We Are Living In the Cyberpunk Future of 1984: William Gibson at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY

The Pandora Society heads to Lexington, Kentucky, to meet Cyberpunk godfather, William Gibson.

Mafia: Survival Game

We’ve all seen childhood games taken and turned into big budget flops (alas, poor Pac Man), but sometimes the pastimes of our youth turn into something not only new, but worthwhile. When I was a kid, the most popular game at sleepovers, lock-ins, and dull afternoon hang-outs was a game called Mafia (or Werewolf, depending […]

“Hollow World” – Book Review

Do you like your time travel novels light on the quantum physics and with a side of philosophy? Are you a fan of adventure sci-fi writers such as H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs? Do you enjoy reading novels that include elements of controversial subjects but are not, themselves, a subject of controversy? If you answered […]

Where Fictional Gods Reside: The House on the Rock

The House on the Rock is a real place about an hour west of Madison Wi, that I write about in American Gods, and I had to tone down my description of it and leave things out in the book in order to make it believable. – Neil Gaiman

If the author of the Sandman comics, Coraline, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Neverwhere, and several other dark fantasy/horror works believes that a place needs to be “toned down” to be believable, the creator of that place must be doing something right. The House on the Rock, which provides the inspiration for one of the settings in Gaiman’s novel American Gods, is a regional Wisconsin tourist attraction that opened in 1959 and is still operating today. Even more interesting than a house that boasts attractions like a room designed to look like it stretches to infinity, a 200 foot sculpture of a whale and giant squid fighting to the death, and the world’s largest indoor carousel, is the story of its creator.

Three Must-Read Time-Travel Novels

Time Travel fiction is one of the oldest and most celebrated genres of science fiction. Even more intriguing and impossible than space travel, time travel appeals to us on a very personal level. What if you could undo your past mistakes? What if you could foretell the future? What if you could rewrite history? Finding […]

Virtual Revolution – Gaming Takes the Big Screen

The line between reality and virtual reality shrinks with every passing day. Although science fiction has addressed computer games many times in the past, recent inventions in the gaming world and the public’s growing acceptance of “extreme” gaming lifestyles has sparked new ideas. After his short film “Cassandra” won dozens of awards and appeared in […]

Women of Awesomeness: Pandora

The myth of Pandora’s Box is one of the more well known ones. For those of you who might not be as familiar with it I’ll give you a brief summary. In Greek mythology Pandora is the very first woman placed on the Earth by the gods; she is given a box by the gods […]

This Day in History – February 11th, 1938

R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play in the Czech language by Karel Čapek. R.U.R. stands for Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots). However, the English phrase Rossum’s Universal Robots had been used as the subtitle in the Czech original. It premiered on January 25th, 1921 and introduced the word “robot” to the English language and to […]

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