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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of December 1, 2015

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Andromeda“Andromeda’s War (Legion of the Damned)” by William C. Dietz

Now a platoon leader, Legionnaire Andromeda McKee seems to have successfully left behind her true identity of Lady Catherine ‘Cat’ Carletto, one of the last two surviving members of the Carletto family targeted for death by Empress Ophelia.

After failing at her one shot at vengeance, Andromeda had been questioning her own resolve. But now her uncle has been killed in a government raid back on Earth, leaving her as the last Carletto standing — and the family’s only chance for justice…

A chance that comes when the empress’s ship crashes on a hostile planet and Andromeda is assigned to head up the rescue mission. As a legionnaire, Andromeda McKee has countless kills under her belt. But when faced with her greatest enemy, it will be Cat Carletto who has to pull the trigger on the one who really matters…

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This Former Doctor Who Star Introduces NASA’s Latest Spacecraft

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Colin Baker knows a thing or two about space and time travel, at least in a totally made up and fictional capacity, so it makes sense that NASA would employ him to introduce the next way that humans have cooked up to hurtle ourselves through the vacuum of space. The former Doctor Who star showed up on the official Facebook page for the space agency’s new Orion spacecraft, giving the vessel a quick, but appropriate introduction to the world.

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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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Great Scott! Back To The Future Lego Sets Channel 1.21 Gigawatts Of Awesome

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HillValley1If there’s one thing the internet has taught us, it’s that Lego creations are awesome. Okay, if there’s only one thing the internet has taught us, it’s that people will never get tired of cat videos. But the Lego thing would still be somewhere in the top five, ideally above any of the lessons involving pornography you can’t unsee. But as awesome as Lego creations are in and of themselves, we love them even more when they’re recreating some of our favorite movies, TV shows, and so on. That’s a big part of why the Lego Batman/Harry Potter/Indiana Jones games are so much fun. So when it comes to Lego versions of iconic settings from the Back to the Future series, you had our attention long before you hit 88 miles per hour.

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The House Seems To Be Supporting Manned Flight To Mars

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man on marsPerhaps the recent National Research Council report lambasting NASA’s plan to get humans to Mars was the wake-up call the government needed. That report (which somewhat ironically cost upwards of $3 million to assemble) couldn’t have been clearer in stating that, under current circumstances, NASA’s manned Mars missions were nothing but a pipe dream, and an invitation to “failure, disillusionment, and the loss of the longstanding international perception that human spaceflight is something the United States does best.” Yikes. But sometimes, a kick (or ten) in the ass is what the government needs, and when the House passed a new NASA reauthorization bill last week, it took the step in providing a more feasible budget for putting people on Mars.

Just before the bill passed the House, Steven Palazzo, Chairman of the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said, “We are committed to once more launching American astronauts, on American rockets, from American soil,” and argued that the bill would “serve as a pathway to Mars.” The bill also reinforces Obama’s previous commitment to developing a cutting-edge heavy-lift rocket launcher, as well as the new generation of Orion spacecraft, which is currently undergoing testing.

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Comic(s) Relief: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir Wraps Up Clone Wars Storyline

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Maul1One of the results of the Disney/Lucasfilm buyout that stung many fans was the cancellation of the Clone Wars animated series as of season five. This was in spite of work already having begun on season six, leaving Clone Wars fans without any closure and with stories they would never get to see. Thankfully, Netflix eventually rode to the rescue and resurrected the show for one last season exclusively on their streaming service. But even with Netflix serving up the so-called Lost Missions, there were still storylines that the abbreviated sixth season didn’t have time to address. Now you can see one of them given resolution in comics form, courtesy of the four-issue Dark Horse miniseries Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir.

Written by Jeremy Barlow, Son of Dathomir picks up where The Clone Wars’ left Darth Maul at the end of season five. He’s been defeated by Darth Sidious, and his brother Savage Opress has been killed. Maul is now a prisoner of his former master Sidious, but if getting cut in half by a lightsaber didn’t keep him down, you know a little thing like being locked up is only a temporary speed bump. And Maul’s got bigger plans than just escaping. He’s pissed off, he’s got an army of Mandalorians, and he’s in the mood to stir up some trouble. To paraphrase Wesley Snipes, always bet on black (and red).

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