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Has tech given us a dark future?

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Is the future broken?

Maybe not, but by many measures the present is. Over the past couple of years, the networks and devices that we’ve come to rely on for our information, consumption, and social interactions have had their toxic underbellies exposed: Social networks have been twisted by fake news and filter bubbles, the constant ping of notifications on screens has shortened attention spans and created addictions, and it sometimes seems all the big tech companies are determined to erase every trace of privacy left in the world. Read more…

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’13 Reasons Why’ book author kicked out of group following sexual harassment allegations

13 Reasons Why author Jay Asher was expelled from a writing organization in 2017 due to violation of the organization’s sexual harassment policies.

As the #MeToo movement spreads to publishing, Asher’s name came up in the comments of a School Library Journal article on sexual harassment in children’s publishing. 

SEE ALSO: #MeToo founder is writing a memoir

“I find it bizarre and horrifying that nobody has named Jay Asher,” the anonymous user wrote. “I am equally horrified at hearing of his disgusting Twitter claims of being so very pro – #MeToo and #TimesUp. The irony is incredible, and belongs in an episode of Black Mirror.” Read more…

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The accidental library: Why Elon Musk launched books to space that could last 14 billion years

Humanity’s first-ever permanent space library was effectively founded this week, as the three books of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy blasted into the solar system.

The novels weren’t really expected to make it to space. They weren’t deliberately chosen. But they will probably be out there for millions of years, zipping around the sun, moving out past Mars 20 times faster than a bullet — and they almost certainly won’t be the last. 

SEE ALSO: Watching SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch to space was like seeing into the future

If you missed the news of the library’s launch, that’s probably because of the distracting packaging it was wrapped in. Asimov’s stories are on a quartz disk in a case aboard a cherry red Tesla Roadster, delivered to space by the SpaceX Heavy Falcon rocket.  Read more…

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MashReads Podcast: ‘The Immortalists’ is a page-turning look at mortality

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How would you live your life if you knew the day you were going to die?

That’s the question Chloe Benjamin’s characters face in the heart-wrenching novel The Immortalists, the second novel from the San Francisco-based author. The story follows the Gold siblings who, as children, take a trek through Manhattan to visit a psychic who convinces them she knows the day that they will die. 

During this week’s episode of MashReads, we discussed Benjamin’s engrossing book and whether or not knowing your personal expiration date impacts the life you ultimately live.  Read more…

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This video of a debut author unwrapping her first novel is super adorable

Unwrapping any book in the post is always a little bit exciting, but now imagine it’s your book that you actually wrote yourself.

Then imagine your reaction going viral on Twitter to the point where Stephen fricking King actually ends up retweeting it. That’s what happened to author Tomi Adeyemi on Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: I tried to write a novel in a month and now I have a publishing offer

Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is coming out next month. On Tuesday, Adeyemi received her first copy in the post.

Will be sharing a verrrrry special unboxing later…#childrenofbloodandbone pic.twitter.com/HZGs4p0Mop

— Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) February 6, 2018 Read more…

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YouTuber Kian Lawley will be cut from his next movie following racist remarks

YouTuber Kian Lawley, who had a starring role in the film adaptation of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, has been cut from the project after a video surfaced of him making racist remarks. 

Lawley was previously set to play the romantic lead opposite Amandla Stenberg and his scenes will have to be reshot.

SEE ALSO: Logan Paul’s YouTube comeback video is just as awful as you expected

“Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give,” a spokesperson from the film told BuzzFeed. “The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.” Read more…

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John Cena is jumping from the ring to the page with children’s book series

John Cena has just revealed his latest career pivot: becoming a children’s book author.

The WWE superstar-turned-actor will make his authorial debut with a new line of children’s books published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the imprint announced on Tuesday.

SEE ALSO: John Cena coached Hugh Jackman on how to give angry compliments

The books will center around a boisterous family of monster trucks named Elbow Grease, Pinball, Flash, Crash, and Tank. The first title to publish in the series will be Elbow Grease, a picture book that follows the titular monster truck, who is smaller than his four brothers but on a mission to prove that he has the guts, grit, and gumption to do big things. Read more…

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Librarians’ sassy display perfectly sums up the kind of questions they have to deal with

Did you ever read a book? Did it have, like, characters and a bit with some people?

SEE ALSO: I’m down on my knees, begging you please not to do this to your bookshelf

A Twitter user’s picture of a library’s ingenious solution to forgetful bibliophiles has gone viral, with over 36,000 retweets at time of writing.

When libraries troll their patronspic.twitter.com/Hn8a96f8je

— Blue Reflective Surface (@Metafrantic) February 4, 2018

For those asking! This is Framingham Public Library in Framingham, MA! (@FramPub)

— Blue Reflective Surface (@Metafrantic) February 5, 2018

We think this display speaks for itself. Check out our latest red displays in Fiction and Large Print. Admit it, we’ve all asked this question at one point our another#cityofframingham #framinghampubliclibrary #red pic.twitter.com/2e99QPDvej

— Framingham Library (@FramPub) February 5, 2018 Read more…

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9 short stories from female British writers you need to read before you die

Short stories may not take as long as novels to put together, but that doesn’t make them any easier to perfect.

SEE ALSO: I tried to write a novel in a month and now I have a publishing offer

Crafting a short story that really sings off the page — one that stays with the reader after the book’s been slotted back on the shelf — is no easy feat.

There are plenty of people who have one hell of a talent for it, though.

From libraries and hospitals to pressed roses and foot fetishes, here are some short stories from female British writers you badly need to check out. Read more…

1. “When the Door Closed, It Was Dark”, by Alison Moore (published in The Best British Short Stories 2011)

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‘Harry Potter’ books are still flying off the shelves with 500 million copies sold

The sun never sets on Harry Potter; the books are still going strong.

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It’s been over 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. Today Bloomsbury announced that sales of books in the Harry Potter series has exceeded 500 million copies.

The most popular book in the series is the first, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, although Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the fastest-selling fiction title ever.

An Amazon employee packs German copies of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

An Amazon employee packs German copies of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

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