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NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Discovers Real-Life ‘Star Wars’ Planet Tatooine
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Star Wars Tatooine

Over three decades ago, George Lucas gave Star Wars to the world, and in that movie there was a planet called Tatooine that had two suns, which of course was just absurd and ridiculous science fiction at the time.

Now, just in time for the release of the movies on Blu–ray, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered the first real–life circumbinary planet, which means it orbits two stars.

You can read more below, as well as check out a video about the discovery.

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Is Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ Still An ‘Alien’ Prequel After All?
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It’s gotten to a point where we may just not have a clue what’s going on with director Ridley Scott‘s return to science fiction, Prometheus, until we see it with our own eyes…much like was the case with Scott’s take on Robin Hood, which saw many strange rumors and rumblings lead us all over the place during production.

Because no one likes to be screwed around with when it comes to movie news — we all just want to know accurate details, not random rumors — we’ll try and ease it back on said rumors and keep it to only things that seem solid in regards to Prometheus from here on out. That said, those of you who have been closely following this movie’s progress should be interested in hearing this last bit of he said, she said.

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Geek Gear: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Dradis Inc Shirt
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Dradis Inc - BSG by LuskyThe t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel is the Battlestar Galactica-inspired “Dradis Inc.”

The tee, by artist Lusky, went on sale at RIPT today, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The t-shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes in black for $10 each. Kids sizes are $15 (Boys, Girls, and Toddler, all black); Onesies are $18 (in black). You can also get the design on a Hoodie for $38 (in black in Men/Unisex sizes).

The design features the Dradis radar system from Battlestar Galactica and several other famous ships from popular science fiction culture. Look closely and you’ll see The Enterprise, Millennium Falcon, Star Destroyer, and the TARDIS.

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Darth Vader, I Wish You A Merry Sithmas
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By The Dude Dean

Last November 17, I saw a storm coming, and I started Save Stargate Universe on Twitter and Facebook. Last Month SyFy moved Caprica and Stargate Universe from Friday night to Tuesday night because Wrestling was more important than Sci-Fi. SyFy really didn’t market this change, but I saw it for what it was. First Caprica got the axe and within one month both shows were canceled so that SyFy Channel would have more programming room for Wrestling.

In the last week the growth of Save SGU has been strong and steady. We are now over 4200 strong. But now, we’ve got to go to the Dark Side of the Force for some help. Two days ago, I came up with the idea to Wish @DarthVader a Merry Sithmas after seeing a tweet from him poking fun at SyFy.

Darth Vader tweets about SGU

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Watch Now: ‘Rift’ – A Short Film With An Eerily Timely Sci-Fi Theme
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2010-03-31_RiftThe Large Hadron Collider is a machine that essentially smashes subatomic particles together so scientists can study the outcome. The 15-year-old project has a total cost of $10 billion and has been plagued with problems that have prevented it from operating as intended.

As of March 30, 2010, scientists working on the project had something to rejoice about as the machine was able to make subatomic particles collide head-on at energies far greater than have ever been achieved before.

And rejoice they did, very excitedly and in a few different languages as anyone who was watching the live stream provided by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN.

Personally I understood about 15 percent of what was being said during this stream, but that’s probably a generous overstatement on my part. Still, there are others who would either be bored to tears with the thought of watching it or (if forced to watch) comprehend even less than I.

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‘Firefly: Still Flying’ On The Way With New Stories, Images & Artwork
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Firefly: Still Flying

A brand new book is being released by Titan Books, and it will be called Firefly: Still Flying.

That’s right, yet another way for the Browncoats of the world to continue their love affair with one of the best science fiction shows we’ve ever had the good fortune of meeting, Firefly.

This new book will offer many new and unseen images and pieces of artwork from the show, and it will include reflections from the cast on their experiences on Firefly and a dedication to we the fans. But the real selling point is the inclusion of four new short stories, written by the hands of some of Firefly‘s wonderful writing staff.

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Imagenation To Bring Us Ghostly Richard Matheson Tale ‘Earthbound’
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Earthbound

According to the trades, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have secured their first title in their venture with Imagenation Abu Dhabi. The film will be titled Earthbound, and it is based on the book of the same name from author Richard Matheson.

Matheson is an author whose books have been turned into many popular movies over the years. Among his many works that were turned into films exists titles like The Incredible Shrinking Man, Somewhere in Time, Stir of Echoes, What Dreams May Come, and I Am Legend, which was also The Last Man on Earth and The Omega Man — all based on the books of Matheson. He even adapted some of the screenplays himself.

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Roland Emmerich To Turn Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ Into ‘Avatar’?
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Foundation Series

The names Roland Emmerich and Isaac Asimov are about as opposite as two elements of the same basic spectrum can be.

Emmerich is known for his massive end of the world disaster films like Independence Day and 2012, but has also faced much criticism for his lack of other crucial story elements, specifically with titles like Godzilla, 10,000 B.C., and The Day After Tomorrow. Asimov is a legendary author and a master of the realms of science fiction literature. He has written over 500 books and was also a professor of biochemistry at Boston University, just to note a couple of his awe-inspiring lifetime accomplishments. His most popular work as an author are his seven-book creation known as the Foundation series.

So what do these two have in common? Well, Roland Emmerich is currently the man who holds the arduous task of trying to adapt Asimov’s Foundation into blockbuster movies, of course! And with the knowledge that Emmerich is the man handling this, one of the most classic of series in science fiction literature, fans of Asimov may not want to read further.

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New Dr. Michio Kaku Show To Attempt Realization Of The Lightsaber & More!
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Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible

A new TV series is just about to debut on the Science channel called Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible. The show is hosted by quite possibly the smartest dude ever to live, Dr. Michio Kaku, and explores the science fiction creations that we know without a shadow of a doubt to be futuristic and fantastical impossibilities, and offers realistic ways to bring them into existence.

One of the episodes is set to cover a topic that will be near and dear to our very own geek hearts: lightsabers! The episode will take a look at the fictional super-weapon and then try and figure out a way to actually create one. Whether they accomplish such a thing is unknown and rather unlikely, but hell, we all just won’t be able to help but watch and see for ourselves.

Head on over to the other side to read the show’s synopsis and watch a short clip from the lightsaber episode, as well as a clip from their parallel universe episode.

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DVD Review: ‘Battlestar Galactica: The Plan’
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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan DVDBattlestar Galactica: The Plan
Director: Edward James Olmos
Starring: Dean Stockwell, Rick Worthy, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Edward James Olmos, Michael Trucco, Kate Vernon, Callum Keith Rennie, Aaron Douglas, Michael Hogan, Rekha Sharma, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis
Universal Studios
Release Date: October 27, 2009

I don’t want to be human! I want to see gamma rays. I want to hear x-rays, and I want to smell dark matter. I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me. I’m a machine, and I could know much more.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is the third prequel movie that has been made within the realms of the brilliant Ronald D. Moore and David Eick re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. The others were Razor and Caprica (which is more of a spinoff and setup for its own new series set to begin in 2010), and they offer us a deeper look into the many stories that we never saw as we journeyed through the wonderful five-season run. While Razor concentrated on another Battlestar ship and added many details to one of the stories we briefly saw in the series, The Plan is a unique and even odd kind of animal that takes us to many different points from the show.

To be completely honest, there’s not really a firm story here, but more of a completely alternative perspective to the intense and familiar events of the series. Do not think that that means that there is no story at all, though — there certainly is, and the more you think about the new things that you see within the film, the more you related them to the overall story, and this is where this movie really works well. The Plan actually plays out almost like the deleted scenes in your DVD special features section, which is kind of strange, but again, unique in its own little way.

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