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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Cloud Atlas Author David Mitchell Releases A New Novel

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As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

BoneClocks“The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as
‘the radio people,’ Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics — and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves — even the ones who are not yet born.

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Doctor Who Edits Two Episodes For Very, Very Different Reasons

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Doctor WhoIt’s been a long time coming, but Doctor Who is finally back on our TVs, bringing new Time Lord Peter Capaldi along for the ride. But the freshly minted season 8 of the long-running sci-fi adventure series isn’t without controversy, and one scene has been retroactively removed from the first episode for certain regions. There has also been an additional cut made to tonight’s episode, but for very different, well-warranted reasons.

The first episode, “Deep Breath,” featured a scene where Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) share a moment resembling a kiss. In reality, this is a life-saving moment where one transfers oxygen to the other. Given that the two characters are also romantically linked in the show, there are definitely other implications in play as well. As you can imagine, a certain segment of the population was outraged by this turn of events and loudly voiced their opinions. In the U.K., they lost this battle, but it was cut out for audiences in Asian markets.

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Terminator Sequels Already Slated For 2017 And 2018

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Terminator-Genisys-Instagram-550x547We’re getting a new Terminator movie next year, in the form of the terribly titled Terminator: Genisys (I can’t look at that without getting annoyed). And though we’re still more than ten months away from seeing that particular film, Paramount Pictures has already announced and scheduled two additional entries into the franchise.

Genisys is slated to drop on July 1, 2015, and now the sixth and seventh movies in the Terminator family, respectively, are scheduled to open on May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018. Right now there’s nothing more specific than that—except that the studio is calling them Terminator 3 and Terminator 3, which will likely change—but you should steel yourself now for four years full of killer robots from the future.

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Star Wars: Episode VII’s Post-Jedi Galaxy May Not Look Like What You Expect

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Star WarsAside from hearing that production resumed after a two week hiatus in August, there hasn’t been much on the Star Wars: Episode VII news front. Well that’s certainly changed as there are now a ton of rumors surfacing, some that contradict what we’ve heard, others that seem to corroborate earlier reports.

As should be clear, this contains potential MASSIVE SPOILERS, like even the end of the movie kinds of spoilers, so if you don’t want the movie ruined, maybe, stop reading now. You’ve been warned.

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The Walking Dead: Daryl And Carol Reunite And More Chaos In New Season 5 Photos

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The Walking DeadAMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is gradually shuffling towards the October 12 premiere of season 5. Given the massive number of viewers the show raked in last year, the debut is sure to be a ratings juggernaut—we’ve also been promised that they hit the ground running after the cliffhanger at the end of season 4 and that the first scene shocked even the stars when they saw it edited together the first time. Just in case you didn’t already have this day circled on your calendar (do people still do that?), the network released a gallery of 20 new images from the upcoming episodes.

Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) sexuality has been a hot topic of discussion lately, with rumors that he might be gay making the rounds. That has neither been confirmed nor denied, though producers did confirm that there is a gay character, Daryl or not, on the way before too long. One of the reasons for this speculation about the younger Dixon brother is his relationship with Carol (Melissa McBride), who obviously seems to fancy him. Apparently not hooking up with any woman he can makes him gay, or, you know, they could just be friends, or maybe even he was giving her time to come to terms with the fact that she lost both her husband (even though he was an abusive asshole) and her daughter.

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Great Scott! Secret Cinema Brings Their Back To The Future Experience To LA

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Back to the FutureThere are a lot of big anniversaries these days. This year alone marks the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien, not to mention that last weekend saw Ghostbusters get a theatrical rerelease to commemorate its 30-year mark. Next year we will all be celebrating the three-decade mark for another of our all time favorites, Back to the Future, and if you live in Los Angeles, there will be one hell of a way to observe the occasion.

Secret Cinema organizes themed event screenings for films, and they have staged showings that are much more than just that for the likes of Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Grease, and a popular one for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. They recently wrapped up a gig in London for Back to the Future where they recreated the fictional town of Hill Valley—the burg where Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly resides—and now it’s being reported that they’re taking their show on the road to the City of Angels.