This Browser Extension Will Help You Read Paywalled Science Papers for Free

Probably the suckiest thing about science is the fact that lots of the time you can’t read the research yourself. If it’s not open access and you’re interested, either you shell out 35 bucks for a pdf, email someone asking for it, or settle with listening to some dummy like me interpret the results peppered with…

Get Will McIntosh's Debut Novel Soft Apocalypse For Only 99 Cents!

We’ve praised Will McIntosh’s futuristic action and thought-provoking premises in novels like Love Minus Eighty and Burning Midnight. His topics range from cryogenically preserved brides to other-worldly horror. But his debut, Soft Apocalypse, is a fascinating vision of a slow collapse of civilization—and now, it’s…

The 'Harry Potter Effect': Books for Young Readers Got 115 Percent Longer in the Past Decade

It’s not just your imagination—kids’ books are getting longer and longer. Booklist’s Briana Shemroske surveyed middle-grade books (aimed at grades three-eight) and found their average page length was 290 in January 2016, up 115 percent from 2006—and up a staggering 173 percent from 1976.

Kazuo Ishiguro Has a Brilliant Response to People Who Think Genre Fiction Doesn’t Matter

If a primary task of fiction is to explore the human experience—who we are and what we mean to each other—then the fantastic and unreal must surely be key elements in that exploration. But plenty of people still claim that fantasy and other genres are less “real” than purely mimetic fiction. And Kazuo Ishiguro has the…