com

If you said “Jack who?” you might want to know George R.R. Martin once called him the greatest living science fiction writer and a master of fantasy “right up there with Tolkien.” That’s right, buddy, Tolkien. Unfortunately, as of Sunday, May 26, 2013, he no longer qualifies as living and will have to settle for merely being the greatest.

Carlo Rotella’s overview of Vance’s significance as a writer in The New York Times Magazine is probably the best thing I’ve ever read about him. I suggest you read it too. “The Eyes of the Overworld” (from the second Dying Earth book) is a prescient and deeply ironic metaphor for this avatar-obsessed virtual non-life we’re cultivating as a race of touchscreen and phone addicts. And this, 40 years before FaceBook. It’s also hilarious. Thank you, Jack Vance, for just being you.

V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011

Arts Feature

Five Seven Five

The winners of our 19th annual Haiku Contest

It wasn’t easy editing the results of our 19th annual haiku contest. Below the winners wax poetic on subjects ranging from “APD” to “Erotic” to “Breaking Bad.”

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V.20 No.34 | 8/25/2011

Culture Shock

Bubonicon, Steampunk Style

A totally killer schedule is in place for Albuquerque’s annual, homegrown festival of science fiction and fantasy. The theme of this year’s convention is steampunk, which we at the Alibi are crazy about [Feature, “Full Steam Ahead,” July 21-27]. There’s a costume contest on Saturday night, a discussion on “Steampunk Definitions: More Than Victorian Clothing,” a make-and-take workshop with gears, and vendors selling corsets, cloaks and all the other bits and bobs to fulfill your mechanical-wonder needs.

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news

The Daily Word in Madoff’s pants, hand hearts and whiskey

Family of civil rights lawyer Mary Han says police botched the investigation of her death.

Los Ranchos may get a plastic bag manufacturing plant that operates 24 hours a day.

Guv sent out letters to see whether immigrants with driver’s licenses still live in the state. She says more than a quarter of them were sent back by the post office.

Bernie Madoff’s pants can house your iPad.

Carlsbad is running out of water.

Tonight, Republican candidates will debate in Iowa. Gawker’s got your predictions.

More people are getting their tattoos removed.

Cybersex 2.0

The secrets of hand hearts revealed.

Robotic exoskeleton. Yhuuuuuusssssssssss.

Underwater volcano to erupt near Oregon.

American distillers may be rushing whiskey. Crisis?

An investigative report on the use of drones.

The top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books.

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