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Your Back To The Future-Inspired Wardrobe Won’t Be Complete Without These

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back to the futureRemember 20 years ago when kids fighting over expensive shoes was almost a way of life? We’re entering a strange time in our culture where there may soon be similar battles, only with Back to the Future at the center of it all. Though there is a more decadent pair of light-up sneakers coming next year, you can now get the jump on owning your very own pair of Marty McFly’s most famous footwear. Hoverboard sadly not included.

Let’s get a few things clear right away. Unlike the power-laced shoes in the film, these don’t have power laces and they aren’t made by Nike, and they aren’t actually shoes. (Just kidding about that last part.) On the bright side, they are officially licensed by Universal Studios Licensing, so it’s not like some guy is selling them out of the back of his DeLorean or anything. Just don’t expect to see the swoosh symbol on the sides. Maybe you can add it yourself with a marker.

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Great Scott! Secret Cinema Brings Their Back To The Future Experience To LA

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Back to the FutureThere are a lot of big anniversaries these days. This year alone marks the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien, not to mention that last weekend saw Ghostbusters get a theatrical rerelease to commemorate its 30-year mark. Next year we will all be celebrating the three-decade mark for another of our all time favorites, Back to the Future, and if you live in Los Angeles, there will be one hell of a way to observe the occasion.

Secret Cinema organizes themed event screenings for films, and they have staged showings that are much more than just that for the likes of Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Grease, and a popular one for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. They recently wrapped up a gig in London for Back to the Future where they recreated the fictional town of Hill Valley—the burg where Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly resides—and now it’s being reported that they’re taking their show on the road to the City of Angels.

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Twilight Zone, Doctor Who, And More Are Delightfully Square In Pop Culture Art Show

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TwilightZoneWe’re big fans of the Los Angeles-based Gallery 1988 here at GFR. The gallery is dedicated to celebrating pop culture in all its forms, and over the years they’ve hosted exhibits honoring Ghostbusters’ 30th anniversary and Joey Spiotto’s awesome “Golden Books” twists on beloved movies such as Back to the Future and Alien. Now they’ve got a new show highlighting another talented artist with a love for some of our favorite stuff. If you’re in LA looking for a good time, consider hitting up Gallery 1988’s “Squares 4 Squares” show, featuring Philadelphia artist Dave Perillo’s delightful takes on things like Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, as seen in the above piece, dubbed “Your Next Stop.”

Perillo’s solo show at Gallery 1988 is already quite the success, with Blurppy.com reporting that a bunch of his original artwork sold out almost immediately. The show itself kicked off on August 22 and runs through September 20, so you’ve still got plenty of time to check it out. Just resist the urge to grab Perillo’s “Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey” print off the wall and take off running. They’ll catch you, it’s just a matter of time.

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The Best And Worst Time Travelers To Time Travel With (Other Than The Doctor)

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companionsDoctor Who returned for its eighth modern season, with Peter Capaldi’s Twelve enjoying a Victorian adventure with his latest companion, Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Coleman). And that’s a big part of the appeal of Doctor Who, isn’t it? The idea of getting a guided tour of all of time and space. If the TARDIS suddenly materialized in your living room and the Doctor invited you in, who wouldn’t be tempted to sign on for as long as he’d have you? But if you’re going to travel through time, you want to have good company and you want it to not be an enormous pain in the ass. As you’ll see in this article, that’s not always guaranteed. Sometimes you get a sweet-ass DeLorean, sure…but sometimes you get Ashton Kutcher.

Just in case you’re in the market for a vacation into last week, you’ll definitely want to consider your options. Thankfully we did the legwork for you. Here are our picks for which time travelers would be worth your time, and which ones you’ll want to avoid at all costs.

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Firefly, Ghostbusters, And More Get Kid-ified In Art That Will Make You Go Dawwwww

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Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the few true box office saviors this summer, so have having raked in $425 million worldwide so far. While moviegoers might be getting weary of seeing superhero origin stories, Guardians’ tale of how Star-Lord, Rocket, and the rest became a team was so damn charming and funny that it’s almost impossible to dislike. But what if they’d met and decided to guard the galaxy much earlier in their lives? Say, when they were all still knee-high to a Kree? It might look something like this.

Guardians-Ballesteros

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Scientists Reveal Their Favorite Works Of Science Fiction

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Here at GFR we cover anything that fits under the umbrella of our twin loves: science and science fiction. And just as the bleeding edge of our scientific understanding is forever pushing the boundaries of our science fiction, SF is itself inspiring fans to take transform their love of starships, robots, and the like into careers in real scientific fields. So what are some of the science fiction movies, shows, and books that real-life scientists love best? The Huffington Post recently asked a handful of scientists precisely that.

PermutationCityDr. Max Tegmark is a cosmologist and physics professor at MIT, and the scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, which provides grants to “catalyze, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology.” Tegmark cites Greg Egan’s 1994 science fiction novel Permutation City as his favorite, explaining that Egan’s “explorations of the ultimate nature of reality blew my mind and inspired my own research.”

Dr. Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, and the author of books including The Particle at the End of the Universe and From Eternity to Here. He lists another semi-obscure work you might want to add to your Kindle: Robert L. Forward’s Dragon’s Egg. Carroll says, “It’s a story about life on the surface of a neutron star, which would ordinarily be considered completely outlandish. A good reminder that ‘life’ might take on very different forms than we ordinarily imagine. Here’s the Dragon’s Egg synopsis from Amazon:

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