A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release concerning seasonal illnesses to prepare for this fall listed H1N1 influenza, gastroenteritis, streptococcus pneumoniae, etc. but nowhere did it mention a deadly necrotic virus—triggered by the cumulative ingestion of a popular food additive found in everything from potato chips to chocolate to chicken nuggets—that inevitably results in zombieism! You could be turning yourself into a zombie right now—step away from that glazed donut...

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In January of 2009, I started a thread in the Fantasy and Science Fiction forum entitled “You Know You’re a Science Fiction/Fantasy Geek When…”. And while most forum threads are popular for a month or two and then slowly fade into the woodwork, this one has been going strong for more than a year with literally hundreds of posts and almost 10,000 views! So, in honor of this wildly popular and seemingly undying thread, here is an updated list of some of the most memorable posts over the last year! (And a big “thank you” to all of you who posted. I feel like a part of a tight-knit – and really eccentric – extended family!) Without further ado, this is what it means to truly be a science fiction/fantasy fan…

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Since Dead Witch Walking was released in 2004, Kim Harrison has published seven more Rachel Morgan novels – the latest, Black Magic Sanction, was just released a few weeks ago – and a handful of related short stories in anthologies like Dates From Hell and Unbound. And in those few years, she has not only revolutionized paranormal fantasy but also transformed a relatively niche category into a mainstream juggernaut. That’s quite a statement, I know...

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Explorations is back. I honestly never thought that I would ever say that again. When Paul Hochman called me up a few months back and hinted that Explorations might rise from the ashes once again, I almost cried. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a brief history of Explorations and why it’s so significant in my (and my family’s) life…

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