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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.


Fox Will Channel Inception With New Potential Sci-Fi Series

InceptionWhat if there was a way to enter the minds of the recently dead and bring them back to life…but only for a short time? Anyone who has lost someone close to them would no doubt jump at the chance for even a few more minutes with that person, especially if the person died suddenly and without a sense of “closure.” This notion is at the core of Doctors, a new science fiction TV project from…(checks notes)…Fox. Well, damn.

THR reveals that Fox has snagged the TV rights to indie comic creator Dash Shaw’s graphic novel Doctors, which was published just last month. The book is about one Dr. Cho, who has created a device that lets him and his team infiltrate a dead person’s fading consciousness in the form of a memory and resurrect them briefly. In the graphic novel, Cho is hired by a woman to bring back her mother, who was killed in a random accident. The scientist hits a snag when the mother doesn’t want to come back at all. See, in the world of Doctors, the dying “unconsciously create the afterlife they want, or feel they deserve, in their minds before everything fades to black.” So the question is posed: is it right to drag them back out of that fleeting final bit of happiness, even if it isn’t real?


Someone Finally Built A Real Working Hoverboard, Get The Details Here

hoverboard protoWe’ve been following the development of technologies that might make hoverboards possible for a while now. Alas, they’re kind of like jetpacks—we hoped, even expected, to see them widely used by now, but they aren’t. At least functioning jetpacks actually exist. But wait, this is no longer a point of distinction, as an honest to goodness working hoverboard is here.

Hendo Hover is responsible for finally translating the hoverboard from science fiction to science fact. Hendo has developed a working prototype—the company’s 18th—that actually hovers an inch off the ground. And, of course, the company has a Kickstarter campaign (which has already met its goal) to raise enough money to put the “finishing touches” on the product, manufacture them, and build places to ride them—something akin to skate parks.


Christopher Nolan Had To Dumb Down Interstellar For This Reason

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is getting so close we can practically taste the space adventure. Hardly a day will pass between now and November 7, when the film opens, that we won’t see something about it, and today is no exception. Not only are there two fantastic new TV spots to gawk at, Nolan talked about the need to simplify and “dumb down” the original version of the script.

Set in the near future, Interstellar paints a picture of a world where climate change has progressed to the point where continued existence on Earth is no longer a viable option. As a result, a group of explorers blast off through a newly discovered wormhole in search of a fresh, habitable planet to call home. This is where the “Next Step” of this first new spot comes in, and that is one hell of step. You might even call this a leap.


Star Wars: Episode VII Contains This Fun Nod To Han Solo’s Mischievous Ways

Han SoloIt’s no secret that Han Solo and Harrison Ford are both back for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII. That’s about all we know for sure (except for that whole broken leg thing), but at least it’s something. We’ve heard rumors and unofficial reports about what he might be up to, but that’s all it is at this point. Still, if this latest bit of information has any truth to it, it could be a fun little nod to longtime fans of the franchise.

This may stray into SPOILER territory, so read on if you dare. It’s not huge, but you’ve been warned.


This Interstellar Feature Builds A Better Black Hole

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar is sure to be big and philosophical and full of all kinds of themes and questions about the nature of humanity, our place in the larger picture, and many deep existential topics. It’s also the kind of science fiction that, while definitely full of the fictional side, is also heavy on the science portion of the program. This new video digs into some of that science that they went to great lengths to portray as accurately as possible on screen, and it’s fascinating stuff.

This video from Wired (read the entire article, it goes into far greater depth) features interviews with Nolan, along brother and co-writer Jonathan Nolan, wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, and, most importantly to the subject matter, noted astrophysicist, executive producer, and scientific advisor Kip Thorne. If anyone is going to have any light to shed on the film, it’s the first three, and if anyone is going to have a handle on the science, it’s going to be Thorne. I still think he looks a little like horror icon Sid Haig, but maybe that’s just me.


‘The Dirty Dozen In Deep Space’ Sounds Great To Us, But Here’s The Bad News…

DirtyDozenWe’ve been going gaga over Syfy’s renewed commitment to developing actual science fiction shows, including adaptations of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War books and James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series. The network is embracing not just science fiction, but space-based science fiction, something we haven’t seen much of since end of Stargate Universe and Battlestar Galactica. We’re hoping that movie might encourage other networks to take a chance on sci-fi, and now one major broadcast network is doing just that. But here’s the bad news: it’s Fox.

So, what is the almost-certain-to-be-canceled Fox science fiction series? The show hasn’t actually revealed a title yet, but Deadline reports that Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow, Underworld) and Scott Rosenbaum (Gang Related, The Shield) are developing the pilot for 20th Century Fox TV. The sci-fi series is being described as “the Dirty Dozen in deep space.” Here are the few details we know at this point: