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Money As Art: Your Favorite Geeky Characters Painted On Coins

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robocop coinOur website may imply that all we care about are robots of a great size, or ones that do some specific task, like playing music while looking like a Hellraiser villain. But we are just as interested in robots that are tiny, and it doesn’t even have to be all of the robot. It could just be a head, painted on a coin. If that sounds oddly specific, check out the photo above to see that such a coin does in fact exist. This one bears the iconic image of RoboCop lovingly plastered on its face. I’m not sure if you could legally spend this in a store, but you could probably legally avenge your death with it.

This collection coin art, dubbed Tales You Lose, comes to us from Brazilian designer Andre Levy, currently based in Frankfort, Germany. The “About” section of the Facebook page is pretty genius: “Coins are actually massively-reproduced little sculptures. This project brings individual character to each replica, and makes us think: Are we able to like one cent more than others, just by injecting new stories in it? Those are the Tales You Lose.”

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Futurama Producer David X. Cohen On Ending The Series…Again

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meanwhile...The animated TV series Futurama is currently #3 in my top 5 favorite TV shows of all-time. There’s just something about the animation and writing that keeps me coming back to the wacky adventures of the Planet Express crew. Needless to say, I was very upset when Fox canceled Futurama back in 2003, but I was ultimately happy again when four special straight-to-DVD movies were released, which led to the animated series’ resurrection on Comedy Central. But now Futurama is canceled again, and tonight Comedy Central is airing the series finale with the episode titled “Meanwhile.”

We’ve seen Futurama bounce back before, and it’s not hard to imagine Futurama staging another comeback in one way or another. Unfortunately, producer David X. Cohen thinks this might truly be the end for the Planet Express crew. Cohen tells TV Guide:

‘In my heart I feel like it really is the end,’ says Cohen. ‘Part of it is that the episode (“Meanwhile”) is so satisfying to me. It almost feels like we’d be wasting it if we came back again… But on the other hand, I’m reminded that I did say that with full conviction at least twice before, so people don’t seem to believe me. My opinion has been shown to be not of much value in predicting the future on this one subject.’

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Riddick Returns And Futurama Bows Out: This Week In Science Fiction

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FuturamaThis week marks both a major return and a major departure on the science fiction landscape. Riddick, which opens this Friday, resurrects a franchise that seemed to be well and truly dead after 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. Now director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel have conjured a second chance for Riddick, and if the movie is a success, they still have big plans for the character and the detailed universe they’ve created. Riddick definitely looks to be more of a return to basics, but plot hints suggest they haven’t entirely abandoned the Necromongers, Furyans, and the rest of it. Time will tell whether Riddick serves as the character’s big-screen swan song or a brave new beginning for a revived franchise.

Meanwhile, one of the more beloved genre shows of our time is taking its bows this week. Wednesday night Comedy Central will air the final episode of Futurama, wrapping up seven seasons, 14 years, and two separate cancellations. It’ll be bittersweet to see the final adventure for the time-lost Philip J. Fry and the rest of the Planet Express crew, but the show’s had a hell of a run. The final episode will have Fry proposing to Leela and one of Professor Farnsworth’s inventions mucking up the space-time continuum. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up destroying all of reality, but I have a feeling they’ll once again demonstrate the writers’ talent for making us laugh and cry at the same time. So long, Futurama

Here’s what’s new This Week in Science Fiction!

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Futurama Producer On Final Season And Being Canceled Yet Again

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Fry & LeelaOne of the best science fiction TV shows over the last decade is Futurama. The animated TV series was first birthed on Fox in the late 90s and was unceremoniously canceled a few years later in 2003. Futurama made a comeback with four straight-to-DVD movies and eventually came back altogether to TV on Comedy Central in 2010. Sadly, after 140 episodes, Comedy Central will cancel Futurama at the end of its seventh season.

Futurama’s executive producer David X. Cohen talked to blastr.com about the upcoming second half of season seven and what Futurama fans can expect from the animated series’ end. Cohen expressed his gratitude towards Comedy Central for taking a chance on Futurama by bringing it back from the dead. The basic cable network ordered 52 new episodes of Futurama, extending its initial 26-episode order back in 2010. Cohen said:

When Comedy Central ordered the first set of 26 episodes, I thought that that was sort of a one-off deal to promote the fact that they had gotten the rights to the reruns. So I was pleasantly shocked when they ordered the second set of 26 episodes. It already exceeded all of my expectations for Comedy Central’s support of the show. I really can’t complain. It’s a little bit sad, but they allowed us to have a full, long run of the show that we were denied the first time around. So I don’t feel too bad overall.

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Which Sci-Fi Ship Is The Fastest?

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TARDISFrom Serenity to Prometheus; from the Millennium Falcon to the U.S.S Enterprise; have you ever wondered which spaceship from science fiction is the fastest? Most star ships in science fiction are quite speedy, so the characters can get from one place to the next without missing a beat. Now the good people at Slate have put together a very impressive list, pitting many famous spaceships against each other in a race for hyperspace bragging rights. The results may surprise you. Although there are some inconsistencies in various science fiction mythologies, the list is based on computer simulations and fan speculation.

The starting point for all of the ships is Earth, and their include Alpha Centauri, which is the closest star to Earth at 4.2 light years away, and the Andromeda Galaxy, which is about 2.5 million light years away.

It seems like the fastest vessels in all of science fiction are the TARDIS from Doctor Who and the Heart of Gold from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The travel time for both is almost instantaneous. They have the ability to travel from one end of the galaxy to another in mere seconds, if that. The Heart of Gold runs on the infinite improbability drive, which is “a wonderful new method of crossing vast interstellar distances in a mere nothingth of a second,” according to Douglas Adams.

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Build Your Own Bender Woodstove And Impress Your Friends And Me

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bender“Bite something cooked inside of my shiny metal stomach,” doesn’t have quite the same ring as Bender Bending Rodriquez’s usual catchphrase, but it sounds a lot better to my taste buds and teeth.

And should anyone so choose, they can also eat something cooked inside of Bender’s stomach, thanks to U.K. welder and all around drunken genius Rob Halftroll – by far the coolest last name I’ve typed in a while – has offered up something of a D.I.Y. tutorial covering how he created his own Bender woodstove. Fun on a bun! The hot dog and hamburger kind of fun, that is.