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Wil Wheaton Narrates the Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free Audiobook

Info CoverWriter Cory Doctorow has taken it upon himself to produce the audiobook edition of his book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.

According to Doctorow’s blog post, actor Wil Wheaton served as the narrator for this project. It also features “a mixdown by the wonderful John Taylor Williams, and bed-music from Amanda Palmer and Dresden Dolls.”

McSweeney’s released the hardcover version back in November 2014. Both Palmer and her husband Neil Gaiman wrote forewords for this project. (via Neil Gaiman’s Tumblr page)

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Humble eBook Bundle Returns with Cory Doctorow & Cherie Priest

The Humble eBook Bundle has returned, letting readers pay what they want for a science fiction collection worth over $70. The video embedded above explains how the bundle will help support both authors and charity.

Readers have two weeks to buy the bundle that includes Little Brother by Cory DoctorowBoneshaker by Cherie PriestSpin by Robert Charles Wilson and Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. Last year, the first Humble eBook Bundle counted more than $1 million in sales. Check it out:

If a buyer decides to pay more than the average at the time of purchase, they will also receive: The Last Unicorn: Deluxe Edition by Peter Beagle, the fantasy classic, now stuffed with a ton of extras. Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton, an honest and heartfelt memoir by the well-known Star Trek actor . We’ve been working hard to make sure all of the books are available DRM-free in PDF, ePub (open ebook standard), and MOBI (Amazon Kindle) formats, suitable for a wide range of eBook readers, mobile devices, and desktop computers.

Wil Wheaton Narrates Book Trailer for Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

Mulholland Books has released a slick book trailer for comic book writer and author Warren Ellis‘ new book, Gun Machine.

Author and actor Wil Wheaton narrated the trailer, Jim Batt directed and Ben Templesmith drew the illustrations. Without actors or expensive location shoots, the trailer conveys the surreal scene that inspired the story.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

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Rotten Tomatoes Disables Comments on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

After commenters left a series of abusive comments and death threats over negative The Dark Knight Rises reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, the site has shut down comments on the film. Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity wrote a long post about the controversy.

Check it out: “If a critic often goes against the majority, but has well-reasoned arguments, it’s unlikely we’re going to ban them, at least not just for having a different opinion. We’re not looking for groupthink here … We’ll ban you for threats and hate speech — we’re trying to have fun here, so (to quote Wil Wheaton) don’t be a d***. And don’t try and argue about your right to free speech — this is a business, and we have the right to refuse service to anyone we feel like.”

He hinted that the network will move to a Facebook-based commenting system, forcing readers to identify themselves. “You’ll have to stand by your comments, just like a critic does,” he explained in the post. Online threats against reviewers could potentially harm all kinds of criticism. In the spirit of preserving independent criticism, we’ve linked to all the unfavorable reviews of The Dark Knight Rises below…

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Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi Star in Fan Fiction Contest

scalzibig.jpgTo raise money for the Lupus Alliance of America, authors John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton have teamed up with Subterranean Press for a fan fiction contest. To enter, you have to write a 400 to 2,000-word story exploring the mythological event pictured here (after the jump, view a much larger version).

All kinds of stories will be accepted, except slash fiction. The winner will earn 10-cents a word for the story, take home a set of Subterranean Press books, and get published in a special eChapbook with stories by Scalzi, Wheaton, Catherynne Valente and Patrick Rothfuss. Deadline is 11:59 pm EST on June 30, 2010. Read all rules and submit here.

Here’s more about the picture: “[W]hat is Wil Wheaton doing astride a unicorn unicorn pegasus kitten, in the INFAMOUS clown sweater, aiming a spear at an Orc version of me? … neither Wil nor I know how we got to the point where we are in the picture. We are open to theories. Theories in the form of fanfic. That’s right: We’re looking for fan fiction which explains what the holy hell is going on in that picture. Because if ever a work was made for fan fiction exegesis, it is the image above.”

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