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What Is Last Drink Bird Head? That’s the catalyst editors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer provided to over 80 writers in creating this unique anthology. The result? Last Drink Bird Head is a blues musician, a performance artist, a type of alcohol, a town in Texas, and...

Sydneysiders are being warned that a huge dust cloud will continue to affect the city through the day, after they woke to an eerie red dawn this morning. The huge dust storm which has settled over the city was carried east overnight by gale-force winds of...

I'd never heard of this before, but (even if no one sounds too confident about it existing) it sure is cool: Nemesis is a hypothetical red dwarf star or brown dwarf, orbiting the Sun at a distance of about 50,000 to 100,000 AU, somewhat beyond the...

"His [Martin Pug] image of the Horsehead Nebula in Orion was awarded first prize in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2009 from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The winning entry was taken over a period of 19 hours, over 14 nights, in a...

Out of idle curiosity, I watched the first two episodes of True Blood, the HBO vampire series set in Louisiana. It's actually not bad, I thought, though the episodes I saw drifted from being interesting to being cheesy, quite often in the same scene. Most of...

Patrick Swayze may be dead, but there are still songs about his b-grade films: It's not as good as the Die Hard song, but I'm starting to think I could make a miked tape of bad eighties flicks turned into songs. (crossposted)...

This morning, my old seek.com.au account sent me a potential job advertisement, this one as an intelligence officer for ASIO. I actually did give it thought, if only because fiction has made it sound so very glamorous. I thought of the women I'd meet, the people...

I last read Ben Peek's yet unpublished "Beneath the Red Sun," in which he does a masterful job of splicing alternating narratives and, in a way, reversing the chronology of the story while surging forward. It's also uniquely Australian in flavour, which is a rare...