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Zita the Spacegirl, Amelia Cole, And the Exciting Growth Of Girl Adventure Comics

Zita the Spacegirl, Amelia Cole, And the Exciting Growth Of Girl Adventure Comics

Last month saw the much anticipated release of sequel volumes to two of indie comics’ most imaginative titles: Amelia Cole and the Hidden War and The Return of Zita the Spacegirl. The success of these independent comics, along with more mainstream titles like Marvel’s Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel, DC’s Harley Quinn, and Image’s Rat Queens, is rapidly disproving everything we thought... »

A Web, Not a Road: The Anthropology of Margaret Mead

A Web, Not a Road: The Anthropology of Margaret Mead

There is hardly a name in science more encrusted with bad faith generalizations and well-meaning but ahistorical hagiography than that of anthropologist Margaret Mead. In her time, she was to anthropology what Carl Sagan was to astronomy – a brilliant and irreverent popularizer who inspired a new generation of scientists even as she earned the undying enmity of the passing one. Praised as the most... »

Today, I Solved the Internet

Today, I Solved the Internet

How many relationships have been damaged due to misinterpreted intentions over text? How many jovial musings mistaken for malicious trollings in comments? How much sincerity has been confused with sarcasm, and vice versa? Lots. Today, I stumbled upon a solution. The Elcor, an alien race from the Mass Effect series, are monotone. They express emotion through a variety of pheromones and body languag... »

Happy Birthday to Us and Free Stuff to You

Happy Birthday to Us and Free Stuff to You

I wrote and published a fantasy novel, partly due to the support offered by the members and readers of this blog. Last year, I though I would show my thanks by giving away my novel for free during our anniversary week. While it may be disappointing to get the same present twice, stop whining. It’s our birthday, not yours. This is your loot bag. But to make this celebration a little more fun,... »

Here Be Invisible Dragons

Here Be Invisible Dragons

One recent evening I was browsing my Twitter timeline and I saw a wonderful and glorious thing. Friend of The Lab, Jocelyn Oudesluys (AKA: Quarksparrow), had made a children’s book adaptation of Carl Sagan’s Invisible Dragon story from his book, The Demon Haunted World. I proceeded to share it with my fellow Lab contributors at which point we all flipped out. You can read Jocelyn’... »

Cursebrand – Chapter 19

Cursebrand – Chapter 19

This is the nineteenth chapter in an ongoing fantasy novel being released part-by-part, almost every Thursday. To start reading from the first chapter, click here. For the previous chapter, click here. For an explanation of why there is a novel being published on this site, click here. Chapter 19 Brand found his feet and sunk his spear into the creature to ensure its death before kneeling and clas... »

Cursebrand – Chapter 18

Cursebrand – Chapter 18

This is the eighteenth chapter in an ongoing fantasy novel being released part-by-part, every Thursday. To start reading from the first chapter, click here. For the previous chapter, click here. For an explanation of why there is a novel being published on this site, click here. Chapter 18   Felisia quickly lost her enthusiasm for being Brand’s minder.  The first few days of her duty, she had... »

Cursebrand – Chapter 17

Cursebrand – Chapter 17

This is the seventeenth chapter in an ongoing fantasy novel being released part-by-part, every Thursday (except for that bit around Christmas where we skipped a couple weeks). To start reading from the first chapter, click here. For the previous chapter, click here. For an explanation of why there is a novel being published on this site, click here. Chapter 17 Brand hauled the skiff loaded with ba... »

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