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The Big Bang Theory: A Writer’s Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

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Coming just in time for the holidays, Smart Pop is working with George Beahm on an updated edition of Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory. Including brand-new chapters on Big Bang’s leading ladies Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, a fully up-to-date section on the supporting cast and guest stars (with new entries on LeVar Burton, Alex Jensen, George Takei, Siri, and more), and a revamped annotated glossary on the SFF, pop culture, and other miscellany mentioned throughout the show, the updated Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory is the most comprehensive Big Bang Theory companion, perfect for fans who want more of Sheldon, Leonard, and the gang.

To whet your appetite for the upcoming book release and new season, …

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Assorted Geekery

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Get the geeks in your lives something they really want this year.

Here are our ideas for all of the Shadowhunters, Potterheads, and Demigods on your shopping list–and more.

Percy Jackson

  1. Demigods and Monsters [shameless self-promotion]. Spend a little more time at Camp Half-Blood with this anthology of your favorite authors discussing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Edited by Rick Riordan, it also contains a glossary of Greek mythology.
  2. Camp Half-Blood Gym Bag. Don’t forget to pack your sword!
  3. Anaklusmos T-Shirt. Don’t feel bad about drawing your pen in this tee. Your foe has been warned.
  4. Demigod Copper Bracelet. This bracelet is just the thing for your favorite Demigod.
  5. The Lightening Thief Mini Book Locket. Take your favorite

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Joss Whedon

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All we want for Christmas is for our favorite Joss Whedon shows to stop getting cancelled.

Clearly Santa isn’t listening. Here are our suggestions for consoling all of your still-broken-hearted Browncoats.

  1. The Psychology of Joss Whedon [shameless self-promotion]. Revisit the worlds of Joss Whedon with trained psychologists at your side in this unauthorized exploration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. Looking for other reading material on Joss properties? Check out these other Smart Pop titles: Seven Seasons of Buffy, Five Seasons of Angel, Finding Serenity, Serenity Found, and Inside Joss’ Dollhouse.
  2. Buffy Cup Set. The perfect vessels from which to spread the Buffy Kool-Aid.
  3. Iron Man Cufflinks. For the Iron Man or

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Anne McCaffrey and Pern

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In Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern universe, we like to imagine Santa’s reindeer battling Threads right alongside dragons between making holiday gift deliveries. 

If going to the mall this time of year makes you wish you could go Between just to get some breathing room, fear not. All of these gift ideas can be delivered right to your doorstep (maybe a dragon will even make the drop off).

  1. Dragonwriter. Our recently released tribute volume to Anne McCaffrey and Pern is edited by Anne’s son, Todd McCaffrey, and includes pieces from Anne’s friends, family, and colleagues, and an insert of Pern color illustrations by Michael Whelan. A must-have on any Pern collector’s shelf.
  2. Sky Dragons. Catch up on the Pern series with this latest

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Fanfiction and Fandom

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If you wish you lived in an AU where the holidays don’t exist, well, we can’t help you there.

But we can least make the gifting portion of the season as painless as possible. Just think of us as your shopping beta.

  1. Fic [shameless self-promotion]. Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, by Anne Jamison and with a foreword by Lev Grossman, is a brand-new Smart Pop release that explores the misunderstood world(s) of fanfiction. Get it for the significant other or parent who doesn’t really get your fic habit, but wants to–or for the fic reader or writer who’d appreciate the excuse to fall in love with fanfiction all over again.
  2. Excuse Me While I Fangirl Out Keychain. We do

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Hunger Games

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Between that white beard and a name like “Snow,” the citizens of Panem probably thought they were getting a Santa figure for president.

Little did they know his favorite celebration is the Hunger Games. Bring some much-needed holiday cheer to your favorite Panem-ites with these goodie ideas.

  1. Mockingjay Knee-High Socks. Fashionable and practical for wearing to archery training.
  2. The Hunger Games Miniature Book Necklace. Take your favorite book wherever you go. (If you prefer Catching Fire or Mockingjay to the first book, they’re also available.)
  3. Victor Earrings. Show your District 12 pride.
  4. Peeta’s Pearl Necklace. Take a page form Peeta’s playbook and give your Katniss this keepsake locket.
  5. Spinning Quote Ring. Featuring the quote, “Every revolution begins with a spark,”

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: HBO’s Girls

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The only white, powdery substance we’ve seen so far on Girls is not really of the winter wonderland variety.

Though that’s one idea for a gift, if you’d like to keep your presents more on the legal side, here are some alternative options of which we’re sure Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna would approve.


  1. Girls Deborah Lippman Limited Edition Nail Polish. Maybe your best friend is a  Shoshanna and loves nail polish, or maybe you just really like the name “Virtuous Vivid Violet.” Either way, this Girls-inspired nail polish collection has a color for your needs and friends.
  2. DIY Phone Case. If you’re in the midst of writing your first book and, like Hannah, find yourself strapped for cash, this budget-friendly

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A Girls giveaway that’s not just for girls

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girls-guide-giveawayWe’re partial to all of our books here at Smart Pop, but every so often a book comes along that has a little something extra special about it. Next week, one of those extra special books will be newly available: The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York: Inside the Cafes, Clubs, and Neighborhoods of HBO’s Girls. It’s easily the prettiest book we’ve ever published, with a glossy color interior that’s chock full of illustrated maps and photos, and at an adorably petite 5 x 7 trim, it’s just the right size to slip in your purse for a trip to your favorite coffee shop, or even all the way to New York. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the interior pages!

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A Catching Fire Giveaway

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere is only days away, and we couldn’t be more excited for the chance to return to Panem. To celebrate the premiere (so many movie premieres this month!) we’re giving away two prize packs of Hunger Games goodies, each containing:

To enter to win, tell us in the comments below which character you’re most excited to see in Catching Fire. Entries must be in by midnight on Tuesday, November 26, EST, and we’re accepting U.S. and Canadian entries only, …

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Ender’s Game is almost out! We’re celebrating with a giveaway

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enders-world-giveaway-graphicTomorrow marks the official release of the long-awaited film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic Ender’s Game. To celebrate it being almost out (!) we’re giving away some Ender’s Game-related goodies that we thought you would enjoy:

To enter to win, tell us about one of your favorite Ender’s Game moments in the comments below by midnight on November 7, EST. (U.S. or Canadian entrants only–sorry, guys!)

See you at the theaters!



We have a winner . . .

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 10.28.23 AM Congratulations, Cody! We’ll be in touch via email.

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