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A lot of fantasy writers and readers will tell you that magic needs to have a clear set of rules, so you don't just have a situation where magic can do whatever the author needs it to do. A system of magic. But go too far in that direction, and you end up with something too much like technology . Read more...

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If there's one thing I learned as graduate student of thaumaturgy, it's that sometimes you choose projects that are just too big for your level of expertise. Here's a hint, people: Don't decide your thesis project will focus on awakening omniscient eyeballs before you've learned the spell for sleep.Read more...

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How do you know whether a scientific study is bogus? Over at Popular Mechanics, there's a very simple guide. Keep their six-point test in mind next time you're reading about a "scientific" study that claims it's a great idea to close borders during an epidemic.Read more...

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Joe and Irene have been testing their product, a small device that can expand into an impenetrable panic room. But Joe fears that aliens are about to attack the Earth, and that the panic room won't prove safe enough. Is this prescience or paranoia?Read more...

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We may not have known what comets were until the late sixteenth century, but humans have been recording their impressions of these orbiting ice balls for thousands of years. Some of the most beautiful art ever made reveals how long comets have been inspiring our imaginations.Read more...

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News of a sequel of a movie that you love can feel a little bittersweet: On one hand you get to revisit a fictional world that you love. On the other, there's a not insignificant chance that visit will be unpleasant and awkward. Even worse, though, can be news of a prequel.Read more...

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When Warner Bros announced its large, large calendar of movies based on DC superheroes (and villains), there was one movie that as curiously absent — the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which supposedly Joseph Gordon-Levitt was already in talks to star and direct. What gives?Read more...

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io9 hero Jim Munroe's new lo-fi scifi series, Haphead, is almost done. Filming is done, and the crew just needs a little more help to do the finishing touches on the production. Consider contributing to their Kickstarter!Read more...

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It's pretty much the biggest cliché in storytelling. Want to rejuvenate your character? Just add amnesia, and poof! They become a new person. But sometimes amnesia actually works as a plot device. Tell us about the one time you thought it was the perfect trope for telling a science fiction or fantasy story.Read more...

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The discovery of a massive debris pile in a giant sinkhole in the Hawaiian islands suggests that the region was hit by a mammoth tsunami about 500 years ago. It was larger than any in Hawaii's recorded history, so scientists are now worrying that a similar disaster could happen again.Read more...

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Still waiting around for the next Dredd movie? Well we've got something that might help curb the hunger: a first look at the unofficial animated Dredd series. Read more...

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AND IT WAS GREAT. Once Upon A Time is at its best when it's making its fairy tale characters pantomime actions of real-world people. And watching Captain Hook go on a date with Emma while she's wearing a 16-year-old's dress was pretty great.Read more...

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This month, the io9 Book Club is reading Karl Schroeder's Lockstep. We'll meet on October 28 to discuss it. Join us!Read more...

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Feast your eyes on some lovely new artwork for Moana, the Disney animated film about a Polynesian girl who goes on a dangerous journey. When we first told you about this film it was slated for a 2018 release — but thank goodness, we're getting it in November 2016 instead.Read more...

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Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice swept all the major science fiction awards last year, and made her legions of fans. Now, in her much-anticipated sequel Ancillary Sword, we have a chance to return to the incredible world she built.Read more...

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Scientists from Flinders University in Australia say they have identified the first example of penetrative sex in evolution. And wow, was it ever weird. Read more...

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The One Ring has many powers, but considering it's a) a ring and b) made of nigh-invulnerable magical gold, it's not the easiest thing to rest your weary Hobbit-head on. This adorable version of it solves all of those problems (with none of the magic, of course)!Read more...

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When an insect chews on a leaf, it might not kill the plant, but that doesn't mean the plant is fine with it. In fact, the plant can deploy a variety of defenses to drive off the munching critter. But how do plants "know" they are being eaten? A new study has some intriguing answers.Read more...

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Deadspin Ex-NFL Wives: We Felt Pressure To Keep Quiet About Domestic Violence | Gawker The D-List Right-Wingers Who've Turned Gamergate Into Their Loser Army | Kotaku I'd Take Any One Of These Awesome Alternate Versions Of The Simpsons | Lifehacker How to Turn Your Laziness Into Efficiency | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

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While we're super optimistic about the idea behind Ryan Murphy's new female-lead, Fox horror comedy series, Scream Queens, someone needs to tell Murphy about Buffy (and Evil Dead and A-Haunting We Will Go and Beetlejuice and Cabin in the Woods). Read more...

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Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez wowed us with his stunning visuals and his portrayal of the Mexican Day of the Dead. And it's clear from his student Emmy-award-winning short film that he's been playing with these designs and themes for a while.Read more...

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Chris Pine has been working on his passion project Vampire Lawyer secretly for many years. And here's the first footage of Vampire Lawyer, the series. But his best work is truly found in the behind-the-scenes clips in the credits. Read more...

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Animation has seldom felt so alive and expressive as it does in Princess Kaguya, the latest movie from Studio Ghibli. Fans of Hayao Miyazaki will find this movie delightful, but it's unlike any other Ghibli movie I've seen. This is something truly, heartbreakingly special. See it in theaters. You'll be glad you did. Read more...

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Candy cap mushrooms have become a trendy food. These unusual little things taste exactly like maple syrup - to the point where the extract from them is put in cakes and ice cream. Chemists finally found out why, after over twenty-five years of research.Read more...

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The internet doesn't have an open or close time, but does access really keep going all day long? The answer, it turns out, may depend on where you live.Read more...

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