Get a glimpse of something from every episode of Doctor Who S8 right here! @ Blastr

With one month to go, here's a little nugget of truth from each and every episode of Doctor Who's upcoming eighth series. 

It's 31 days and counting to the dawn of the age of Peter Capaldi and, so, with only a month left it's time to move beyond simple trailers and start getting into the meat of what each of the Doctor's latest stories will be about.

And, thankfully, SFX magazine have got just that. Every episode is represented in the tantalizing season wrap-up below with something, even if it's just the most teasing of teases. Ya ready?

  • 801. Clara trying to cope with her best friend being someone else. A terrifying monster.
  • 802. Gritty Dalek ep that goes into the last place in the universe the Doctor should be.
  • 803. Very funny Robin Hood story all about being a hero and whether the Doctor is as a good man.
  • 804. The story of a date and the Doctor having what appears to be a mild nervous breakdown. Tiny guest cast, no CGI. A bit of Coupling. Quite scary.
  • 805. A Doctor Who heist movie with a cracking monster, one of Neill Gorton’s best.
  • 806. What effect would slipping away with the Doctor have on your life? A hoot with some serious bits. Bit like The Lodger.
  • 807. Proper drama with monsters and all the Doctor Who stuff that you could want. Also features a callback to a past episode (sort of).
  • 808. Moffat playing the long game with a callback to something from Matt’s first series. A brilliant idea of a monster. Foxes singing.
  • 809. A horror story that starts off with a very cute idea and becomes really quite frightening by the end. One of the best ever sight gags in it.
  • 810. Boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic. A fairytale, but not Moffat fairytale. Quite different with a clever main visual idea.
  • 811/12. High octane action, with Cybermen and some proper UNIT stuff. Strong emotional story about Clara and the Doctor and the fact that the way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them.

Lots to chew over. Nice little detail about episode one. The way it's described -- is the terrifying monster the villain of the story, or the Doctor himself? We're also glad the Dalek episode will come around so soon, so that fans can get to them right away, and, for those who are sick of them, they can be out of the way just as quickly.

A lot of them look good, and it's exciting that so many of them seem to be featuring new monsters.

Which episode has you the most intrigued?

(via Doctor Who TV)

Sinister Six Defeat Amazing Spider-Man! (Or At Least Their Movie Does) @ io9

Sinister Six Defeat Amazing Spider-Man! (Or At Least Their Movie Does)

Looks like those rumors that Sony was concerned about the Amazing Spider-Man movie series weren't entirely unfounded. Sony has just announced that Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be delayed two years, until 2018... but that the Sinister Six movie will now premiere on November 11th, 2016.

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What Kinds of Stories Would You Like to See on io9? @ io9

What Kinds of Stories Would You Like to See on io9?

You come to io9 for a lot of reasons. You want to escape with science fiction and fantasy, but you also want to learn about what's possible in the real world using science and technology. You want to know what's coming next, and what it will take to get there. What other stories do you want to see?

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Kitschies Judges and New Director @ Locus Online

Kitschie Awards co-founder Jared Shurin has announced that he is stepping down as director of the award, with Glen Mehn taking over his duties.

Shurin and Anne C. Perry founded the award in 2009, though Perry stepped down from administration over two years ago after joining publisher Hodder & Stoughton.

Mehn will also be one of this year’s judges for the Red Tentacle (for best novel) and Golden Tentacle (for best debut novel) Awards, along with judges Kate Griffin, Adam Roberts,  Frances Hardinge, and Kim Curran.

 

Here's the first image from Insidious 3. Turns out, it's gonna be a prequel. @ Blastr

One of the creepiest new horror franchises is back, and it's taking its story in the one direction it was always destined to go.

All cards on the table, Insidious: Chapter 2 was not exactly the best horror movie ever made. But the first Insidious? It definitely kept people up nights. So we're glad to see the franchise moving away from the Lamberts, since their story has really been told, and instead focusing on the background of the ghost hunters we met in the first film.

Yes, psychic Elise Rainier will return, along with her assistants, Specs and Tucker. And we couldn't be happier. Those three really amped up the scares in the first Insidious when they turned up, and getting more of their story is, we think, very worthwhile.

Here's the full press release:

Focus Features, Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), and Blumhouse Productions announced today that Insidious: Chapter 3 has begun production in Los Angeles. Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, is writing and directing the new movie.

To commemorate the start of production of the series’ newest chapter, Focus is launching a sweepstakes on the official Insidious Facebook (www.facebook.com/InsidiousMovie) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/InsidiousMovie) pages. Insidious buffs and fans will have the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of Insidious: Chapter 3. The contest begins on Tuesday, July 22nd, and ends on Friday, July 25th. The contest’s complete official rules can be accessed at www.focusfeatures.com/article/insidious_set_visit.

Insidious: Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney (of August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (of Blumhouse’s upcoming Jem and the Holograms) alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.

In Insidious: Chapter 3, a twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further. 

Focus Features will release Insidious: Chapter 3 domestically nationwide on Friday, May 29th, 2015. eOne will distribute the picture in Canada, U.K., and Spain; and Sony will distribute the picture in the rest of the world. Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who produced both previous movies in the series, is producing the next installment with returning producer Oren Peli and franchise co-creator James Wan, who directed the two earlier films written by Mr. Whannell with story by Mr. Wan and Mr. Whannell. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steven Schneider, Charles Layton, and Xavier Marchand are executive-producing Insidious: Chapter 3.

So, yes. This is a prequel, but in a way that makes sense and has no real bearing on the previous two chapters. The only real regret is that we know our heroes are safe, which can hamper the scares a bit. On the other hand, it could be very fun to watch the family Elise tries to protect be utterly destroyed by the forces in the realm of the Further.

It's also a bit of a bummer to see James Wan stepping away from directorial duties, but Leigh Whannell has been around from the start and is also writing, so we're confident he'll be able to give us the creeps.

What do you think, though? Is this a good call for Insidious: Chapter 3?

(via Collider)

Deals: Free Comics, A Song of Ice and Fire Graphic Novels, Humble @ io9

Deals: Free Comics, A Song of Ice and Fire Graphic Novels, Humble

We've got a very nice selection of comics and graphic novels today, several of which are free:

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Oceans May Be Critical For Life To Arise In Habitable Zones @ io9

Oceans May Be Critical For Life To Arise In Habitable Zones

It's generally agreed that liquid water and a stable atmosphere are the minimal requirements for life. But new research shows that oceans play a vital role in stabilizing and moderating climates on Earth-like planets.

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That Time The CIA Kidnapped A Soviet Spacecraft @ io9

That Time The CIA Kidnapped A Soviet Spacecraft

A document obtained by the National Security Archive reveals for the first time the details of a Cold War spy operation that briefly "borrowed" and studied a Soviet spacecraft that was part of an international exhibition — and then returned it without the Russians ever knowing it happened.

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Here's your first (sort of) look at District 9 director's new sci-fi flick Chappie @ Blastr

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San Diego Comic-Con hasn't even started yet, and already images from the convention center are starting to appear online.

One of the first is a series of shots taken by Collider of a poster for Chappie, the new movie coming next year from District 9 and Elysium writer/director Neill Blomkamp. As you can see from the photos (Collider editor Steve "Frosty" Weintraub notes that it was difficult to snap the whole thing at once), the poster gives us our first look at the title robot, as well as some childlike drawings of Chappie, "Mommy," and a rather sinister-looking "Daddy" that hint at the tone of dark humor that Blomkamp is going for this time around.

All we know about the movie is that the plot has something to do with two criminals who steal Chappie, but it does mark a return to both South Africa and his lower-budget roots after Blomkamp went for spectacle with the underperforming Elysium. Producer Simon Kinberg has also called Chappie "the most provocative studio movie you'll likely ever see," so my guess is that there's a lot more going on here that we don't know about yet.

Chappie stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie and vocalists Ninja and Yolandi Visser of South African rap combo Die Antwoord. The movie doesn't open until next March 27, but if you're headed down to San Diego this week, look for the poster -- and maybe more -- at Comic-Con.

And stay tuned for more Comic-Con coverage from Blastr!


 

This Nefarious Webcomic Evildoer Is Every Bond Villain Rolled Into One @ io9

This Nefarious Webcomic Evildoer Is Every Bond Villain Rolled Into One

The titular supervillain of Richard Sala's deliciously over-the-top crime webcomic, Super-Enigmatix, is the puppet master behind most of the world's crime. He can make dogs attack their owners or place human-eating plants in the local botanical gardens—and he's always surrounded by beautiful henchwomen. Can he be stopped? Should he be stopped?

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First Look At Neill Blomkamp’s Robot Comedy Chappie @ io9

First Look At Neill Blomkamp’s Robot Comedy Chappie

Here is the first ever official glimpse at Neil Blomkamp's next film Chappie. We don't know much about this project other than it's a comedy about a robot, it will feature zef-style duo Die Antwoord, and will once again re-team Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley. But this poster certainly looks promising.

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What Does It Mean When Chickens Share Human Beauty Standards? @ io9

What Does It Mean When Chickens Share Human Beauty Standards?

Here's an interesting little experiment. A group of chickens and a group of humans were asked to "rate" male or female faces based on beauty. The chickens agreed with the humans. But what does it mean?

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Kevin Feige teases the debut of the 'real' Mandarin and the return of ... the Red Skull? @ Blastr

<div id="file-139471" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/TheMandarinBenKingsley2_1.jpg?itok=wTStsyCm" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Will two of the MCU's most memorable big bad villains -- namely the Madarin and the Red Skull -- ever be back on the big screen to face off against any, or better yet,&nbsp;<em>all&nbsp;</em>of Earth's Mightiest Heroes? Here's what Marvel's head honcho Kevin Feige had to say.</p><p class="MsoNormal">In an interview with <a href="http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/07/22/could-we-see-the-real-mandarin-is-red-skull-dead">IGN</a>, Feige was asked about the return of both the Mandarin (who was actually revealed to be an English actor named Trevor in <em>Iron Man 3</em>, played to sheer perfection by Ben Kingsley) and&nbsp;<em>Captain America: The First Avenger</em>’s villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">About the Mandarin, here’s what Feige said:<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">“There have been [talks]. That's one of the reasons we wanted to do the fun short that Drew Pearce wrote and directed. That was to clarify, 'Hey, just because we did this thing doesn't mean this other thing doesn't exist.' And as we were making Iron Man 3 -- and I think Drew's spoken about this -- that was always our intention, was that Aldrich Killian was perverting the notion of these things he's heard.”<o:p></o:p></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">But as to how the <em>real</em> Mandarin could work out after the events of <em>Iron Man 3</em>, Feige pointed to the fact that there were quite a few hints sprinkled all over the excellent Marvel One-Shot “All Hail the King,” as well as the main film itself:<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">“There's a little bit of that when he's doing his detective work in his lab after Happy's been injured outside the Chinese Theater. He's talking about, 'Okay, the Mandarin is taken from various iconographies and mythologies from across the world.' The idea was always there was somebody like this. There had been rumors of somebody like this, and Aldrich Killian just built on that, to make his version.”<o:p></o:p></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">As for that other Marvel Cinematic Universe villain that Cap (Chris Evans) came toe-to-toe and Supersoldier-sized blows with in <em>First Avenger</em>&nbsp;-- the Red Skull, a role Hugo Weaving has made clear he has no interest in returning to -- Feige had this to say:<o:p></o:p></p><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">“Well, the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime," he teased. "I honestly don't know when or where that would be.”</p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><!--MEDIA-WRAPPER-START-1--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><img height="327" width="580" class="media-element file-default" data-file_info="%7B%22fid%22:%22139476%22,%22view_mode%22:%22default%22,%22fields%22:%7B%22format%22:%22default%22,%22field_media_categories%5Bund%5D%22:%22_none%22,%22field_file_image_alt_text%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_caption%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_caption%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bformat%5D%22:%22wysiwyg_basic%22,%22field_file_image_title_text%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_keywords%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_source%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_credit%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_copyright%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_source_link%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_media_tags%5Bund%5D%22:%22%22,%22field_credit_link%5Bund%5D%5B0%5D%5Bvalue%5D%22:%22%22%7D,%22type%22:%22media%22%7D" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/RedSkullTesseract.jpg?itok=DZlRAxs3" alt="" title="" /></p><p class="MsoNormal">Since Hydra was revealed to be the Big Bad behind the events of <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em>, it seems pretty clear that the door may have been left wide open for the return of the Red Skull in some capacity down the line. Hail Hydra!</p><p class="MsoNormal">(<a href="http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/07/22/could-we-see-the-real-mandarin-is-red-skull-dead">IGN</a> via <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=104112">Comic Book Movie</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>

Is Marvel Getting People Ready For A New Generation of Movie Heroes? @ io9

​Is Marvel Getting People Ready For A New Generation of Movie Heroes?

Before I start answering this week's letters, I just wanted to let you know that I, as a fake mailman living in the post-apocalyptic future, know everything that's going to be announced and shown at this year's San Diego Comic-Con already. And I'm not telling. Nyeh.

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Tell Us About The Best Science Experiment You Ever Did! @ io9

Tell Us About The Best Science Experiment You Ever Did!

Whether your last experiment involved combining baking soda and vinegar and calling it a volcano or you took your DIY science efforts pro in a lab, we want to hear about the best experiment you ever did.

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Army Chow Could One Day Be Made With 3D Printers @ io9

Army Chow Could One Day Be Made With 3D Printers

The military has always looked toward new technologies to keep its soldiers fed while in the field. Canned food, for instance, was first created to provide sustenance for Napoleon's troops. Now the U.S. Army is investigating 3D printers as a way to produce more nutritious, and hopefully tastier, military rations.

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Meet 11 maniacal movie robots intent on ruining your sunny summer day @ Blastr

Ever since the 1920 Czech play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) first indoctrinated us into the realm of artificial humans, filmmakers have delighted in posing cinematic scenarios where benign androids go rogue and begin the annihilation of mankind. Check out this sinister selection of deadly, deranged robots bent on brutality from sci-fi films over the decades.

Roll through a rampaging roster of positronic machines poised to pounce on our private liberties in movies like Judge Dredd, The Black Hole, Demon Seed, Logan's Run, Saturn 3 Hardware and more.  

Let the mechanized mayhem begin.

British Inventor To Aim The World's Largest 'Fart Machine' At France @ io9

British Inventor To Aim The World's Largest 'Fart Machine' At France

Colin Furze is building the biggest fart machine ever — a valveless engine that will be housed in a specially constructed pair of buttocks. His ultimate goal is to place it on top of the cliffs of Dover and aim it across the Channel towards France.

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Deadspin The Top 200 Ways Bleacher Report Screwed Me Over | Jalopnik Son Finds His Late Dad's 'Ghost @ io9

Gwendoline Christie's Rumored Episode VII Role Is Appropriately Badass @ io9

Gwendoline Christie's Rumored Episode VII Role Is Appropriately Badass

Spoiler warning, grains of salt, you know the deal. Let's just say if this rumor is true, it's a role worthy of Brienne of Tarth. Details after the jump!

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Image of the day: The Doctor Who Cybermen invade London. Again! @ Blastr

<div id="file-139136" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/cybermen-2014-st-pauls.jpg?itok=fQE8Xm8T" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">It was a blast from the past as the Cybermen were spotted invading London (yet again!) just a few days ago.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The <em>Doctor Who</em> cast and crew were busy filming scenes believed to be from the season-eight finale outside of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The scene mimics the 1968, Third Doctor Patrick Troughton episode titled “The Invasion,” which you can see right here:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><img height="427" width="570" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/cybermen-the-invasion-london.jpg?itok=i2qTn3zq" alt="" title="" /></p><p class="MsoNormal">The Cybermen that'll be seen in the finale are the 2013 version and <em>not</em> the John Lumic, parallel-universe Cybermen we saw throughout David Tennant’s tenure as the Tenth Doctor and part of Matt Smith’s as Doctor Eleven.</p><p class="MsoNormal">(via <a href="http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/cybermen-invade-london-again-64634.htm">Doctor Who TV</a>)&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>

More than 250 comics artists unite to pay tribute to Usagi Yojimbo creator @ Blastr

One of the most powerful stories coming out of San Diego Comic-Con this year will almost certainly involve Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai.

Late last year, after a long period of illness, Sakai's wife Sharon had to spend a lengthy amount of time in the hospital, and then required ongoing care at home, as well as expensive medication. Fellow comics creators rallied around Sakai to help him through this trying financial time, but the comics industry isn't done helping this particular legend in their midst just yet.

If you've ever read Usagi Yojimbo, you know why it's widely regarded as a comics masterpiece. Sakai has produced consistently excellent work on the book for three decades now, both through his exceptional art and through his complex, ambitious storytelling. After 30 years, Usagi Yojimbo remains one of the best books on the racks, and this year at San Diego Comic-Con fellow artists will both help Sakai in his time of need and pay tribute to this masterpiece with The Sakai Project, an art book from Dark Horse Comics celebrating 30 years of Sakai's creation.

The Sakai Project has been building for a while now, but as Comic-Con dawns, Dark Horse has finally revealed just how big the project is. The final book, which will be available at the Dark Horse booth during the convention for $29.99, will feature 262 (yes, you read that right) artists, all doing their own spin on Sakai's creation. And this isn't just a group of fans who turned in their fan art. This is a who's who of great comic-book art, ranging from Neal Adams to Adam Hughes to Mike Mignola to Walt Simonson to Chris Samnee and many, many more. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Sakai and his family to help with their ongoing financial needs. 

The end result of this months-long effort to help Sakai and his family through a difficult time isn't just a testament to the respect Sakai's peers have for him, but to the continuing impact of his work. Usagi Yojimbo ranks among the most influential comics of its time by now, and many, many artists are clearly willing to provide proof of that with this project. So if you're a Sakai fan and want to help the man and his loved ones through a tough time, pick up the book at the con, or stay tuned for information on how you can pick up The Sakai Project later. Check out a full list (and trust us, it's a long list) of the artists involved, along with a few art samples, below.

(Via ComicsAlliance)

Adams, Art 54

Adams, Josh 65

Adams, Neal 96

Adlard, Charlie 51

Albuquerque, Alberto Jimenez 53

Albuquerque, Rafael 149

Alvarez, Juan 20

Anderson, Michael 29

Angleberger, Tom 95

Aragonés, Sergio 80-81

Ariff, Mokhzani Mohamed 15

Azpiri, Alfonzo 88

Bá, Gabriel 27

Bahr, Sean 126

Baltazar, Art 39

Beland, Tom 23

Bendis, Brian Michael 53

Bercier, Dominic 63

Bernet, Jordi 84

Beukes, Chris 93

Bocianowski, Mike 135

Borovac, Bruno 64

Bradshaw, Nick 32

Brereton, Dan 90

Brown, Jeffrey 126

Brown, Lars 115

Brubaker, Denver 70

Buccellato, Steve 88

Buzz 110

Campbell, Eddie 77

Campbell, J. Scott 125

Campos, Shane 74

Carasco, Manny 58

Carruthers, Sandy 103

Casserly, Aidan 21

Cau, Mario 71

Cervelle Santos, Aluisio 30

Chadwick, Paul 91

Chin, Joyce 145

Ching, Brian 45

Cho, Frank 48

Cichon, Seban 74

Conley, Aaron 42

Cook, Katie 114

Cooke, Darwyn 158

Cooper, Joseph 113

Corben, Richard 128

Costa, Ben 46

Crilley, Mark 19

Culver, Dennis 70

Curtis, Mike 87

D’Anda, Carlos 139

D’Angelo, Bruno 136

Dale, Jeremy 146

Darrow, Geof 26

Davis, Guy 141

Davis, Jack 98

Davison, Al 46

Delgado, Edgar 70

Delgado, Ricardo 150

deSouza, Lar 103

Dimitrievski, Mihajlo 73

Doherty, Jim 87

Dooney, Michael 17

Dos Santos, Mark 41

Dular, Picasso 137

Duncan, David Allan 92

Dunn, Ben 64

Duursema, Jan 25

Edwards, Don 64

Eltaeb, Gabe 47

Emdin, Anton 29

Evangelista, Gabriel 133

Farago, Andrew 124

Farfan, Jorge 110

Felizmenio, Aaron 76

Ferdinand, Ron 86

Fields, Gary 152

Fischer, Shane 87

Fleecs, Tony 124

Fowler, Tom 31, 62

Francesco 47

Franco 76

Freundt, Victor 29

Frye, Chad 30

Furuichi, Audra 140

Gant, George 106

Garcia, José 144

Genen, Andy 92

Gibbons, Dave 134

Gladden, Stephanie 123

Glasheen, Kate 72

Goldberg, Stan 156

Golden, Michael 43

Gom 112

Gordon, Steven E. 95

Goto, Ray 117

Green, Josh 71

Green, Sanford 34

Gretzky, Gaz 103

Groening, Matt 100

Guarnido, Juanjo 143

Guerra, Pia 102

Guilhaumond, Greg Lofe

Gulacy, Paul 131

Ha, Gene 118

Hallett, Scott 126

Hama, Larry 111

Hanson, Travis 132

Hardman, Gabriel 89

Hembeck, Fred 99

Henson, Eric 13

Hernandez, Gilbert 101

Ho, Jason 106

Hughes, Adam 78

Hugonnard-Bert, Julien 114

Hutchison, Megan 65

Jantze, Michael 160

Jew, Anson 64

Jew, Benton 26

Johnson, Dave 57

Jones, Nat 50

Jorge, Miguel 58

Kazaleh, Mike 117

Kean Soo 138

Keane, Jeff 86

Kibuishi, Kazu 20

Kim, Eric 38

Kimble, Jason 152

Kunkel, Mike 117

Lash, Batton 156

Law, Marvin 52

Leialoha, Steve 88

Lemire, Jeff 119

Leone, Mauricio 65

Levens, Megan 58

Linsner, Joseph Michael 147

Little, Troy 154

Lovett, Nate 44

Lu, Jerome 152

Luiz, Flavio 124

Luth, Tom 107

Luzniak, Greg 122

Macan, Darko 85

Mack, David 107

Maleev, Alex 82

Mandrake, Tom 10

Mariano, Mark 41

Marks, Jonathan 109

Martin, Oscar 102

Martinez, Paul Roman 107

Masterman, Adam 13

Mathias, Don 89

Matsumura, Huwj 152

McCrea, John 108

McNeil, Carla Speed 75

Menyz, Marcio 120

Mignola, Mike 148

Miki, Danny 22

Mommaerts, Robb 69

Montes, Dave 76

Moody, Katie 115

Moon, Fábio 116

Morrison, Bill 99

Morse, C. Scott 153

Muller, Eric 9, 38

Murase, Sho 138

Nasir, Dzulfeqar 12

Nauk, Todd 21

Nelson, Matt 44

Nguyen, Dustin 70

Nido, Julien 113, 129

Nixey, Troy 159

Norton, Mike 52

Nunez, Eddie 63

O’Barr, James 122

O’Toole, Darrin 29

Oeming, Michael Avon 16

Olivia 79 Ordway, Jerry 127

Panganiban, Wil 23

Panosian, Dan 33

Parsons, Daniel 97

Parton, Bradd 75

Pau 39

Peterson, David 151

Petz, Matthew 40

Pizzari, Luca 28

Pleger, Shelley 87

Potts, Carl 153

Powell, Eric 61

Presley, Pat 157

Procopio, Ruben 95

Quang, Phuong Mai Bui 39

Queen, Randy 102

R Squared Studio 102

Rader, Brad 52

Rafide, Guilherme 122

Renaud, Paul 59

Richmond, Tom 86

Riggs, Robin 113

Rivera, Paulo 68

Robertson, Darick 35

Rodriguez, Tone 6, 109

Romero, Leonardo 55

Rooth, Michael 71

Rousseau, Craig 93

Roux, Stéphane 53

Rozum, John 21

Salas, Ron 74

Sale, Tim 60

Samnee, Chris 67

Sanjulian 155

Scalf, Chris 75

Scullin, Patrick 153

Seeley, Tim 138

Sharp, Liam 143

Shaw!, Scott 97

Sheridan, Chris 93

Shinn, Tim 37

Sienkiewicz, Bill 130

Silver, Stephen 132

Simonson, Walter 104

Sison, Josef 21

Slama, Rudy 135

Smith, Cory 109

Smith, Jeff 94

Smith, Paul M. 36

Smith, Uko 97

Sneyd, Doug 83

Sohn, Alison 111

Stambaugh, Doug 24

Staton, Joe 87

Steacy, Ken 115

Stegbauer, Mark 110

Stewart, Cameron 11

Stout, William 105

Tamura, Breno 46

TenNapel, Doug 63

Texeira, Mark 41

Thibodeau, Robb 44

Thomasi, Elton 47

Thompson, Craig 56

Tirri, Chris 30

Tuazon, Noel 157

Tucci, Billy 49

Vasquez, Mike 135

Velásquez, Salvador 135

Wagner, Matt 66

West, Scott 121

Whalen, K R 114

Wheatley, Doug 14

White, Shane 18

Wolstenholme, Ben 24

Wright, Ken 115

Wu, Joseph 156

Wyatt, Steve 99

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Doctor Who's Dark New Direction. Plus Another Hulk Rumor Debunked! @ io9

Doctor Who's Dark New Direction. Plus Another Hulk Rumor Debunked!

What is Marvel's plan for its ambitious movie schedule through 2019? How will the new Power Rangers movie connect to the TV show? Robin Lord Taylor says Gotham has a story for how the Penguin gets his distinctive walk. Lucy Lawless joins the cast of Agents of SHIELD. Plus, fresh looks at The Walking Dead season five. Spoilers now!

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China Is Turning Tiger Bones Into Wine @ io9

China Is Turning Tiger Bones Into Wine

Chinese brewers are making wine from tiger bones despite specific regulations against the trade in tiger bones. And it's not technically illegal, since they're not actually selling the bones. What?

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Robert Downey Jr. Not Quite Ready to Give Up Iron Man @ io9

Robert Downey Jr. Not Quite Ready to Give Up Iron Man

It's been largely assumed that the next Iron Man movie, if and when it comes, would no longer feature Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. But now Downey's giving signs that he's plenty ready to stick around.

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Art Imitates Life: In Science Fiction Robots Do Too @ Omni Reboot

If robots are not alive, then why do we wonder what they are thinking?


If you’ve been to an office you probably know what a drop-ceiling is. It’s the grid of whitish tiles in which light fixtures and ventilator grates are set. If you stand on a desk and push one of the rectangular tiles out of its frame, you can stick your head into the space above it and see your office building as it really is: air ducts and electrical cables, concrete beams and sprinkler pipes. When you lift the ceiling tile, you might feel a sensation of trespass as the secrecy above escapes into the office below. Once you know about the space above the ceiling, no office ever looks quite the same. Everything about an office looks strange when thirty percent of the building has to be hidden in order to make the other seventy look normal.

This is what it feels like to have normal on a dissection table, to cut it open and see the strangeness inside.

Take walking, for example.

Imagine a person walking in a profile view. One leg has just been planted on the ground, receiving the whole weight of her body. The leg on the ground is fully extended and straight, but her torso continues to move. It has momentum from the previous step. The leg planted on the ground begins to topple. Her trunk moves off center and she starts to fall. Then she makes things worse, using her toes to push her weight off the straight leg and out into space. After falling half an inch, her other leg snaps out in front of her body and hits the ground. Her weight lands on it. The second leg stiffens, straightens, and recovers the half-inch of altitude. Then the cycle starts again.

Walking is a process of continuously arrested falling. It’s what happens when we discover how to turn this planet’s gravity well into the most efficient way of moving ourselves across its surface.

But try minding it. Walking is one of the many bodily processes that neither requires nor long tolerates our conscious intrusion. Breathing is another. Drawing every breath deliberately is almost as exhausting as refusing to take one. Trying to walk consciously will destroy its continuity, while reading, singing, nursing, eating, and even—especially—thinking are all perfectly compatible with cognition. What is it about deliberate control that destroys our ability to walk?

The answer lies in science fiction.

Why do Gort, Tobor and Robbie all lumber? Why are robots always ponderous and awkward in our imagination? There are three ways of looking at the question.

• The first is the most obvious: they’re all men in suits. Robots lack grace because the sci-fi movies that formed their stereotype were low-budget. There wasn’t enough money to make robots walk like people, and so they became—and remain—stiff and hulking. This way of looking at the problem is perhaps the most literally true, and so also the least revealing. But thinking about men in suits does lead to the second way, which is that

• Robots lumber because it is a reflection of their internal nature. The characteristics that make up the robotic soul shine outwards and create their physical appearance. Think of the classic robot attributes: loyalty, pitilessness, strength. Inflexibility in the sense of being faithful, merciless, and hard-fisted informs how a robot should behave and so, naturally, how it ought to walk. Robots cannot experience or express subtlety and this fact expresses itself in their gait. This answer is better than the first but it still doesn’t articulate what it is about walking that gives robots such difficultly. The third way is the real answer to the question:

• Robots lumber because they are not human.

Walking is what happens when you unify the act of supporting your weight with your leap into freefall: when you reconcile your opposition to gravity with your submission to it. When this give-and-take between opposites happens very quickly, it produces the illusion of smooth, lateral motion. Reconciliation of opposites like these into a middle way is a faculty that robots lack—because they can have only those aspects of ourselves that we can analyze and then consciously simulate. And we can’t think ourselves into walking. We don’t “know” how to walk, and so cannot program robots to do it with any facility. We can’t even teach it: Babies are not shown how to walk, they are encouraged to let go of the coffee table and—by a method of their own discovery—cross the living room floor. Where they fall into their parent’s beckoning arms.

Making robots walk like us is difficult because the skills at the heart of being human are too close to excavate.

The ultimate achievement of artificial intelligence will not be a conscious machine, but one that dreams. That is, if you can have one without the other.

Walking is an example of our ability to weave opposites into usefulness. Our “highest skills are contingent on the unification of opposites;” this quote from a psychiatrist who studied human motion ((Straus, Erwin W. Phenomenological Psychology: Selected Papers. New York: Basic, 1966, p. 159)) is profound because anything approaching an “essential” human quality—and therefore a quality which it would be useful to simulate in robots—will always remain in the corner of your eye. Imagine trying to explain why something is funny. Trying to point out something on the periphery of your vision makes you turn in circles, which is exactly what it feels like to explain a joke. Eventually you give up by replacing the profundity of humor with the profundity of being and say: “You had to be there.”

Another way to think about the difficulty of abstracting our most useful qualities is to imagine ourselves submerged. We’ve been standing and walking for such a long time that those skills—and the opposites we unify to achieve them—have sunk right to the heart of us. And infiltrated our dreams. The two most stereotypical dreams that humans have, flying and falling, are testament. In these dreams our resistance and submission to gravity have been stripped from the cycle that walking transforms into forward motion, and we experience them unopposed. Any human faculty that trickles down through the mental strata until it joins the water table that supplies our dreams will pose a challenge to automation. The ultimate achievement of artificial intelligence will not be a conscious machine, but one that dreams. That is, if you can have one without the other.

Another characteristic human activity in which the reconciliation of opposites breaks down is language. In the case of robots, the fact that we don’t “know” how to reconcile Up with Down simply makes our robots clumsy. In language, however, the consequences of this collapse are more tangible.

The world enters us and is immediately fragmented by language. In walking, opposites are constantly reconciled; in language, these oppositions live lives all their own. They don’t need to be reconciled with each other in order to be useful. While this is certainly a great help to conscious thought, it has also been a tragedy. Words like Up and Down are everywhere in our speech, but the distinction is especially clear in the language of morality:

We tend to think that falling is the pits because it lays us low and brings us down. You might get depressed or stoop to baseness if you are down and out for long enough. We would prefer to be on the up and up, doing super (L. super-: above, over, on top) or even better, high. That’d be tops—pure heaven, (being high is sometimes tops enough to topple even the most stand-up guy, make him a failure [L. fallare: to trip or fall], and send him Down Below. Indeed, they have erected statues [L. stare: to stand] against it.)

As language developed in us—rising through our mental strata until it outpaced our talent for unifying its opposites—we became laden with a binary morality. Up or down: good or bad. This is one of the unforeseen consequences of abstract thought as English-speakers have inherited it.

The oppositions that flourish in language are fused only rarely and with incredible effort. When this happens, it’s usually because wisdom or genius has been at work. This is what things like wisdom and genius are for. They are the constant darners who mend the reality that language leaves in shreds. They walk through the seeming sense that language gives the world, as every other part of us stumbles on the paradoxes that language generates. When we try to use language systematically, very quickly we feel ourselves lumbering. This is because thought that is perfectly ordered and explicit works against our deepest skills.

Systematic thought is also, often, profoundly unintuitive. Consider the example of the first robot in English literature.

This robot appears in a very long poem written in the 1580s by Edmund Spenser called The Faerie Queene. ((Spenser, Edmund. The Faerie Queene. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1978, Book V, Canto II, ll. 190-244)) The poem narrates the adventures of several knights. One of them is named Artegal, who’s followed by a mechanical servant called Talus. This servant is remarkably similar to our modern stereotype of the science-fiction robot. Talus is immensely strong, merciless and incapable of falsehood—something like the T-800 that protects Edward Furlong. He’s also blessed with the moral intelligence of a three year old.

At one point in the story, Artegal chases the bandit Munera into her castle and orders Talus to kill her. Talus recognizes Munera’s guilt and begins to batter down her castle door with his iron flail. Talus’ assault fills the castle’s defenders with terror and in desperation Munera appears on the ramparts with sacks full of gold. Her men pour this gold onto Talus as she pleads with him to spare her life. As the coins bounce off his metal skin, he breaks through the castle gate.

Artegal and Talus search for Munera amid the castle’s cowering inhabitants. Talus deduces that Munera would hide beneath her stolen gold because she knows that the  robot isn’t there to loot. Talus plunges his arm into a heap of treasure and pulls Munera up by her blonde hair. She kneels at his feet and holds up her arms in supplication. Talus, unmoved, cuts off her hands and feet, takes them outside, then nails them to a high post to warn passersby of the punishment given to immorality. But Munera is still alive. Talus takes her by the waist and, holding her out in front of him, climbs to the top of her castle walls and throws her into a river, where she drowns in its mud. Later in the poem, after Artegal has been thrown into a dungeon by the villainess Radigund, Talus refuses to break him out because Artegal had broken a contract with her and so was technically in the wrong.

There is a connection between the lumbering morality—Talus’ mercilessness and indifference—and the physical lumbering of all the robot stereotypes that ensued. Both Talus and his descendants were made to mimic human skills that cannot be performed without unifying opposites. The fact that Talus is fictional only shows off the artificial nature of the thing he was made to execute: binary morality. This morality is within us and it gives us no end of grief as we try to use it in a world that can only be traversed on the back of an endless cycle of reconciliation.

This morality is within us, and it is only part of the trove hidden above the ceiling tiles that make an office out of reality and the world into a secret.

Visionary biomechanics pioneer H.R. Giger:

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Help WHERE MONSTERS DWELL Celebrate Their 300th Episode TONIGHT @ SciFi Mafia

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved in the production of our favorite comics radio show, Where Monsters Dwell, on their 300th episode tonight! WMD is a completely wonderful, engaging, entertaining show, and a must-listen for anyone interested in comic books, from newbies to veterans. We are told that special guests abound tonight, both in the studio and […]

Comic Book Review: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 @ SciFi Mafia

Writer: Nick Abadzis Artist: Elena Casagrande Publisher: Titan Comics Release Date: July 23, 2014 Synopsis: The Eisner Award-winning Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk, Doctor Who, Star Trek) take control of the TARDIS for their first five-issue arc with the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant! Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in […]

House Guarded By Dragon Gate Can Be Yours For Only 2.4 Million Euros @ io9

House Guarded By Dragon Gate Can Be Yours For Only 2.4 Million Euros

The Harlech House in Dublin has a beautiful stainless steel dragon guarding the gate. It's no dragon hedge , but it'll do. And the price can't be beat!

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Comic Book Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1 @ SciFi Mafia

Writers: Al Ewing and Rob Williams Artist: Simon Fraser Publisher: Titan Comics Release Date: July 23, 2014 Synopsis: A stunning new era begins for the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith! Alice Obiefune has just lost her mother when the Doctor explodes into her life. But what does this grieving young woman have to do […]

Marvel's Newest Star Wars Comic Book Will Focus on Princess Leia @ io9

Marvel's Newest Star Wars Comic Book Will Focus on Princess Leia

According to Bleeding Cool, a Leia Organa-centric comic will join Marvel's Star Wars lineup. As if more Princess Leia is ever a bad thing.

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This is it, everyone. We've got CGI cats, real cats, old cats, young cats. The special horror of Mike Myers as the Cat in the Hat. We've got it all set to The Cure's "Lovecats," and it's even got each clip identified for easy googling. This is what the Internet has been leading to for years.

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Weekly Comics Discussion – July 23, 2014 @ Bureau 42

The complete list of titles is available here.

Dark Horse Comics

  • AXE COP AMERICAN CHOPPERS #3
  • BTVS SEASON 10 #5
  • CONAN THE AVENGER #4
  • DREAM THIEF ESCAPE #2
  • ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #4
  • GOON OCCASION OF REVENGE #1
  • GROO VS CONAN #1
  • HALO ESCALATION #8
  • MASS EFFECT FOUNDATION #13
  • STAR WARS LEGACY II #17
  • TOMB RAIDER #6

DC Comics

  • ALL STAR WESTERN #33
  • AQUAMAN #33
  • BATMAN #33
  • BATMAN 66 #13
  • BATMAN AND ROBIN #33 – Robin Rises
  • BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #12
  • BATMAN ETERNAL #16
  • CATWOMAN #33
  • DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #7
  • FLASH #33
  • HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #15
  • INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #8
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #33
  • NEW 52 FUTURES END #12
  • RED LANTERNS #33
  • SECRET ORIGINS #4
  • STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES GI ZOMBIE #1
  • SUPERMAN #33
  • TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #13
  • WONDER WOMAN #33

IDW Comics

  • GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #14
  • KILL SHAKESPEARE MASK OF NIGHT #2
  • MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #7
  • POPEYE CLASSICS ONGOING #24
  • RAGNAROK #1
  • STAR TREK CITY O/T EDGE OF FOREVER #2
  • SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR JOHNNY BRAVO #1
  • TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #13
  • TMNT TURTLES IN TIME #2
  • TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE #1
  • TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE #4 DAWN O/T AUTOBOTS
  • WILD BLUE YONDER #5
  • WINTERWORLD #2
  • X-FILES SEASON 10 #14

Image Comics

  • REVIVAL #22
  • SAGA #21
  • SAVAGE DRAGON #196
  • SKULLKICKERS #29
  • SUPERANNUATED MAN #2
  • SUPREME BLUE ROSE #1
  • TREES #3
  • UNDERTOW #6
  • VELVET #6
  • ZERO #9

Marvel Comics

  • 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 AVENGERS
  • ALL NEW DOOP #4
  • ALL NEW INVADERS #8
  • ALL NEW ULTIMATES #5
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 – Original Sin
  • DAREDEVIL #6 – Original Sin
  • DEADPOOL #32 – Original Sin
  • DEADPOOL DRACULAS GAUNTLET #3
  • DEADPOOL VS X-FORCE #2
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BY ABNETT AND LANNING COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01 – Find out why this 25 issue run was chosen to be a movie over so many other options.
  • MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 – Original Sin
  • ORIGINAL SIN #5.2
  • ORIGINAL SINS #4
  • STORM #1
  • WAR OF KINGS TP NEW PTG – Also Abnett and Lanning, and a big part of the saga.
  • WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #6

Other Companies

  • ADVENTURE TIME FIONNA & CAKE #5 HEROES CON EXC
  • AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #6
  • ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #22
  • ARMOR HUNTERS BLOODSHOT #1
  • BART SIMPSON COMICS #91
  • BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #225
  • CAVEWOMAN JOURNEY #2
  • DOCTOR WHO 10TH #1 – Involves an original companion, and includes a code to gain that character in Doctor Who: Legacy.
  • DOCTOR WHO 11TH #1 – Involves an original companion, and includes a code to gain that character in Doctor Who: Legacy.
  • EVIL EMPIRE #1 ECCC EXC
  • GFT GODSTORM HERCULES PAYNE #4
  • GFT HELSING #4
  • GFT WONDERLAND #25
  • LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 MAGAZINE FORMAT – Includes the Death of Archie
  • LIFE WITH ARCHIE COMIC #37 – Death of Archie
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES MORIARTY LIVES #5
  • TWILIGHT ZONE #7

Extended trailer for Star Wars Rebels @ Sci-Fi Storm

While most of the attention has focused on next year’s release and current production of Star Wars Episode VII, there is still another production that is only a few months away from hitting the smaller screen…Star Wars Rebels debuts on Disney XD in October…

Sir Anthony Hopkins to play first TV role in J.J. Abrams’ Westworld pilot for HBO @ Sci-Fi Storm

Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Thor) is climbing on board his first potential TV role in the pilot for Westworld, based on the classic 1973 movie by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park).

Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the head of the fantasy park who has “unorthodox methods” for building his vision.

Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood, The Wrestler) will play Dolores Abernathy, “a sweet, Midwestern farm girl who has a very rude awakening during the series.”

Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming Interstellar) will direct from a script by himself and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), with both producing alongside J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Wars Episode VII), Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) and Bryan Burk (Revolution).

Vending Machines in Turkey Feed Stray Animals Waiting to Be Adopted @ io9

There are over 100,000 stray cats and dogs living in Istanbul, Turkey. And while more than 14 million people live there, these animals are still waiting to be rescued. One company, Pugedon, is making sure that the animals are at least provided food while they wait for a forever home.

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The Dinosaur Waited Patiently on Its Wing Legs, Ready for Flight @ io9

The Dinosaur Waited Patiently on Its Wing Legs, Ready for Flight

Last week, researchers announced the discovery of the largest four-winged dinosaur ever found . Now the gifted paleo artist Emily Willoughby has created this lovely image of Changyuraptor yangi, where you can clearly see its "leg wings."

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How to Harvest Cherries, Peaches and Almonds, All From the Same Tree @ io9

How to Harvest Cherries, Peaches and Almonds, All From the Same Tree

After looking at this tree, capable of producing 40 different varieties of fruit, the why (cobbler) was pretty clear. But just what makes it possible for all those different fruits to grow on a single tree?

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Heartbreaking Film Told From The Perspective Of A Man With Alzheimer's @ io9

Memory and reality collide in Where Do Lilacs Come From, a gorgeously shot, aching short film that attempts to see life from the perspective of an Alzheimer's sufferer as he tries to understand the world around him while his past constantly intrudes.

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A charitable foundation has just donated $650 million to the Broad Institute, earmarked for psychiat @ io9

A charitable foundation has just donated $650 million to the Broad Institute, earmarked for psychiatric research. It is the largest such donation ever made, and is welcome in an era when we're seeing a decline in funding for the study of mental illness.

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DARPA Wants Wants to Fund Research into "Predatory" Bacteria @ io9

DARPA Wants Wants to Fund Research into "Predatory" Bacteria

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced that it is soliciting proposals for research into whether living "predatory" bacteria could be used to treat humans or animals infected with biological agents such as plague, Q fever or tularemia.

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Has Gwendoline Christie's Star Wars: Episode VII role been revealed? @ Blastr

<div id="file-139421" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/Game-Thrones-S4-The-Children-Brienne-Pod-001.jpg?itok=TDByXZJC" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Looks like Gwendoline Christie’s <em>Star Wars: Episode VII</em> role may been revealed.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The <em>Game of Thrones</em> actress -- whose character, Brienne of Tarth, is a fan favorite -- is currently busy filming the eagerly anticipated new entry in the <em>Star Wars</em> movie franchise.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><em>Badass Digest</em> is back with a new round of <em>Star Wars</em> news and speculations: They’ve recently claimed that actor John Boyega’s (<em>Attack the Block</em>) character was a rogue sto<span style="line-height: 1.538em;">r</span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">mtrooper who teams up with Daisy Ridley’s as-yet-unnamed female lead to go in search of everyone’s favorite Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The site now claims that the statuesque actress (Christie is lording it over most of us mere mortals with a dizzying 6’3”) will play an Imperial Officer -- more specifically, Boyega’s commanding officer -- who’ll be chasing after the rogue stormtrooper over the course of J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi flick. Oh, and they also mention that Christie has been training with a lightsaber. Sweet!<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">It also appears that the character’s gender was swapped from the original script, speculating that this may have been the role Benedict Cumberbatch had been rumored to be in the running for! Whether that's true remains to be seen.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">All of this is hearsay from an anonymous source, so please take all of this with a grain of salt ... for now. But <em>Badass Digest</em> feels pretty confident about Christie’s role.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">What do you guys think? Do you believe Gwendoline Christie has what it takes to play the role of an Imperial officer? Are you ready to see her deliver more grade-A backside whooping in <em>Star Wars: Episode VII</em>?</p><p class="MsoNormal">(<a href="http://badassdigest.com/2014/07/22/why-i-believe-gwendoline-christies-star-wars-episode-vii-character-was-gend/?utm_content=bufferac54c&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer">Badass Digest</a> via <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/notyetamovie/news/?a=104089">Comic Book Movie</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>

Kevin Feige explains why Marvel's movie Quicksilver isn't like X-Men's @ Blastr

If you were worried that having two Quicksilvers floating around superhero cinema would be confusing, Marvel's Kevin Feige is here to assure you they don't have much more in common than a name.

Earlier this year, Evan Peters made quite an impact with what little screen time he had as the speedster Peter Maximoff in Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past, so much so that many viewers considered his slow-motion takedown of a group of Pentagon guards to be the best sequence of the film. But as we've known for a while, Peters' version of Maximoff is not the only Quicksilver heading to the big screen. Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play a different version of the character, alongside twin sister Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) in next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. For comic-book readers, alternate versions of the same character are quite common, as anyone who's read DC's various Crisis events or Marvel's Ultimate line will attest. Seeing the same superhero appear in two different movies, made by two different studios and played by two different actors within a year of each other, though, is rather less common, particularly if you only get your superhero fix via the big screen.

Feige's been making the press rounds quite a bit this week in anticipation of both San Diego Comic-Con and the release of Marvel Studios' next superhero adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy, and along the way he was asked if Marvel has made any changes to its version of the Quicksilver character to further set him apart (other than with casting and costume, of course) from the version put forth in Days of Future Past by Twentieth Century Fox.

First, Feige made it clear that Marvel didn't stray from the core power set of the character, noting that "there may be some things that look like [Days of Future Past], because he runs really fast, and time slows down if you want to be in his perspective while he's running fast." Other than similar powers, though, Feige said, "They may as well be two completely different characters."

So what sets the Marvel Quicksilver apart? Well, according to Feige, their version of the character simply has a more fleshed-out background and closer ties to another major character in the film. Namely his sister.

"We are very much playing up two things that [Days of Future Past doesn't] play with: one is his relationship with his twin sister, Wanda; the other is, his backstory as an Eastern European child of a war-torn country," Feige said.

The Marvel Studios president also noted that, while Fox's Quicksilver was really only a major player for one key action sequence in Days of Future Past, Marvel's Quicksilver will be an important presence throughout Avengers: Age of Ultron.

"...we follow him throughout the whole movie -- him and Wanda -- as it relates to their feelings about the Avengers and how that shifts and changes over the course of the movie. So it's a very different thing than coming out from one, unbelievably awesome showcase sequence of the movie, and much more interwoven throughout the entire movie."

So we may have two Quicksilvers on the big screen, but according to Feige they'll be playing up very different sides of Peter/Pietro Maximoff. Now we just have to see if Taylor-Johnson will be able to impress us like Peters did.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.

(Via IGN)

The Sun Emits a Plasma Arc So Big You Could Fit 25 Earths Beneath It @ io9

The Sun Emits a Plasma Arc So Big You Could Fit 25 Earths Beneath It

The sun is big. Really, really big. It's so big, every feature on it is mind-boggling huge. Last week it spun out a massive prominence arcing out into space so ginormous that a mischievous fireproof Titan could've used it as a hoop to dunk the Earth in a game of cosmic basketball.

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Entire Planes Come to Life In The Newest Magic: The Gathering Artwork @ io9

Entire Planes Come to Life In The Newest Magic: The Gathering Artwork

A new Magic: The Gathering set, Magic 2015, was released this week, and the artwork is simply stunning. Check out this gallery of hi-res artwork from the new set—filled with Planeswalkers, weird creatures, and the souls of Magic's most popular planes brought to glorious illustrated life.

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Sometimes It's Worth Finishing Your Worst Work to Move On To Your Best @ io9

Sometimes It's Worth Finishing Your Worst Work to Move On To Your Best

We all have one of those projects sitting around unfinished that we know isn't that great. It's easy to abandon it, but as writer Steven Pressfield points out in Entrepreneur, sometimes, you just need to finish it to prove you can.

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Trailer For Our New Favorite Space Opera Spoof Is Packed With 1970s Fun @ io9

Trailer For Our New Favorite Space Opera Spoof Is Packed With 1970s Fun

We're already in love with Space Station 76 , the retro scifi dark comedy that debuted earlier this year at South by Southwest. Before the movie gets a general release, check out the 1970s-fueled goofiness of its trailer.

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1st look, details from Ridley Scott's new Halo: Nightfall Xbox TV series @ Blastr

The first pics from Ridley Scott’s new live-action, low-budget Halo series, Nightfall, have been released — and war is definitely looking gritty.

The pics show series star Mike Colter as the character Jameson Locke, a surgically enhanced super soldier who is a rising star in the futuristic Spartan army troubled by the military industrial complex he inhabits. The story will be set between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, in which Locke will play an integral role.

The series, which is essentially a feature film broken into separate episodes, will be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Falling Skies) and produced by sci-fi legend Scott. It'll be released on the Xbox. Colter opened up about the project in a recent interview, teasing his take on the script and some of his experiences shooting the series:

"(The) script was incredibly gripping. It introduces an intriguing and mysterious world that I wanted to know more about … It was a new medium for me. Who would the audience be? How would they access the series? Fortunately, ensuring accessibility to a broad audience is one of the things that Scott Free TV and 343 values first and foremost. Not only does Halo: Nightfall cater to the hardcore Halo fans, but it's also designed so newcomers to the franchise, like me, can easily enter the Halo universe, identify with the characters and be entertained by the story being told on screen …

My favorite experience thus far would be shooting a scene in Belfast where I'm chasing an enemy who poses a serious threat to the people Agent Locke has sworn to protect through the city. The scene is an action-packed sequence that involves some cool special effects and a lot of coordination with the stunt team to fulfill the director's vision. I can't wait to see how it turns out.”

The series will be included with the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection arriving Nov. 11. 

(Via Coming Soon, Movie Web)

Look which Marvel actress just confirmed she'll be in Avengers: Age of Ultron! @ Blastr

<div id="file-139361" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/avengers-age-of-ultron-wallpaper-poster.jpg?itok=0eY4Awjv" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">There’s a Marvel Cinematic Universe actress who just confirmed she'll be joining the superhero fray in director Joss Whedon's upcoming&nbsp;<em>Avengers: Age of Ultron</em>. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Hayley Atwell has confirmed that we’ll get to see Peggy Carter again in <em>Avengers: Age of Ultron</em> -- right after she'll have been on our TV screens in Marvel’s and ABC's&nbsp;<em>Agent Carter</em>.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The busy British actress is now getting ready to shoot the&nbsp;<em>Agent Carter</em> TV series -- which will take place following the events of <em>Captain America: The First Avenger</em> and her Marvel One-Shot -- while also apparently having already pulled duty for&nbsp;<em>Age of Ultron,&nbsp;</em>as the actress was supposedly spotted on set.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Atwell told <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> magazine that her inclusion in Marvel’s upcoming<em>&nbsp;Avengers: Age of Ultron</em>&nbsp;came about during an evening with <em>Age of Ultron</em> director and writer Joss Whedon. “We went out drinking one night and he was like, 'You know, it would be great to write something for you,’”she says. “‘And I was like , 'Yes, Joss, it would! It would be amazing!’”<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Hayley Atwell couldn’t (of course!) reveal details about her role in the <em>Agengers</em> sequel or whether she’ll appear in a flashback or as old Peggy (Atwell made two appearances in <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier,&nbsp;</em>the first in the form of an old interview from the 1950s, and the second as old Peggy).<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">However, set reports dating from April apparently claimed that she had filmed scenes with Chris Evans -- Captain America himself -- inside London’s Rivoli Ballroom, where there were a couple of “Lindy Hop dancing” extras.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Back in 2012, Joss Whedon revealed that one of the best scenes he’d written for <em>The Avengers</em> was a “beautiful and poignant scene between Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter,” which took place in the present. The scene never made the final cut and was never filmed because Whedon felt the scene was “killing the rhythm.”<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">So, is this scene the one that Joss Whedon is now incorporating in <em>Age of Ultron</em>?</p><p class="MsoNormal">According to <em>Comic Book Movie</em>, the ballroom scene that was filmed in London included not only Hayley Atwell and Chris Evans, but Paul Bettany, who plays the Vision. Annnnd the mystery thickens.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">What do you guys think of Hayley Atwell’s appearance in <em>Avengers: Age of Ultron</em>? How do you think it'll play out? And what do you make of a scene that was apparently filmed between Peggy, Cap and the Vision?<o:p></o:p></p><p><img height="356" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/peggy-carter-hayley-atwell.jpg?itok=cqfIj9Wx" alt="" title="" /><br /><!--MEDIA-WRAPPER-END-1--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><em>Avengers: Age of Ultron</em> will hit theate<span style="line-height: 1.538em;">r</span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">s on May 1, 2015.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">(via <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MarvelFreshman/news/?a=104033">Comic Book Movie</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie @ io9

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie

I don't know if this news proves we live the in the best of all possible nerd worlds or the end times, but I know it proves something: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions will turn the 1983 barely-cult non-hit TV show Manimal into a movie.

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EXCLUSIVE: Robopocalypse's Daniel Wilson on androids, hanging with Spielberg, and his riveting new Robogenesis @ Blastr

<div id="file-139146" class="file file-image file-image-jpeg"> <div class="content"> <img src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_thumbnail/public/robohumb.jpg?itok=1YIsmXsp" width="100" height="100" alt="" title="" /> </div> </div> <p>When intelligent machines turn nasty, the best place to be is in close proximity to Ph.D. roboticist and best-selling author Daniel Wilson.&nbsp; The prolific Portland transplant has been on a roll since breaking out with <i>How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack?</i> and other geek humor handbooks funning on future technology. &nbsp;</p><p>In 2011, Wilson's novel&nbsp;<i>Robopocalypse</i> introduced the planet to Archos R-14, the super-sly A.I. that initiated war against humans and caught the attention of Steven Spielberg.&nbsp; With multiple Hollywood projects in development and a new novel to promote, Wilson chatted with Blastr on fave film robots, groovin’ to Symphony of Science and what fresh fiendish hell Archos is plotting next.</p><p><b><o:p><img height="376" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/danielhwilson.jpg?itok=4VuHoWUY" alt="" title="" />&nbsp;</o:p></b></p><p><b style="line-height: 1.538em;">What’s it like waking up every morning knowing Steven Spielberg is going to turn <i>Robopocalypse</i> into a movie?</b><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>(Laughs)&nbsp; Well, it hasn’t happened yet.&nbsp; I always think that my ship has come in and then, a week later, I realize it’s back to work.&nbsp; At the end of the day I’m still just a guy in Portland with a kid and a wife.&nbsp; I never know what to expect, but I’m very lucky to do what I do.</p><p><img height="292" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/Robopocalypse.jpg?itok=s75iGQKH" alt="" title="" /></p><p><b>Was <i>Robopocalypse</i> always planned as a multipart story?</b>&nbsp;</p><p>Yes, I always planned for there to be more books and set up the first book so I could do a second.</p><p><b>You relocated to Portland, Oregon, from Pennsylvania.&nbsp; How did you land in the City of Roses?</b>&nbsp;</p><p>Fittingly, a computer algorithm chose Portland.&nbsp; My wife finished her degree in child psychology and she had to go through a matching process.&nbsp; Portland is what came out of that algorithm.&nbsp; We were ready to live in Seattle or Pittsburgh but were really happy once we got to Portland.&nbsp; I love this city.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Your new novel,&nbsp;<i>Robogenesis,</i> just launched in June.&nbsp; What can readers expect from this resurrection of Archos R-14?</b></p><p><i>Robogenesis </i>picks up right where <i>Robopocalypse</i> left off.&nbsp;It has a lot of the same characters, and it’s about their attempts to rebuild civilization after <i>Robopocalypse</i> occurs.&nbsp;But it’s a world populated by a host of superintelligent A.I.s and we’re just pawns on their battlefield.&nbsp;It’s a longer book, too.&nbsp;I went a lot more in depth with the characters and took my time, and yet people are still complaining the novel is too short.&nbsp; So I realize I can’t win.&nbsp;In <i>Robogenesis</i>, I play a lot with that fine line between men and machines.&nbsp;I have robots that sympathize with humans and vice versa, and it just takes the entire world up a level in overall complexity. Also, everything Archos is trying to do in <em>Robopocalypse</em> is finally explained in <em>Robogenesis</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><img height="244" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/slide_robogenesis.jpg?itok=iGF7Jxn6" alt="" title="" /></p><p><b>With your literary affinity for retina-searing visuals, do you have an itch to direct movies down the road?</b></p><p>All those same visual aspects of the first book you’ll see again in the sequel.&nbsp; I got a lot better at writing those sequences.&nbsp; I naturally write very visually.&nbsp; It’s in my DNA.&nbsp; At some level I’m still a fourth grader playing with G.I. Joes and just describing what I see in my head on paper.&nbsp; With <i>Robogenesis,</i> I got more into the characters and the relationships and the emotionality. As for directing movies, I’m happy to stick with writing and leave the movie making to the professionals.&nbsp;</p><p><b>What has the critical reception to the sequel been so far?</b></p><p>People seem to be loving it.&nbsp; It’s been on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and it’s getting great reviews from official outlets and also from readers.&nbsp; Reviewers were a bit nicer this time around, I think because there was less hype surrounding the book.&nbsp; <i>Robopocalypse,</i> because of the DreamWorks deal and Spielberg involvement, had a lot of hype and that turns people off, sometimes.&nbsp; I guess I hit the nerd lottery.</p><p><b>Was this book easier or harder to write than <i>Robopocalypse</i>?&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;</p><p>I felt like it was harder because I was holding myself to a higher standard and gave myself more time to go over it and make it better and better.&nbsp; The structure of <i>Robogenesis </i>didn’t emerge until I was more than half finished.&nbsp; Suddenly everything lined up with perfect symmetry to support that new structure and it was an amazing transformation.&nbsp; I sold <i>Robopocalypse</i> on a 100-page sample and wrote the rest with DreamWorks and screenwriter Drew Goddard waiting on the pages.&nbsp; I wish I could do that with every book!&nbsp; The pre-viz artwork they fed me was incredible.&nbsp; It was indescribably amazing and useful. And yet time is an indispensable resource for a writer.&nbsp;</p><p><b>The Archos A.I. seems infused with a seductive wit.&nbsp; What was your plan and creative recipe for his conjuration?</b></p><p>Archos is fun to write.&nbsp; He’s basically a godlike intelligence, similar to a Sherlock Holmes or Hannibal Lecter.&nbsp; My goal in writing Archos R-14 was to consider the world from a completely alien perspective, and for me that involved drawing on what I learned in grad school about how machines think.&nbsp; I also listened to a lot of Symphony of Science, these auto-tuned songs that put together geeky, inspirational science quotes from old lectures and TV shows with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan.&nbsp; It’s the kind of stuff designed to instill wonder in you.&nbsp; Human evolution and the brain.&nbsp; If you could intellectually grapple with the mysteries of the universe, you’d quickly know how little you know.&nbsp; If you’re like Charlie Gordon from <i>Flowers for Algernon</i>, you don’t worry about much in life, but if you’re a godlike intelligence you can’t get away with that. &nbsp;Archos R-14 is grappling with deep stuff.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DZGINaRUEkU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><b>Are you happy with how <i>Robogenesis</i> advances the saga you began in <i>Robopocalypse</i>?</b></p><p>Yes.&nbsp; I wrote a book I’d love to read, with world-building in unexpected ways, things like the parasites or the evolution of the spider tanks and the tall walkers.&nbsp; I like everything moving forward at a breakneck pace.&nbsp; It was a unique challenge to make <i>Robogenesis </i>a standalone novel without the necessity of reading <i>Robopocalypse</i>, and being able to introduce and explain that technology in an organic way.</p><p><b>Steven Spielberg’s big-buck <i>Robopocalypse</i> film keeps getting delayed after being cast with Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway.&nbsp; How close is it to “cameras rolling?”</b>&nbsp;</p><p>Last I heard, the script has been rewritten and it’s ready to go.&nbsp; Spielberg wanted to make it a more constrained story, smaller and more impactful. &nbsp;To reduce the scope of the story to increase the emotional stakes.&nbsp; I worked with DreamWorks quite a bit in the beginning and at this point, as far as I know, it’s definitely still in development.&nbsp; Spielberg is totally planning to direct this movie.&nbsp; In a recent interview with <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> he talked a bit about <i>Robopocalpyse</i>.&nbsp; So I’m a spectator at this point in the process, but I do feel they’re going to get around to making this.&nbsp; It’s fine with me if it takes time.</p><p><b>Do you fear the script falling into the same trap as <i>World War Z,&nbsp;</i>with an alteration of the story that repels fans?</b></p><p>Well, it’s Spielberg, so, no, I’m not afraid.&nbsp; I’m really anticipating what they’re going to come up with.&nbsp; I was funneled concept art early on, so I know a bit of what to expect.&nbsp; The only thing I’m afraid of is that Archos R-14 will be portrayed too similarly to Skynet. &nbsp;Archos does not want to kill all humans -- that’s too simplistic a way to portray an advanced A.I.&nbsp; There is so much pop-culture momentum behind the robot uprising meme that it’s tough to do something more complex.</p><p><b>Were you ever asked to participate in the adaptation?</b></p><p>(Chuckles) No, my screenwriting career is not quite on par with my novel-writing career.&nbsp; There were a lot of amazing screenwriters involved with the <i>Robopocalypse </i>screenplay, and I’m happy to be in their hands.</p><p><img height="441" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/Robot_Uprising.jpg?itok=vXIcjAr6" alt="" title="" /></p><p><b>What was grad-student life like at the world-famous Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University?</b></p><p>It was a lot of really smart people from all over the world.&nbsp; I was the only American in my master's program, and the people that were there were so smart and talented that it was humbling.&nbsp; You immediately realized you’re no longer the smartest person in the room.&nbsp; Instead, you pick a very specific topic of research and hammer away at it until you’re an expert.&nbsp; It was an amazing time.&nbsp; There was a strong level of competition but also a lot of collaboration because we were all in the same hell.&nbsp; It was a very “Real Genius” mix of personalities.</p><p><b>What subject was your Ph.D. thesis on?</b></p><p>Assistive Intelligent Environments for Automatic Health Monitoring.&nbsp; I built smart homes to monitor and help the elderly live safely and independently for as long as possible.&nbsp; So I had my own house instrumented with sensors constantly tracking people. I would throw parties and then go back and look at the data.&nbsp; It was a good time.&nbsp;</p><p><b>After a steady stream of success, and <i>How To Survive A Robot Uprising</i> and <i>Where’s My Jetpack</i> likely headed for the silver screen, how do you stay motivated?</b></p><p>I’m competitive by nature.&nbsp; The day is long and there’s not much to do other than make stuff up.&nbsp; A lot of what I’ve written has been optioned by Hollywood and is being developed at some stage. I just keep writing myself lottery tickets and hope to see one of them pay off at some point.</p><p><img height="447" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/ru_0011.jpg?itok=XF9PO1Tb" alt="" title="" /></p><p><b>Is there a <i>Robopocalypse</i> videogame on the horizon?</b></p><p>The videogame rights are with Fox, so yes, there are probably plans for it, if a film goes into production.</p><p><b>What’s your take on the current tsunami of science fiction films and where are we in the product cycle?&nbsp;</b></p><p>I’m kinda sad that big event movies almost always need to have a brand attached, which limits the ability to explore.&nbsp; But what I’m excited about is long-format TV and the potential to explore some truly epic worlds -- and I’m excited to hopefully lead one of those expeditions.&nbsp; A movie is so short, and all the character development has to occur at a breakneck pace.&nbsp; People expect so much now, and television gives you time to tell an amazing story.&nbsp; Sci-fi movies can only get away with one high concept.&nbsp; <i>Terminator</i> got away with murder with both time travel and humanoid robots.&nbsp; To juggle both of those ideas correctly slows you down.</p><p><img height="387" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/3879154-terminator3t800.jpg?itok=awEnPBtJ" alt="" title="" /></p><p><b>Growing up, what were your gateway influences in genre film and TV that steered your career course?</b></p><p>When I was a kid in Oklahoma, I always had my face in a book. I considered it a form of time travel.&nbsp; I would read books three minutes at a time or eight hours at a time.&nbsp; I was always reading science fiction.&nbsp; My dad took me to the used books store every weekend, and I’d pull down all the basics, Clarke, Bradbury and Asimov and Stephen King.&nbsp; Lots of Stephen King.&nbsp; And I loved the stories in the sci-fi/fantasy magazines, how they were set up like mousetraps.&nbsp; You’d hit the end and POW!, you were blown away.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;"> <b>In your mind, what is the most important advancement the robotics world will make in the next 10 years?</b></span></p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">Robotics is an intersection field, and anyone doing basic research is solving very specific problems.&nbsp; I don’t see any single advancement, but there will be enough basic research accumulated that other people will be able to put things together in surprising ways and be able to build on new platforms.&nbsp; Perhaps one huge step is solving a natural language problem that will enable machines to talk to people the way people actually talk to each other.&nbsp; I can see that being partially solved within the next 10 years.</span></p><p><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">As one of a number of authors and scientists to posit the development of true A.I. as potentially apocalyptic for the human race, do you foresee its creation working out positively?</span></b></p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">I love robots and I think they’re the best tool humankind has ever built.&nbsp; I think A.I. benefits a society now and in the future.&nbsp; If you step back from it, the A.I. is not necessarily evil, especially in <i>Robogenesis</i>.&nbsp; The A.I. is far more complex than we can ever hope to deal with.&nbsp; Archos has really complicated goals that involve human beings and are not dominated by the welfare of humans, and that’s really what I wanted to do in <i>Robogenesis</i>, to explore a more complex landscape with more developed A.I. characters.&nbsp;</span></p><p><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">What are your favorite rampaging robot movies?</span></b></p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">Having a robotics background, I tend to focus on the details of the robots and A.I. so I can still love the robots without loving the movies.&nbsp; If I were to pick a movie I love <i>and</i> the portrayal -- it would have to be Bishop in <i>Aliens</i>.&nbsp; Everything about Bishop I love, the way he’s used and misused and portrayed, everything jibes.&nbsp; I love the unique way his insides are visualized and how he’s filled with this weird milk.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;"><img height="401" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/bishop-from-e2809caliense2809d-1986.jpg?itok=VFxfbjwt" alt="" title="" /></span></p><p><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">Which Hollywood sci-fi film has most accurately portrayed the way you think robotics is going to develop?</span></b></p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">That would have to be Steven Spielberg’s <i>A.I</i>.&nbsp; Having an accurately portrayed machine means that the technology needs to support the story.&nbsp; I really liked David, the android boy, and felt like he behaved precisely how a robot would behave, right down to the ending.&nbsp; Showing David at the bottom of the ocean existing in an infinite loop is perhaps the most accurate portrayal of a robot I’ve ever seen.</span></p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;"><img height="378" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/AI-boyTeddy.jpg?itok=2hVn_bKZ" alt="" title="" /></span></p><p><b><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">Apocalypses and post-apocalyptic scenarios are huge in sci-fi right now. As a writer, what drew you to those ideas?</span></b></p><p><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.0pt; color: black;">The concept of a robot uprising has a huge history in literature and movies, so it’s tough to avoid it when writing about robots.&nbsp; I spent a lot of time thinking about robots and robot uprisings.&nbsp; After making fun of it in <i>How to Survive a Robot Uprising</i>, I got serious about it. &nbsp;They’re fun scenarios to play out and think about.&nbsp; They engage a primal part of your brain that thinks about surviving disaster.</span></p><p><b>Will Archos R-14 survive <i>Robogenesis</i> and return for a third round?</b></p><p>Yeah, absolutely.&nbsp; I have plans to write a third novel, and if anyone has an idea on what title to call it, please email me at contactdhw@gmail.com.&nbsp; Obviously it needs to start with “Robo.”</p><p><b>When true robot anarchy arrives, what three things do you grab as you flee Portland, besides your family?</b></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>1996</o:Words> <o:Characters>11381</o:Characters> <o:Company>Future Street Farm</o:Company> <o:Lines>94</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>22</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>13976</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG></o:AllowPNG> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting></w:TrackFormatting> <w:PunctuationKerning></w:PunctuationKerning> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas></w:ValidateAgainstSchemas> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables></w:BreakWrappedTables> <w:DontGrowAutofit></w:DontGrowAutofit> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables></w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx></w:DontVertAlignInTxbx> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p><p>I’d have to say my Glock, my motorcycle and my bug-out bag.<o:p></o:p></p>

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The Third Machine Age Could Destroy Us @ io9

The Third Machine Age Could Destroy Us

There have been one and a half machine ages already. The first began in the nineteenth century, with machines taking over manual labor. Then in the twentieth century machines began taking over mental labor (they still are). When the third age comes, says one sociologist, we're doomed.

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Gorgeous Art Nouveau Paintings Advertise The Drugs Of Westeros @ io9

Gorgeous Art Nouveau Paintings Advertise The Drugs Of Westeros

You may be inspired to pop down to the corner merchant and buy a bottle of Stallion Heart prenatal vitamins after looking at these stunning Art Nouveau-inspired ads for the potions and poisons of the Game of Thrones world. Spoilers if you haven't caught the latest season of the show.

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Track The Path Of Any Object Drifting on the Ocean @ io9

​Track The Path Of Any Object Drifting on the Ocean

In 1992, a cargo container filled with more than 28,000 rubber ducks plunged into the North Pacific, and spent more than ten years floating around the world. By studying the travelogue of the ducks, scientists were later able to gather enough data to predict the dynamics of objects floating in the oceans.

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Here's What Thor Will Look Like Now That He's No Longer Thor @ io9

Here's What Thor Will Look Like Now That He's No Longer Thor

As reported, a mysterious new female character has taken the role of Thor, as Thor — er, the ex-Thor — is found unworthy of Mjolnir. Artist Russell Dauterman has revealed the new design of the character formerly known as Thor, and he's basically cosplaying as Tetsuo from Akira.

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Orphan Black producer's Syfy space adventure Killjoys adds Warehouse 13 alum @ Blastr

The cast list for Syfy’s upcoming space-set action series Killjoys is coming together, and it will apparently feature one very familiar face for fans of the network.

TV Line is reporting Warehouse 13 star Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and British actress Hannah John-Kamen (The Hour) have all scored major, starring roles in the new adventure series.

The series will be heading into deep space to follow a fun-loving, hard-living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multiplanetary class war.

Sounds like it could have a bit of a Farscape vibe, and it comes from the producers of Orphan Black, while the pilot is being written by Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta. We’re definitely encouraged by the Orphan Black pedigree, so fingers crossed.

Ashmore plays John Jaqobis, who is described as “a cheerful peacemaker who prefers not to fight, though his sarcastic wit has put him into the fray enough over the years to teach him how to do it well,” while Macfarlane’s D’avin is apparently a “former soldier whose hard-won expertise in tactics, maneuvers and hand-to-hand combat make him an instant asset to the Killjoy team.”

The only female of the initial trio, John-Kamen, will play the character Dutch. The report describes her as “gorgeous, complicated and deadly” while boasting a “unique gift for earning people’s respect, regardless of their class. But beneath her banter and flirtations, there is a maturity and deep solemnity stemming from a dark past.”

It’s hard to judge much based on casting sides, obviously, but it sounds like the makings of a motley crew that could be entertaining as they fight and tumble across the galaxy. If nothing else, huzzah, another space-based series! Production on the first, 10-episode season is set to start next month. The series is tentatively slated to premiere in 2015 on Syfy.

What do you think of the project and casting news?

(Via TV Line)

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