The Future Is a Lonely Place, in William Gibson's The Peripheral @ io9

The Future Is a Lonely Place, in William Gibson's The Peripheral

With his new novel The Peripheral, William Gibson returns to the genre that made him famous: near-future science fiction. But the world of The Peripheral is very different from the frenetic cyberpunk citiscapes of Neuromancer. His canvas is much bigger — and his prophesies are far more melancholy.


Deadspin The Hater's Guide To Your Local Halloween Store | Gizmodo Lumosity's Brain Games Are Bullsh @ io9

Insidious 3 Trailer Reminds Us That This Franchise Loves Jumps Scares @ io9

I loved Insidious, loved it. The second movie not so much, but thankfully Insidious 3 looks like more original Insidious. That means hold on to your fucking hats—JUMP SCARES ARE COMING.


What's The Best Introductory Episode Of Your Favorite TV Show? @ io9

What's The Best Introductory Episode Of Your Favorite TV Show?

Getting people into your favorite TV show can be a nightmare — there's often so much history there, and if they see the wrong episode, they'll be turned off for years. So what's the absolute best episode of your favorite TV show to show people and get them hooked?


Warwick Davis on Star Wars Episode VII and his hopes for the new films @ Blastr

When we spoke with Warwick Davis about the future of the Star Wars franchise, he'd yet to have been contacted by J.J. Abrams or his people about returning to the movie universe where he got his start (Return of the Jedi's Wicket W. Warrick was Davis's first screen role). He's since been confirmed as returning, but it's still a nice moment to revisit our discussion with him about where he thinks the Star Wars universe is going, his feelings about the impending arrival of the new movies, and more. Check out the video below and join one of the Star Wars world's storied veterans in waxing enthusiastic for another journey to a galaxy far, far away.

If You Read One Thing Today, Make It This Canticle For Leibowitz Essay @ io9

If You Read One Thing Today, Make It This Canticle For Leibowitz Essay

Walter M. Miller's three-part novel A Canticle for Leibowitz is one of the acknowledged classics of science fiction... that doesn't get talked about nearly enough. Over in the New Yorker, there's a fascinating, must-read essay about this book, putting it in context.


A Young Dragon Is Too Nervous To Talk To The Barista He's Crushing On @ io9

A Young Dragon Is Too Nervous To Talk To The Barista He's Crushing On

In this short webcomic, a petit dragon goes to the same cafe each day to read his favorite book series and moon over the weary barista behind the counter. But as he fantasizes about all the ways he would woo her, he starts to wonder, what is he really hoping for?


The Guy Behind Flash And Arrow Is Making A "Subversive" Archie TV Show @ io9

The Guy Behind Flash And Arrow Is Making A "Subversive" Archie TV Show

But this time it's not DC. Instead, comic book TV show wonder-producer Greg Berlanti is taking the long-running Archie comic to the Fox network, where it will be "a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life" titled Riverdale.


After Ant-Man flirtation, Adam McKay could direct a DIFFERENT Marvel movie @ Blastr

They couldn’t make the timing work out for Adam McKay to take the reins of Ant-Man, but it sounds like the Anchorman director might get a shot at a different Marvel movie down the line.

Before they locked in Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) to take over the floundering Ant-Man, Marvel reached out to Adam McKay (Anchorman) in hopes he’d take over following Edgar Wright’s departure. McKay only had time to do a rewrite of the script, but the company is apparently a fan of his work — and McKay revealed he’s still in “discussions” with the company about future projects.

The detail comes via a Crave Online interview, with McKay asked point blank if he thinks he has a shot at directing one of Marvel’s “big characters” in a future film. Here’s his response:

“I just did a big rewrite on Ant-Man with Paul Rudd and had such a great time working with them that we’re kicking around ideas. But yeah, maybe I would take on one of the characters so we haven’t locked in anything, but discussions are definitely going on.”

Considering the positively massive slate of projects Marvel has on tap, it’s no surprise they’re keeping the lines of communication open with McKay. He apparently had a good grasp of the Ant-Man world, which could translate to any number of other properties down the line. With a dozen or more movies in the works, you can never have too many good directors in the rolodex.

But which upcoming film might he take on? Who knows? An eventual sequel to Ant-Man could make a lot of sense, since the familiarity is there, or perhaps any number of other sequels or spinoffs currently in the works. Which movie would you like to see McKay direct?

(Via Crave Online)

DC's Geoff Johns on the 'multiverse' plan between Arrow, Flash and Justice League @ Blastr

It seems like we’re entering a television renaissance for comic book fans, and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is at the heart of making it happen. So where do they go next?

As we’ve already heard, DC and Warner Bros. have a big ol’ Justice League plan they’re cooking up on the big screen — complete with a Flash film fully separate from The CW series — so it’s obvious the company is comfortable enough with these properties and viewers’ expectations of them to allow multiple versions to exist at the same time.

But, in a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Johns takes things a few steps further to dig into DC’s larger plans for a full-on multiverse of overlapping characters and properties. That’s arguably the biggest difference between DC’s approach and what Marvel has done with the connective tissue between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Johns says that’s by design:

“Well, Arrow and Flash are the same universe, and we get a lot of great story out of that — especially when we have episodes that cross them over, but that’s also where our superhero universe lives. We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it’s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world.

Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through. I think the characters are iconic enough. I like [Marvel’s Agents of] S.H.I.E.L.D. a lot. I love what Marvel does. I’m a huge fan. It’s just a different approach … You have to have conversations about what’s happening in TV and film between everybody because you don’t want to do the same thing. That’s super, super important.”

Looking back, Johns noted how that exploratory process actually started with The WB’s long-running Smallville series, which introduced its own version of several major DC characters. Johns said the main goal is to tell fun stories and raise awareness of these various properties, much like Smallville generated some buzz for Green Arrow a few years before Oliver Queen got his own show (in a separate universe, of course):

“One of the great things about Smallville was that it introduced Green Arrow, so there was an awareness. And even though Arrow is a totally different character, there was some pre-awareness for the character that, I think, helped The CW get behind the show. The more we can get these characters out there, the more people are aware of them, and become inspired by them. There might be someone out there who sees Dr. Fate on an episode of Constantine and suddenly they love that character and they become a creator later on and tell me they have a great take for a Dr. Fate TV show. That’s what we want to happen. We want to inspire people with this stuff. And we want to get it out there.

Like, I can’t believe Gorilla Grodd’s gonna be in a Flash TV show. That’s insane. Like, I say it out loud and I still think it’s insane. But that’s what we want to do; we want to break new ground. Like, Firestorm [Robbie Amell] is going to be seen in live-action! We’re going to have a freakin’ Justice League movie! How crazy exciting is that? To see all this stuff happen, it gets me really, really excited. Who ever thought we’d see an Ant-Man movie? Like, if you’re a fan of superheroes or comic books, to see all this stuff coming to life — and done with skill and talent … we never could have made a Flash show with effects like this a few years ago.”

But, does that mean we’ll never see a DC television show connect to Zack Snyder’s upcoming string of Justice League films and spinoffs? Not exactly, as Johns says everything is on the table at this point — including potential for a S.H.I.E.L.D.-like spinoff in the future set in the same universe as the films:

“There’s been discussions over the years for both, obviously. You never say never. Maybe one day we’ll link a show to a film if it makes sense, but the creative process we’re going through right now is to let the stuff live and breathe and be its own thing and own it.”

Though fans are mixed on how DC’s plans will play out on the big screen, it’s hard to argue they’re not making a very strong play on television. Do you think the multiverse plan will work longterm?

(Via BuzzFeed)

Finally Found: The Body That Goes With These Monstrous Dinosaur Arms @ io9

Finally Found: The Body That Goes With These Monstrous Dinosaur Arms

In 1965, paleontologists unearthed a ghastly pair of eight-foot, claw-tipped dinosaur arms – and little else. Since then, researchers have been searching for the rest of Deinocheirus mirificus (Latin for "unusual, horrible hands"). Now, a team working in Mongolia has found it.


The Science Behind Renee Zellweger's New Face @ io9

The Science Behind Renee Zellweger's New Face

Photographs of actress Renée Zellweger at the Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood awards this week, showing her dramatically different appearance, have sparked the Internet's interest. Here's the science behind why she looks so different.


A Pair Of Adventurers Battle Laser-Wielding T-Rexes In This Absurd Film @ io9

A Pair Of Adventurers Battle Laser-Wielding T-Rexes In This Absurd Film

Want action? Romance? Spaceships? Submarines? How about an army of Tyrannosaurus from space with laser guns mounted on their backs? The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger has it all and even more over-the-top insanity.


Arrow Review: “Corto Maltese” @ Bureau 42

The Arrow and his associates fly to Corto Maltese in order to retrieve Thea and a missing agent. Laurel’s first attempts at being the Canary don’t fly very well, while Thea proves a speedy learner.

Felicity begins working for a remarkably understanding Ray Palmer, and a character from last year shows her head.

Title: “Corto Maltese”

Cast and Crew
Director: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Erik Oleson, Beth Schwartz

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper / Arsenal
Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn
Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
David Cubitt as Mark Shaw
J. R. Ramirez as Ted Grant
Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul

Full cast and crew may be found here.

High Point

The episode featured both some strong drama—nicely understated, by this show’s standards—and an excellent action sequence.

Low Point

The individual stories were generally fine, but as an episode, this one felt disjointed.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 I again note that Amell, in particular, has come a long way with his ability to handle heavy emotional scenes.

The scenes with Thea and Malcolm were creepy in places, but obviously intended to be.

Story: 4/6:

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Corto Maltese” receives 33/42

DC TVerse Tie-ins

1. Felicity reads Iris’s posts about the Streak, and will apparently be visiting Barry Allen next week.

2. Corto Maltese is one of a handful of fictional countries in the DCU’s version of earth.

3. I don’t know if this Ted Grant has ever been or will ever be the Wildcat, but he’s definitely a part of DC history.

5. Mark Shaw is one of a handful of DC characters who have used the alias, Manhunter.

Did I miss any?

Today is a good day to not die, but ogle this wonderful Worf figure! @ io9

Today is a good day to not die, but ogle this wonderful Worf figure!

It's been quite a while since Diamond Select has given us a new Star Trek goodie to admire, but the day has come - and even better, it's a figure of everyone's favourite Klingon, Worf.


Every Single Urban Fantasy Cliche In One Glorious Story @ io9

Every Single Urban Fantasy Cliche In One Glorious Story

And yes, that's a tall order. But over at Fantasy Literature, they've decided to put their heads together and create a single story that contains every urban fantasy cliche ever. Can you help them?


First Footage Of People Actually Singing In Disney's Into The Woods @ io9

After disappointing wolf zoot suits and panic over song cuts , Disney has finally released the very first footage of the most important part of their Into the Woods movie adaptation: people singing the songs from the musical.


Could Game Theory Be Used To Prevent Human Extinction? @ io9

Could Game Theory Be Used To Prevent Human Extinction?

Game theory is a powerful tool for understanding strategic behavior in economics, business, and politics. But some experts say its true power may lie in its ability to help us navigate a perilous future.


Nevermind Cargo Containers -- These Are the Best Post-Apocalyptic Homes @ io9

Instant architecture is fascinating because it allows us to imagine cities built ultra-fast in the wake of some apocalypse. And now, a group of inventors in Italy have created a robot that can build houses in hours, by extruding mud into the perfect design.


Don't Forget, This Saturday Is A Frightful Free Comic Book Day @ io9

Don't Forget, This Saturday Is A Frightful Free Comic Book Day

Want to get into the Halloween spirit? Looking to score some great free comics? Then make sure you hit your local comic book store this Saturday, October 25th, for Halloween Comicfest, where you can score a horrifyingly good assortment of free comic books.


Back to the Future’s Hoverboard Debuts One Year Early @ Omni Reboot

The 10 Most Expensive Flops In Television History @ io9

The 10 Most Expensive Flops In Television History

Every time a TV show gets greenlit, it's a huge gamble. Networks stake millions of dollars on risky ideas, that need to bring back audiences week after week. Sometimes it pays off — Lost and Game of Thrones cost a lot of money — but sometimes it doesn't. Here are the 10 most expensive failed TV shows of all time.


Little-known horror fact: The Scream killer's mask came from an abandoned house @ Blastr

When director Wes Craven first began work on Scream, one of the challenges he and his production team had to address was how the masked killer/horror movie pop quiz conductor would look. In Kevin Williamson's screenplay, the villain was simply referred to as "ghost mask killer," and there were no further descriptions to go on. Craven and company could've certainly designed a mask that would be frighteningly effective on screen, but it turns out they didn't have to.

While scouting for the film in Santa Rosa, Calif., producer Marianne Maddalena found an abandoned house (that had, coincidentally, been used for Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 thriller Shadow of a Doubt) and explored it as a possible location. The house didn't make it into the film, but while there Maddalena came across a mask that had enough of an impact on her that she decided to show it to Craven. The director loved the find and wanted to use it for the film. That's where the production hit a bit of a snag.

The mask was part of the "Fantastic Faces" line released by Halloween company Fun World in 1992, and Fun World still owned the rights to the look. If Craven wanted it in his film, Dimension Studios would have to pay to license the mask from Fun World, and the mask company wasn't about to give up their license to a major motion picture for peanuts. Rather than pay Fun World to use their mask, Dimension asked Craven to design something similar, but not so similar that they'd be sued. For that, the director turned to effects gurus Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of KNB Effects, who designed a new, non-copyright-infringing version of the mask. 

So Craven began shooting with the KNB mask, but Dimension may have simply demanded the mask be changed as a negotiation tactic. While the film was still in production, Dimension and Fun World came to agreement that allowed Craven to use the original mask in the film. Scream was a huge, franchise-spawning hit that revitalized the slasher genre, and the "Ghostface" mask was ingrained in pop culture forever. After it hit the big screen, the mask made a ton of money for Fun World, and you can still find it in the Halloween aisle at your local grocery store to this day.

For more little-known (sci-fi, mostly) facts, just click the tag.

(Via CBR)

How To Watch Today's Partial Solar Eclipse @ io9

How To Watch Today's Partial Solar Eclipse

On the afternoon of October 23, 2014, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from most of North America. Here's everything you need to know to catch a glimpse – and how to do it safely.


Psycho Gets the Blu-ray It Deserves, Your New Blender, and More Deals @ io9

Psycho Gets the Blu-ray It Deserves, Your New Blender, and More Deals

Seminal Hitchcock classic Psycho gets the Blu-ray steelbook and cover art it deserves in this new release you can preorder for just $11. [Psycho]


A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play @ io9

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

After you guys so enthusiastically took to the idea of listing the best classic PC games of all time, I wanted to pull out the alphabetical directory in order to make it easy for everyone to find their favorite games.


Need to sell a haunted house? One realtor explains how she does it @ Blastr

Cindi Hagley says she lived in "several haunted houses" growing up, and now that she's a realtor, she's taken a special interest in them. Her firm, The Hagley Group of San Francisco, has a division specifically devoted to selling "stigmatized homes," and she even provides free consultations to realtors around the country who are dealing with homes that have a past, whether that past includes reputed hauntings or a crime. 

So how does Hagley do it? Well, first of all, even if your house is haunted, you might not have to worry about cutting the price. In Hagley's home state of California, houses are in such demand that the value likely won't go down because of a few ghosts.

"Real estate is through the roof in California, and there are more buyers than there are sellers. So it should not affect the value of a home," she said. "There are folks that think, because it’s haunted or because there was a murder or suicide, they can come in and get it for 50 cents on a dollar. But I don’t think I’ve ever sold a property discounted because it’s haunted."

Though a death in the home or a reputed haunting might not drop your price, you do still have a legal obligation to disclose such things (in California, at least), particularly deaths, which must be disclosed to buyers for three years. Hagley's strategy is to hold that information back as long as she can, and not just because she doesn't want word getting out to ghost hunters that they can view a "haunted house."

"I’ll usually hold that [information] till the end, because if I put that upfront and it’s available to other agents, I get looky-loos, I get creepy people, these ghost-hunting groups want to come through — the last thing I ever want to do is provoke anything," she said. "So I usually save that to the [end]. If people fall in love with a home, there are things that they’ll look past. I think an alleged haunting is one of them."

Though Hagley says the ratio of people who walk away from buying the home after hearing about a death or haunting is "about 50/50," allowing the potential buyer to fall for the house first seems like a good idea. What if you need to go further, though? What if someone wants the dark energy of their potential new home ... dealt with? Or what if they just can't be sure they can live in such a place until they've tried it? Well, Hagley has that covered. Her firm not only employs psychics and clergymen to help "cleanse" homes, it also sometimes offers buyers the chance to take a house for a little test drive.

"If it’s a bad energy — it sounds so crazy to talk about — but if it’s something that’s toying with people, then I need to figure out what it is, and I need to cleanse that home," she said. "So I have a couple people. My main guy’s name is Mark Nelson, and he’s out of Los Angeles, and he’s a great psychic. So we go in and we try to figure out what it is, who it is, and we try to get them to pass on. First we’ll try a psychic, but some people who are super-religious will have a clergy member come in and bless the home. We also let buyers test-drive the home. If they think it’s going to be creepy living there, then we’ll let them stay there for two or three nights and test it out. We’ll bring food in, we’ll cater it and hang out there, see what happens."

So, when it comes to "haunted" homes, it seems a sound strategy goes a long way to selling the property no matter what its past might be. Still, even Hagley admits sometimes houses are just too much for her.

"I’ve been in homes where the energy has just been so off that I don’t want to be in that home, and I’ve refused listings, or I might go ahead and take the listing, but I won’t go back into the home," she said.  "I’ll do what I can from afar, and I’ll have my colleagues do whatever else. There’s some nasty energy out there, and I just won’t be around it."

Would you buy a haunted house? Have you already bought one? This seems like a nice occasion to share some tales of creepy real estate, so if you've got one, head to the comments and let us know.

(Via Vulture)

Disney Made These Test Animations To Study The Characters In Big Hero 6 @ io9

Disney Made These Test Animations To Study The Characters In Big Hero 6

During the early development stages of their upcoming superhero movie Big Hero 6, Disney animators had to figure out how each of their main characters moved. So they made these test animations to study each character's movements, and how those movements reflect their personality.


Arrow Comes Around To My Way Of Thinking @ io9

Arrow Comes Around To My Way Of Thinking

In "Corto Maltese," we finally see a key character in the Arrow universe revealed for who they really are, even though they're never on screen. And it's so very satisfying. Learn who the (probable) villain will be this season.


A Map Of What Different Cities In America Are Best At @ io9

A Map Of What Different Cities In America Are Best At

Every city has something that makes it special, whether it's the Eiffel Tower or just the world's largest ball of yarn. But what are the skills that make your city unique? This map shows you what your city is best at, compared with other cities.


Unpublished Asimov Essay @ Locus Online

A previously unpublished essay by Isaac Asimov, originally written in 1959, has been posted on the MIT Technology Review website. Discussing creativity, the piece was Asimov’s “single formal input” for the Advanced Research Projects Agency. The article is accompanied by a note from Arthur Obermayer and published with the permission of Asimov Holdings. To read the essay visit the MIT Technology Review site.

Take a fascinating peek inside the scientific detail of Nolan's Interstellar @ Blastr

Some are saying Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar might be the 2001 for our generation — and though we can’t vouch for that quite yet, we are insanely impressed at the level of accuracy they’ve put into this sci-fi flick.

Paul Franklin, a senior supervisor of Academy Award-winning effects house Double Negative, opened up about the immense amount of work that went into designing the stunning effects work for the black hole at the center of Interstellar — figuratively and literally — that has dominated many of the early trailers and posters.

According to Franklin and company, they basically plugged in as much real-world scientific data as they could into some high-tech simulation software and tried to figure out what it would create. That stunning visual is what you’ll see in the film. Here’s an excerpt from what Franklin had to say about it to Wired:

“It's very easy to fall into the trap of breaking the rules of reality, and those rules are actually quite strict. Science fiction always wants to dress things up, like it's never happy with the ordinary universe … What we were getting out of the software was compelling straight off.

Chris [Nolan] really wanted us to sell the idea that the black hole is spherical. I said, ‘You know, it's going to look like a disk.’ The only thing you can see is the way it warps starlight. We found that warping space around the black hole also warps the accretion disk. So rather than looking like Saturn's rings around a black sphere, the light creates this extraordinary halo.”

Along with the fascinating look into the effects work, Wired also put together a stellar video digging into the process. Check it out below:

Interstellar opens Nov. 5, 2014. Will you be watching?

(Via Wired)

First Details About The Doctor Who Season 8 DVD Set! @ io9

First Details About The Doctor Who Season 8 DVD Set!

Peter Capaldi's first year starring in Doctor Who has been full of moments that you're going to want to see again and again. Which is why it's great news that the DVD/Blu-Ray box set is coming soon. We've got the exclusive first details about the set's special features and U.S. cover!


Shot-By-Shot Breakdown Of Avengers 2 Trailer Reveals Spoilery Details @ io9

Shot-By-Shot Breakdown Of Avengers 2 Trailer Reveals Spoilery Details

Holy crap, the Avengers 2 trailer is amazing . So amazing that we decided to pick it apart and look for character and plot clues, and what we found was pretty exciting. Spoilers!


Martin & Doherty Receive Harris Collection Literary Award @ Locus Online

Author George R.R. Martin and Tor publisher Tom Doherty will receive the inaugural Harris Collection Literary Award. The event will be held at Brown University in Providence RI on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. The evening will include an awards ceremony, interviews, and a reception, and is open exclusively to Brown students. Named after Caleb Fiske Harris, Brown class of 1838, the award “celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.” For more information, see the Brown University website.

In Defense of Button Mashing @ io9

In Defense of Button Mashing

The first time I played Tekken 3, I was hilariously bad. I was used to 2D fighting games, where the buttons corresponded with attack strength, and tapping 'Up' meant 'Jump.' This new, 3D genre, where each button corresponded with an attacking limb and tapping 'Up' meant 'Sidestep' (pressing 'Up' still meant 'Jump'), was difficult to wrap my mind around.


Lead Poisoning Has Become A Serious Health Threat At Shooting Ranges @ io9

Lead Poisoning Has Become A Serious Health Threat At Shooting Ranges

Business is booming for gun ranges in the U.S., where 40 million Americans per year engage in recreational shooting. But when shooters use lead-based ammunition, they spread vapor and toxins that have made thousands of people ill. Federal and state regulators are doing little to ensure that ranges are kept clean.


This Interstellar/Spaceballs Trailer Mash-Up Is Ludicrously Perfect @ io9

Yeah, yeah, I love the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer at least as much as the rest of you. But I'm still going to have to decree the greatest trailer released in the last 24 hours to be this one, which combines the somber score for Interstellar with the few non-ridiculous moments from Mel Brooks' Spaceballs.


Every Single Flu Vaccine Myth, Debunked @ io9

Every Single Flu Vaccine Myth, Debunked

Here for sharing far and wide is a collection of the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding flu vaccines , debunked point-by-point with lucid, thoroughly referenced explanations.


It's alive! Fox orders a pilot for modern-day Frankenstein @ Blastr

Fox is remaking a literary classic but with a twist. The network has greenlit a pilot for a modern-day take on Frankenstein. Mary Shelley's famous story is getting the Sleepy Hollow treatment. If it can work for the Headless Horseman, why not Frankenstein's monster?

The pilot comes from Homeland's Howard Gordon and Crisis' Rand Ravich. It will be a sci-fi drama centering on a morally corrupt FBI agent called Adam Tremble. Early on, Tremble is killed, but eventually he's brought back to life. He's a changed man who feels much younger and stronger than before. 

"Tremble will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose — all while navigating the complicated relationship with his 'creators' (an antisocial Internet billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister)."

If they find the right tone, this could definitely work. Sleepy Hollow's successful because it embraces its campiness. It doesn't try to be something it's not. Plus, its stars are likeable and have great chemistry. Can lightning strike twice at Fox? Do you think a Frankenstein series could work?

(Deadline via TVLine)

New high-tech moon rover will send back live 3D video controlled by Oculus Rift @ Blastr

Ever since Oculus Rift debuted its 3D headset, they’ve used it for everything from virtual tours to piloting a 3D Jaeger from Pacific Rim. But this looks like it’ll trump them all.

As Popular Science reports, a team at Carnegie Mellon has designed a new moon rover that can be controlled via the Oculus Rift headset — meaning that if you’re wearing this thing, you can essentially look around the moon in real time. In 3D. That’s freaking awesome.

The robot is named Andy, and will allow folks on Earth to see through its camera and navigate the camera in 3D by moving their head around. The team, via Astrobotic, has struck a deal with Space X to have the craft included on a scheduled 2016 moon mission. Long-term, the team would like to have hundreds of Andys roaming the moon, to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to "walk" on the moon.

As team leader Daniel Shafrir told BBC News about the Google Lunar XPrize: 

“The vision was simple -- let anyone on Earth experience the Moon live through the eyes of a robot. We weren't just going to go to the Moon. We are going to bring the Moon back. Imagine the feeling of looking out and seeing rocks and craters billions of years old. Turn your head to the right and you see the dark expanse of space. Turn your head to the left and you see home, Earth.”

This is an insanely cool prospect, and it's a unique twist on the age-old problems of space exploration. Yes, we’re getting closer to making it happen, but we’re still a very (very) long way away from people taking a jaunt to Luna Park to check out Whalers on the Moon as a vacation stop. So this could be the next-best thing.

What do you think of the project?

(Via Popular Science)

Image of the Day: TARDIS control room pumpkin @ Blastr

Check out this clever TARDIS pumpkin carved to illuminate the interior console of the galaxy-galloping time machine, created by DeviantArt's Empress of Squee, who finished off her tempting TARDIS-O-Lantern with a pulsing green glowstick.

(Via That's Nerdalicious)

Scientists Demonstrate What A Real Laser Bullet Would Look Like @ io9

Scientists Demonstrate What A Real Laser Bullet Would Look Like

Contrary to what's portrayed in scifi, short bursts of laser pulses travel at speeds far too fast for the human eye to see. But what would it look like if we could film it in slow motion? Thanks to a team of physicists from the Polish Academy of Sciences, we now have the video evidence.


Hey, Marvel's Finally Teasing A New Comic Event For Next Summer @ io9

Hey, Marvel's Finally Teasing A New Comic Event For Next Summer

Marvel took a break from claiming it would be redoing its biggest and greatest comic events next summer and finally revealed something new — "Attilan Rising," where the Inhumans have... uh, risen, I guess. But it's still clearly part of whatever insanity Marvel has planned for next summer.


What Will Future Generations Most Wish We'd Done Differently? @ io9

What Will Future Generations Most Wish We'd Done Differently?

Maybe it will be something that they wish we had done— like worked a little harder on getting that Martian hotel up and running. Or maybe it will be something they wish he hadn't done — like maybe throw a little fewer tiny bits of plastic into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


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We Now Know What A Comet Smells Like @ io9

We Now Know What A Comet Smells Like

As Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moves closer to the Sun, it becomes more "active," as gases escape from its nucleus through cracks and pores. The Rosetta spacecraft's mass spectrometers have identified the chemical composition of these emissions. If you could smell them, you'd probably wish you hadn't.


Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer @ SciFi Mafia

The first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has hit the internet, by way of a leak rather than an official release, BUT WHO CARES? Marvel Studios has embraced the

William Shatner Names The One Condition For His Cameo In Star Trek 3 @ io9

William Shatner Names The One Condition For His Cameo In Star Trek 3

One Justice League hero talks about his appearance in Batman v Superman. Adrianne Palicki explains how long we can expect Mockingbird to stick around Agents of SHIELD. A Supernatural spinoff is still in the works. And could James Wan direct the Shazam movie? Spoilers now!


Evil Artist Builds Nightmare Typewriter In Comic Sans @ io9

Evil Artist Builds Nightmare Typewriter In Comic Sans

Only a monster would build something that forced you to type in comic sans. I have nightmares of this. They usually end with me being run of the Internet with pitchforks.


Disney’s INTO THE WOODS in Beautifully Detailed Pictures @ SciFi Mafia

We saw glimpse of the magical Into the Woods from Disney in the first teaser trailer, but these images featuring the stellar cast (Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Anna Kendrick

This INTERSTELLAR Featurette Talks Math and Black Hole Movie Magic @ SciFi Mafia

The only thing that gets me more than a great and imaginative sci-fi movie, is when that movie goes out of its was to be as close as possible to

New Footage and Tears in This TV Spot for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 @ SciFi Mafia

We’ve previously seen a build of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) coming to an a awareness of her newly found place as the face of a revolution in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

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