Thrawn: Alliances, Timothy Zahn's highly-anticipated follow-up to Thrawn, arrives July 24, 2018, and finds Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader joining forces for a secret mission. In StarWars.com's exclusive expert below, we find out just a little bit more about this mission - including its surprising location - and learn that this alliance may not be an easy one.Full Story
For those who need to know everything about a character in advance, there aren't any known ones that go by this name in the comics.Full Story
British princes William and Harry played Imperial stormtroopers in a small scene in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," but their battle royal never came to our theatres.
John Boyega, who plays Finn, revealed the royal roles back in November, but in a crowning bummer of a move, later said the princes' scene was cut.Full Story
"During the talks, I didn't get to see them in person, but we talked online. We signed a five-year contract in November," Han said. "And we launched the service in Korea on Feb. 1."Full Story
Deified by their Soviet readers from the 1960s on, the Strugatsky brothers-Arkady (1925-1991) and his younger sibling Boris (1933-2012) were not only the most popular and prolific Russian writers of science fiction, a highly respected genre in post-Stalinist Soviet culture, but its most daring practitioners.Full Story
No one really knows what aliens look like, but we all have similar ideas about them. It's often a creature with a big head, long arms and legs, and big, buggy eyes. We see these common images of aliens depicted in movies, books, and on TV shows - which are made by us.Full Story
It is sobering to realise that Kathryn Bigelow's $42m sci-fi noir Strange Days was released nearly a quarter of a century ago. It was a resounding flop, which no doubt convinced studios that women should not be allowed to direct the genre at all.Full Story
Actress Meryl Streep as Princess Leia? We don't know what you think, but someone's got a petition up. See below.
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For the first time since Revenge of the Sith in 2005, a new Star Wars movie will open in May - just in time for Memorial Day weekend, which can often be a very lucrative time for the film industry as schools begin their summer break. In fact, Solo's release date will mark the exact 41st anniversary of the original Star Wars: A New Hope's theatrical release on May 25, 1977.
The Star Wars franchise has prospered about as well as anyone could have imagined since the Disney ownership era began five and a half years ago. Kathleen Kennedy has successfully led Lucasfilm and the entertainment industry's top tier brand name through the course of three films thus far, amassing nearly $2.1 billion in North America and over $4.45 billion worldwide.Full Story
Last week, we learned that e-commerce giant Amazon, headed by $125 billion man Jeff Bezos, was going to spend $500 million on making two seasons of a Lord of the Rings TV show. Shocked and appalled, we stared with mouths agape, marveling that HBO only spent $100 on season 6 of Game of Thrones, its most expensive yet, and that only after the show had been around a while and proven its worth. What excess! What vanity! Surely it was not to be borne!
Well, it ends up that Amazon was just getting started. Now, the Financial Times reports that the company is going spend freaking $1 billion on a three-season adaptation of The Three-Body Problem, a popular science fiction novel series by author Liu Cixin. We were so naive last week.Full Story
Netflix has been launching a barrage of new science-fiction content lately, with original series like Stranger Things and Altered Carbon and new movies such as The Cloverfield Paradox and Mute pretty much taking over the channel. And they're continuing that trend with their next blockbuster, The Titan, which sees an attempt to colonize Titan, a moon of Saturn, after the Earth's resources become depleted. But could people really live on Titan, or is this purely the stuff of science fiction?
The film doesn't really make the case that Titan could support human life; at least not without some modifications. The movie stars Sam Worthington as an Air Force pilot who is chosen to undergo a military experiment that will turn him into a superhuman capable of surviving on Titan; since the climate theFull Story
Sam Worthington is a lifeless protagonist in a film about a government genetics experiment to evolve man into space. The 41-year-old Australian actor, has become something of a sci-fi mainstay. And despite his unimpeachably good looks, directors keep turning him into aliens, or quasi-human hybrids, or terminators.
Most recently, in the new Netflix release The Titan, Worthington plays a military man who's subject to an insane government-funded genetic experiment, causing him to lose his hair, shed his skin, and acquire, among other strange metamorphoses, bat DNA.
By the end of the film, he looks a lot like his character in Avatar, in other words far from the chiseled handsome actor he actually is. I have an idea why he seems to constantly be utilized - effaced, really - in such a way, and it's because Sam Worthington is perhaps the blandest actor alive.Full Story
Last November, Amy Leung Yuk-yiu began writing a science-fiction novel. She divided it into 80 episodes, each about 1,000 words long, and wrote one or two a day until January. Although it's set in Hong Kong, it's written in simplified Chinese because, as she explains, "Hong Kong is under Chinese control and I'm trying to target my audience".
Leung, a tutor in an international school, was inspired by Ni Kuang, Hong Kong's most famous science-fiction writer. Ni, who fled China in 1957, is probably best known as the creator of Wisely, his mystery-solving and alien-battling adventurer, whom he introduced to Hong Kong readers in a March 1963 column in newspaper Ming Pao. A constant theme in those stories is life as we know it being in danger of a hideous transformation by hostile invasionary forces. Some Hong Kong readers consider him highly prescient.Full Story
After the loss of Carrie Fisher, some fans believe the acclaimed Oscar-winning actress should step into the pivotal role. No one can truly replace Carrie Fisher, who played Princess and then General Leia Organa in the Star Warssaga. Fisher died at age 60 late in 2016, and filmmakers have already said they won't digitally re-createFisher's performance in Episode 9, due out in 2019.
But now there's an online petitiontrying to generate support for recasting Leia's character with Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep. On Friday, more than 7,900 supporters had signed the petition, which is aiming for 8,000 signatures.Full Story
Mark Hamill has weighed in on the great Star Wars viewing order debate. Since its humble beginnings in 1977, the franchise has grown exponentially over the past four decades and is now releasing movies on an annual basis under the Disney umbrella. To date, there are nine live-action instalments in the series with several more still to come. As of this writing, we're only two months away from the theatrical premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Episode IX follows shortly after.
With several films that explore various points in the timeline, every fan has their own preferred method when they sit down to marathon the movies. One way is to start with The Phantom Menace and work your way through the different eras of galactic history from the very beginning of the story. The "Machete Order" (which excludes Episode I and jumps between the originals and prequels) is also a popular option for viewers. In Hamill's mind, though, the best way to do it is to start with the movie that started it all.Full Story
According to Deadline, Carrington's death was confirmed by her sister Cathy Ellis who said she passed away in her sleep from "undetermined causes." Born on December 14, 1959 in San Jose, California, Carrington found a passion for acting after playing Sancho Panza in the play Man of La Mancha during her junior year of high school.Full Story
Based on fictional dinosaurs and squid, technology could protect soldiers and structures. Materials inspired by disappearing Hollywood dinosaurs and real-life shy squid have been invented by UCI engineers, according to new findings in Science magazine.
The thin swatches can quickly change how they reflect heat, smoothing or wrinkling their surfaces in under a second after being stretched or electrically triggered. That makes them invisible to infrared night vision tools or lets them modulate their temperatures.
"Basically, we've invented a soft material that can reflect heat in similar ways to how squid skin can reflect light," said corresponding author Alon Gorodetsky, an engineering professor. "It goes from wrinkled and dull to smooth and shiny, essentially changing the way it reflects the heat."Full Story
In a dream, a man is given 108 accurate predictions about the near future-but no forewarning of the disaster that awaits him. Everyone knows that if someone should appear from nowhere and hand you a magic lamp, you better think very carefully before you rub it. This is the problem confronting Charles Soule's hero in "The Oracle Year" (Harper, 402 pages, $21.99).
Will is a struggling musician, struggling because although he's good, he's not New York good. One night, he has a dream in which he is given 108 predictions about the future. And they start coming true. Some of them are trivial: a surprising turn-round in a football game, the number of babies to be born on a particular day in a Texas hospital, a hold-up at a given time at a particular...Full Story
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The job listing in question was recently published on EA's jobs site. It's for the position of lead online engineer in Burnaby, at EA's Vancouver studio, and it makes no attempt to hide what applicants will be working on. The opening sentence reads, "Lead a team to deliver Online features for a Star Wars Open World project."Full Story
Diamandis is a serial entrepreneur who's founded the XPRIZE entrepreneur competition series, the tech research center Singularity University, and the life-extension company Human Longevity, Inc. - all companies essentially making science fiction reality.Full Story
Most of the non-fiction books-the candidates you see on the awards ballots, whether dedicated to contemporaneously studying or historically researching the genre-are produced by folks whose primary concern is something other than pure scholarship.Full Story
A lecturer in mathematics and physics at the York campus, this is Trout's first book. He has taught at the campus since 1987, including courses in physics, mathematics and astronomy.Full Story
From six "Star Wars" movies being made between 1977 and 2005, there has been, and will be, at least one movie released every year between 2015 and 2019. "Solo: A Star Wars Story," the Han Solo spinoff movie, will be released on May 25, five months after "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."Full Story