Michael Swanwick

Author

Michael Swanwick (guest author) has received the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy and Hugo Awards. He has written nine novels, 150 short stories, and countless flash fictions. His latest novel, Chasing the Phoenix, is available from Tor Books. FloggingBabel.blogspot.com.

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The Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 1 Recap

Need a refresher as you get ready for Season 2? We have you covered with all the details and drama that happened in Season 1! Be warned: here there by spoilers.

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Awards Eligibility

Serial Box is so proud of all of the fantastic fiction we published in 2016! Should anyone be inclined towards award nominations, here is a complete list of our eligible items.

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New Episode! Bookburners S02 Ep11: “Shock and Awe”

The day of reckoning arrives for Team Three.

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Codex Gigas: The Devil’s Bible of Czechoslovakia

Let's celebrate the end of our #ColdWitch research journey with a very special Bookburners crossover edition of Cold Witch History Lessons. Let's take a look into the Codex Gigas, also known as the Czechoslovakian Devil's Bible.

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Transport Yourself to Late 60s Prague with these Gorgeous Videos

Strap on your helmets and let's spend this Sunday traveling through time into the world of "The Witch Who Came in from the Cold."

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Pražský Orloj: Prague’s 600 year-old Astronomical Clock

This cursed astronomical clock will tell you almost anything, except for the time of day.

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Inside a Soviet Nuclear Depot from 1960s Czechoslovakia

In the 1960s, Nikita Khrushchev commissioned the construction of a giant underground bunker near the Czech town of Misov, located southwest of Prague and less than 40 miles from the German border. Some say that the site was such a guarded secret that it is not even known whether nuclear warheads were actually ever placed there, though many have surmised that the bunker was fully operational during the Cold War. So, what's left of the nuclear bunker? Take a look at these great photos!

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Rectal Kits, Cyanide Spectacles, & Lipstick Guns: Even More Cold War Era Spy Gadgets

As any real agent knows, inconspicuous accessories are some of the most important gear a spy can carry. Now, who can truly say they've never dreamed of owning a gun disguised as lipstick? James and Jane Bonds of the world, eat your heart out.

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Czech Film Posters of the 1960s and 1970s

During the post-Stalin period, cultural institutions were given a new life and, fueled by increased cultural import, artistic experimentation grew dramatically throughout the country. This growth was particularly apparent in Czech film poster design, lasting even past the Prague Spring and up to the fall of the USSR. Take a look at some works by our favorite graphic designers of the era.

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Smuggling Jeans Behind the Iron Curtain

"There is more power in blue jeans and rock and roll than the entire Red Army” --Régis Debray

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Espionage Target: You!

Want to learn the art of Cold War espionage? Need to guard some Very Important Secrets? Wow, do we have a video for you!

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Microdot Technology and Compression Reading

Microdot encryption, a spy favorite, refers the reduction of a text or an image to the size of a small disc, often the size and shape of a typographical dot, such as a period or the tittle of a lower-case j or i. This encryption technique was primarily used to prevent detection by unintended recipients, particularly when conveying sensitive or classified materials.

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