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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - June 18, 2008

It's easy to say there is something Dickensian about "The Court of the Air" (Tor; $25.95) by Stephen Hunt. But this British steampunk novel does have its evocative elements.

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Tapping on fake instruments and screeching into microphones connected to video game consoles has become lucrative for both the music and gaming industries.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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