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Interstellar Kip Thorne Featurette Explores The Science Of Deep Space

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Earlier today, we saw yet another stunning new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, a film that continues to look better and better the closer we get, to the point where we’re about to break out the camping equipment and sleep out in front of our local IMAX movie theater. With the tidal wave of marketing, which is still dwarfed by that massive, mountain-sized all of water we’ve seen in the footage, that’s not all we get today, there’s an interactive website for you to poke around on, and one of the things you can find is a featurette that delves into the physics and science of the film.

Nolan is nothing of not meticulous in his filmmaking, and as he says in this video, every film has to have a rigid set of rules to adhere to, an internal logic that lends a sense of coherence to the work. In a movie like Interstellar, you better believe a large part of that involves actual science and scientific laws and principles. To that end, the production employed Kip Thorne, a noted physicist as its scientific advisor.

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Clarkesworld Kickstarter Aims To Translate And Publish Chinese Sci-Fi

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clarkesworldHow much science fiction have you seen or read that comes from places outside of North America or Britain? Well, there’s other European sci-fi such as Karel Capek, who gave us the word “robot” in his play RUR. There’s Stanislaw Lem from Poland. There’s a glut of Australian and Kiwi sci-fi writers, and Russia seems to be covered too (Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel We inspired some of the ideas in Brave New World). But apparently, science fiction is skyrocketing (no pun intended) in China. It makes perfect sense given the influence technology has on China’s culture. What surprises me, though, is that I can’t think of a single work of science fiction by a Chinese author — in fact, it seems I haven’t read any. For someone who reads, writes about, and teaches sci-fi, this seems like a major oversight. The editors of ClarkesWorld magazine agree, which is why they’ve launched a Kickstarter to raise money to translate and publish them.

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Star Wars Rebels Review: The Spark You Need To Get Pumped For Star Wars Again

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Rebels1It’s that time. We finally have our first addition to the Star Wars canon in the Disney-owned Lucasfilm era, with the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The premiere episode, “Spark of Rebellion,” recently debuted, and it’s a damn good time, setting the stage for a series that looks to be a ton of fun. Definitely aimed at kids, but never in the cheap, cloying way that George Lucas’ prequels were, kids are absolutely going to flip their wigs over this, but at the same time there’s more than enough here to keep you interested and watching right along with them. It isn’t the movies we’ve been waiting for, but it just might tide you over until Episode VII drops next December.

Rebels is far more in line with the original trilogy than the much maligned Episodes I, II, and III, thankfully. More than anything else, this has the look and feel that you love so much about Star Wars in the first place. There’s that sense of the swashbuckling action that Lucas originally lifted from the movie serials of his youth, and high adventure is definitely the order of the day. It’s hard not to grin like an idiot as the characters battle with dimwitted stormtroopers and dodge Imperial forces. There are TIE Fighters, Star Destroyers, lightsabers, and the fact that they use John Williams’ trademark score only drives home the fact that you’re watching NEW FREAKIN’ STAR WARS.

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Syfy’s Ascension Delivers A Tension-Filled First Trailer Full Of Murder And Tricia Helfer

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Syfy is working on developing a number of potentially fantastic shows to augment their steadily growing stable of original content, which already features the likes of Continuum, Z Nation, Defiance, and Helix. Out of all of these, however, we may be most excited by, and interested in, Ascension. The cast features a number of strong actors, including at least one sci-fi fave, and it’s an ambitious adventure set in space, which is always something we want more of. There hasn’t been too much revealed yet, but as we approach the premiere, we now have the first trailer for the limited series.

Granted, this is a very short look at Ascension, and it doesn’t reveal much about the plot, but there is still a good deal to dig into here. There’s the basic set up, a massive ship has been launched in order to insure the future of the human race, which is similar, thematically at least, to Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar. We know that on this ship there is a horrible crime, which you also get hints of, which you get when you see Brad Carter (True Detective) freaking out and holding a gun on people.

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Watch Interstellar’s Epic Final Trailer And See The Film A Few Days Early

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We suspected this was coming. There’s been so much promotion for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellarposters, photos, magazine covers, TV spots—that it felt like they were building up to a big reveal, and now we have this fresh new trailer. And it is just as epic and gorgeous as everything else that we’ve seen from this movie thus far. As if we weren’t already giddy and jumping up and down at the fact that we’re just over a month away from the November 7 release. And you might even be able to see the movie a few days early.

We can’t be 100% certain because we don’t have sources on the inside, but we’ve heard reports that the final Interstellar trailer will run theatrically with David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which hits theaters this Friday, and we’re going to go out on a limb and guess this is that trailer. Gone Girl is gleefully high class trash-art and totally worth checking out, but even if you aren’t interested, it might be worth the ticket price just to see this trailer. It gave us chills on our computers, we can’t imagine what it will do to us blasted across a full-size movie screen.

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Comic(s) Relief: 2000AD Hits 1900 Issues, Celebrates With Freebies

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2000ADWhen the name of your magazine is 2000AD and the number of issues is only 1,000 behind your title, that’s an achievement bloody well worth recognizing. Yes, the loooooooooong-running British anthology series is releasing its 1,900th issue tomorrow, a feat that’s pretty unbelievable given how often comics series start over with a new #1 just to fish for extra sales. The publication also just so happens to fall on “Dredd Day,” so if you’re a fan of the movie but have never actually checked out the comic where he originated, this is the perfect excuse. 2000AD #1,900 will feature a new Judge Dredd story from creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, as well as kicking off two new serialized stories: a fantasy tale called Kingdom and a Victorian supernatural romp called Stickleback.

2000AD editor Matt Smith told THR’s Heat Vision blog that this issue was the perfect place for uninitiated readers to jump aboard:

It’s got three bumper episodes of stories from Dan Abnett, Ian Edginton, and John Wagner — all of which are unlike anything else you can pick up today. It’s the perfect issue to discover this powerhouse of comics talent, with its heady cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy action with a mean streak of black humor and dry wit.