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This Week's News

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Luke Skywalker returns to the Millennium Falcon in the new trailer

* Luke-trailer.jpgWhat's especially cool about this Star Wars trailer is the fact that we get to see Luke return "home," so to speak, as he steps aboard the Millennium Falcon for the first time in decades. We also get a sense of more of the growing conflict within Rey (Daisy Ridley) as she is being trained in the ways of the Force by Luke; and then, of course, there's the growing threat of Adam Driver's Kylo Ren.

And while we're waiting for "The Last Jedi", Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy recently revealed that plans are being mapped out for the next decade or so of stories set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, saying this during a recent promotional interview:

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Mark Hamill - 'Harrison Ford is REAL reason I returned for new trilogy

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Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has revealed he returned for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi because of Harrison Ford. Back in 2012 George Lucas made the surprise move of selling his Star Wars rights to Disney. With news of a third Star Wars trilogy on the horizon, fans were wondering if the original actors would be returning.

Now in a new interview, Hamill - who plays Luke Skywalker - has revealed his early reservations about a comeback. Speaking with The New York Times, he said: "I was just really scared, I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote."

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Kathleen Kennedy opens up about plans for next decade of Star Wars

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Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has opened up about the plans for the next 10 years for the franchise. Speaking on the Star Wars YouTube channel, Kennedy spoke about the early plans for the future and the life of new characters like Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe. She said: "We're sitting down now, we're talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories and we're looking at narratively where that might go.

Future stories beyond Episode IX, with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8, but we're also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven't been yet, and that's exciting too because it's a vast galaxy far, far away. The possibilities are endless."

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Future Man' makes video games real, then everyone pukes

* Future-Man.jpgHulu's upcoming original series seems like a time-traveling sci-fi comedy for gamers, but the laughs are inspired more by gross-out gags than far-out future. More than one hard-core gamer has dreamed that real life could be as action-packed and exhilarating as the title they've spent so much time trying to conquer.

In the upcoming Hulu sci-fi comedy series "Future Man." that dream comes true for Josh Futterman (see what they did with the name there?), played by Josh Hutcherson of "Hunger Games" fame, But the result is more about raunchy humor than epic action sequences or mind-bending science fiction storylines.

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Star Wars 8 OUTRAGE: Cinemas BAN Last Jedi over 'AWFUL' Disney demands - Which cinemas?

* 8-outrage-cinema-ban.jpgWill some cinemas really refuse to show The Last Jedi? Fans are worried they won't be able to see the next Star Wars movie after some cinemas refuse to agree to "onerous" secret Disney demands. There has been a major disturbance in the Force. Star Wars Episode 8 was cruising towards a massive box office triumph in December but now some cinemas may refuse to screen The Last Jedi at all.

The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Disney is demanding such oppressive contracts with cinema chains that some may be forced to pull the movie from the Christmas schedules, leaving fans disappointed. Share prices fell for major cinema chains in the US after the news and fans online are outraged at what is being seen as an "awful" and "ridiculous" money grab.

What is going on and who will be affected?

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For 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' quality is more important than profit

* Quality-over-profit.jpgLet's assume for a moment that the rumours reported by SlashFilm (courtesy of The Resistance Broadcast) are 100% true. Let's presume that A) Ron Howard reshot 80% of Solo: A Star Wars Story and that B) the film's budget essentially doubled as a result.

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Charity autograph event Utrecht, Netherlands

* Utrecht-signing-poster.jpgOn Saturday 11th November there will be a charity autograph event, in Utrecht, Netherlands.

This xogoldgold Charity SCI -FI WARS Event takes place at the Bigges Vintage Fair in Europe.

Mickey Rourke is starring in a dystopian movie about figure-skating robots!

* Mickey-Rourke.jpgIt seems that a recent trend of original science fiction movies (not all of which were successful ones) is set to continue into next year. The Hollywood Reporter brings word of Vestige, a brand new science fiction movie starring Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City, Iron Man 2), Analeigh Tipton, and Anne Heche.

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Anthology of science fiction by the Clarion Class of 2012, to benefit the Clarion Foundation

* Clarion-Foundation.jpgThe Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop is the oldest workshop in the field, run by a nonprofit (I volunteer on its board), and much-loved by its many grads; the Clarion Class of 2012 (who call themselves "The Awkward Robots") periodically release volumes of their fiction to benefit the nonprofit foundation and pay forward to future classes (previously).

There's a new volume out, the "Green Volume." Lara Elena Donnelly writes:

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Lego Saatchi Gallery installation to feature Star Wars, Christmas and graffiti

* Lego-Saatchi.jpgAn interactive Lego installation is launching at the Saatchi Gallery that celebrates the festive season with a never-before-seen Star Wars super star destroyer fleet. There will be an interactive "brick-filled experience" across the whole of the top floor of the gallery.

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Luke Skywalker's book is literally the story of 'Star Wars'

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Whether or not Luke Skywalker is turning to the Dark side of the Force certainly won't be answered in any of the trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but that's not the big news from a galaxy far, far away. Instead, we now know one of Luke's ancient books probably tells the entire story of the galaxy. And that's because it's called the "Journal of the Whills."

USA Today teased a photo of Luke with his small stash of books in The Last Jedi, and one of them is the Journal of the Whills.

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New updates from Avengers 4, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Justice League, and more

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Steppenwolf speaks in new Justice League footage. Some new Star Wars toys may tease some intriguing Last Jedi dialogue. Lin-Manuel Miranda's Kingkiller Chronicles adaptation finds a home. Plus, Konami wants to bring another classic video game to the big screen, and Avengers 4 set pictures. Hooray for spoilers!

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The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels - reviews roundup

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Nina Allan excels at creating subtle, shifting narratives straddling the mundane and the bizarre, the real and the unreal. In her second novel, The Rift , she has produced a lyrical, moving story beautifully balanced between the reality of contemporary England and the ethereal otherness of the alien world of Tristane. Selena and Julie were not only sisters but best friends, and when Julie vanishes aged 17 - the victim of a killer? - Selena's life and that of her family changes forever.

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Tom Hanks will star in Sci-Fi movie 'Bios' from a 'Game of Thrones' director

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We all love Tom Hanks. He's charming, funny, and his career has been consistently impressive over decades in the movie industry. Now, Hanks is going to add another iconic role to his already impressive repertoire - he'll be playing a key role in the brand new, original sci-fi movie called Bios, which will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik.

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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi would 'love to' make a Star Wars film

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We're also getting a What We Do in the Shadows spin-off! With Thor: Ragnarok earning incredible reviews, the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, must be absolutely delighted with his decision to give Thor's third standalone adventure to New Zealand director Taika Waititi. Then again, those who followed Waititi's career knew that something special was on the cards.

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Star Wars 8: Rey's identity REVEALED? Snoke and Kylo Ren ALREADY know who she is

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Star Wars fans think they still have to wait another two months to discover the true parentage of the girl from Jakku. Is she a Skywalker, Kenobi, Palpatine, Windu or virgin birth?

There are some cryptic clues in the latest Last Jedi trailer, but a canon Star wars novel has revealed that Kylo Ren and Snoke already know who she is.

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Star Wars 8 Last Jedi: Rey gets VIOLENT with Luke Skywalker in shock fight?

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STAR WARS' heroine Rey will have a violent clash with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, according to a new theory. Nearly a fortnight after the release of the Episode 8 trailer, every single little shot is still being dissected for clues on what exactly is to come in the upcoming movie. Now, it is claimed that Rey and Luke will have a shocking physical altercation.

The evidence? In one shot, Luke is seen on the ground, saying: "This is not going to go the way you think." Seconds later, we see Rey - in a separate shot - emerging from water, with Luke appearing to hover over her.

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Blade Runner 2049 is an exceptional Science-Fiction epic

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By James McCraw

In the future police officers known as Blade Runners are sworn to hunt down and exterminate humanoid androids known as Replicants who have discovered a way to feel emotions and go away from their original programming as laborers. Thirty years ago, director Ridley Scott and actor Harrison Ford showed us this future, set in the year 2019.

This year, director Denis Villeneuve and actor Ryan Gosling brought us a new vision of the future, set 30 years after the events of the first film.

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Philip K. Dick was dubious of 'Blade Runner' being adapted from his novel

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Hollywood loves Philip K. Dick's stories, but the adaptation of his 1968 novel - "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" - has proven the most iconic. That film, of course, is "Blade Runner."

"'Blade Runner' started the whole Philip K. Dick revolution," says Paul M. Sammon, a filmmaker and author of "Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner."

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Salient Minus Ten Sci-Fi/Horror short trailer

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Salient Minus Ten is the new Sci-Fi/Horror short film from award-winning filmmaker Emma Dark, and is a cerebral foray into the darker, more disturbing, side of Science Fiction.

Adam Harper is an average man. And on an average day he suddenly finds himself catapulted into the strangest, reality changing game... A game of time and chance, where the stakes are a matter of life and death.


Golden Compass' author Philip Pullman touts 'darker' prequel

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It's been 17 years since Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy wrapped up, and a decade since "Compass" hit the big screen. The wait for a follow-up is over. Lyra Belacqua is finally back. And fans of "The Golden Compass," both the best-selling fantasy novel and the Oscar-winning film, are no doubt beside themselves.

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Is the world a simulation?

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By Jamin Huebner

In June of last year, entrepreneur Elon Musk intrigued the science and technology community with his controversial remarks about the world being a "simulation." "The odds that we're in base reality," he said during the Code Conference interview, "is one in billions." In other words, the universe we live in is probably (or is probably like) a sophisticated computer game.

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A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw - except one legendary novel

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Historian Michael Bess worries that Aldous Huxley's most famous novel "Brave New World" may be one of the most accurate sci-fi visions of our future. In the 1930s-era book, people are bio-engineered, raised in artificial wombs, sorted into castes, and take emotion-altering drugs. Bess argues the trajectory of today's drugs, prosthetics, and genetic engineering may lead to a dystopian future if left unchecked.

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Star Wars 8 trailer leaks 7 new scenes: Luke and Rey ending? Plus Leia, battle of Crait

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Recent reports indicate that the movie and the trailer will both start to focus in on Luke. Will he train Rey or try to convince her that she should also abandon the Jedi ways? Will they join forces to battle Snoke and The First Order or will they dramatically part ways? How will it all end? New leaks reveal powerful new scenes as well as show more of what Leia will be doing.

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Reading Playboy for the stories: The magazines long partnership with science fiction

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The year was 1955. An SF writer named Charles Beaumont had just written a sci-fi story called The Crooked Man, set in a future where heterosexuals are persecuted in a world dominated by homosexual people, and where heterosexuality is stigmatised and outlawed.

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Empire strikes back: Star Wars request to film on Queen's estate refused

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The Queen might have made an apparent reference to Star Wars in her 2015 Christmas address but that does not mean she was willing for the epic film series to use her land. It has emerged that a Star Wars request to film on land owned by Queen Elizabeth II was all out rejected. The Crown Estate snubbed the film franchise when it asked to film scenes at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire.

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The capitalist curse isn't what you think

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By Jonah Goldberg

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the "Blade Runner" curse. If you're familiar with the 1982 sci-fi cult classic, constantly reissued in some new "director's cut" or "special edition," you'd be forgiven for thinking the curse had something to do with a mysterious crone casting an evil eye on the producers, vowing the film would spend eternity in an editor's suite. But that's not the whammy the Journal had in mind.

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Explore Japanese science fiction in the latest book bundle from Humble Bundle

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I've read and enjoyed a lot of science fiction and fantasy over the years, and I think I've gotten pretty good at identifying if an author is British or American from the way that they write and approach their subject - they're the countries of origin of the authors who've written the vast majority of my reading material after all.

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Aliens would probably love science fiction

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Charels Yu is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel 'How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe', and he also helped write the first season of the hit HBO series Westworld. His latest project is the anthology'The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017', which he co-edited with John Joseph Adams.

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