Sunday, 29 January 2017

Status Updates on All the Major Movies and TV Shows Stuck in Hollywood Limbo


Here at io9, we report on a lot of projects when they’re first announced. Oftem, however, there’s a long stretch between the initial news and the project’s actual release.
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NASA's New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out of 2001: A Space Odyssey


Someone at Boeing has been on a serious Kubrick kick, as evidenced by the new spacesuits it made for Boeing Starliner astronauts. The blue suits, which were revealed today, combine a retro flare with a modern feel.
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The Passage TV Series Gets Pilot Order at FOX

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FOX has ordered a pilot for a The Passage TV series, based on Justin Cronin’s best-selling vampire novels.
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The Art That Helped Make Big Trouble in Little China a Cult Classic Masterpiece


John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China has become a cult favorite for many reasons—its goofy mix of humor, action, and quotable lines; Kurt Russell’s Kurt Russell-ness—but the film’s visual style is also quite distinctive. The new book The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China is devoted to collecting and celebrating it, and we’re thrilled to debut some pages here today.
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Friday, 27 January 2017

10 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books That Take on Norse Mythology

Gods and monsters have always been staples of the stories we tell. From ancient times right up through the last season of Game of Thrones, gods and monsters are always a hit.
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10 most extraordinary mobile libraries

From donkey-drawn trolleys to huge ships, you’ll see here outstanding vehicles that are designed to carry the most important cargo in the world – wisdom.
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New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch Publishing Partnership


The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers announced today a partnership through which they will create and publish a number of print and ebooks for both adults and children.
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Thursday, 26 January 2017

FOX Sets X-Men Series Pilot For Production

Set for a put pilot commitment last summer, FOX is moving ahead with its planned live-action X-Men series.
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10 Brilliant Hard Science Fiction Novels


If you’ve ever rolled your eyes at a science fiction novel’s description of light-speed travel or told a friend that the Death Star wouldn’t really have made a sound when it blew up in space, then you’ll appreciate these hard science fiction novels.
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The Full List of Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe for the 89th Academy Awards nominations this m
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37th Razzie Awards Nominations Led by Batman v Superman & Zoolander 2

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced the nominations for the 37th Razzie Awards right before the Oscar nominations take place tomorrow morning.
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Aurora Australis: Looking Ahead to the New Year

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! PS Publishing has put out Angela Slatter’s “first ‘proper’ horror collection” (her words!) Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales.
Read the full article: Aurora Australis: Looking Ahead to the New Year

Astronomers Discover an Entirely New Kind of Galaxy


Astronomers at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have identified a new class of ring galaxy. Named PGC 1000714, it features an elliptical core with not one, but two outer rings. It’s the only known galaxy of its kind in the known universe.
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New Details About Guillermo del Toro's New Film Are as Unusual as You'd Expect


Doug Jones as Abe Sapien in Hellboy 2. Sounds like he plays a similar character in del Toro’s latest. Guillermo del Toro has long made a name for himself for doing things that are weird and daring.
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Monday, 23 January 2017

All the Biggest Space News to Look Forward to in 2017


Running a space program ain’t easy. Spacefaring missions can take as long to plan and fund as they do to execute, so you’d better bet there’s some serious forethought going on. Which sounds like a headache for NASA, but for space fans, it’s actually good news.
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This tool only costs 20 cents and can diagnose malaria in 15 minutes

It may look like a toy, but a centrifuge made out of paper could dramatically cut the cost of analyzing blood and diagnosing diseases like malaria in places where standard medical equipment is hard to come by.
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Quantum Computing Is Real, and D-Wave Just Open-Sourced It


Quantum computing is real. But it’s also hard. So hard that only a few developers, usually trained in quantum physics, advanced mathematics, or most likely both, can actually work with the few quantum computers that exist.
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The 50 Biggest Movies To Get Excited About In 2017


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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Can Anything Save the DC Extended Universe From Itself?


“Hate” is probably not the best word for what I feel toward the DC Extended Universe, but it’s close. I’d say I’m really somewhere between searing disdain, deep frustration, and weary resignation, none of which are emotions any studio would want associated with their tentpole brand.
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Saturday, 21 January 2017

What Happens When Algorithms Design a Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphilharmonie

The most interesting thing about Herzog and De Meuron’s newly opened concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, isn’t its wave-like facade, which rises above the city of Hamburg, Germany.
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The 10 Best David Bowie Movies

This past week marked the one-year anniversary of the death of pop icon David Bowie at the age of 69. While he may best be remembered for his many albums, Bowie was also an eclectic and multi-faceted film actor, and we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best David Bowie movies to mark the occasion.
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Friday, 20 January 2017

Warner Bros. Eyes Attack on Titan Movie from Harry Potter Producer

Deadline brings word that Warner Bros. is in negotiations to secure the rights to Attack on Titan, the hit Japanese series that has gone from manga to anime to live-action feature and international acclaim, for producer David Heyman to bring to life.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Every TV Show You Need To Watch In 2017

2016 was a bumper year for television and the airwaves are looking to get even more crowded in 2017.
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Monday, 16 January 2017

NASA Is Actually Going to Visit That Insane Metallic World


There’s nothing quite like Psyche anywhere else in our solar system—a small asteroid belt object made entirely of iron-nickel metal. Which is why NASA has decided to send a probe to check out the bizarre beast up close.
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The Most Detailed View of Black Holes in the Universe Will Blow Your Mind


Stare into the abyss, my friends. The image above features the highest concentration of black holes humans have ever seen. So dense are the merciless chasms of darkness at the center of this map, you could pack 5,000 of them into a patch of sky the size of the full moon. So...
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Sunday, 15 January 2017

A Stellar Explosion Could Be Visible In the Night Sky In 2022


It’s not often that a new body appears in the night sky—aside from meteors and the occasionally comet, things tend to look pretty much the same.
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Science fiction and fantasy books to look forward to in 2017


Watch out science fiction and fantasy fans, these books are coming for you. This year we’ve got debut novels and returning favourites, beginnings of new series and endings (*sob*), books that will take you to outer space and books that will take you to magical realms.
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Follow Gandalf's Journey in These Stunning New Lord of the Rings Posters


One of the many reasons why The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in both book and movie form, is so good is the characters. Each hero, villain, and everything in between is simply memorable and captivating.
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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Dark Horse Adapts Melville's Whale of a Tale Into a Graphic Novel

Dark Horse Books is proud to announce the Vents d’Ouest graphic novel adaptation of Herman Melville’s timeless classic Moby Dick, available in English for the first time on February 8, 2017.
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Mermaids, Murder, and Music all Converge in The Lure!

If you see only one cannibalistic mermaid musical this year, it should probably be The Lure.
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Friday, 13 January 2017

This May Be the Best Explanation Yet For That Mysterious ‘Alien Megastructure’


New research suggests that Tabby’s star—the celestial object voted most likely to host an alien megastructure—is acting weirdly because it recently annihilated an entire planet, and the shattered remains of that planet are now producing strange flickering effects.
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The Arresting Illustrations of 19th Century Fantasy Artist Gustave Doré


Today is the birthday of the great 19th century French artist Gustave Doré, a sculptor and book illustrator whose work set the stage for today’s great fantasy artists.
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First Details on The Dark Star Trilogy, Author Marlon James' 'African Game of Thrones'


“African folklore is just as rich, and just as perverse as [Lord of the Rings],” Marlon James said in a Vulture interview more than a year ago, after winning the the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his sprawling crime opus A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Read the full article: First Details on The Dark Star Trilogy, Author Marlon James' 'African Game of Thrones'

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Twin Peaks Premiere Date Announced by Showtime

Showtime today announce the premiere date for the highly anticipated, new Twin Peaks. The 18-hour limited event series will debut with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

This year's biggest book adaptations – and which ones are worth reading first

From Margaret Atwood to Stephen King, a host of great authors will see work adapted for film and TV this year. Here’s our guide to which to read before you watch
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Monday, 9 January 2017

io9's Guide to All the Movies You Give a Damn About in 2017


The movies of 2017 are a truly star-studded bunch. There’s Spider-Man, Batman, Wolverine, Thor and Wonder Woman. King Kong, the Gunslinger, Power Rangers. Luke Skywalker, Peter Quill and Jason Voorhees. The return of Rick Deckard, Jack Sparrow, and Optimus Prime.
Read the full article: io9's Guide to All the Movies You Give a Damn About in 2017

Journey to the Future-Past with the Sci-Fi Art of the 1970s!

We here at Tor.com are huge fans of the future. As we step tentatively out into 2017, we find ourselves looking back to the weird, wonderful, and sometimes fantastical future of the 1970s.
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How ‘Sherlock of the library’ cracked the case of Shakespeare’s identity

Literary detective Heather Wolfe reveals how her passion for manuscripts helped unravel mystery of who the bard really was Deep in the Folger Library, in Washington DC, Heather Wolfe says that studying Shakespeare makes an ideal preparation for the onset of Trump’s America.
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Saturday, 7 January 2017

These Scifi-Looking Incubation Chambers Help Libraries Save Old Newspapers

Today in helpful objects that maybe look like alien incubation chambers, we have a lovely gadget that’s being used to digitize old newspapers.
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The Ultimate Guide to 2017's Scifi, Fantasy, and Superhero TV


We hope you got some rest over the holidays, because you’re going to need it. As is now the standard, this year brings with it a plethora of science fiction/ fantasy/superhero/monster/comic book/spin-off/remake/etc. TV series—and were her with a handy guide to help you keep track of it all.
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Friday, 6 January 2017

Why 2016 was actually one of the best years on record


By conventional wisdom, 2016 has been a horrible year. Only someone living in a cave could have missed the flood of disheartening headlines. However, if 2016 continues the global trends of previous years, it may turn out to have been one of the best years for humanity as a whole.
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

At least SOMEBODY cares about net neutrality


Last week, Dutch regulators ordered T-Mobile to stop its Data-free Music service because the "zero rating" offering violates net neutrality rules in The Netherlands.
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The 11 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2016


We’re living in a world that looks increasingly like science fiction, so I find myself looking to the genre not for predictions of what the future holds but for some guidance for dealing with this strange and changing world.
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A Year in Dark Energy, Antimatter, and Gravitational Waves


2016 held some wonderful physics moments—hello gravitational waves! Other moments were experimentally impressive, like shining a laser beam through antimatter, but don’t have the same oomph as colliding black holes. And some were just downright deflating: Dark matter still won’t show itself.
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In Honor of Astronomer Vera Rubin: 4 Books on Dark Matter

We’re very sad to report that astronomer Vera Rubin died today at the age of 88.
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Sunday, 1 January 2017