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Audible has announced the release of an exclusive audio-original story written by bestselling Science Fiction writer Larry Correia, specifically for actor Adam Baldwin (who you undoubtedly know from Firefly) to perform. Apparently, there are “fantastic and outrageous Easter Eggs throughout”.

The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent is available as a free download until June 21st 2016. The synopsis reads:

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don’t let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated “Number One in Customer Satisfaction” for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

But now Tom faces his greatest challenge yet. Despite being assigned the wrong – and woefully inadequate – intern, Tom must still provide quality customer service to multiple alternate Earths, all while battling tentacle monsters, legions of the damned, an evil call center in Nebraska, and his archnemesis, Jeff Conundrum. Armed with his Combat Wombat and a sense of fair play, can Tom survive? And will Jimmy the Intern ever discover his inner insurance agent?

It’s time to kick ass and adjust claims.

Pfft. I was sold at Adam Baldwin and “Inderimensional Insurance Agent” even before revelations like “Nazi dinosaurs from the future” “Combat Wombat” and “free”.

Download this audiobook right this instant.

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No matter how advanced technology gets, there’s something special about reading a book the old fashioned way. As the name implies, these laser cut metal bookmarks from CoolBookmarks are, well…cool.

They have bookmarks for everyone from geeks to pet-lovers, so I have a feeling you’ll spot one you like.

Check out more examples below.

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One thing that makes Peter Capaldi’s turn as The Doctor so delightful is that he is probably the most hardcore Doctor Who fan that has ever been in the role.

As if you needed more evidence of his supreme Doctor Who geekdom, Capaldi recently attended an exhibit at the Cartoon Museum in London honoring art from the classic Doctor Who stories published by Target books. The books we a touchstone for many classic Who fans who wanted to revisit episodes that had already aired or were no longer available.

As you’ll see in the video below, there’s something special about listening to Capaldi and Moffat talk about what both the stories and artwork mean to them.

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Harry Potter fan Meredith McCardle had a brilliant idea for decorating a wall in her home.

Did I mention that she’s an author? Because that fact begins to put this project into perspective.

Using a projector she borrowed from an elementary school, McCardle traced the first page of Harry Potter on her wall then painted each letter with a high quality paint so she wouldn’t have to do a second coat.

Simple. Genius. I love everything about this idea.

Check out more pics below.

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Today is Alien Day—a celebration of the sci-fi horror franchise that first graced theater screens in 1979. The day (4/26) was chosen as a nod to moon LV-426, where the xenomorphs were first discovered.

We’re celebrating by giving you an exclusive clip from Audible’s new audio drama Alien: Out Of The Shadows which stars the likes of Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter).

Take a listen in the player below.

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Andy Weir, author of The Martian, recently did an interview with Smithsonian Magazine. A lot of subjects were touched upon, including the plot of his next book. What will it be about? Oh, y’know, just a crime spree on the moon.

Like The Martian, the science featured in the book will be grounded in reality—as proper sci-fi should. According to Weir, the hero will be a female criminal who lives on the moon and commits some wacky crimes:

I’m certainly not trying to make a point by having a female lead. She’s just a character I came up with that I thought was cool, so she’s the lead.

The book is another scientifically accurate story. The main character is a low-level criminal in a city on the moon. Her challenges are a mix of technical/scientific problems, as well as juggling personal interactions—staying a step ahead of the local police, working with shady and dangerous people to do illegal things.

She doesn’t encounter any distinctly “female” challenges. There’s no love plot. And the story takes place in a future society where there is practically no sexism.

We have neither a title nor a release date for the new book, but one thing’s for certain: It will probably make for wonderful reading.

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Arguably one of the best episodes of Steven Universe and one of the biggest turning points for kids’ programming on TV was an episode titled “The Answer”, which told the story of how the gem fusion, Garnet, came to be.

Along with the tale being a heartwarming love story with classic tropes (the aristocrat falls for the commoner, the two elope and create something new) the episode, which focused on two gems named Ruby and Sapphire, was groundbreaking in its portrayal of a same sex relationship in a children’s cartoon.

Now, the wildly popular episode and its heroines will be returning in the form of a children’s book written by series creator Rebecca Sugar and illustrated by Elle Michalka and Tiffany Ford.

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A memorial event was recently held in England to note the first anniversary of beloved fantasy satirist Terry Pratchett’s death. A lot of news came out of the event, including a film adaptation of the Discworld novel Mort and another film based on Wee Free Men being helmed by Rhianna Pratchett, the late author’s daughter and writer of the recently-rebooted Tomb Raider series.

But perhaps the most exciting news is that Good Omens, the pre-apocalyptic comedy Pratchett co-penned alongside Neil Gaiman, is being adapted as a six-part TV miniseries – and Gaiman himself is personally overseeing the adaptation.

It’s a huge change of heart for the American Gods author. Previously, Gaiman had told Pratchett’s assistant Rob Wilkins that he would not be involved in an adaptation:

Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together. Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration.

However Gaiman changed his mind when he was presented with a letter, written by Pratchett, intended to be read after his death.

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The Mouse Guard comic, written and illustrated by David Petersen, is about to become a little more squishy and colorful.

David Petersen is teaming with Skeleton Crew to create new Sadie and Lieam plush as well as partnering with Archaia for the first ever Mouse Guard coloring book.

See Also: More Awesome Coloring Books For Adults

The coloring book is 96 pages with over 50 highly detailed illustrations of the characters, cities, and environments across the Mouse Territories.

As for the plush…they’re coming soon. A sneak preview is available below.

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After the viral success of his Evil Dead-inspired short comic “The Littlest Deadite” last year, artist and writer Sean Hughes has launched a Kickstarter campaign to extend the original concept into a full book for children.

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