Sunday, 29 March 2015

See the First Pages from the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


About a month ago, Imgur user SteampunkBrit got their hands on a preview copy of Bloomsbury’s fully-illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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15 Secrets Hiding in the World of Game of Thrones


Game of Thrones is an intense political and character drama brought to life by its fantastic settings and engaging actors, but it’s also chronicling events within a fantasy world that expands in rich detail through author George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

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In the World of Fantasy Literature, David Eddings Is Truly Magic


No one would ever accuse fantasy author David Eddings of being too complicated. Although he's known for several trilogies and five-part epics, Eddings creates fantasy worlds that seem like Middle-Earth for second graders. So, then, why are they so much damn fun to visit?

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Here’s Where Everyone in Game of Thrones is Before Season 5


What, you don’t remember that time Trogdor helped Daenerys burninate Meereen? With so many characters and plot lines (not to mention major deviations from books) it’s easy to lose track of the finer details from Game of Thrones—like how did Stannis get all the way over there, and who the hec

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20th Century Fox Picks Up Sci-Fi Project The Leviathan


Last week, a proof of concept trailer for a sci-fi film named The Leviathan began to make the rounds, and now Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has picked up the project to become a feature film.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Game of Thrones Will Spoil the Remaining Song of Ice and Fire Books


Even though Game of Thrones season 5 looks to be diverging from its source material to a greater degree than any of the prior seasons, the show’s creators have confirmed that the TV series and the books will end in the same place. And the show will get there first!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

AI Of The Beholder


A few years ago, I read Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century by Michio Kaku (string theorist and Professor of Theoretical Physics at City College of New York).

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Netflix is Here and it’s Kinda Crappy


After launching in 1997 over the drink, one would think that Netflix could get their act together before launching in a market like Australia. They only had 18 years to figure it out.

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Monday, 23 March 2015

A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!


Long before Game of Thrones, there was a time in history when HBO stood for “Hey, Beastmaster’s on!” A time when, if you asked for a dragon, you got a puppet instead of CGI.

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Stunning Proof-of-Concept Trailer for Sci-Fi Movie The Leviathan


From District 9 to Whiplash to Deadpool, many proof-of-concept teasers have been good enough to push a greenlight from studios, but The Leviathan may be the mother of them all.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Dance His Cares Away Down at Fraggle Rock


Although a Fraggle Rock film has been in the planning stages for some time, it looks like the big screen adaptation of the Jim Henson series is finally moving forward with Variety reporting that the project has found a headliner in none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt!

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Syfy Renews 12 Monkeys for a Second Season


Syfy announced today that the adventure thriller “12 Monkeys” has been greenlit for a second season, expected to air in 2016.

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Cows Are Deadlier Than You Ever Knew


Every year, cows kill more people than sharks. And yet nobody ever makes a horror movie about them, and there's no Cow Week. These deadly beasts have managed to stay completely under the radar... until now. Find out just why cows are so deadly.

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16 Devastatingly Beautiful Horror Movies, And Why We Love Them


In celebration of the release of the truly gorgeous horror film It Follows, we've turned our lens onto the great, gorgeous horror movies of the past. Here are 16 utterly gorgeous horror films, and what made each of them so great.

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Wonder Woman's New Uniform Is Badass! Kind of Ugly, But Badass.


Wonder Woman has gone through many, many costume changes in the day, but this new one might her most drastic fashion transformation yet. Debuting in June's Wonder Woman #41, behold the new outfit DC's goddess of war will be wearing this summer.

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How It Follows Uses Dread And Beauty To Create The Perfect Monster Movie


It Follows is a gorgeous movie. And scary. It's your new must-see monster movie. We interviewed writer/director David Robert Mitchell, on why dread and anxiety are way worse than just getting startled. Some minor spoilers for It Follows ahead...

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The One Ebook You Have to Read If You Love Digital Books


You have not read a truly digital book until you've read The New World. The novella is about a woman trying to reclaim her dead husband's head from a cult-like cryogenics company.

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Brain-To-Brain Interfaces And The Science Of Telepathy


Recent advances in brain-computer interfaces are turning the science fantasy of transmitting thoughts directly from one brain to another into reality. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk a mile (or 1.

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Why Those Newly Uncovered Fairytales Are The Darkest Ones Yet


If you've had a chance to dig into that cache of recently discovered fairytales (and if you haven't, visit our exclusive look at one of the tales), you may have noticed something about them: They are unusually dark.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Tomorrowland Trailer Is Unlike Anything We've Seen In A Long Time. Good.


We've seen some neat visuals from the earlier Tomorrowland trailers, but this one...this one is just adorable. Between the crazy inventions and the action in our retrofuturistic city, it feels like Brad Bird is channeling 1980s-era Steven Spielberg. And just like that, we're excited.

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Gemini Cell Is A Great Love Story That Deals With The True Cost Of War


Myke Cole's "military fantasy" Shadow Ops series has been unpredictable all along. In Control Point, he told the origin story. In Fortress Frontier, he narrated a quest, while in Breach Zone, he zoomed in on a single battle.

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Stephen King REALLY Likes Guillermo del Toro's CRIMSON PEAK


The master of horror, Stephen King himself, has spoken out to express his love of Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Gothic romance Crimson Peak. High praise indeed. Based on what we've seen from the film, I certain wouldn't have thought of Evil Dead.

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10 Terrible Movies That Absolutely Everyone Should See


Sometimes you can learn more from a bad movie than a good one. And certain atrocious films have become cultural touchstones, influencing generations of creators and spawning endless memes. So here are 10 really awful science fiction and fantasy movies that everybody should watch at least once.

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An Elderly Sherlock Takes On His Final Case In Mr. Holmes


So Avengers: Age of Ultron isn't the only movie with an action-packed trailer out today! Mr.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

East Middle Earth: A Story Worth Telling?


It is often said that Tolkien had only finished 1/3 of his life's work before he died and looking through all his books and notes shows much truth to that.

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9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew


Every day, you hear about security flaws, viruses, and evil hacker gangs that could leave you destitute — or, worse, bring your country to its knees. But what's the truth about these digital dangers? We asked computer security experts to separate the myths from the facts. Here's what they said.

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This May Be The Live-Action He-Man Movie's Badass Battle Cat


Details on the live-action Masters of the Universe movie have been scarce to say the least, but the Senior VP of Production at Sony/Columbia Pictures, DeVon Franklin, just tweeted this extremely impressive picture of He-Man's steed Battle Cat.

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Yet Another Attempt To Turn Moon Is A Harsh Mistress Into A Movie


No sooner did the rights to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress reverted back to Robert A. Heinlein's estate than another studio has come along to snatch them up. This time, Fox is bringing some A-List names to the project.

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Yay, This Fantasy Novel Actually Lives Up To Its Superb World-Building


As a genre, fantasy tends to live or die on its world-building. But great world-building, by itself, doesn't make a novel great. And sometimes, a fantasy book can spend so much time establishing its backstory, the story never seems to take off. That's why A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.

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Ex Machina Trailer Is A Love Triangle Between Two Men And A Robot


28 Days Later and Sunshine writer Alex Garland's directorial debut attempts to sex up the Turing Test. And it's creepy. Really creepy. Check out the latest trailer for Ex Machina, which sets up the story a bit better than the previous trailers.

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Fantastic Redesigns Of Women Characters By Women Science Fiction Artists


What do women want in their women characters? Art director and Muddy Colors columnist Lauren Panepinto addresses sexism in art and what she wants creators to think about when developing female characters.

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Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts


Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts."

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iZombie Trailer Explains What This Odd Undead Series Is All About


Behold iZombie, the next work from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. While this series is still centered around a girl who solves crimes every episodes, this time the girl is undead. So it's admittedly a little confusing, but finally there's a new trailer to explain it all.

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An Exclusive Glimpse Of Jim Butcher's Next Book, Aeronaut's Windlass!


For 15 years, Jim Butcher has been keeping us guessing with his twisty urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. But now, he's changing gears and launching a Horatio Hornblower-esque new series, The Cinder Spires.

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The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Can't Afford To Miss In March


What do March's science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you? Mermaids! Winged women! Interplanetary politics! Plus Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel, which is already garnering comparisons to Game of Thrones. Here are the March books you cannot afford to miss.

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Lauren German Joins FOX's Lucifer as Female Lead


Deadline brings word that former “Chicago Fire” star Lauren German will be dealing with an all-new type of fire soon as she has landed the role of the female lead opposite Tom Ellis in FOX’s “Lucifer.

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Everyone Thinks Breaking The Rules Gets Things Done. They're Wrong.


If you think that breaking free of the system, disregarding the rules, and thinking outside the box will fix everything, you join a celebrated crowd — 90% of whom are completely wrong.

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Every Member Of The Avengers, Ranked


They're called Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but some of the are mightier than others. We've broken down all of the official Avengers — minus a few too recent to judge — to determine who should be assembled first when evil strikes.

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Words of Praise For Microfilm, An Overlooked But Essential Library Tool


There are some great research-minded tumblrs out there — I highly recommend JSTOR's — the Muncie, Indiana Public Library is celebrating technology month in February. They asked their local history librarians what they thought the best technology was. They were big fans of microfilm.

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Cary Fukunaga Talks About Finding Pennywise for Stephen King’s IT


Just as his new film Beasts of No Nation found a home on Netflix, Emmy-winning “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga is going back to (fictional) Derry, Maine where he’s been hard at work bringing a two-part feature adaptation of Stephen King’s IT to the screen.

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Read A Brand-New Short Story By Stephen King


As the big-screen adaptation of It rumbles into existence with Cary Fukunaga at the helm, Stephen King's been keeping busy. A new story by the author appears in the March 9th issue of The New Yorker. It's a Western, and it's all about justice (or injustice?), and you can read it here.

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Troubled History Of The Foreskin


Common in the US, rare in Europe and now championed in Africa, male circumcision is hotly debated. Are the gains worth the loss? On a recent Saturday morning, Craig Adams stood outside the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It was sunny but cold.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The New Game of Thrones Season Five Trailer is Here!


The new trailer for “Game of Thrones” season five is here! Check it out in the player below and catch the return of the hit HBO fantasy series on April 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT, following by the season premieres of both “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.”

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The New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Poster Confirms More Marvel Heroes


If you just looked at Marvel's new poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron, you likely noticed the team being plagued by Ultron robots (and some perspective issues).

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James Mangold Says Third Wolverine Movie Will Shoot Early Next Year


Though everyone has theirs eyes firmly set on the upcoming Deadpool spin-off and X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016, a third Wolverine movie is still in development at 20th Century Fox and it set to arrive the following year.

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New Study Reveals Smoking Weed Is 114 Times Safer Than Drinking Booze


It's a long-held belief, not just among stoners, that marijuana is the safest drug. A new scientific study comparing the risks associated with various drugs backs this up, and proves that weed might even be safer than we thought.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Most Important Pi Day of the Century is ALMOST HERE


Like Christmas and any personal victory I may achieve in life, Pi Day comes but once a year. If you’ve never felt the urge to celebrate this most geometrical of days well NOW’S YOUR CHANCE. Because 2015 holds the most accurate Pi Day in the ENTIRE 21st CENTURY.

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

First Look: Melissa Benoist as Supergirl


That’s Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, in what’s the first image to be released from Supergirl, the new pilot from Warner Bros. Television and based on the characters from DC Comics.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Hellboy Turns 21 With a Beer. Because What Else?


Hellboy beer! Just in time for the comic to legally drink it, we have been given the gift of Hellboy beer. Which is, of course, a red ale. Drink it until it really does feel like you've been hit with the right hand of doom.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Future of Wearables Isn’t a Connected Watch


At Intel’s big Make It Wearable competition in San Francisco late last year, the theme of the day was “no way.” As a parade of entrepreneurs took the stage to promote their Next Big Things, the phrase erupted in my brain again and again.

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