Game of Thrones recap: Fanfiction sex and bonding as Winterfell preps for the Night King @ Syfy Wire

In this week’s episode of Game of Fanfiction, Season 8, Episode 2, everything you’ve ever wanted to happen on Game of Thrones happens.

**SPOILER WARNING: This story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2.**

Twitter reacts to the nonchalant return of a fan-favorite Game of Thrones character @ Syfy Wire

Reunions have been a major factor in Game of Thrones' final season. As almost every major character has descended onto Winterfell to defend the living against the Night King and his massive army of the dead. 

Wisconsin-based fan watches Captain Marvel a record-breaking 116 times @ Syfy Wire

Dr. Steve Ruppel, a Wisconsin chiropractor, has broken a Guiness World Record after watching Captain Marvel 116 times since it opened in early March. Once ruled official, this will make him the record holder for "most cinema productions attended - same film." 

This is actually Ruppel's fifth broken world record, including one where he ran a half-marathon wearing 60 t-shirts over each other.

Gather Around for io9's Weekly Game of Thrones Spoiler-Laden Discussion Zone @ io9

A lot happened on last week’s premiere—but with only six episodes in the entire eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, a lot’s gonna happen every week until the very end. And what do we love almost as much as watching Game of Thrones? Talking about Game of Thrones! That’s why we have this weekly discussion zone,…


Pablo Schreiber Opens Up About What American Gods' King of Luck Wishes For @ io9

While most of the lives in American Gods have intersected in one way or another over the show’s two seasons, Pablo Schreiber’s Mad Sweeney has perhaps covered the most ground. From the beginning, he’s been one of the players in Wednesday’s game with the keenest understanding of what the Norse god is getting at. We had…


The Vegas odds for the final season of Game of Thrones have resulted in some interesting possibilities @ Syfy Wire

The final season of Game of Thrones might be a mere six episodes, but the hype for HBO's sword-and-sorcery epic has never been stronger. 

If You Go to Vegas You Can Bet On Some Out-There Game of Thrones Guesses @ io9

Ah, Vegas. The place to go if you want to bet on your favorite sports game or favorite murder-happy TV show.


Objects in Space 4/21/19: No one's ever really gone @ Syfy Wire

I wouldn't recommend getting a cold this time of year, folks, not only because it's a new Game of Thrones season but when it's just so nice outside you really don't want to keep feeling lousy while you're cooped up indoors.

But in the meantime, being stuck inside on the mend means that it's even easier for yours truly to procure the links you need, and some of these are older but no less worthy of your eyeballs:

Kevin Feige Considers Spider-Man: Far From Home, Not Avengers: Endgame, as the End of the MCU's Third Phase @ io9

Here’s an intriguing tidbit: according to Kevin Feige, Avengers: Endgame isn’t actually the end of the third phase of Marvel movies, even though, y’know, it’s in the name and everything.


This Featurette Explores the Lore of John Wick's Murdery Luxury Hotel @ io9

One of the most fun things about the John Wick universe is the way it is slowly building an elaborate lore to populate its world of wacky intense assassins. In this featurette, we get to explore one of the centerpieces of that lore: the Continental.


Them That Follow filmmakers talk snake handlers, faith, and representation @ Syfy Wire

Faith, family, and snakes tangle at the center of Them That Follow, a thriller set in the Appalachian mountains. Nestled among back roads and thick wilderness, a secretive sect of snake handlers thrive in a community so tight-knit it can be suffocating. As pastor's daughter Mara (Alice Englert) reaches marrying age, she's faced with some big choices about her future. Compared to that, picking up poisonous snakes isn't all that scary.

Two Friends Speculate About the Unknown In This Funny, Scary Clip From Something Else @ io9

Indie horror is a treasure, and Something Else, an indie horror comedy from filmmakers Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella, seems like quite a treat.


Dune and religious appropriation @ Syfy Wire

"All science goes back to something that we believe because we believe it. We believe it because we believe it and we have no proof for it. It's like a religion."

Anyone who has read Dune won’t struggle to believe that those are the words of Frank Herbert. The celebrated American author has made a career of cross-pollinating his literature with themes of religion and science and none of his work does it with quite so much vigor than his infamous Duniverse.

Look of the Week: Poe's infinity scarf in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker @ Syfy Wire

Welcome back to Look of the Week! Celebrating the best in TV and film sartorial excellence, past and present across sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre classics!

Theory: the Canadian animated series, 6teen, is actually set in The Matrix @ Syfy Wire

6teen is a 2004-2010 animated series featuring six sixteen-year-olds working in their local Canadian mall. Their plan is to all work in the same mall so that even when they are being fiscally responsible they can still all hang out. But is 6teen secretly about something else entirely?

Jonesy Garcia is one of our six sixteen-year-olds. He's a free-wheelin' guy who has to get a new job every episode because he's actually very bad at being a responsible employee. But think about that for a moment: how many job opportunities could there be in one mall?

Norwegian police 'arrest' Night King on grounds of animal cruelty and destruction of property @ Syfy Wire

After millennia of injustices against the world of the living, the Night King from Game of Thrones has finally been held accountable for his heinous actions...kind of.

Easter box office: The Curse of La Llorona haunts top spot with $26.5M in slow weekend @ Syfy Wire

The Curse of La Llorona may be scary, but the slow nature of this Easter weekend box office is even scarier, as it's the worst one in over 10 years.

And he stabbed me. 22 Days of Marvel Day 17: Thor: Ragnarok (2017) @ Syfy Wire

We're in the Endgame now.

Starting April 5, SYFY WIRE is celebrating the release of Avengers: Endgame with a new limited-series podcast: 22 Days of Marvel. Each day leading up to the premiere of Endgame, we’ll revisit a different movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, discussing the plot, calling out the best scenes and dialogue, and, most importantly, tracking all the connections and what they mean for Endgame.

This Avengers: Endgame Mashup Trailer Recalls a Decade of Hype @ io9

Avengers: Endgame isn’t just the end of a major epoch in the MCU, it’s a culmination of a decade’s worth of movies. To reflect that, Fandango’s Movieclips has mashed up Endgame footage with dramatic moments and trailer clips from almost all the movies that came before.


Nintendo Game Boy turns 30 today, so let's count down its most fun games @ Syfy Wire

When Nintendo released the Game Boy 30 years ago, it was a grey block that looked more like house-building material than the video game systems that we know today. By its end, it had become "Advanced" and it took the form of a Micro version and an SP, which gave us a rad, mid 2000s flip-phone approach to gaming. And between these, it left us with a pantheon of fantastic games.

Save On a Pair of Powerful USB-C PD Chargers @ io9

USB-C PD chargers keep getting cheaper and more powerful, and these deals from RAVPower take things to a new level.


Legendary fan stories from the world of Game of Thrones @ Syfy Wire

Welcome to Read This Fanfiction, a weekly digest of the hottest and latest fanfics about all your favorite movies, television shows, anime, and more. Whether they're popular, heartbreaking, innovative, or just plain entertaining, here's what you should be reading!

12 high fantasy podcasts that'll take you on an adventure during your commute @ Syfy Wire

Game of Thrones may be back, but this is its final season, and The Lord of the Rings series from Amazon is so far away you might as well walk to Mordor. But fantasy fans, never fear, there is a wealth of stories of elves, magic, knights, and bards waiting for your ears. Behold the world of high fantasy podcasts.

Make Authentic-Tasting Movie Theater Popcorn With This Discounted Oil @ io9

Want to know a secret? If you want popcorn that tastes like it came from a movie theater, you want to cook it in coconut oil. Not butter (you add that later), not vegetable oil...coconut oil.


Leslie Jones Freaks Out About the Game of Thrones Premiere with Seth Meyers @ io9

The best, and most famous, Game of Thrones superfan is, of course, Leslie Jones, who has been teaming up with Seth Meyers ever year to go absolutely wild over new episodes of the show. This time, she’s watching the final season premiere of the show, and it is a treat.


Objects in Space 4/20/19: Nothing lasts @ Syfy Wire

I'm big on Saturdays; they're one of the few days of the week that actually feel tailor-made for just chilling in all its various forms: reading, watching TV or movies, playing video games, crafting. However you want to spend your vegging time, Saturdays are there for you.

You know what else is there for you on Saturdays? More links!

Hulk is the most important Avenger @ Syfy Wire

In the wake of a crushing defeat at Thanos' Infinity Stone-clad hands, the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will face their greatest challenge yet in Avengers: Endgame. But who is the greatest hero in the MCU? Over the next couple of weeks, SYFY WIRE will be debating who deserves the title of The Most Important Avenger. Our next contender is the Hulk, the big guy himself.

Alex Kurtzman Talks the Motivation Behind That Moment in the Star Trek: Discovery Second Season Finale @ io9

Star Trek: Discovery ended its second season with a leap. If you haven’t seen that finale yet, you should check it out. If you have, though, it’s time to talk about what went down.


Something Ain’t Right With The Latest Dinosaur Added Into Jurassic World Evolution @ io9

The newest DLC was recently released for the park building game Jurassic World Evolution. This new update included some new features, like a photo mode for consoles, but more importantly, it added some new dinosaurs. But one of these new dinos is a bit broken.


Toho, the Japanese Studio Behind Godzilla, Is Expanding in the West @ io9

Any kaiju fan knows the name Toho. The Japanese studio, which has operated for most of the time the film industry has existed, is best known outside of Japan for its creation and ownership of Godzilla. It’s also one of the biggest names in Japanese film, period, with a hand in a massive number of successful…


Artist Robert Ball Captures the First 'Beautiful Death' of the Last Season of Game of Thrones @ io9

For years, artist Robert Ball has made posters that commemorate the majesty of death. With the support of HBO itself, Ball has been creating posters in a series called “Beautiful Death”, with each original illustration bringing rich artistry to the depiction of one death from Game of Thrones.


Knowing and my own crisis of faith @ Syfy Wire

I wish I could say that I had my religious epiphany due to some life-changing event, or because I read a book that made me really question what faith meant to me. Neither of these things happened. Instead, it was watching Nicolas Cage play a disheartened astrophysicist with a questionable lace-front wig and who had been dealt a tough hand by life.

The film Knowing is no Oscar winner, and perhaps I took more from it than was intended, but when I left the theater after seeing it in 2009, I had a lot to think about and a love for the film that is still with me today.

ICYMI: The top 10 posts on FANGRRLS 04/20 @ Syfy Wire

Let's all enjoy the calm before the storm. This is the last week of our pre-Endgame lives, and everything from here on in will never be the same, at least in the geek world. We've bought our tickets (often waiting hours to do so, thank you very much, multiple crashing booking websites), made our predictions, and sort of but not really prepared ourselves from the thrilling climax. Who lives? Who dies? What happens next? Truly, we aren't prepared.

How many more of these? 22 Days of Marvel Day 16: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) @ Syfy Wire

We're in the Endgame now.

Starting April 5, SYFY WIRE is celebrating the release of Avengers: Endgame with a new limited-series podcast: 22 Days of Marvel. Each day leading up to the premiere of Endgame, we’ll revisit a different movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, discussing the plot, calling out the best scenes and dialogue, and, most importantly, tracking all the connections and what they mean for Endgame.

Before Supergirl fought Manchester Black, there was Superman vs. The Elite @ Syfy Wire

One of the major plot points of Supergirl's fourth season on The CW has been about what makes for an ethical hero: What is it that a person with powers should do, and what constitutes over-extending?

Insomniac Developer Reveals A Spider-Man PS4 Easter Egg Nobody Noticed @ io9

Spider-Man on PS4 was filled with little secrets and easter eggs. From a failed marriage proposal to Seinfeld references and more, the game is packed with easter eggs. But one secret was so subtle it seems nobody actually noticed it until someone at Insomniac revealed it on Twitter.


PlayStation system details, Mortal Kombat 11 launch trailer and this week's Gamegrrl news @ Syfy Wire

It’s a holiday weekend, and everyone is going to picnics (or staying indoors because of a weird April blizzard). There is so much more to life than family and friends, though! (Sorry, we’re totally kidding… okay, mostly kidding.) If you need a break from the family, we have plenty of video game news from this week for you to catch up on. We have info on a new system, some Mortal Kombat 11 videos, and a visit from Persona 5’s Joker. Here is the top Gamegrrl news for the week ending April 20, 2019.

Mark Hamill thinks Luke did not die a virgin. So when did the Skywalker rise? @ Syfy Wire

Now that we have a title and a teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s time for everyone’s theories, hopes, and dreams to really start going to light speed. Everything that has been said about the finale of the Skywalker Saga is being picked apart ruthlessly, so naturally it’s time to analyze one of the new canon’s most important aspects: Luke Skywalker’s virginity.

Catwoman Will Be Played By a Different Actress in the Gotham Season Finale @ io9

For the past five bonkers seasons, Camren Bicondova and her incredible hair have played Selina Kyle on Gotham. But for the last episode, airing next week, she’s being replaced.


Saturday's Best Deals: Anker Charging Gear, Samsung TV, 4/20 Sales, and More @ io9

A $399 Samsung TV, a huge sale on Anker charging products, a keyboard that charges itself with light, and several CBD and vaping deals for 4/20 lead off Saturday’s best deals from around the web.


When Will We Get the Game Boy Classic Edition? @ io9

Tomorrow, April 21, 2019, the Game Boy turns 30 years old. The handheld console that paved the way for the Switch is still beloved by almost anyone who’s ever laid hands on it, and for all its shortcomings, it’s still one of the most memorable gaming devices of all time. So why is there no sign of Nintendo releasing a…


Catch Up Before Endgame With a Huge Sale On Marvel Movies @ io9

With this era of Marvel movies about to be bookended by Avengers: Endgame, you may be feeling nostalgic about the earlier films in the canon. So if there are any favorites that you don’t already have in your library, Amazon’s got a bunch of them marked down to $10 to own digitally.


Amazon's Anker Gold Box Is Overflowing With Charging Gear, Including USB-C Batteries @ io9

Netflix Is Testing a Feature to Serve Up Random Episodes If You Don't Know What to Watch @ io9

Many of us are by now familiar with the Browse Endlessly Plan, a system in which scrolling knows no end and absolutely nothing of interest populates no matter how many times you refresh or toggle between genres. Netflix may have something close to an answer for it.


WATCH: Avengers: Endgame fan theories (legit or BS) @ Syfy Wire

Next week, Marvel’s most anticipated movie to date will finally hit theaters. Avengers: Endgame’s hype has reached unreal levels as fans attempt to discover its secrets before anyone else. Marvel probably did everyone a favor by keeping Marc Ruffalo and Tom Holland away from the complete scripts. But in the absence of facts, fan theories have taken ahold of the internet. And it’s our duty to break down the wildest theories in SYFY WIRE’s Legit or BS!

Objects in Space 4/19/19: We are not superheroes @ Syfy Wire

Is it possible that day two of an illness can feel even worse than day one? I am here to tell you: Yes, yes it can. But that's not going to stop me from finding links for your perusal, your enjoyment, your enlightenment.

What other great reads have you discovered on the internet lately?

Leia Finds a Pint-Sized Battle Partner in the Latest Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Short @ io9

The latest Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures short takes us to the forest moon of Endor, where Princess Leia gets separated from the rest of the Rebel Alliance and encounters a small but feisty native: Wicket the Ewok.


Executive producer Glen Morgan explains the politics of the new Twilight Zone @ Syfy Wire

In the fourth episode of the new The Twilight Zone, Steven Yeun stars as the eponymous "A Traveler," a man who seems to be a thrill-seeking tourist but is, in fact, probably an alien. Then again, whether or not Yeun's character is a bad guy, a good guy, or an invading extraterrestrial really depends on your interpretation of the episode itself.

Lucifer's Saucy Devil Walks You Through a Crash Course of the Show's First 3 Seasons @ io9

Lucifer, formerly of Fox but rescued by Netflix, will launch its fourth season starting May 8. There’s still time to catch up on the previous seasons, but the truth is you don’t need a deep grasp of the material to enjoy the show (this ain’t Game of Thrones).


In this Week's Best New Comics, Jocks Are Legendary Warriors and Nerds Rule the World @ io9

We all wear different hats throughout life that we change as circumstances require. The person you are with your loved ones is not the person you are with your enemies, and that person is different than the person you are when you’re all by yourself. The heroes in this week’s best new comics all have fairly solid…


Exclusive preview: Banjax shows what one superhero does with a Death Wish @ Syfy Wire

Getting diagnosed with terminal cancer affects patients in a variety of ways. Some try to live life to the fullest and enjoy what days remain with those closest to them.

Fearsome prehistoric ‘Warg’ beast is something straight out of Lord of the Rings @ Syfy Wire

What's more frightening than the bristle-haired Warg beasts that Orc warriors favored as their battle mounts in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings? How about the fact that savage carnivores similar to those toothy predators in the dark fantasy trilogy actual roamed the hot African plains millions of years ago?

Corporate greed puts workers in danger yet again in new Alien short film, Ore @ Syfy Wire

The fourth annual "Alien Day" is coming on April 26, and to celebrate, 20th Century Fox is continuing to roll out a series of short films made by fans that celebrate the almost 40-year-old classic.

Please, for the love of god, Marvel, do not retcon Agent Carter in Endgame @ Syfy Wire

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s relationship to romance can be described as, at best, rocky. While Tony and Pepper have built a compelling relationship over the course of the MCU, awkward pairings like Bruce and Natasha, or Thor and Jane, are unfortunately more common. Captain Marvel and even Thor: Ragnarok proved that a love interest wasn’t a necessary element by any means, so hopefully Marvel will realize that romantic ships just haven't been its strongest suit.

In the Game of Gif Party, You Dance or Your Die @ io9

It’s Friday, Game of Thrones is back, and we’re having a party. A gif party, to be precise! We’re celebrating the return of Game of Thrones, now on its eighth and final season. So sit yourself on the Iron Throne, grab yourself a glass of Cersei’s wine, and share your favorite gifs, because it’s Gif Party Time!


It's Scary Just How Bad Fred Savage and Howie Mandel's Little Monsters Is @ io9

At a certain point in life, you realize the movies you loved as a child don’t look the same through mature eyes. People who didn’t see those childhood favorites until later often think they’re terrible. The Goonies is a good example of a film that most people enjoy if they saw it when it came out, but people who saw…


Captain Marvel learns about 21st century culture in Endgame-themed car ad @ Syfy Wire

Now that she's back on Earth, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) only has time to focus on fighting Thanos (Josh Brolin) and isn't able to catch up on what she's missed over the last two or so decades, right? Not so fast!

Marvel Comics single-issue solicitations for July 2019 @ Syfy Wire

Every month, SYFY WIRE will be bringing you the solicitations for all the upcoming comic books you need to know about. Today we have Marvel Comics listings for July 2019 single-issue comics.

A New Graphic Novel Explores How Racism Made Weed Illegal @ io9

For the last few years, a wave of legislation has been decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana all across the United States. Cannabis advocates have long said that it should never have been illegal. The story of how the substance became outlawed in the first place combines willful ignorance, petty careerism,…


Halifax! I'm speaking at Atlseccon on April 24 (then Toronto, Ottawa, Berlin and Houston!) @ Boing Boing

I'm coming to Halifax to give the closing keynote on day one of Atlseccon on April 24th: it's only my second-ever visit to the city and the first time I've given a talk there, so I really hope you can make it!

From there, I'm headed to Toronto, where I'm giving a keynote called The Internet Isn’t What We Fight FOR, It’s What We Fight WITH on April 29th at the FITC Technology and Creativity Conference.

Then I'm appearing at the Ottawa Writers Festival on May 4, presenting my newest book, Radicalized.

After that, it's a quick trip to Berlin, where I'm the keynote speaker at this year's Re:publica conference, presenting a talk called It's monopolies, not surveillance on May 7th.

Then I'm headed back to the USA for a weekend's worth of events at Houston's Comicpalooza, May 10-12.

Hope to see you!

OG Nerd Obsessions: Watch American Gods' Ricky Whittle lose it over Transformers and Optimus Prime @ Syfy Wire

When American Gods star Ricky Whittle was little, he loved nothing more than Transformers.

"If you wanted to be one of the cool kids, you needed an Optimus Prime," Whittle says. Optimus Prime was the ultimate status symbol — and so much more.

Indie Comics Spotlight: Tuskegee Heirs creators mix history with fantasy to create hit kids comic @ Syfy Wire

In 2016, artist Marcus Williams and writer Greg Burnham came out of nowhere with a Kickstarter for a comic book concept that blew everyone away. They took the real-life story of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps (the precursor to the U.S.

Striking Photos Capture the Unnatural Transformation of the Amazon Rainforest @ io9

There was this moment last year when I was sitting in the quietest place in the U.S. and a plane flew overhead, breaking the cocoon of natural sound. It was the sonic emulation of the world we’re creating, writ large. Humanity has crept into every nook and cranny of the planet, and now we’re being forced to confront…


Jane Foster Is Becoming an Asgardian Valkyrie in Her New Marvel Series @ io9

During Jane Foster’s time as Thor, Asgardian goddess of thunder, she accomplished a number of things the Odinson never could and proved to the universe that her inherent heroism made her every bit as worthy as anyone who’d ever wielded Mjölnir before. In the time since Jane hung up her cape and helmet, she’s been…


An Emily Blunt stan finally watches Edge Of Tomorrow @ Syfy Wire

For years, I declared to the world my love for Emily Olivia Leah Blunt, telling anyone who’d listen, “Yes, The Devil Wears Prada is that good, but you really must see Sunshine Cleaning.” And yet, I’d never seen her first bona fide action film, one in which she kicks alien ass and teaches Tom motherf*cking Cruise to nut up so he can save the world.

Who Won the Week Episode 176: Game of Thrones, Star Wars Celebration, Avengers: Endgame @ Syfy Wire

This week, Adam, Dany and Karama discuss the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones; all that was revealed at Star Wars Celebration (including the first trailer and title reveal for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker); and, of course, the countdown to Avengers: Endgame ... which opens in a week! Is summer really upon us?

Listen below!

Zenzi unleashes her deadly power in this Black Panther #11 exclusive @ io9

The current Black Panther title is a fascinating sci-fi remix of Wakandan concepts and characters, taking readers away from Earth as T’Challa finds himself in the middle of an intergalactic war with no memory of his past. He’s surrounded by new versions of significant figures from his past, and he’s getting closer to…


We Have Always Lived in the Castle channels Hill House horror in first trailer @ Syfy Wire

Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House won't be the only mainstream Shirley Jackson adaptation to scare audiences silly. This week, Brainstorm Media unveiled the first creepy trailer for the star-studded movie version of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which is based on Jackson's final finished novel from 1962.

British geek Lynsey Mckenzie isn't your ordinary makeup artist @ Syfy Wire

British makeup artist Lynsey Mckenzie knows what you're thinking. You've hired her to do your makeup for your wedding, but as you're sitting in her chair, the signs that she has other intentions are popping up everywhere. Her entire Instagram is devoted to spellbinding makeup transformations, from Jon Snow to Maleficent, and as she organizes her tools, you start to wonder...

Abigail Blackmore on being the writer, director and 'wingman' of Tales from the Lodge @ Syfy Wire

The Big Chill meets Are You Afraid Of The Dark? is the best way to describe English writer/director Abigail Blackmore's directorial debut, Tales from the Lodge. The portmanteau horror-comedy centers on five old friends who reunite at a remote cabin to scatter the ashes of a dearly departed pal. While there, they share scary and silly stories... and unexpectedly stumble into one of their own.

WATCH: Joe and Anthony Russo discuss the MCU post-Endgame and Captain America's journey @ Syfy Wire

As Joe and Anthony Russo prepare for the world to see their fourth entry to the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame, the brothers and co-directors are sitting on a mountain of spoilers and Universe-altering revelations.

Try a Piece of 'Bambi's Mom' at This Gourmet Restaurant, You Monster @ io9

Well, when you put it that way, I’m not really hungry anymore. An Australian restaurant has drawn a bit of ire for its new Disney-inspired specialty menu, which includes such classics like the slow-cooked corpse of Bambi’s mother.


The podcast forever! Behind the Panel: Batman at 80 Part 3 - Film @ Syfy Wire

Comics made him a star, but the movies Batman a legend!

Episode 3 of our audio documentary series Behind the Panel: Batman at 80 looks at the Dark Knight’s film career. Academy Award-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming shares her insight into creating Christian Bale's Batsuits, Heath Ledger's iconic Joker look, Tom Hardy's Bane AND Anne Hathaway's Catwoman costume.

3 realistic predictions for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 @ Syfy Wire

As confirmed by series star Sonequa Martin-Green and showrunner Alex Kurtzman, the next season of Star Trek: Discovery will find the titular starship in a brand new time period, 950 years in the future, sometime around the year 3200.

New NASA Mission Will Measure the Mysterious Glow of Earth's Plants @ io9

Packed alongside supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station on an otherwise routine SpaceX resupply run, something rather special is headed to orbit next week: a refrigerator-sized instrument that’ll measure the glow of Earth’s plant life.


Religious children’s fiction and the books that helped shape my atheism @ Syfy Wire

I love books. Always have. This isn’t really surprising. I’m a nerd who writes for a geek website. Books are important to me and they have been for a vast majority of my life, marking moments in my own coming-of-age narrative. I am also an atheist, a fact that would have been shocking for a much younger version of myself, clad in her Catholic school uniform and altar serving on the weekends.

Preview the Exclusive Saffron Story Included in the B&N Edition of Firefly Vol. 1 @ Barnes & Noble: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

It’s hard to believe it has been close to two decades since Joss Whedon’s Firefly lit up the Fox Network—and then saw its flame unceremoniously snuffed out after only 14 episodes.

Plenty of sci-fi shows have passionate fandoms, and plenty of too-soon-canned series have maintained a dedicated following, but no series that ran for as short a time as this weird space western has found followers whose passion has burned so brightly for so long—it was even enough to get a major movie studio to throw tens of million of dollars at a big screen adaptation!

While the passage of time (and even the death of a principle case member) has made another filmed continuation of the adventures of Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew of the Serenity unlikely, the series continues to live on in comics. Recently, Boom! Studios has reissued the original run of Firefly comics in handsome deluxe editions, and later this month, the publisher launches the trade paperback edition of Greg Pak and Dan McDaid’s recent series reboot, which goes back to the beginning to tell the story of the civil war between the oppressive Alliance and the rebel Browncoats that set Mal and his closest compatriot, Zoe Washburne, on a path to being the space outlaws we know and love.

Firefly, Vol. 1: The Unification War is being released in a special Barnes & Noble hardcover edition featuring a variant cover by acclaimed artist Jock.

The B&N edition is also the only place you can find “Bad Company,” an exclusive 40-page bonus story by Josh Lee Gordon and artist Francesco Mortarino featuring Mal’s ex-wife and expert con-woman Saffron!

Check out eight preview pages from “Bad Company” below, and preorder a copy of the exclusive edition of Firefly: Vol. 1 now!

 The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of Firefly, Vol. 1: The Unification War is available April 30.

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Hawkeye is the most important Avenger @ Syfy Wire

In the wake of a crushing defeat at Thanos' Infinity Stone-clad hands, the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will face their greatest challenge yet in Avengers: Endgame. But, who is the greatest hero in the MCU? Over the next couple weeks, SYFY WIRE will be debating who deserves the title of The Most Important Avenger.

Sometimes the Best Superhero Crossovers Are the Simplest (and Silliest) @ io9

Next week, Avengers: Endgame finally hits theaters. Meticulous plans, endless teases, hushed whispers, and millions of dollars worth of moviemaking heft across a decade have gone into this grand coming together of Marvel’s mightiest. But sometimes a purer joy can found in having a superheroic mashup...just because?


Read the source code for every classic Infocom text-adventure game! @ Boing Boing

Jason Scott has made the source available for every one of Infocom's classic and genre-defining text adventure games (previously) for the Apple ][+ and its successors, posting it to Github under the historicalsource account.

The code is written in Zork Implementation Language, a Lisp-like programming language that you can learn with this manual.

The source seems to have been posted under the general rubric of archival preservation, which is an activity that can fall under copyright's fair use doctrine. If Activision -- owner of the rights to Infocom titles -- decides to push the matter, we might end up with a fascinating and precedent-setting court battle.

Included in the collection are all the Zork games, as well as the notorious and brilliant Douglas Adams game "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and partial sources for its unreleased sequel "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" and the complete sources for an unreleased adaptation of "The Abyss," James Cameron's 1989 movie.

Dive in and you'll find that things are very different now than they were then. At the time Infocom was active, personal computers did not have a widely shared architecture, so the path ZIL's architects took was to allow game creators to write instructions for a virtual machine called the Z-machine, which was then brought to the various platforms of the day. There are interpreters available today for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android, among other platforms.

The interactive fiction community is still quite lively, and people are still making games using ZIL and the Z-machine today. But they've been joined by creators using new tools for spinning interactive, text-focused games like Twine and Ink, some of which are used as middleware in modern graphical game productions big and small.

Historical Source [Jason Scott/Github]

You can now download the source code for all Infocom text adventure classics [Samuel Axon/Ars Technica]

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