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Book Review: 'How Star Wars Conquered the Universe'

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"How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise" ( Basic Books), by Chris Taylor Chris Taylor , deputy editor of the social media website Mashable, lets his geekdom shine with "How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise." Taylor tries to accomplish several things: He examines how the "Star Wars... more

Ebola Outbreak Revives Interest in 'The Hot Zone'

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NEW YORK (AP) — The current Ebola outbreak has revived interest in a 1994 book about the deadly virus: Richard Preston's " The Hot Zone." Preston's million-selling book is No. 7 on The New York Times' nonfiction list of combined print and e-books sellers that comes out Sunday. " The Hot Zone" is subtitled "a terrifying true story." Its admirers have included Stephen King , who called the first c... more

'Vape', 'Binge-Watch' Added to Oxford Dictionaries

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LONDON (AP) — Don't know what "vaping" is? How about "listicle"? Perhaps it's time to get to know them. Britain's Oxford University Press said Thursday it is adding the words — along with other new entries, from "time-poor" to "Paleo diet" — to its online Oxford Dictionaries to reflect new language trends. Editors for the site track and analyze some 150 million English words used online, in newspap... more

Book Review: ‘Blood Aces’

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"Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion , the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker" (Viking), by Doug J. Swanson Benny Binion , native of tiny Pilot Grove, Texas, began his career as a crooked horse trader, graduated to bootlegging, took over the policy racket in Dallas, broke into the big time by opening the Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas, launched the World Series of Po... more

Thriller Author Explores Drone Warfare, Spying

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It was the eeriness of the situation that struck Baltimore writer Dan Fesperman . Drone pilots for the Air Force would spend weeks watching what amounted to a real-life silent movie of a small town thousands of miles away -- all the while plotting the destruction of some of the inhabitants. Fesperman interviewed drone operators stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Ne... more

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