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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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Super 7 Serves Up Retro Action Figures For Terminator, Back To The Future, And More

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ReactionHere at GFR we’re all in favor of continuing to play with toys well beyond the age of respectability. After all, what’s the point of getting older and getting a job if not to buy all the cool shit your parents wouldn’t get you when you were a kid? So the idea of new action figures for SF favorites such as Alien, Terminator, and Back to the Future? Sign us up. If you’re similarly enthused, Super 7 and Funko’s line of “ReAction Figures” has you in its laser sights. Well, as long as you don’t mind your action figures being “the proper level of shitty.”

Hey, that’s not me throwing that word out there. Although, admittedly, we were less than impressed by Funko’s Firefly figures when we first saw them last February. In a world where action figures have become ridiculously intricate and detailed collectibles, the Funko Firefly figures didn’t look all that much like the show’s cast, and just generally looked…well, since the word is already out there, kind of shitty. But it turns out we may not have given them a fair shake, as the ReAction Figures are intended to be, according to Super 7 owner/creator Brian Flynn, a case of calculated shittiness.

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Go Back To The Future With This Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger

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Flux CapacitorIf you’ve always wanted your very own Flux Capacitor—and let’s face it, if you’re of a certain generation and the Back to the Future movies played an integral part in your childhood development, you do—today is your lucky day. Granted, this isn’t a real Flux Capacitor, it’s a Flux Capacitor car charger, and it won’t help you travel through time. You can, however, plug it into your DeLorean, and it will help you keep your phone and other devices charged.

The innovative folks over at ThinkGeek developed this based on their latest April Fool’s Day prank. Oddly enough, this is not even the first time this has happened. That awesome Star Wars inspired Tauntaun sleeping back also began life in a similar fashion. They definitely have some fun, inventive ideas when it comes to that particular holiday.

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