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Stephen Leeds, the man with a thousand (superpowered) personalities, is back in this sequel to Brandon Sanderson's novel Legion. Now he's up against new bad guys — and has a creepy new mystery to solve. You can listen to an excerpt now!Read more...

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Sometimes you get hold of a nifty new piece of gear, and you just want to try it out without wasting time with the manual. After all, what's the worst that could happen? A lot, it turns out. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy stories where people didn't read the instructions... with disastrous results.Read more...

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If you're planning on buying a Kindle with this $40 off deal , or you already have one, and just need some reading material for your holiday travel, Amazon's knocked six extremely popular titles down to $3 today.Read more...

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In "Draw Back Your Bow," Arrow's most beloved character gets so incredibly screwed over that the episode is almost a comedy. We'll take a look at the convoluted reasons why the psycho-of-the-week has a better chance at finding love than she does.Read more...

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Is it the tang of the passing of the seasons — and, hence, our own impending demise — that gives pumpkin spice lattes their distinct flavor? The tears of hipster baristas? Actual pumpkin and spices? (AHA HA HA HA no.)Read more...

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What if The Last Starfighter came out today? Well the trailer would probably recut from its awesome '80s glory into this re-cut badassery. Watch a trailer for The Last Starfighter, retooled for modern times. Read more...

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By a vote of 229-191, the House has just passed a GOP-sponsored bill to ensure that a more "balanced panel of experts" will advise the Environmental Protection Agency. But critics say it will reduce the participation of independent scientists in favor of those with financial ties to industry.Read more...

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While Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender's severed head journey through the cosmos, Sir Ridley Scott is hard at work at chronicling their adventures in his script for Prometheus 2. And now he's dropped a fascinating bombshell about the movie: It's going to have a new type of alien we've never seen before.Read more...

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Ron Miller's new coffee table book The Art of Space is a gorgeous history of scientific illustrations, full of retro rockets and stunning planetscapes. It's also a glimpse back at the cutting-edge astronomy of yesteryear. We've got a gallery of some of the most striking work from the book.Read more...

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In other news, the Highlander reboot also wants a major star for the role of Connor MacLeod, world peace, and a pretty pony. I'm not sure any of these things are going to happen, as the movie has languished in limbo for years and the current director is the second unit guy from Snow White and the Huntsman.Read more...

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Peter Pan Live! has released even more dancing and singing footage from the dress rehearsal of their soon-to-be-live and televised musical show. If there was any doubt that there is magic in this world, please let the pausing and mugging Walken clear that up for you. Read more...

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Lots of by-gone technologies pull their own little cults of fierce nostalgia around them (yeah, we see you over there, record player people and telegram fans.) But which old technology deserves its current following the least?Read more...

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In commemoration of its efforts to protect endangered species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature set up a remarkable tour of London by strapping a GoPro camera to the back of an Eagle. The result is a very impressive birds-eye-view of the city's most iconic landmarks.Read more...

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Deadspin Sore-Loser Table Tennis Kid Just Straight Shoves Umpire Out Of Chair | Jezebel The 'Orphan' Kim Kardashian Tried to Adopt Has Politely Declined | Kotaku Manga and Anime Characters Made Beautiful | Lifehacker LittleBits' Smart Home Kit Makes Home Automation Easy Read more...

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CGI has become wearingly dull and clichéd, argues British film critic Jonathan Romney. Not only are film spectacles more visually formulaic, but the absence of scenes depending on the exceptional skills of real human beings diminishes the "how-did-they-do-that?" factor, since we assume it was all done with a keyboard.Read more...

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The list of possible Jessica Drews includes someone already playing a comic book character on TV. Once Upon a Time adds an Alias alum as a villain, and there's a picture of her in costume. Keanu Reeves may be starring in another thriller. And when will get answers on Agents of SHIELD? Spoilers now!Read more...

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You know what reminds me of Christmas? A throne of a thousand swords forged together by the heat of dragon fire hanging from my tree. Wait, what?Read more...

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If you're in a part of the world that's literally freezing right now, then you've got to sympathize with this cat. We're all thinking of just relocating next to the heaters, right?Read more...

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Sony's setting up another adaptation of George Orwell's classic, this time with Paul Greengrass in the director's chair. Well, it's not like it's a book that gets less relevant as time goes on.Read more...

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We've covered the work of Grégoire Guillemin before , but this time he's taking on a completely different style of art in order to expose the secrets characters have been hiding from us.Read more...

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Well, it's been a few hours since we heard news about a live-action update to a classic kid's tales, so here we go: Fox has reportedly acquired a Tinker Bell movie from Melissa McCarthy and Shawn Levy (A Night at the Museum).Read more...

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A recent episode of The Eric Andre Show, co-host Hannibal Buress closed the show by rapping as Laurence Fishburne's Matrix character. It turns out that there are a staggering number of words that kind of rhyme with "Morpheus." Read more...

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Few recently announced movie projects have inspired more excitement — and more "please don't fuck this up" trepidation — than the movie based on Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern . The good news? The movie has a writer, and she sounds like she has some real storytelling chops.Read more...

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Astrobiologists like to argue about the various parameters required for planetary habitability, but one thing they tend to agree on is that water must be present. A new theory upends this assumption by suggesting that alien life could thrive on "supercritical carbon dioxide" instead. Read more...

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One of the things we've always loved about Person of Interest has been the way it juggles its global "artificial intelligence" and its local "urban organized crime" storylines. And last night's episode was a great example of this, with stories in which two of our favorite characters were exposed due to the power of surveillance. Spoilers...Read more...

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