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WorldCon 75, Scott Lynch; photo by Jana Blomqvist

Some authors manage to grasp you by the collar and never let go, and Scott Lynch is one of those. With his stories often described as “Ocean’s Eleven, but fantasy,” Lynch has proved to be top-notch at writing exemplary characters, as well as fantastic plots and plot twists. When his name appeared on the WorldCon 75 guest list, we knew that we couldn’t let the week go by without having a few words with him.

WorldCon 75, Robin Hobb; photo by Jana Blomqvist

As one of the most well-known female authors working within the fantasy genre, Robin Hobb stood out on the WorldCon 75 guest list as one of the authors to whom we were most interested to speak. With the final installment of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy recently released back in May, we took a few minutes to talk to her about writing worlds, diverse characters, and more.

Based on an interview by Alisa Nirman on 3.10.2016

We Are Scientists released their fifth studio album, Helter Seltzer, in the spring and have since been touring with a packed-full schedule around the US and Europe, including number of cities in the UK and Germany. I had a chance to sit down with singer/guitarist Keith Murray and bassist Chris Cain at Berlin's Lido club before a gig, and talk about the nature of independent rock today, social media and – of course – cats.

Based upon Marvel Comic's most unconventional anti-hero, "Deadpool" tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers adopts the alter ego 'Deadpool'. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, 'Deadpool' hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Maps to the Stars (K16)

While the arrival of a new David Cronenberg film las century would signal often startling observations in body horror, recent year have seen the Canadian director expand his repertoire considerably. Some, such as History of Violence have been superb; others, like 2012’s Cosmopolis have been more perplexing than transcendent examples of cinema. Here Cronenberg continues unperturbed towards new frontiers, in a searing take on Hollywood. Boasting a cast that includes Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson, Cronenberg weaves numerous stories together as a true master of satire. Teenagers returning from rehab, personal assistants, self help gurus, aging Hollywood starlets and limo drivers all come together in what promises to be the director’s most satisfying piece in a number of years.