How The Empire Strikes Back Helped Shape the Look of The Dark Crystal’s Incredible Puppets

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Even as we’re just a week away from The Age of Resistance prequel series—itself a remarkable technical achievement—hitting Netflix, the puppet design and work of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal still stands as an incredible testament to practical effects. Aside from Henson and his team’s collective expertise with…

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Russian Sci-Fi Thriller Novel-Turned-Video Game Metro 2033 Is Becoming a Movie

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Before THQ’s Metro 2033 was a first person shooter, it was a novel written by Dmitry Glukhovsky about a nation of people forced to build a new underground civilization in subway stations and tunnels after a devastating nuclear war. Now, it’s set to become a live-action film, courtesy of Gazprom Media.

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Users Permanently Alter Their Minds Inside a Network in an Excerpt From Jayinee Basu’s The City of Folding Faces

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Mara is very different now, after digitizing and uploading herself as a “space-time tubeform” into the network of the Roulette. There’s even a word for people like her in the universe of Jayinee Basu’s 2019 scifi novella The City of Folding Faces—they’re called Ruga, a hyperperson who has absorbed so much information…

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It Chapter Two Features One Key Change to Pennywise’s Homophobic Attack

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One of the biggest criticisms of Tommy Lee Wallace and Lawrence Cohen’s TV adaptation of Stephen King’s It from 1990 was the way it glossed over a key moment in Derry history when a gay man watches in terror as his partner is brutally beaten by a group of homophobes before they push him over the side of a bridge. It

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In This Star Wars: Black Spire Excerpt, a Hero of the Resistance Meets a Galaxy’s Edge Favorite

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Even if you’ve not had the chance to visit Batuu yet—or are waiting for Galaxy’s Edge to open up at Walt Disney World next week—there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of some of the kooky characters inhabiting the theme park’s fictional world, from creative food vendors to antiquities collectors. But one famous…

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Here Are Your Hugo 2019 Award Winners

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Last night one of the biggest events in genre writing, the Hugo Awards, awarded creators at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland. Highlighting sci-fi and fantasy across films, TV, comics, criticism, fan works, and more, the Hugos are a celebration of some of the year’s finest—so get your…

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30 Very Good Sci-Fi Dogs

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Now that all the hype surrounding Captain Marvel’s top scene-stealer, Goose the cat (or “cat,” if you will), has died down a little, it’s high time we shifted our adoring attentions over to the dogs of science fiction. The genre has produced many, many very good puppers over the years, including these 30 favorites.

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Neil Gaiman’s Take on Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast Fantasy Trilogy Finds a Home at Showtime

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Game of Thrones is over, and every network and streaming service is currently trying to replicate the success of HBO’s hit by finding their own epic fantasy breakout. Showtime, which already has Kingkiller Chronicle in development, is doubling down with another genre title: Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy.

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