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Prometheus: Fire And Stone Trailer Sets Up Epic Comics Crossover

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We’ve been hugely excited about Dark Horse’s upcoming Fire and Stone mega-event for months now, and the newest trailer for the series is only making it worse. Launching in September, Prometheus: Fire and Stone will kick off a multi-series shared storyline that will dive deep into the shared mythology of the Aliens, Predator, and Prometheus franchises. Those worlds have all been linked to varying degrees on the big screen, but Fire and Stone is set to explore the connections more thoroughly than ever before. If you haven’t already, check out the Prometheus: Fire and Stone trailer up top before we go any further.

After the first issue of of Prometheus: Fire and Stone launches in September, the four other series will unfold with an issue per week, setting up an eight-week cycle of the Prometheus book, the Aliens book, the Alien vs. Predator title, and Predator: Fire and Stone. While each of the four series will have its own storyline, characters and events from each will overlap each other, creating a larger narrative structure that will culminate in a standalone wrap-up issue after they’ve all completed their runs.

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Chris Pratt Visits Sick Children In Costume As Star-Lord

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PrattHospitalActors are constantly sharing stories about which props, costumes, and mementos they’ve swiped from the various productions they’ve worked on over the years. It’s a way of having a touchstone, a connection to a specific experience and period of their lives that might conjure up a sense of nostalgia even more powerfully than by watching the finished film or TV show. So it’s not surprising at all to learn that Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt stole his Star-Lord costume…but it is great to learn that his reasons for doing so were about more than just nabbing a memento. He wanted the outfit so he could bring a little joy to sick children by popping into hospitals dressed as his Guardians altar ego. And sure enough, he’s done precisely that.

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Doctor Who: Three Huge Questions From The Season Premiere

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WhoBreathLast night’s Doctor Who season premiere had a lot going on. Clara was dealing with a newly regenerated Doctor she’s not sure she can trust. The Paternoster Gang were on hand to help the freshly minted Twelfth Doctor investigate a most peculiar murder. And, most intriguingly, the episode introduced elements that not only hinted at the show’s future, but tied back to some memorable moments from its own past. Needless to say, we’ve got questions…big ones.

SPOILERS BELOW!

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: This Week’s New Sci-Fi Includes John Scalzi’s Lock In

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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!

LockIn“Lock In” by John Scalzi

A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent — and nearly five million souls in the United States alone — the disease causes ‘Lock In’: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as ‘Haden’s syndrome,’ rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an ‘integrator’ — someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

But ‘complicated’ doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery — and the real crime — is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It’s nothing you could have expected.

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Star Wars Plans To Redefine Longform Storytelling Moving Forward

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Star WarsDespite being 16 months away, and still in the middle of production, Star Wars: Episode VII is always going to be a hot topic of conversation. The very fact that they’re making new movies is cause for excitement, though our enthusiasm is cautious at this point, we’ve been burned too many times. We hope that J.J. Abrams and the crew at the Disney-owned Lucasfilm will not only make a good movie, but also reinvigorate the franchise, and some new information floating around indicates that they have a plan for the canon moving forward that aims to do just that.

Though many of us have a deep love of Star Wars, that love has been tested. Between George Lucas going back and tweaking the original films (and not for the better) and the prequels, not to mention the rampant over merchandising, it’s not always as easy as it used to be to unequivocally love Star Wars. Like many things, as we get older, the situation gets much more complex. You can say, “I love Star Wars,” and mean it, but then there are a bunch of caveats. In an article over at Badass Digest, Devin Farci (a guy roughly my age, with a similar history with the franchise), wrote a nice essay about this topic, but at the same time, he also reveals some information he’s gathered from sources that should give you hope and get you stoked about that far, far away galaxy once again.

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Doctor Who: Five Old Episodes To Pair With The First Five Episodes Of Season 8

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WhoS8Tonight is the night Doctor Who fans have been waiting months for: the return of the show for its eighth modern season, courtesy of the oversized premiere episode “Deep Breath.” Of course, there have been plenty of clues and hints about what to expect in the weeks and months leading up to it, but Who suffered an even bigger blow last month when scripts for the first five episodes leaked online.

At the time, I debated how to approach the leak, beyond simply reporting on it. There were sites that posted spoiler-ish breakdowns or reviews of the scripts, but I wasn’t interested in doing that. There had to be a middle ground that didn’t involve just letting all the cats out of their respective bags, right? This article is the result of all that mulling: five earlier Who episodes that will, for a variety of reasons, make perfect double-features with the first five episodes of the new season. Sometimes it’s because the episodes share characters or concepts, and sometimes it’s just because…well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

I’m trying to keep this little exercise mostly spoiler-free, but I will be including the official synopses for each of season eight’s first five episodes, so there are some spoilers ahead!

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