The Flash deals with fallout in more ways than one in latest episode @ Syfy Wire

Fresh off the shocking and brutal death of Ralph Dibny, it seemed like the Flash was setting up a gimmick episode with guest star Wentworth Miller as Leo Snart — but nothing could’ve been further from the truth.

Spoilers ahead for “Fury Rogue,” the latest episode of The CW’s Flash, which are Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

There is no outrunning grief.” -Leo

Ralph Dibny might be gone, but he is far from forgotten.

Thanos co-creator Jim Starlin gives Josh Brolin and Avengers: Infinity War 'Ten out of ten thumbs up' @ Syfy Wire

The internet is a spoiler minefield since Avengers: Infinity War premiered last night at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. Thankfully, some of the attendees have offered spoiler-free reviews, and one of the most interesting came from the creator of the film's central baddie: Jim Starlin.

Legendary 'Turkish Star Wars' film gets HD remaster @ Syfy Wire

Over three decades ago, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, aka The Man Who Saves the World, became a hit in Turkey, despite being cobbled together from original footage as well as special effects shots from Star Wars and several other American films and TV shows.

Smallfoot trailer says it's true: Humans exist @ Syfy Wire

Half a year after we first sighted the mythical teaser for Smallfoot out in the wilderness, the yetis have come home to roost in a full trailer for the upcoming animated film, all about the unknown.

Garlic Bread was sent to the edge of space and brought back in time for lunch @ Syfy Wire

Sending food up to the stratosphere isn’t a new trick, and it’s been done before with pizza, a wedding cake, and other food dishes. But those weren’t intended for human consumption when they came back to Earth. Tom Scott wanted to change that by sending half of a garlic bread loaf to the edge of space with a weather balloon. And he had some help along the way.

Neilsen releases streaming viewer data for Lost In Space @ Sci-Fi Storm

For the first time Nielsen is releasing viewer data on a streaming program – and for it they’ve chosen Netflix’s Lost In Space, released April 13th.

An estimated 6.3 million viewers watched the premiere within the first three days of release. In addition, since Netflix releases all episodes simultaneously, they reported that 1.2 million viewers watched the tenth and final episode in those same three days, showing the level of binge-watching. I’m sure that number will grow.

I can’t give a review yet as I was traveling when it was released and I’m only about 2.5 episodes in…but it is intriguing so far.

Objects in Space 4/24/18: This is a spoiler-free zone @ Syfy Wire

People are getting the opportunity to see a little flick called Avengers: Infinity War very soon (if they haven't already), and I want to take a moment to reassure readers that as far as this space is concerned, spoilers will be absent. Pinky promise.

In the meantime, here are some non-Avengers links to read:

Aquaman debuts "epic" trailer at Cinemacon @ Syfy Wire

While the internet has been wondering just where that Aquaman teaser trailer has been -- smelling more trouble in the DCEU, perhaps unjustly -- director James Wan changed all that by showing footage from his upcoming superhero entry at CinemaCon on Tuesday.

Watch a Gorgeous Groot Sculpture Grow From a Lifeless Lump of Clay Into Your Favorite Badass Tree @ io9

What’s more impressive than Nicholas Brown’s sculptures—which seem to breathe life into giant lumps of clay—is the fact that Brown has only actually been sculpting since 2017. I’ve been using my hands for 40 years now, and I only just recently consider myself proficient in using a spoon.

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Solid Lost in Space ratings keep the Robinsons far from Netflix danger @ Syfy Wire

Sure, it may not match the phenomenal ratings of Stranger Things Season 2 or even the premiere of Bright, but the Lost in Space reboot appears to have turned plenty of viewers on to Netflix’s reimagined series revival of the once-campy 1960s classic.

The Legendary Cult Movie Known as 'Turkish Star Wars' Now Has a Smashing New HD Scan @ io9

Back in 2016, a cult-movie miracle occurred when film historian Ed Glaser discovered the last remaining 35mm print of 1982's The Man Who Saves the World—better known as “the Turkish Star Warstucked away in a vault in Turkey. After two years of restoration, the film now has its own 2K digital scan.

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Infinity War Review Roundup: Did the Avengers throw down the gauntlet? @ Syfy Wire

It seems like we've been waiting for Avengers: Infinity War to come out, well, for an infinite amount of time. The hype has been insane, and Marvel's press machine has been attempting to conquer the globe, just like almost every Marvel villain has tried to do since the MCU began. Though it's been long in coming, April 27th is almost at hand, and that means that the film has been unleashed on critics.

Ghost Stories creators on Martin Freeman, horror, and The Vagina Monologues @ Syfy Wire

There's a secret at the core of Ghost Stories, the British horror anthology that had SXSW audiences screaming in terror. And it's one that's been safely guarded for years, ever since the tale of a skeptic investigating three cases of alleged supernatural events debuted as a theatrical production in London's West End in 2010. 

The Incredible Avengers: Infinity War Lives Up to All the Hype @ io9

Avengers: Infinity War is demanding, heartbreaking, exhilarating, massive, and dense. More than seemingly any movie so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it requires its viewer to be intimately acquainted with all the films that come before it—and, if you are, it’s rewarding and audacious in ways the franchise has…

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Development news: Heart of Darkness gets sci-fi treatment, Goosebumps 2 gets title, Puppet Master reboot coming soon @ Syfy Wire

The horror! Sony Crackle is developing a sci-fi series adapted from Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness, Variety is reporting. Cameron Litvack will serve as writer and showrunner. He will also executive produce along with Branden Morgan and Tony Giglio.

HotShot Trailers: Venom @ Sci-Fi Storm

Hmm…a quite scary anti-hero…might not be for the younger kids…

Opens October 5th, 2018

The Flash producer on the fate of Ralph Dibny, and will it stick? @ Syfy Wire

Last week’s episode of The Flash saw Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer) meet his end when Clifford DeVoe (Neil Sandilands) took over Elongated Man’s body. Ralph was the last of the bus metas that the Thinker inhabited in order to house his ever expanding mind, and the only one with the ability to contain it.

The 10 Best Deals of April 24, 2018 @ io9

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.

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April 24 in Twilight Zone History: Happy Birthday to director Richard Donner ('Nightmare at 20,000 Feet') @ Syfy Wire

Today, April 24th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the birthday of a gem of a director: Richard Donner, who turns 88 today.

So enamored are we with his feature work on such classics as Superman, Lethal Weapon, and The Omen that we forget that Donner got his start on series television and helmed six (!) Season 5 episodes: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," "From Agnes – with Love," "Sounds and Silences," “The Jeopardy Room,” "The Brain Center at Whipple's," and "Come Wander with Me."

Chris Evans weighs in on his post-Avengers 4 MCU future: 'It depends' @ Syfy Wire

As Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters across the U.S. this week, count one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest veteran names among those who still seem undecided about their MCU future beyond the release of next year’s Infinity War sequel.

Voltron: Legendary Defender is a paradise for anime fans and foodies @ Syfy Wire

Lauded by critics and fans alike, Voltron: Legendary Defender's third season is arguably the series darkest, most dramatically dynamic turn yet. So it came as a bit of a surprise when DreamWorks chose the "How to Cow" clip as the Season 4 preview during a New York Comic Con panel presentation last October.

Here's What Happens When Han Solo Plays to Win the Millennium Falcon From Lando @ io9

For fans, the fact that Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to show the legendary moment where Han Solo wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian is kind of mind-blowing. It’s one of those things we’ve always imagined, but now we get to see it. But if you can’t just wait another month to know what happens, you’re…

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Shhh! Marvel (and Thanos) demands your silence when it comes to Infinity War spoilers: Watch @ Syfy Wire

Now that Avengers: Infinity War has started press screenings, word about the latest MCU team-up has already begun spreading on Twitter, as critics and fans start to weigh in. Which could also mean one thing: Spoilers could potentially begin flowing like snark from Tony Stark's mouth. 

It Be Your Own People: On Universal FanCon and the Perversion of Community @ io9

My mother, God bless her (she’s still around, but still), grew up in a certain village in rural Nigeria. And to survive this upbringing, she had to adopt some beliefs, behaviors and coping mechanisms that would seem paranoid to untrained and Americanized eyes like mine.

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Witchy Winter Builds on the Vast, Expansive Promise of Witchy Eye @ Barnes & Noble: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

D.J. Butler’s Witchy Eye was one of last year’s best debuts, an imaginative, epic alternate history-cum-fantasy that spanned from Appalachian country to the heart of the United States to tell a story of flintlocks and wild American magic. Rock-solid worldbuilding aside, that book was an origin story, laying out the history of the family at its center, and Butler continues their saga in Witchy Winter. With the setup out of the way, his imagination is allowed to roam free across an unexplored frontier, fulfilling the promise of previous volume, and building up his alternate America into something truly expansive.

In a version of America warped by wild magics, in which the gods of most belief systems are tangibly real, Sarah Calhoun, the adopted daughter of famed war hero and Imperial Elector Andrew Calhoun, has attained her birthright and won the battle for control of the Serpent Mound. But while she holds the Heron King’s regalia, her journey to the Serpent Throne and control of Cahokia isn’t over: seven other candidates, all with their own claims to press, must be defeated or won over to her cause. She must also learn to master the Appalachian magic of her kin, navigate the dangerous political currents around the Bishop of New Orleans and Emperor Penn, and learn to manage the tremendous amount of power she now has at her fingertips.

Witchy Eye did its job outlining a world epic in epic, and Witchy Winter doubles down, further expanding the borders of the world and deepening the intricate politics of the struggle for the Serpent Throne. Early chapters detail the various other claimants, including a priestess and her sorcerous retinue, the tribespeople of the Anishnaabe, and numerous other movers and shakers. The varied factions and multiple viewpoints and numerous factions help color in the vast setting in a way Witchy Eye, with its strong focus on Sarah’s ascent to power, made difficult.

The characters are also stronger this time around. The cast is more inclusive, with the first chapter detailing a kinetic action sequence set around the birth of a young Anishnaabe child, and several chapters devoted to the power struggles among the clergy of New Orleans, who are given a much expanded role. Not that Sarah has come into her powers, Butler explores their true nature as well as their costs—at one point, Sarah threatens to devour someone’s soul, and seems to actually mean it. Sarah’s allies’ new duties as retainers of the Queen of Cahokia, and their various power struggles, add texture to the novel while keeping the narrative moving smoothly through an expansive page count. It’s interesting to get to know who all these people are.

Witchy Eye presented a fascinating world at a surface level. Witchy Winter is better, and richer, in every way. It’s a sequel that feels essential, expanding the world while diving further into the characters who made the first such an exhilarating read. It does everything a sequel is supposed to—including leaving us eager for more.

Witchy Winter is available now.

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Joss Whedon talks early versions of his Avengers script @ Syfy Wire

With Avengers: Infinity War about to get all up in our faces in mere days, now may be a good time to look back at how this all happened and what might have been.

Black Panther Would Like to Remind You That Storm Is a Literal Goddess @ io9

Ominous, metaphorical storm clouds have been gathering over Black Panther’s Wakanda for some time now as the ancient Orisha have seemingly abandoned T’Challa and his people. But just as the old deities have disappeared, a new(ish) goddess is coming into her powers in Marvel’s comics, and it’s long overdue.

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Joker and Harley Quinn taunt Batman in exclusive clip from Batman Ninja @ Syfy Wire

Batman travels back to medieval Japan and becomes a samurai in order to defeat the Joker and Harley Quinn.

Space the Nation: Jess Phoenix is on a rock hurtling through space @ Syfy Wire

You may have heard that the upcoming midterm elections have attracted an unprecedented number of female candidates. You may not have heard that many of them are scientists, doctors, and engineers, exactly the sort of clear-thinking heroines — or Strong Female Characters — we focus on here at SYFY FANGRRLS. So we decided to talk to them about who they look up to, and how science informs their candidacies.

Inside Stan Lee's first real, non-cameo acting role @ Syfy Wire

Get ready for a shocker. Comic book legend Stan Lee is in the new movie love letter to fans, The Concessionaires Must Die!

That's not the surprising part. No, the shocker is that the beloved Lee, who also executive produces the film, has his first REAL acting role after playing himself or doing a cameo in over 100 films and TV shows, and it's in a movie that loves movies, said Concessionaires director America Young in an interview with SYFY WIRE.

Solo’s Alden Ehrenreich speaks out on Lord and Miller’s exit; ex-directors describe original vision for film @ Syfy Wire

Last summer, directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) were fired from Solo: A Star Wars Story by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy over creative differences.

Tomorrow's Star Map Release Could Revolutionize Our Understanding of Astronomy @ io9

Astronomers from the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission will release the biggest map of our galaxy ever tomorrow, using data collected by the Gaia space telescope. That includes 1.7 billion stars, as well as new information that could potentially solve some cosmic mysteries.

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A Scifi Version of Heart of Darkness Is Happening for Some Reason @ io9

Heart of Darkness is widely considered a classic of English-language literature, one that’s influenced and been adapted in a variety of ways, including the movie Apocalypse Now. One more adaptation is on the way, and it’s going to send the Joseph Conrad novel to space.

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An Update On Mike Fahey And His Road To Recovery @ io9

If it’s felt like something has been missing from Kotaku for the last month, that’s because someone wonderful has been away. As many of you have noticed and inquired about, our beloved colleague, senior writer, and Hatsune Miku aficionado Mike Fahey has not been writing for the site he’s called home for the last dozen…

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WATCH: The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on the play’s Broadway debut @ Syfy Wire

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now making a killing on Broadway with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as muggles (or rather, No-Majs) have been tripping over themselves to snatch tickets to the two-part stage play.

Tequila company cheekily takes dig at Ryan Reynolds' gin business… in Deadpool-shilling ad @ Syfy Wire

Deadpool 2’s marketing has been... well, weird doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Kevin Feige says keeping Avengers 4 title secret has backfired @ Syfy Wire

Back in 2014, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gathered fans together for an impromptu event where he announced the entire lineup of Marvel’s Phase 3 films. At the very end of Feige’s timeline was Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2. Subsequently, Marvel decided to change the name of the second movie and withhold the actual title for Avengers 4.

Lambda Literary Special Awards @ Locus Online

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the recipients of its Trustee and Visionary awards.

Roxanne Gay received the Trustee award, given to “a distinguished individual who, through their literary work, has made a considerable contribution to a wider awareness and understanding of the lives of LGBT people.”

Edmund White received the Visionary award, given to “individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing.”

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Detroit: Become Human explores what it means to be sentient @ Syfy Wire

With films like Her and Ex Machina, and TV series like Westworld, the discussion about artificial intelligence and what exactly makes humans human has been in the forefront of the sci-fi world for years. We’ve got some of our top scientists and technology gurus telling us that what’s coming is dangerous.

The Superman actors who almost played the Man of Steel twice @ Syfy Wire

We've grown up with Superman. We've followed his adventures in the comics and on screens small and large for a long, long time — 80 years, in fact. But no one has devoted as much thought to the Man of Steel (and to Superboy, too) as the many actors who've played him over the years, those who've donned the cape, tapped away at that Daily Planet typewriter, or found just the right tone for both Clark's and Kal-El's voice.

The Best Superhero Combos in Infinity War, According to the People Who Made It @ io9

If the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War have made anything clear, it’s that this film is all about match-ups—putting characters together that have never met before and watching the sparks fly. The weirder or more combustible the combination, the better.

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Somehow, Jaxxon the Ridiculous Green Space Rabbit Has Made It to the New Star Wars Canon @ io9

Jaxxon the Lepi smuggler is one of the most infamous excesses of the old Star Wars expanded universe—the rabbit in Flash Gordon cosplay that was bound to come up whenever you mentioned the weirdness of the EU. For decades, he’s been the butt of fan jokes... but now he’s officially back in the canon. He’s still kinda…

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10 fierce superheroes the goddess Beyoncé should play @ Syfy Wire

Social media has been abuzz with photos and videos from Coachella, but no act has drawn more attention than Beyoncé. Returning for the second weekend, the iconic singer served up some serious looks worthy of a superhero as she impressed fans both at the festival and at home with her empowering set.

10 Science Fiction Books for the Video Game Obsessed @ Barnes & Noble: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

In Bash Bash Revolution, the new novel from Douglas Lain, a teenager is obsessed with gaming in ways that are both good and bad—the skills and experiences he gains are useful in real life, and help him to make social connections he might not otherwise have been able to. But he also uses games to numb himself, and avoid IRL complications that don’t go away when the controller’s batteries die. Science fiction has been dealing with virtual worlds since long before such things were real considerations, but the last couple of decades have seen games and virtual spaces begin to conquer the physical world.

These 10 books have complex and interesting protagonists, and explore the real advantages and alarming downsides of living in a world in which video games have become a way of life.

Bash Bash Revolution, by Douglas Lain
Lain’s latest begins with an outdated Nintendo game and ends with the technological singularity that we may or may not deserve. Matthew Munson is an unambitious kid from a broken home—mom’s barely getting by, and dad is flighty and frequently absent. He’s also working on a highly secretive government project looking to create a sentient artificial intelligence. The two try to reconnect over a game called Bash Bash Revolution, before Matthew learns that dad is more interested in his AI, named Bucky, than his son. The numbed new world that Bucky offers is as believably enticing as it is disturbing.

Only You Can Save Mankind, Terry Pratchett
Quirky, outlandish fantasy writer Pratchett took some time off for quirky, outlandish sci-fi with this, the first of his “Johnny Maxwell” trilogy. Much like the protagonist of Bash, Johnny has a difficult home life and becomes addicted to video games, with the Gulf War seeming no more real to the 12-year-old than the ScreeWee aliens of his favorite computer game. And then, one day, the aliens surrender. Which isn’t supposed to happen. Soon, Johnny finds himself inside the game, negotiating with the ScreeWee and helping them to find a way home. A little retro, sure, but graphics don’t matter much in a novel. This one inspired its own video game, a cheeky and un-winnable one called Journey to Alpha Centauri (in Real Time).

Warcross, by Marie Lu
Marie Lu (Legend) introduces 18-year-old Emika Chen and the immersive combat game of Warcross in her recent cyber-thriller. Emika, having been on her own for years, has a juvenile record and massive debts which she tries to mitigate by taking work as a bounty hunter. The game is massively popular—to the tune of millions of players who’ve made the game a way of life for a decade. Illegal betting on the game is a major industry, and people like Emika can find work in bringing gamblers to justice. Even that isn’t enough to keep Emi in ramen noodles, so she exploits a bug and hacks the opening game of the international Warcross Championship, accidentally becoming a part of the action and an overnight celebrity. Rather than arrest her, the game’s young creator gives her a job: hunt down a saboteur hiding on one of the world’s top Warcross teams. (Available as a Nook eBook, Diane Duane’s 2011 Omnitopia Dawn similarly involves a conspiracy to bring down an MMORPG—for noobs, that’s a massively multiplayer online role-playing game—with global reach and millions of players.)

Ack-Ack Macaque, by Gareth L. Powell
Come for the delightfully weird title, stay because Powell (Embers of War) has crafted a unique and engaging bit of sci-fi alt-history with impressive world-building. Lead by a foul-mouthed, cigar-smoking monkey fighter-pilot. Ack-Ack Macaque was the main character of a hugely popular Word War II-themed online game but, as the novel’s character soon realize, he wasn’t just a digital creation. The game’s masters fiddled with the mind of a real macaque and plugged him into the game to give their lead character a little something extra. It made for a huge hit, but Ack-Ack has escaped, and quickly becomes involved in a plot against the heir to the British throne in a steampunk near-future. Rather than being about the game, Powell’s novel is about a the world shaped by it. But we had to mention it, because monkey with a revolver.

Insignia, by S.J. Kincaid
Sometimes, it ain’t about the game. It’a about the player. Kincaid’s Insignia trilogy stars teenage gamer Tom Raines, a 14-year-old who’s not much of a physical specimen in reality—but in virtual reality, he’s a champ. For the Intrasolar Forces, that’s enough. In this future, the resources of the planet are gone, so war rages in the solar system for control for the riches of the broader solar system. His skills make him a hero, but the computer newly implanted in his brain makes him a virtual puppet to the military leadership. There’s a bit of Ender’s Game in this one’s DNA.

Otherworld, by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Most of these books are ambivalent about games and gamer culture—presumably because “Games are cool!” is a bit limited as a thesis. Otherworld goes full-on Black Mirror, though, with the story of a limitless virtual world that lets you do all of the things you’d like to do IRL but don’t have the guts to. Otherworld has no laws, no rules, and no limits. So why would you ever leave? What happens when the lure of imaginary worlds becomes more than we’re able to reists? That’s the question at the heart of the book, and it’s one that touches upon some very current and growing concerns about our relationship technology.

Armada, by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One is a given on this list, so instead we went with Cline’s follow-up, which has a great deal in common with The Last Starfighter, a classic (if cheesy) ’80s movies that brought video game-sensibilities to the big screen. Like Ready Player One, Armada is also likely to become a film in the near future. It’s about angry teenager Zack Lightman, who has lived his life pining after his dad, a video game champ who went missing shortly after Zack’s birth. Zack’s life changes when he looks out of his classroom window one day and sees a UFO that very closely resembles the one from the game with which he’s obsessed. Soon, he’s contacted by the Earth Defense Alliance, who are recruiting soldiers to defend against an anticipated invasion by alien forces. Zack finds, however, that the motivations of the “invaders” might not be quite what he’s been told.

In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
This graphic novel is about Anda, a huge fan of Coarsegold Online, a popular MMORPG. It’s her entire social sphere, and a place in which she can be her ideal self. A hero and a leader with friends from all over the world. Inspired to join an all-female guild, she’s soon approached with a business proposal: in exchange for IRL cash, she’ll use her skills to hunt and kill gold farmers, being players from developing countries who collect game currency and items to sell to players who are looking to get ahead quickly. It sounds great until she befriends Raymond, a Chinese teenager already crippled from years of factory work. The story brings up a variety of complex issues, not the least of which are the ways in which our virtual lives impact the real world, whether we realize it or not.

For the Win, by Cory Doctorow
Another Cory Doctorow book about gold farming, though this one is a prose novel with a dystopian bent. In a dark near-future, teenagers in the world’s poorest countries are made slaves to their computers, working tirelessly as gold farmers in electronic sweatshops, kept docile by exploitative contracts and threats of violence as they collect virtual treasure for wealthy players who don’t want to put in the work of building up their characters in a massively popular online game. Everything changes when a mystery woman with connections within and outside of the gaming world organizers some of the best teen gold farmers and sparks a revolution that will change the world, online and off. It’s a book that forces you to think about the who is paying the true costs of the gadgets and luxuries we take for granted in our everyday lives.

Otherland, by Tad Williams
Williams’ prognosticating ’90s sci-fi quartet is sprawling (four volumes, each flirting with 1,000 pages), but it earns the expansive page count with a story that both predicted the rise of immersive gaming and our always-connected world, and built a fascinating fantasy setting that works even without all the techno-trappings. In an undefined but not-too-distant future, immersive online gaming—closer to Second Life or the OASIS of Ready Player One than World of Warcraft—is omnipresent, and the real and virtual worlds have become irrevocably interwoven; people link up to the digital world via technology implants. But then children around the world begin falling into comas, a condition known as Tandagore Syndrome, that seems to be tied to events within the digital world that goes beyond simple failures of technology. A group of scientists begin investigating, and uncover a vast conspiracy that involves manipulation of the shared virtual world by the elite powers of the world—and soon, they find themselves trapped within the game, unable to log off. And as in The Matrix (which came out years after the first Otherland book), if you die in the game, you die in real life.

What books would you add to our list?

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Science Behind the Fiction: Westworld's intrusive memory recording and DNA sniffers @ Syfy Wire

After a 17-month hiatus, HBO's Westworld is back. While the season one finale provided some much-desired answers (Who is the Man in Black? Who is Wyatt? What's Ford's new narrative?) the beginning of Season 2 doubles down on the mysteries.

This article contains spoilers for Westworld Seasons 1 and 2.

Cobra Kai Is the Awesome Karate Kid Sequel You May or May Not Have Known You Wanted @ io9

Imagine if one of your favorite childhood movies got a five-hour sequel that was everything you could’ve ever wanted and more. Well, if you love The Karate Kid, now you don’t have to imagine it. It’s here and it’s called Cobra Kai.

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Mark Hamill and Ron Perlman roll out in new trailer for Transformers: Power of the Primes @ Syfy Wire

Two of the most epic voice actors in the world, Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy), have tea

Casting: Shazam! and Spider-Man nab actors while Taika Waititi film lands a newly minted Oscar winner @ Syfy Wire

While Marvel’s major leaguers dominate the news, a few other projects are quietly stocking up on actors for the upcoming superhero vacuum that Infinity War will leave in its wake. OK, maybe not a vacuum since everything’s been planned out until the heat death of the universe, but it certainly reminds us that, yes, things are still churning outside the MCU.

Here's every important (and pointless) landmark achieved in the MCU @ Syfy Wire

Iron Man (2008) is the first MCU movie — not just in the literal sense, but in the myriad ways it literally sets up the storytelling rules of the entire universe, right there in the first couple of hours. It features the first post-credits scene, the first mention of the Avengers Initiative, the first glimpse of Captain America's shield, the first Stan Lee cameo.

Holy Sarlaac! Solo's Alden Ehrenreich says that he's signed on to play Han for at least 3 movies @ Syfy Wire

Hail, Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich makes his debut as scoundrel Han Solo on May 25 in the Star Wars anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story, but it may not be his only

Colin Trevorrow's original vision for Jurassic World 2 was apparently really overstuffed @ Syfy Wire

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will feature a reunion between two old friends, a dinosaur rescue mission, an active volcano, Jeff Goldblum, and another genetically-enhanced beast.

Infinity War filmmakers explain the writing process: Baseball cards, manifestos, and care @ Syfy Wire

The reason I hit the Avengers: Infinity War press junket was not to gawk at the movie stars, though, to be fair, there were 20-some-odd of them assembled there, ostensibly to be gawked at. No, for this movie — which apparently features almost every character who's ever been in a Marvel flick — I wanted to talk to the architects of this impossible picture. I wanted to talk to the people charged with telling this story.

WATCH: Chart Superman in media through the Ultimate Superman Timeline @ Syfy Wire

For 80 years old, Superman looks healthier than ever as he's traveled through many channels to become one of the most recognizable superheroes ever to be created.

Tom Holland talks 'super cool' Miles Morales, and his Spider-Man tip for the Russo Brothers @ Syfy Wire

Last year, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming not only served as Peter Parker’s first solo movie in the MCU, it also set the stage for the debut of the Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Within Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics, Peter Parker met an early demise, and his mantle was picked by Miles. Since his first appearance, Miles has won a devoted following of his own.

What You Need to Know to Get Ready for The Handmaid's Tale Season Two Premiere @ io9

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale was published back in 1985, but the Hulu adaptation of its grim, deeply emotional story of female oppression was one of 2017&#39;s best, most gripping (and unfortunately most timely) TV shows, and that’s sure to be the case again this year with season two. Here’s how…

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Why real-life aliens might actually be stuck on their home planets @ Syfy Wire

Earth may not be the only planet to have spawned intelligent life, but is it the only one that allows that life to escape?

How food & family inspired Pixar's newest and cutest short, Bao @ Syfy Wire

Pixar's movies have always been a feast for movie fans. But as with any good meal, the appetizer is an essential part of the experience, and the studio's animated shorts have a well-earned reputation for being more than just a tasty amuse bouche.

Bruce Banner explains the Thanos threat in a new Avengers: Infinity War clip @ Syfy Wire

Avengers: Infinity War is finally close enough that actual humans who aren't part of the Marvel Studios inner circle can claim to have seen the movie. The film had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night, and while reactions from that screening have already begun pouring in, most of the world is still waiting for the moment when they can actually sit down in a theater and take it in. 

Supergirl May Have Finally Fixed Its Mon-El Problem for Good @ io9

For the last season and a half Supergirl has had a big issue with one of its main characters. Mon-El has too often been the complete antithesis of what the show should be—a brash dude who always knows best and whose story always comes at the expense of the show’s robust group of women. He and every story he’s touched…

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Amazon is putting Alexa into a robot and our dream of owning a robot butler gets closer to reality @ Syfy Wire

Just two days after the Westworld Season 2 premiere and Amazon is already attempting to make its own robots.

Incredible New Gif Shows Cosmic 'Snow' on the Surface of a Comet @ io9

I think I’m going to let this one speak for itself:

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The First Reactions to Avengers: Infinity War Are Here and Just About Everybody Has Been Blown Away @ io9

Last night, the press got to see Avengers: Infinity War, the culmination of a decades worth of Marvel movies that unites all your favorite heroes (and also Hawkeye) in one big mishmash of epic proportions. Although reviews aren’t available yet, critics have taken to social media to laud the movie—especially all the…

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Rocket into Alien Day with this Xenomorph-infested video game @ Syfy Wire

Alien Day is creeping up on us, and this annual celebration of xenomorphs and facehuggers is now spawning Alien: Offworld Colony Simulator, the sickest digital fight for survival on Earth or anywhere else. The open beta test will launch one minute before Alien Day (that’s 11:59 ET this Wednesday for all us humans).

By the way, if you didn’t already get the reference, the date is an homage to Aliens moon LV-426.

Tuesday's Best Deals: 30% off Pop Chart Lab, Curved Monitor, Garbage Disposals, and More @ io9

Chosen One of the Day: This literal basketcase from Legion @ Syfy Wire

Considering how off the walls the first season of Legion got, there was perhaps some concern that the second wouldn’t be able to compete. But, y’all, we needn’t have feared.

This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Witch Lords, Vampire Lawyers, and Lovers Lost in Time @ Barnes & Noble: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Publish or Perish, by Phillipa Bornikova
This is the third installment of the fast, fun, insider-y Linnet Ellery urban fantasy series from Bornikova, a.k.a. Melinda Snodgrass (Wild Cards). Ellery is a hotshot young attorney from a New York vampire law firm (though it bears mentioning that she’s human). Her latest assignment is a personal one: her ex-boyfriend (an elf) is trapped in the fae realm, and freeing him will take the combined negotiating skills of Ellery and her vampire boss (who she’s also been developing a romantic interest in—though human/vampire relations are forbidden—and a huge problem for HR).

The Defiant Heir, by Melissa Caruso
Caruso’s second in the Swords and Fire Series (after The Tethered Mage) opens with the threat of war smothering the Venice-like Raverra. The Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing to invade, but first they must observe ancient law and call a gathering of the 17 lords to vote. Lady Amalia Cornaro sees Raverra’s only slim hope in this delay—and she and her tethered mage, Zaira, head into enemy territory to do whatever they must to ensure that the conclave of lords turns away from invasion—disobeying orders from Raverra’s ruling council and putting their lives in danger in a desperate bid to save the empire.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Imaginarium, by Paul Kidby
Artist Paul Kidby was a friend and frequent collaborator of the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s, having provided the covers for the last 14 Discworld novels and assembled the compendium The Art of Discworld. This new hardcover volume collects his favorite pieces of Discworld art, including previously unreleased works as well as art only previously included in foreign and limited editions of the novels. You also find the complete cover paintings for all the books Kidby illustrated, sans text, the better to appreciate every oddball detail.

Time Was, by Ian McDonald 
During World War II, Tom and Ben meet amid the Blitz while working on a project to render British targets invisible to German instruments. Teamed in close quarters, they find themselves falling in love during a period in history when such relationships are dangerous. Then something goes wrong with the project, and Ben and Tom disappear. No bodies are ever found, and the pair are presumed dead. Solving the mystery of what happened to them will fall into the hands of a grizzled old collector of those rare objects, physical books, in a time a few decades hence; tracing odd clues left in handmade copies of a particular poetry book, the booksellers begins to discover the secrets of a romance unbound by time. This slender novella is a chance of pace from an an author known for his densely plotted future fables (River of Gods), but it loses none of its emotional power for a lack of additional pages.

Slayer Stats: The Complete Infographic Guide to All Things Buffy, by Steve O’Brien and Simon Guerrier
It has been more than 20 years since Buffy Summers slayed (slew?) her first vampire and changed television for the better—plenty of time for the expert statisticians to crunch the numbers and analyze the date. The result is this tongue-in-cheek guide to the series, filled with humorous infographics depicting everything from the Scooby Gang’s overlapping love triangles to a flowchart of vampire sirings.

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First Look: Check out the latest Aliens comic, Dust to Dust @ Syfy Wire

We are just two days away from the third annual Alien Day celebration on April 26, a holiday conjured up as reference to planet LV-426, and Dark Horse Comics is doing its part recognizing the fan holiday by releasing the first issue of Aliens: Dust to Dust, written and drawn by Gabriel Hardman (

Flash to feature Arrow crossover, introduce Earth-X version of Laurel Lance @ Syfy Wire

With just a few weeks remaining before The Flash’s Season 4 finale, Team Flash will need all the help it can get to finally take down Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker (Neil Sandilands) — especially in the wake of last week’s dramatic events.

Bruce Campbell is 'retired' from Ash Williams and Evil Dead @ Syfy Wire

Last week, the word came down that Starz had canceled Ash vs. Evil Dead after a three-season run. And while fans held out hope that the series could potentially find another home, the star of the show, Bruce Campbell, has indicated that Sunday’s Ash vs. Evil Dead series finale will be the end of his 37-year run as Ashley J. Williams. 

Elon Musk’s space-voyaging Tesla: Where’s it headed? @ Syfy Wire

One of the most difficult problems in space travel is also one of the most ironically simple: When you shoot something into space, where will it go?

The reason it's simple is because we understand gravity. Once you give a spacecraft its big push and it goes screaming off into the void, it should in principle be possible to know where it'll be at any point in the future.

Updates on the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fantastic Beasts 2, and More @ io9

Kevin Feige dishes on the future of the Marvel movieverse, from Fox deals to Moon Knight to Black Panther 2. Joe Russo confirms a certain character from the comics is definitely not in Infinity War or Avengers 4. There’s some wild rumors about Black Widow’s solo movie. Plus, some things that aren’t Marvel-related!…

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All Of Pop Chart Lab’s Gloriously Nerdy Data Art Is 30% Off [Exclusive] @ io9

There’s always that one person in your life that has nothing on their walls. Add some awesome to someone’s life, or upgrade your own bare walls with rad prints during this 30% off sitewide at Pop Chart Lab. Check out their newest prints, like Every Emjoi Ever and Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium. Enter the code…

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