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I's hard to imagine the pressure Rian Johnson was under to write the middle chapter in the final trilogy of the Skywalker Saga. And the guy had some tough choices to make-including how to reveal one of the biggest remaining mysteries in the Star Wars franchise: Who the hell are Rey's parents?Full Story
Spreading computer viruses with human DNA. Stalking romantic partners with malware. Recording someone's every move with Internet-connected security cameras.Full Story
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Lucasfilm has just announced that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who brought the epic world of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones to television, will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.
These new movies will not be tied to either the ongoing Skywalker saga of the "Episodes" movies nor will they be connected to the trilogy being developed by The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson.Full Story
In case you haven't figured it out yet, we're getting a whole bunch more Star Wars over the next decade. With three films down, two are already spinning up, Solo and Episode IX, and after that, a possible Obi-Wan movie, a new Rian Johnson trilogy and a series of films produced and written by Game of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Guessing "series" there is at least three.
On top of that, Disney is cooking up a few Star Wars shows for its coming streaming service, as well.Full Story
In what was an end to our national nightmare, we got our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story on Sunday night with that Super Bowl commercial and then again on Monday with a 105-second trailer. The template for the initial pitch is actually pretty logical. Pop quiz (hotshot): What's another successful franchise picture from the last decade that successfully offered a younger/hipper version of an iconic pop culture character defined entirely by the original actor's performance?
Yes, I was struck by how much the first Solo trailer plays like the first two trailers to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek.Full Story
The sequel to last year's blockbuster 'Wonder Woman' is due to hit theaters in November of next year. Production should begin within the next few months as these types of movies tend to require more time in post-production than it takes to shoot them. Of course, Gal Gadotwill return in the lead role, with director Patty Jenkins also coming back for more.Full Story
There are few people who have worked on as many well-regarded franchises as JJ Abrams - producer and director of various Mission: Impossible, Star Wars, and Star Trek movies, along with co-creator of LOST.
How, then, did Abrams manage to release an entire movie directly onto Netflix without anyone seemingly knowing beforehand? Because that's exactly what happened with The Cloverfield Paradox - the third movie in the Cloverfield series - which was suddenly released onto the streaming service following the Super Bowl.Full Story
Best-selling authors Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell team up on The Tangled Lands (Saga), a rich and haunting novel that explores a world where magic is forbidden. Each of the book's four interconnected tales is devastating in its own way, because the authors don't let anyone get away clean.Full Story
Every year, more than a few science fiction movies are released. Many of them are ambitious spectacles-and while that might not always pay off, at least the genre does seem to be willing to take risks or dazzle the audience. 2016 saw more than a few really great science fiction movies-along with more than a few busts.
Here are the best sci-fi movies of 2016.Full Story
Alastair Reynolds excels at world building - his impressive backlist attests to that - but he's also a master at constructing complex technological, far-future societies peopled by fully rounded characters. In Elysium Fire (Gollancz, £14.99), the Glitter Band is a vast ring of spatial habitats orbiting the planet of Yellowstone.Full Story
James Blish was a popular science fiction writer and critic who began his literary career while still in his mid-teens. Not yet out of high school, Blish created his own science fiction fanzine, and shortly thereafter became an early member of the Futurians, a society of science fiction fans, many of whom went on to become well-known writers and editors.Full Story
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Authors of this study estimated the capture rate of interstellar objects by means of three-body gravitational interactions to explore the implications of their model or the transfer of life by means of rocky material.Full Story
Bodies have become increasingly uncoupled from the consciousnesses that occupy them. Slang now just calls them "sleeves." The future of Altered Carbon, Netflix's new science fiction series, is one the flesh is just another kind of economy.Full Story
YouTube's "The Star Wars Show" confirmed the tie-in novelization for "The Last Jedi" will contain expanded and deleted scenes from the "Star Wars" sequel. Director Rian Johnson said he met with Jason Fry, the author behind "The Last Jedi" novelization, to write new scenes for the book.Full Story
David Barnett asks: whither the brides of Frankenstein?
Two centuries. Two hundred years. That's how long we've had science fiction. From the birth of Frankenstein, to the death of Ursula K Le Guin. Two hundred years.Full Story
Ursula Le Guin was loved for her groundbreaking fantasy novels that tackled questions of gender, race and the environment. She influenced generations of authors from Margaret Atwood to Neil Gaiman - and wrote about a boy wizard 30 years before Harry Potter.
In her writing and in her life, Ursula Le Guin refused to blindly accept how the world is supposed to work. In life, if something was illogical or unjust, she simply decided that things would be different. "I am a man," she said in a 2015 BBC Radio 4 documentary, somewhat surprisingly. "When I was born, there were actually only men. People were men."Full Story
But I'd be shocked, if anything, if I had to say about 'Threshold' was terribly controversial.Full Story
The program, which airs on Disney XD, will return February 19 with back-to-back episodes leading up to its conclusion.Full Story