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The Toughest Science Fiction Characters Of All Time

Science fiction plays host to some of the toughest characters in all of fiction, so we’ve set out to put together a team of the toughest of that tough bunch.  Think of it like the Avengers, except with more bullets and a heavier focus on fighting aliens.

If you’ve got a job dismantling angry robots or shooting at things in outer space, or you need someone to travel back in time and kill your creepy Uncle before he’s born, we’ve got the ultimate team to do it.

These are the most unstoppable, gritty, hard-as-nails characters in all of science fiction. On their own each is fully capable of saving the universe. Together we suspect they’d literally be able to do anything.

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When you first met Sarah Connor, she was a meek, mild-mannered waitress just sort of floating aimlessly through her life. Encounters with a vicious, single-minded cyborg from the future, sent back to hunt you down so your son is never born, have a way of changing that. Over the course of the first two movies in the Terminator movies, Sarah transforms into a serious action star, teaching herself all manner of combat and survival skills, actively seeking out any and all knowledge that might help her in her one-woman war against Cyberdyne Systems and a future ruled by human-hunting machines. Basically, she’s a perfect addition to your team of mercs, and will always be working to improve her already ample skill set and add to the team.

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2015 Wish: Futurama Will Live Again, Someway, Somehow

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Dammit, America. I let myself believe that I was done with Futurama for a little while. After the finale, which I found one of the more poignant pieces of (primetime) American animation, there was a shiny metal ass-weight lifted off of my chest, as I thought this always wonderful series was actually gone for good. And then that somber albatross was gloriously vanquished from my sky with the solid crossover episode with The Simpsons, and then there was rumorish talk about the show possibly returning. And now there’s an itch that only another season can scratch. 2015, do this.

I’ve now gone full-frontal Hedonismbot with my boner for more Futurama in the future. Addictions are normally fueled by knowing the substance of choice is already out there in the world, waiting for you to come and grab a hold of it at whatever cost. Being addicted to Futurama is like playing craps with marshmallows. When you’re hot, it all just sticks to your hand. That doesn’t make sense, because being addicted to Futurama doesn’t make sense. But this is how this series’ lifespan has led fans to behave.

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Futurama’s Latest Cancellation May Only Be A Temporary Affair, Here’s Why

FuturamaWe live in a world where cancelled shows don’t always stay dead, at least not forever. After getting the axe at NBC, Community found new life online (or at least is finding new life at Yahoo), Netflix resurrected Arrested Development years after Fox gave it the heave ho, and somehow The Killing has returned from the grave multiple times. As sci-fi fans, we’re used to seeing beloved shows taken from us prematurely, that’s just kind of our unfortunate lot in life. It’s possible, however, that one of these shows could come back, and Futurama’s latest cancellation may only be a temporary affair.

As you’re already well aware, when the show left the airwaves in 2013, it was for the second time. Fox originally cancelled Matt Groening’s animated sci-fi comedy in 2003, only to see it brought back to life by Comedy Central in 2008. Katey Sagal, who lent her voice to the tough-as-nails, one-eyed pilot Turanga Leela, recently said that the rabid fans of the series could help find it another home. She didn’t say that there is anyone specifically interested, but she did indicate that it’s a possibility.

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Watch The Simpsons And Futurama Crossover Couch Gag, It’s Incredible

We haven’t been looking forward to an episode of The Simpsons this much in what feels like forever. Though the show is still capable of greatness in spurts, it hasn’t been consistently good in a long, long time. We have high hopes, however, for the upcoming crossover with creator Matt Groening’s other beloved animated series, Futurama. There have been a few peeks at this episode, which finally airs this weekend, but now we’ve got some more stills to check out, as well as the opening couch gag.

Tagged as Simpsorama and bearing the logline “A show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes,” this looks like a pretty damn good time to us. Hedonistically so, as Futurama regular Hedonismbot, voiced by Maurice LaMarche pops up in this video and shows Homer how to really live. If only all furniture was robotic, sexually insatiable, and willing to massage your butt while feeding you grapes.

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Can We Sniff Out Alien Life? Some Scientists Think So

smelloscopeScientists have been searching for extraterrestrial life for some time now, and various individuals and organizations have made different predictions regarding when we might actually find something: in the next century, by 2040, right now. It’s incredibly difficult to believe that humans are the only intelligent (your mileage may vary when it comes to the usage of that term) life forms in the infinite universe, but finding the others is another matter entirely.

The Fermi Paradox teases out this line of thought: given how likely it is that life does exist somewhere out there, how come we haven’t been able to gather any actual evidence of it? Why aren’t aliens making contact with us? Is it because we’re too stupid, as Neil deGrasse Tyson suggests, or because of the sheer distances that separate us from our galactic neighbors? Whatever the answer, you can rest assured that scientists won’t stop looking for alien life, and one possible way of doing so is by sniffing out the unique chemicals that comprise the atmospheres of inhabited planets.

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It’s Bender Vs. Homer In This First Look At The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Episode

simpsons futuramaThe Simpsons has had a fine resurgence in the pop culture landscape as of late, bringing in surprisingly big ratings for FXX’s 12-day-long marathon. But the time for reliving old episodes is past — except, of course, on FXX, where the series will take up a lot of the young network’s lineup space — and we’re looking forward to the upcoming Season 26 in all of its potential glory. But the most exciting part of that season lies in the long-awaited crossover episode between The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening’s more GFR-friendly series that sadly came to an end last summer.

No matter, because we now have our first look at the episode, and it’s Bender getting ready to unleash a horde of weapons on Homer. In other words, it’s the most perfectly plausible and understandable image they possibly could have shown. I can’t imagine Homer handling this situation with even an iota of tact. But where are they, with all that scientific equipment and books laying around? Professor Frink’s lab?

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