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Erotic Twilight Fanfic Duo Nabs 5-Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

Congratulations, writers of Beautiful Bastard, you just got a five-book deal for creating hot, steamy Twilight fanfiction.

Seriously though, good on them.

We previously reported fanfic authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (who go by the pen name Christina Lauren) had landed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster for their workThe Office. That was reworked into Beautiful Bastard, which will be released February 12, 2013, and a second book, Beautiful Stranger, will come out May 28, 2013. The premise, as written by The Hollywood Reporter:

The Office, which reimagined the Edward Cullen-Bella Swan relationship as a steamy love/hate romance between a boss and his assistant, was one of the pioneers of the Twilight fanfic genre, generating more than two million downloads, before being taken offline by the author in 2009…Beautiful Bastard tells the story of the whip-smart Chloe Mills, an intern at a company who is about to earn her MBA and embark on successful career, but finds her herself caught up in a steamy love/hate relationship with her ‘exacting, blunt inconsiderate’ boss Bennett Ryan.”

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If Websites Existed In “Game Of Thrones”‘ Westeros

Caldwell Tanner didn’t use HBO’s Join the Realm website to create these unique House Sigils. Instead, he came up with his own designs for what popular websites might hang from their proverbial castle walls if they lived in the world of “Game of Thrones.” And we decided to join in on the fun. Look at the House Sigils and mottos from Twitter, Wikipedia, The Mary Sue, and more! Read more…

In Which I Am Pretty Darn Sure That Most Gamers Are Fine With Female Protagonists

Last week, the Penny Arcade Report interviewed Jean-Max Morris, creative director of the upcoming female-led game Remember Me. After going into the game’s cyberpunk roots, Morris discussed the publishers who wanted nothing to do with a female protagonist. “We don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed,” he paraphrased. “You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.”

As the article made the rounds, I couldn’t help but notice what gamers were getting excited about elsewhere. Tomb Raider had just slipped to number two in the UK sales charts, after two weeks at number one. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm had already sold 1.1 million copies in its first two days. Indie developer Supergiant Games, the folks behind Bastion, announced their new action RPG, Transistor, which features a leading lady. Their booth enjoyed two hour lines at PAX all weekend. I’m told that the lines for Remember Me were comparable.

I don’t think it’s gamers who have a problem with female protagonists. Read more…

Science Says “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye” To Songs That Get Stuck In Your Head

Science, always out there doing things like landing car-sized robots on the moon and then making twitter accounts for them, or discovering the particle responsible for matter having mass and then shutting down for “upgrades.” What has it ever done for you, personally these days?

It’s good to see some scientists tackling the important issues, like how to get rid of a song that’s been stuck in your head.

Unsurprisingly, researchers have found that the most effective way to get a song out of your head is to perform a mental task like solving a puzzle. Specifically, they used anagrams and Sudoku. You’ve got to hit something of a sweet spot, though. Read more…

Science Blogger Shocks Internet With Obvious Indication Of Her Gender

If you’re a Facebook sort of person, you might be familiar with the page I Fucking Love Science and its PG-13 counterpart Science is Awesome, both run by the same person. Or you might be familiar with the pages, but not the person. I say that because apparently many of those who like the page and follow its posts had no idea of the identity of Elise Andrew, an English blogger by way of Canada. Which, in and of itself is no bad thing. Though Andrew hasdone interviews before and mentions her gender in the page’s About, IFLS and SiA are both written in a general style without out much personal interjection from her, and certainly everybody has a right to release only so much info as they want to on the internet.

What’s notable, or perhaps depressingly mundane, about the reaction to a recent post in which Andrew plugged her Twitter feed, the avatar of which is a picture of her face, is the number of people who A) were excited to share their shock that a science blog was run by a woman or B) figured this was license to share their opinion on her relative attractiveness. Read more…

5 Reasons To Love The 11th Doctor

Doctor Who returns at the end of the month, meaning Matt Smith is going to get all adorable up on our TV screens every Saturday night for the rest of the spring. Life is good for a Whovian. But for long-time David Tennant fans, their love of the 11th has been slow and at times, tempestuous. Sure, he’s not as controlled or as clever, but he’s sweet and thoughtful and more honest about his affection.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the show and the impending return at the end of the month, I’ve compiled five reasons lovers of the 10th should forget that drip and make room for the 11th in their hearts. Read more…

“Star Trek” Needs A Gay Character And Here’s How To Do It

I love “Star Trek.” I don’t think there’s any franchise more central to my geek life. There’s a lot of unreal universes out there that I enjoy learning about, but I’m sure there’s none that I would more like to actually live in than the optimistic idea of our future that is “Star Trek.”

The ’60s-produced original series included a woman of color bridge officer who was cited as an inspiration by Mae Jemison (who became the first black woman in space) and Whoopi Goldberg (who ended up a “Star Trek” star herself). The more recent series’ increased speculative-science focus led Stephen Hawking, on a visit to the “Next Generation” set, to say “I’m working on that” when passing the warp core prop.

There’s so much to feel positive about in “Star Trek,” and over the decades it’s generally done a fine job of showing us how we could, and should, be. But there’s one particular area of social justice that the franchise has failed to live up to its standards on, and it remains a blight on the series in my estimation. I’m talking about the fact that there has never, despite years of promises and false starts, been an openly gay or lesbian character in the canon “Star Trek” universe.

But I have a proposal to change that. J.J. Abrams, if you’re listening, I think you should make Sulu gay. Read more…

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Tampon Delivery Service!

Well you can get just about everything else delivered to your door, why NOT tampons?

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there, right? Out of tampons just when you need one the most, ie, Aunt Flo has arrived. I make it a point to always keep one in my purse just in case I, or a friend, needs one but being left in the lurch does happen. So it’s actually surprising it took so long for a tampon subscription service to pop up. Actually, there’s three. Read more …

Daenerys Demands George R. R. Martin Tell Her Who Wins “Game Of Thrones”

Not that I’m ready for it to end anytime soon but yes, I am anxious to know how George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series ends. These characters have been through a lot and I’m rooting for more than one to “win” the Game of Thrones. But who will it be? Actress Emilia Clarke wants to know too.

Thanks to Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister on the series, we know ”Game of Thrones” will be getting a fourth season. We sort of assumed as much anyway since HBO split the third book in half for the upcoming third season but it was a relief nonetheless. It means we’re that much closer to seeing Martin’s entire book series, which isn’t even finished, translated on screen. But Clarke would appreciate it if Martin would spill everything to her about Daenerys Targaryan. She spoke with Metro News:

“I’ve said to George ‘come on, tell me who wins, please!’ And he thinks I’m joking and I say, ‘no, no, I’m deadly serious!’ His lips are sealed. And I’m sure that David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] know but they don’t tell anyone –I’ve got them drunk and they still wouldn’t tell me.

I’ve been pleading with them, ‘tell me who wins!’ And they won’t say a word. They’re under lock and key. ! But I care passionately about what happens to Dany. How could I not?” Read more…

President Obama Confuses “Star Trek” And “Star Wars”

We’ve previously confirmed the United States has the geekiest administration in history but earlier today we found out we might have been duped! President Barack Obama is not a “real” geek as we assumed but a horrifying Fake Geek Girl!! While speaking on his sequester plan, the President was asked why he can’t force Republicans and Democrats to cooperate by locking them all in a room together. He replied, “The fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi Mind Meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.” Big mistake, Mr. President. Read more…

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