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By Yang Guo
How might one interact with people from the distant past if one were allowed to time travel there? This was the question posed by Connie Willis in her science fiction novel, The Doomsday Book. The novel is set in Oxford University, at around Christmas time, 2053.Full Story
That's a fair warning: The movie's details don't really match the book, which was written by Jeff VanderMeer. What carries over, however, is a sense of dread and unease; readers of the novel and watchers of the film will both feel a pervasive discomfort that they can't quite put their finger on.Full Story
Where did you learn this information? Was it from a museum, a book, a documentary, or the internet? Or did you learn it from Jurassic Park? Maybe some other fictional depiction?Full Story
On top of that, Disney is cooking up a few Star Wars shows for its coming streaming service, as well.Full Story
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He was a key part of launching the current MCU. He's directed Disney movies to great success. And now Jon Favreau will be digging deeper into the worlds (well, galaxies) owned by the Mouse House, as he's executive producing and writing a new, live-action Star Wars series.
The show, which is naturally under the tightest of wraps, will be carried by the company's new planned streaming service, its answer to the likes of Netflix and Amazon, launching next year and previously mentioned as having its own Star Wars series. "If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn't have believed you," says Favreau. "I can't wait to embark upon this exciting adventure."Full Story
Thursday morning's announcement that "Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau has been hired by Disney DIS, +0.67% to executive produce and write a new live-action "Star Wars" TV show raises the question: How much is too much?
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
We throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you'd like us and the readers to answer?Full Story
If you stand in juuuust the right spot in Disneyland - or if you turn your head at certain times on certain rides - you can get fleeting glimpses into Disney's upcoming Star Wars Land (or "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," as it's more officially known) as it's being built. You can't see a lot, of course; just enough to say "Yep, that's some scaffolding alright."Full Story
Women have been writing science fiction and fantasy for centuries, demolishing barriers in historically male-dominated genres. And in honor of International Women's Day, we're celebrating contemporary authors who are continuing to blaze trails in SFF literature.Full Story
"Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it," wrote Jonathan Swift in 1710. Now a group of scientists say they have found evidence Swift was right - at least when it comes to Twitter. In the paper, published in the journal Science, three MIT researchers describe an analysis of a vast amount of Twitter data: more than 125,000 stories, tweeted more than 4.5 million times in total, all categorised as being true or false by at least one of six independent fact-checking organisations.Full Story
If ever there was a superhero for the #MeToo cultural moment, it was Jessica Jones. From the word "go" the character and her show (and her comics before that) have served as a vehicle to explore issues surrounding abuse (physical, sexual, and psychological), recovery, and PTSD. The first season of 'Jessica Jones' was widely praised for exactly that and the second season certainly isn't shying away from continuing along that path.
Sometimes, however, that manifests in surprising ways. Case in point, within the first few episodes of the new season, a storyline is introduced that deals with a filmmaker who has a history of abusing women. That, of course, is a depressingly familiar story in a post-#MeToo world. But okay, the show's being topical. Given the issues the first season dealt with, thFull Story
By harnessing the imaginations of science fiction writers, a California company may have already helped to protect our future selves. In 2010 Ari Popper was searching for something. He didn't know what it was exactly, but he figured he probably wouldn't find it as the president of a market research company.Full Story
She is famed for her dusty costumes as desert dwelling Rey in Star Wars. But Daisy Ridley cut a dramatically different figure from her character as she stepped out in London following her appearance on This Morning on Friday.Full Story
While the Trump administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 supports the long-term goal of sending humans to the moon and Mars, some members of Congress fear that the proposed shift for NASA's priorities could leave the agency's science missions in the dust.Full Story
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Her ability is that to control sound waves and fashion them as weapons. Barry and Ralph experience her power first-hand on their initial attempts to bring her into the fold. Used to being on her own, Izzy is strong-willed, fearless, and focused on making it big.Full Story
Garland's directorial efforts "Ex Machina" and "Annihilation" are two of the best reviewed sci-fi movies of the decade, and it turns out they owe a lot to Rutherford, a British geneticist who is Garland's trusted scientific adviser.Full Story
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 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