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CYBERPUNK READS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

The world of science fiction and fantasy has a new Grand Master: William Gibson. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced on Jan. 8, 2019, that Gibson had been named the 35th Damon Knight Grand Master for his contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Gibson has been called the father of cyberpunk, coining the word “cyberspace” in his short story “Burning Chrome,” which later became the novel Neuromancer in 1984. Gibson also wrote the short story “Dogfight” with one of our own Serial Box authors, Michael Swanwick, in 1985. For more from Swanwick, read our serial The Witch Who Came in From the Cold. In honor of Gibson, we picked some of our favorite cyberpunk books of the 21st century.  Trouble and Her Friends by Melissa Scott One of the quintessential and award-winning novels of the cyberpunk genre returns in a striking new edition. India Carless, alias Trouble, managed to stay one step...Read More >

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Building our 2019 TBR stacks!

The new year is here and we’re pumped and ready for all the new books! 2019 is shaping up to be an epic year, particularly for anyone that loves to read. Without further ado, here’s our list of some of our most anticipated fantasy releases of 2019.  Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore. “Here we shall begin to tell a story: a tale of a throne lost, of monsters and magic. A tale of gods and of the shadow realm. But this, our story, it begins in our world, in the land of mortals.” The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty, small town in...Read More >

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Let’s talk about serials!

In this course we will learn about the history of serialized fiction and some of its more noteworthy manifestations, the most recent being, of course, Serial Box—the new digital publisher bringing episodic fiction into the modern era.

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‘Tis the Season

If you’re planning to travel this holiday season you’re likely to find yourself with a lot of time on your hands. So if you’re the driver and you’re tired of your own playlists or—if you’re a real masochist—the radio, we’ve corralled a few of our favorites for you to listen to, both fiction and nonfiction. And if you’re not the one at the wheel, we’ve got a couple of things you could watch. Because what’s better for traveling than serial content, which is a lot easier to drop when you finally reach your destination (and pick up later when you need to recuperate from having to deal with all those comments about your job and weight and, well, literally everything else)?

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We wish we could send you pie 🥧 😍

Happy almost Thanksgiving! (Unless you live outside the U.S., in which case, Happy Nondescript Wednesday!) Are you ready to fill your ears as well as your plates? Because we have a special treat for you. Sadly our tech team said there wasn't a way for us to send you pie, but we have the next best thing: serials!

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Excelsior!: Ever Upward

This Monday, we lost one of the most influential creators in modern media, Stanley "Stan Lee" Lieber. The co-creator of such characters as (with Jack Kirby) the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor (and Larry Lieber), Iron Man (and Larry Lieber), X-Men, and Black Panther; Daredevil (with Bill Everett); Doctor Strange and, of course, Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko), it's hard to overstate how much he and his collaborators changed the face of comics and the cultural landscape.

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What’s your narrative comfort food?

When the world’s got you down, there are a few things you can do. You can fight back, for sure, but whether you’re trying to keep up your strength or simply survive, it’s also important that you take care of yourself. And of course, when we’re looking for a break from the world, we turn to stories. 

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Win 1 of 5 season passes for SILVERWOOD!

We're giving away FIVE season passes of our brand new horror serial, Silverwood!

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An Optimistic Apocalypse

There’s something reassuring in stories about the end of the world. Not the end of the world itself—that part’s usually a serious bummer. But as long as the story doesn’t end there, it means that, somehow, someone survives.

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It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.

This coming Saturday is Hobbit Day, as both Bilbo and Frodo Bagginses were born on September 22nd (of course, in different years). This has us thinking about how Tolkien's fantasy races have influenced writers and storytellers for decades, for better or for worse. (Probably both.)

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Join Us for a killer Serial Event

We’ve got exciting news for you today about an upcoming Serial Box event that’s unlike anything we’ve done before: one day, ten episodes, one strange, spooky story.

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Boldly partying where no one has partied before.

On this date in 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 1 space probe. Counterintuitively, Voyager 1 launched sixteen days after Voyager 2, but the two probes have close enough birthdays, all things considered, for us to think of them as twins.

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