Weird, Weird West

Charlaine Harris has an almost preternatural ability to build a cosmos, and she's done it again with her latest book, the start of a new series: An Easy Death. Set in an alternate reality where FDR was assassinated and the Romanovs escaped the Bolsheviks, this rip-roaring western is full of violence and magic. Lizbeth Rose is…
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Novels of Indigenous Holy People

Among Nebula Award winners, Rebecca Roanhorse is unique: she is the first Indigenous American woman to win in a major category. Now, she has a full-length novel out: Trail of Lightning. Massive flooding has led to a post-apocalyptic world where the Navajo and their gods are enjoying a renaissance. Unfortunately, black magic and monsters are as…
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Top Picks: Will Smith Movies

I never get tired of seeing actor Will Smith, who turns 50 on September 25, play optimistic, good-natured heroes. The Philadelphia native is equally satisfying in action-adventure blockbusters and inspirational dramas. With star power that was evident way back when the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered, Smith is known for charisma, goofy laughs and engrossing escapes…
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A Century of Science Fiction Legend Arthur C. Clarke

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s birth on December 16, it's hard to say which of the foundational elements he contributed to science fiction is the most compelling. Clarke lived his life at the intersection of the genre, believing profoundly in the power of fiction to ignite the imagination while championing real-world scientific efforts…
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