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Much to learn you still have: 10 aliens you should know from Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Canto Bight

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Much to Learn You Still Have is a rundown of trivia and fun facts, both in-universe and behind-the-scenes, about the aliens of the Star Wars galaxy. Whether you've never set foot in a cantina or you're a well-traveled Jedi Master, you'll find the intel you need.

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Actress Hong Chau drew on refugee past for role in science-fiction satire Downsizing

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By Alison de Souza

Hong Chau, who drew on her refugee past for her role in the science-fiction satire, is the critics' darling this awards season. For her breakout performance in the science-fiction satire Downsizing starring Matt Damon, actress Hong Chau drew on her past as the child of Vietnamese refugees. The film envisions a world where some people choose to be irreversibly shrunk down to the size of toys to drastically reduce their living costs.

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Our most anticipated science fiction novels of 2018

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It's a new year, which means a new spacefaring lineup of awesome YA sci-fi to take you to other worlds and galaxies!

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Solo could explore an iconic unseen moment from Star Wars history

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The Orville could cross paths with another Seth McFarlane show. You'll be waiting a while for the next season of Rick and Morty. There's more discussion of the future of The X-Files after Gillian Anderson's departure. Plus, Captain Marvel casting, a new clip from Agents of SHIELD, and more. To me, my spoilers!

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9 awesome items that will transform your room into a Star Wars-themed paradise

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With the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, our obsession for the adventurous galactic universe is at an all-time high.

While the new movie totally blew our minds, our love for Star Wars goes way back, so we've had plenty of time to dream ourselves into every one of its storylines.

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Science fiction: 3 new short story collections worth reading

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British artist and graphic novelist Dave McKean is probably best known for many collaborations with his friend Neil Gaiman. Here he turns the tables on nine distinguished writers: Instead of illustrating their stories, he's invited them to write original tales inspired by his evocative and often surrealistic paintings, reproduced in a muted palette of browns and blacks.

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Could you be our new Sci-Fi Eye?

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The Engineer's resident science fiction writer, Jon Wallace, is relinquishing his hold on our crystal ball, and we're looking for a successor.

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Throwback Review: 'The Angry Red Planet' (1959)

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We Earthlings have always been fascinated by Mars. It's the name, I think; when you name a bright red planet after the God of War, you've set that planet up to have a bad reputation. We've always imagined that if there aliens on Mars, they're probably a pretty hostile lot. 

Generations of children grew up fearing an attack from that planet, Martians pouring forth from their flying saucers and obliterating us all with their ray guns.

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Making magic with star wars: secrets of the empire

* Star-Wars-magic.jpgStarwars.com speaks with some of the key minds behind the groundbreaking hyper-reality experience. The odds aren't good. I'm a rebel, so already the cards are stacked against me. My squad and I have to infiltrate an Imperial base. There are four of us against what I'm sure will be many, many more than that.

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'Aliens: Dust To Dust' will show us xenomorphs through the eyes of a terrified 12-year-old!

* New-Aliens.jpgWhen Xenomorphs attack we see people die, though 'Aliens' has shown that children can survive these attacks and 'Aliens: Dust to Dust' will give us a story told through the eyes of a 12-year-old. The 4-issue miniseries is being penned and illustrated by Gabriel Hardman who was the storyboard artist for 'Logan', 'Dawn of Planet of the Apes', 'Batman: The Dark Knight Rises' and more!

The story will take place at "the Trono colony on the planet LV-871" where the residents are under attack by "mysterious and deadly creatures of unknown origin." While Xenomorphs descend on the colony, the survivors are ordered to evacuate and we follow 12-year-old Maxon and his mother who are trying to make it both "to the safety of the spaceport" and off the planet! However, a horde of Aliens stand in their way

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'Star Wars Rebels' sets 90-minute series finale

* SW-Rebel-CGI.jpg(via CNN)"Star Wars" is officially closing one chapter in its universe, with the animated series "Star Wars Rebels" to conclude March 5 with a 90-minute series finale.

The program, which airs on Disney XD, will return February 19 with back-to-back episodes leading up to its conclusion.

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The postmodern Prometheus

* Prometheus-Frankenstein.jpg'Frankenstein' might be the first science fiction novel, but its literary heritage has a vibrant afterlife in pulp fiction. Victor Frankenstein and his moping, depressed creation was conceived of by Mary Shelley a good century or more before the golden age of pulp fiction, but the monster and the genre had always seemed made for each other. Reanimated corpses, hubristic scientists, secret laboratories, rogue humanoid creations-each of these tropes scream "pulp"!

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Man behind 'Sophia' AI robot plans to create 'super-intelligent genius machines' that win humans' trust

* Sophia.jpg* David Hanson worked as a sculptor for Walt Disney and created animatronic robots for their theme park shows before starting his own firm
* He now aims to create machines that are life-like enough to win people's trust
* His 'masterpiece' is Sofia, a wise-cracking machine based on Audrey Hepburn
* Previous works include a robotic Albert Einstein which teaches children science

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J.J. Abrams is shopping a new science fiction TV series

* JJ-Abrams.jpgIf any one of us were currently writing and preparing to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, that would be our main focus. But none of us are J.J Abrams.

In addition to prepping one of the biggest movies ever, The Hollywood Reporter says the prolific filmmaker is shopping a new sci-fi TV show (called Demimonde, according to TV Line) with both HBO and Apple among the interested parties. The show has a pretty high concept idea. Here's how the trade reports it:

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This is not the future sci-fi writer Charlie Stross predicted (Q&A)

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Spreading computer viruses with human DNA. Stalking romantic partners with malware. Recording someone's every move with Internet-connected security cameras.

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Margaret Atwood: 'I am not a prophet. Science fiction is really about now'

* Margaret-Attwood.jpg"It was not my fault!" says Margaret Atwood of 2017. But it was certainly her year. Now, just a few weeks into January, she is already making headlines with typically trenchant comments on the #MeToo movement. And, of course, the second season of The Handmaid's Tale returns this spring: she has read the first eight scripts and has "no fingernails left". While the world - and Gilead - show no sign of getting any cheerier, Atwood is seemingly unstoppable.

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Benjamin Bratt dubs Pixar master storytellers

* Benjamin-Bratt.jpgBenjamin Bratt revealed he thinks Pixar are "master storytellers" but thinks American cinema has a long way to go to be more diverse. The 54-year-old actor stars as singer Ernesto De La Cruz in the new Oscar-tipped animation 'Coco' and he admitted he loved that the movie will "illuminate the beauty and uniqueness of Mexican culture".

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Automation, robots and the 'end of work' myth

* end-of-work-myth.jpgCan you imagine travelling to work in a robotic "Jonnycab" like the one predicted in the cult Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall? The image from 1990 is based on science fiction, but Mercedes Benz does have a semi-autonomous Driver Pilot system that it aims to install in the next five years and Uber is also waging on a self-driving future.

Its partnership with Volvo has been seen as a boost to its ambitions to replace a fleet of self-employed drivers with autonomous vehicles.

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Star Wars 9: FIRST major Episode IX details CONFIRMED - Fans will be VERY happy

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Star Wars 9 is about to start production and fans will be very happy with the first important piece of news about Episode IX. Star Wars fans haven't been so easy to please recently.

The Last Jedi is still powering ahead at the global box office (China excepted) but the hardcore fan reaction must have shocked Disney and Lucasfilm bosses. With JJ Abrams back at the helm for the final movie in the triple trilogy, there should be less controversy ahead. And the first piece of strong news about how the film will shape up has just been revealed...

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Moving from science fiction to science fact-Intel and Linden Lab partner to create the fourth dimension at CES

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By Frank Soqui

Linden Lab's Sansar, a new VR-enabled online community provides content creators with powerful tools to unleash immersive, dreamlike digital worlds. Create and enjoy your very own Sansar VR world on 8th Gen Intel(r) Core(tm) processor-based PCs, add HTC Vive headsets equipped with Intel's Wigig technology, and the end result is a Fourth Dimension wireless experience that defies human imagination.

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Steven Knight creating sciencefiction series for Apple

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You might think that, between his film work and shows such as Peaky Blinders and Taboo, writer/producer/director Steven Knight had enough to be going on with. Yet he's now sold a new small screen concept called See to Apple.

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New photos surface from Syfy's 'Krypton' pilot!

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If you've been looking forward to more details on Syfy's upcoming 'Krypton' series, then you'll be happy to hear that we've got new images from the pilot to share with you today! Seven images to be exact that show off the cast in various situations that promises tension and action right off the bat.

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Star Wars 9 shock: Rey is NOT that powerful in the Force and can NEVER be a Jedi

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Rey is constantly shocking everyone around her (and often the audience) with her incredible displays of power.

How did she hold her own against Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens with no training? How did she battle Snoke's Praetorian Guard - supposedly the greatest warriors in the galaxy - with half an afternoon's training on Ahch-To? How did she lift a landslide of boulders in a messianic moment?
It simply stretches credulity and has tried the patience of many hardcore fans.

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The Force is real: how 'Star Wars' neuroscience is revolutionizing healthcare and more

More than 40 years after it hit theaters for the first time, the cultural influence of the "Star Wars" movie franchise is undeniable. You can see that reach in the skyrocketing box-office take of the most recent installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, whose ticket sales worldwide raced past the $1 billion mark just before New Year's Day.What most people don't realize is how impactful "Star Wars" has been on science and technology.

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Media black out: first 'The X-Files', now Gillian Anderson is leaving 'American Gods'

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Gillian Anderson has already expressed that the current eleventh season of 'The X-Files' will be her last. (Considering that ratings for the first episode were considerably lower than those of last year's revival, the show may not be back again, anyway.)

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Science fiction and folk medicine inspire novel wound dressings

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A relatively inexpensive egg-based formula and a Star Trek-like plasma patch can accelerate healing of serious and chronic wounds, which affect millions of Europeans every year.

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The Rock is a 'Star Wars' super fan and planted a reference to Han Solo in 'Jumanji'

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By Olivia Singh, INSIDER

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would like everyone to know that he is a massive fan of the "Star Wars" franchise - and he found a way to include a Han Solo reference in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."

In addition to paying tribute to Robin Williams in the new film, there are plenty of other references and Easter eggs that viewers might have noticed if they payed close attention.

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The one change 'Star Wars: the Last Jedi' should have actually made

Weeks later, I'm continuing to think about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and all the controversy that's surrounded the film, including a split between critics and fans who loved it, and other fans who seem to think it's the worst thing since Anakin's reflections on sand.

I loved it after I saw it, and I still love it now, upon further reflection. I think it destroys tropes and shatters nostalgia in a way that makes me excited about the potential of Star Wars again. I love Rian Johnson for being brave enough to do that, and the fact that Disney let him.

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