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April Fools!

It’s that time of year again, and we definitely have some doozies this go around!

Definitely science fiction, though probably not as far-off as we think:
Google partners with NASCAR to create the first autonomous race car!

Did you find any other science fiction and fantasy related April Fools jokes I may have missed? Post ’em in the comments, and thanks in advance!

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Female Readers and Sci-Fi

John Carter of Mars movie posterApparently plenty of people still think women are less interested in science fiction than men. I was dismayed to read this question in a recent interview of Christy Johnson (chair of the Millennicon sci-fi convention that just took place this weekend): “Most people have this idea that science fiction is a ‘guy thing.’ How does the convention combat this idea?”
And this is not just word on the street. Hollywood recently demonstrated epic marketing fail when it decided to remove “of Mars” from the title of the John Carter movie because it might somehow “turn off” female viewers.

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Escaping Into Speculative Fiction

People read science fiction and fantasy novels and watch the latest superhero and scifi movies for myriad reasons. In a future post, I’d like to look at the various purposes of science fiction and fantasy, but for now, let’s just focus on one of the big reasons people read speculative fiction — for entertainment and escape.(13/365) Want to escape... by Sarah G. (Flickr)

Science fiction and fantasy novels usually transport us to alternate worlds, time periods, even dimensions. We follow people whose lives aren’t similar to our own (cubicle dweller?), even if they started out that way. And the situations these characters find themselves in… well, I assume most of you don’t often fight evil sorcerers, leap over tall buildings in a single bound, or face impending doom if an asteroid’s course isn’t corrected.
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