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Zoe Saldana As Ripley And Katee Sackhoff As Han Solo In Comic-Con Cosplay Shots

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aliensYesterday, we got to see some truly awesome fan-play as The Hollywood Reporter kicked off one of the sweetest photo projects imaginable, reimagining some of sci-fi’s greatest characters with some of sci-fi’s most popular actors. Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion took on the role of Captain Kirk and Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick checked the time as Marty McFly. And now you can see Avatar‘s Zoe Saldana playing this genre’s most ass-kicking hero, Ellen Ripley, from James Cameron’s Aliens, among others.

Saldana gives a great interview with THR, talking about all three of her simultaneous sci-fi franchises. (She’s also in Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek, of course.) As such, it’s no surprise that she should earn the spot of one of cinema’s most iconic female characters, in the movie where she turns from heroine to warrior.

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of July 21, 2014

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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!

AlienSeaSorrows“Alien: Sea of Sorrows” by James A. Moore

As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker’s job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.

The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe — a living Xenomorph. Decker doesn’t understand why they need him, until his own past comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago, his ancestor fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on the Destroyer…Ellen Ripley.

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Alien: Isolation E3 Gameplay Trailer Will Have You Cowering In Fear And Saliva

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Think back on your life and imagine the most trapped you’ve ever been. Guess what? It doesn’t mean shit, because you weren’t trapped on a spaceship with an angry xenomorph. And you still won’t be until this fall, when Sega releases The Creative Assembly’s first-person survival horror game Alien: Isolation, which made it to this week’s E3 gaming event in L.A. by way of a new gameplay trailer. I’m finding it hard not to put all my chestburster eggs in one basket here, hoping that this is the epitome of movie tie-in games.

But there’s an easy way to buoy one’s hopes, and it’s right there at the beginning of the trailer, in the form of a disclaimer saying this is “pre-release footage” and that it “represents a work in progress,” so that no one can go apeshit bashing it like people did when the criminally awful Aliens: Colonial Marines came out, negatively defying expectations by being a severely downgraded experience from what was promised by the trailers. We’re pretty confident everyone has learned from that mistake, but the disclaimer is still a fresh scab.

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Sigourney Weaver On The History — And The Future — Of Aliens

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RipleyThree and a half decades after she first played the role, Sigourney Weaver is still inseparably bound to the role of Ellen Ripley from the Alien films. It’s not a bad legacy to have — she hasn’t been so typecast that it’s hampered her career, and Ripley herself is one of the strongest, most iconic female characters in science fiction film history. Hell, forget gender; she commands a place in the top 10 of any list honoring the best of the best in big-screen sci-fi, no qualifiers needed. Earlier this week the The Hero Complex Film Festival held an event honoring Weaver, and she shared her memories about the past and future of the franchise that has helped define her career.

It’s easy to forget the fact that, before Alien opened, it was just another little science fiction movie — nobody could have predicted how influential it would become within its genre and across aspects of filmmaking as a whole. In fact, Weaver said that she was initially quite skeptical about signing onto the project. After all, one of the things that helped make Alien a classic was H.R. Giger’s terrifying designs for the creature, and Weaver hadn’t seen those up front. She recalled:

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Alien: Isolation Featurette Highlights The Retro World Design

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Alien: Isolation is one of our most anticipated video games of 2014. That’s kind of hard to believe given the Alien franchise’s recent track record when it comes to games, ranging from 2010’s mediocre Aliens vs. Predator to the downright awful Aliens: Colonial Marines from last year. Isolation leaves behind the pulse rifles and jarheads, instead presenting a xenomorph encounter more in keeping with the tone of Ridley Scott’s original Alien, dropping players into the role of a terrified woman being stalked by a single deadly killer alien. And according to the game’s designers, that fidelity to Scott’s lo-fi vision of the future extends throughout every aspect of Isolation.

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The Expanse, Gateway & More: Four Sci-Fi Series We Can’t Wait To See

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AbbadonWhile both shows have had their problems, Defiance and Helix gave the first signs that Syfy might be trying to take chances and recapture some of those many fans who had come to regard the former Sci-Fi Channel as a bad joke. Both shows are returning for second seasons, and earlier this year Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming Bill McGoldrick was talking a big game about wanting Syfy to be competitive in a world where HBO and AMC have found huge hits in Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, respectively. And believe it or not, Syfy has definitely been putting its money where its mouth is, greenlighting a ton of projects in recent weeks, including straight-to-series orders for their adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys and a zombie show called Z Nation.

Even more exciting, Syfy is taking viewers someplace they’ve been clamoring for in the years since Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, and Stargate Universe closed up shop — actually into freaking space. Syfy’s recent announcements include not one, but two exciting new spacebound projects that, if handled right, could be amazing. One is a series adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s critically acclaimed — and rightly so — Expanse series, and the other is Ascension, an original six-hour “event series” about a century-long journey to colonize a new world. Is it guaranteed that either or both of those will be good? Not at all, but Syfy is clearly trying again, and that’s awesome.

They aren’t the only network headed into the final frontier, either. I can’t remember a time when there were this many space-based TV projects in development — all the more impressive since none of them have “Trek” anywhere in their titles. It’s enough to let a little light of hope into our cold, cynical hearts here at GFR, so we decided to shine that light on eight upcoming science fiction projects that have us majorly excited, four now and four more next week. Let’s see what’s out there…

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