Oct 20

Just Because Magic Has Rules, Doesn’t Mean It Should Be Predictable

Just Because Magic Has Rules, Doesn't Mean It Should Be Predictable

A lot of fantasy writers and readers will tell you that magic needs to have a clear set of rules, so you don't just have a situation where magic can do whatever the author needs it to do. A system of magic. But go too far in that direction, and you end up with something too much like technology .

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Oct 20

Photos: Syfy Press Tour 2014 – Day 2: Z Nation

These photos were taken during the Z Nation panel at the press tour. More photos will be added as the day progresses, keep checking back. You can view the gallery after the jump. Don't forget to follow along on with @scifivision on Twitter for live updates and quotes!

Oct 20

Photos: Syfy Press Tour 2014 – Day 2: Ascension

These photos were taken during the Ascension panel at the press tour. More photos will be added as the day progresses, keep checking back. You can view the gallery after the jump. Don't forget to follow along on with @scifivision on Twitter for live updates and quotes!

Oct 20

The Eye in the Rock Broke Me With Its Gaze

The Eye in the Rock Broke Me With Its Gaze

If there's one thing I learned as graduate student of thaumaturgy, it's that sometimes you choose projects that are just too big for your level of expertise. Here's a hint, people: Don't decide your thesis project will focus on awakening omniscient eyeballs before you've learned the spell for sleep.

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Oct 20

How do you know whether a scientific study is bogus?

How do you know whether a scientific study is bogus? Over at Popular Mechanics, there's a very simple guide. Keep their six-point test in mind next time you're reading about a "scientific" study that claims it's a great idea to close borders during an epidemic.

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Oct 20

Fearing An Alien Invasion, An Inventor Tests His Instant Panic Room

Joe and Irene have been testing their product, a small device that can expand into an impenetrable panic room. But Joe fears that aliens are about to attack the Earth, and that the panic room won't prove safe enough. Is this prescience or paranoia?

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Oct 20

Fearing An Alien Invasion, An Inventor Tests His Instant Panic Room

Joe and Irene have been testing their product, a small device that can expand into an impenetrable panic room. But Joe fears that aliens are about to attack the Earth, and that the panic room won't prove safe enough. Is this prescience or paranoia?

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Oct 20

Was talking to my girlfriend about Google paying for employees to freeze their eggs.

This led to a discussion about where we are with screening for things like down-syndrome and where we would personally draw the line on how much control we would want in choosing the attributes and qualities of our children. I've read a few articles about buyers remorse and cognitive dissonance recently and I began to imagine a generation of children resented by their parents due to these psychological effects. You choose your kid and then you want something different.

What do you guys think? Also does anyone know any stories about something like this? I've seen Gattaca.

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Oct 20

I found a low budget, cheap acting, indie published film (and upcoming sequels) that turned out to be AWESOME! Coolest concept of time travel ever!

I found a low budget, cheap acting, indie published film (and upcoming sequels) that turned out to be AWESOME! Coolest concept of time travel ever! submitted by martyrboy
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Oct 20

The Greatest Representations of Comets in the History of Art

The Greatest Representations of Comets in the History of Art

We may not have known what comets were until the late sixteenth century, but humans have been recording their impressions of these orbiting ice balls for thousands of years. Some of the most beautiful art ever made reveals how long comets have been inspiring our imaginations.

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Oct 20

There Is an Inherent Problem With Prequels

There Is an Inherent Problem With Prequels

News of a sequel of a movie that you love can feel a little bittersweet: On one hand you get to revisit a fictional world that you love. On the other, there's a not insignificant chance that visit will be unpleasant and awkward. Even worse, though, can be news of a prequel.

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Oct 20

Isaac Asimov’s Newly Published 1959 Paper for DARPA on Creativity

Isaac Asimov's Newly Published 1959 Paper for DARPA on Creativity

Isaac Asimov was one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century. So naturally, at the dawn of the space age, the military wanted to tap his brain. In 1959 he was approached by ARPA (now known as DARPA) to "think outside of the box" about how ideas are formed. His brief work for the organization has never been published, until today.

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Oct 20

Neil Gaiman Explains Why Sandman Isn’t Part Of The DC Movie Slate

Neil Gaiman Explains Why Sandman Isn't Part Of The DC Movie Slate

When Warner Bros announced its large, large calendar of movies based on DC superheroes (and villains), there was one movie that as curiously absent — the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which supposedly Joseph Gordon-Levitt was already in talks to star and direct. What gives?

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Oct 20

Support Some Kickass Indie Scifi About Gamer Ninjas

io9 hero Jim Munroe's new lo-fi scifi series, Haphead, is almost done. Filming is done, and the crew just needs a little more help to do the finishing touches on the production. Consider contributing to their Kickstarter!

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Oct 20

That One Time Amnesia Worked as a Plot Device

That One Time Amnesia Worked as a Plot Device

It's pretty much the biggest cliché in storytelling. Want to rejuvenate your character? Just add amnesia, and poof! They become a new person. But sometimes amnesia actually works as a plot device. Tell us about the one time you thought it was the perfect trope for telling a science fiction or fantasy story.

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Oct 20

That One Time Amnesia Worked as a Plot Device

That One Time Amnesia Worked as a Plot Device

It's pretty much the biggest cliché in storytelling. Want to rejuvenate your character? Just add amnesia, and poof! They become a new person. But sometimes amnesia actually works as a plot device. Tell us about the one time you thought it was the perfect trope for telling a science fiction or fantasy story.

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Oct 20

New Evidence Suggests Hawaii Could Be Hit By A Massive Tsunami

New Evidence Suggests Hawaii Could Be Hit By A Massive Tsunami

The discovery of a massive debris pile in a giant sinkhole in the Hawaiian islands suggests that the region was hit by a mammoth tsunami about 500 years ago. It was larger than any in Hawaii's recorded history, so scientists are now worrying that a similar disaster could happen again.

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Oct 20

New Evidence Suggests Hawaii Could Be Hit By A Massive Tsunami

New Evidence Suggests Hawaii Could Be Hit By A Massive Tsunami

The discovery of a massive debris pile in a giant sinkhole in the Hawaiian islands suggests that the region was hit by a mammoth tsunami about 500 years ago. It was larger than any in Hawaii's recorded history, so scientists are now worrying that a similar disaster could happen again.

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Oct 20

First footage from mysterious sci-fi project Ambition has us extremely intrigued

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Oct 20

Amazing Unofficial Animated Sequel To The Dredd Movie Stars Judge Death

Amazing Unofficial Animated Sequel To The Dredd Movie Stars Judge Death

Still waiting around for the next Dredd movie? Well we've got something that might help curb the hunger: a first look at the unofficial animated Dredd series.

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