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  1. Entertainment

    SyFy Wants To Distance Itself From Bad Monster Movies And Return to Its Genre Roots

    Good news for geeks, but bad news for horrible B-movie fans: SyFy is officially tired of being the butt of everybody's hilarious Sharknado jokes (Sharnajokes?). They're going to go back that thing they used to do when they were actually called the Sci Fi channel: make good science fiction content.

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  2. Science

    Teleportation Might Be Possible, If You Don’t Mind Waiting 4 Quadrillion Years

    Your dreams of being beamed up by Scotty are about to be crushed, Trekkers. Physics students at the University of Leicester have discovered that, even if teleportation were possible, the amount of time it would take to download and re-upload a human brain would be equivalent to over 4 quadrillion years. Scotty is not waiting around for that.

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  3. Entertainment

    Orson Scott Card Compares Obama to Hitler, Napoleon, Ceasar, Worried He’ll Use Urban Youths as Secret Police

    You know that feeling when you read something so ridiculous you think it's a really funny parody, followed by that sinking sensation when it turns out its writer was serious? Orson Scott Card's "Unlikely Events" on why Obama is already a dictator, controlling literally all the things and all the people is like that.

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  4. Entertainment

    Sci-Fi and Fantasy Website Tor Offers Free Download of Over 150 Stories

    Science fiction and fantasy site Tor.com is celebrating their five years of internet presence by making all of their original fiction downloadable for free. Um, awesome?

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  5. Entertainment

    Probably Not Drift Compatible: Seven Fantastic Examples of Technobabble

    Technobabble -- the scientific-sounding gibberish that scientist characters spew in every episode of Star Trek -- is the dilithium crystal in the warp engine that makes science fiction run. It can get to ridiculous levels. Ron Moore steered clear of it in Battlestar Galactica because his Trek scripts filled up with [INSERT TECH HERE], but ultimately it's hard to get by without it. Technobabble generally does make sense on a superficial level, since there's so much speculative science out there that there's bound to be a field related to whatever the story requires. For better or for worse, take a look at the greatest ways technobabble has been put to use.

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  6. Entertainment

    11 Amazing Science Fiction Songs You Need to Hear

    There're too many songs out there about love, and breaking up, and dancing. And single ladies. What there aren't enough songs about: Spaceships, aliens, interstellar exploration, time travel. But you know what? There are some. They're the brilliant, speculative anthems lurking on the airwaves, drifting in the cloud, or locked up in old vinyl. Well, you've got a right to know about some of the best.

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  7. Entertainment

    Celebrate International Women’s Day With These 10 Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Today is International Women's Day, which has been around for over a hundred years! But you know what's been around a lot longer than that? Women! And heroes are women. Here in our little corner of the Internet, we at Geekosystem constantly think about things that other geeks, dorks, and nerds the world over think about every day, like science, technology, books, movies, and games. And you know what those things have in them? Women!

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  8. Entertainment

    No More White Tulips: Goodbye, Fringe (2008-2013)

    "Fringe has had a good run," I tell myself. "At least it got more of a chance than Firefly." It's a cold comfort to acknowledge that the latest sci-fi series to get punted by Fox had the good fortune to run for more than a season. It's a lot more than some of the other shows the network has started and then stopped over the years. As of tomorrow's finale, Fringe is done and over. I'm likely not alone in being sad to see the show go, but that's not what I'd like to focus on here. What I really want to say is this: Fringe has been a thrilling ride, and it'll be one of those shows that I watch again and again.

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  9. Entertainment

    L.A. Officially Names Intersection After Ray Bradbury Even Though He Didn’t Drive

    Ever since Ray Bradbury, science fiction guru and author of works like The Martian Chronicles, passed away back in June, folks have been tossing around the idea of renaming something in Los Angeles after the late writer. Recently, the idea came to rename an intersection after the man. Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to rename the downtown intersection at Fifth and Flower to Ray Bradbury Square. This is somewhat amusing, as Bradbury didn't drive.

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  10. Space

    Spacecraft Size Comparisons: Present, Past, Future, and Fictional

    "Space, the final frontier." Do I even have to go on? I'm sure many of you know it by heart. Although we haven't exactly been able to explore strange new worlds or seek out new life and new civilizations, we certainly have gone where no person has gone before. Whether in the cosmos or in our own imaginations, humans have pushed the boundaries of science and exploration. Astronomy junkie, graphic artist, and blogger, Invader Xan created a size comparison chart of some of the most prominent spacecraft that humans have built (or plan to build). However, if real spaceships don't scratch your geeky itch, you may want to turn to Jeff Russell, who began a similar project seven some-odd years ago to compare the sizes of starships found in works of science fiction.

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  11. Entertainment

    The Best Science Fiction Shows Without “Star” in the Title Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

    If there’s something to be said about streaming video instantly via Netflix, it’s that the ability to pick up and watch shows that long ago saw their final credit sequences is almost magical. There’s nothing quite like hitting a few buttons to have a show that went off the air years and years ago back in pristine condition. I suppose having the discs in whichever format that is currently preferred comes close. But we’re a people that have grown accustomed to instant gratification and, well, this is instant streaming. Why go out and buy full seasons of older shows when you can just sit back and enjoy them without ever changing out of your pajamas? Why even put pajamas on? Some of the best that Netflix happens to be streaming currently comes in the variety of science fiction television shows. Lots and lots of them. That said, there are obviously the classics. Just about anything with the word “star” in the name would automatically make any normal list of this kind. So, ignoring anything with the word “star” in it, I present the science fiction shows you should be watching right now

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  12. Entertainment

    History of Science Fiction Intricately Mapped

    Artist Ward Shelly made this marvelous, extremely detailed, entirely hand-drawn map of the history of sci-fi, from a dangly historical tail that includes the likes of Plato's philosophy and the Beowulf legend to a modern-day head filled with classic sci-fi, cyberpunk, and space opera, with tentacles that diverge into different genres (sword & sorcery, modern horror) for good measure. Click to see it full-sized. (Warning: It is very big.) (via Chart Porn)

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  13. Entertainment

    ’80s Teen Sensations Tiffany and Debbie Gibson Battle on SyFy

    It was announced last summer that 1980s teen sensations Debbie Gibson and Tiffany would be appearing/battling each other in a SyFy movie called "Megapython vs. Gatoroid," which is scheduled to air this Saturday. Just try and tell me what's wrong with this sentence, because for me, a girl who sang "Electric Youth" into a hairbrush the year I got my first pair of glasses, this is proof that all is right with the world. Everything is going according to plan.

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  14. Entertainment

    Bad Science in Sci-Fi Movies

    I Love Charts io9 targets bad science tropes in movies, including the instance of sound in space, slow motion in zero gravity, and inconsequential breeding between humans and aliens. Is the assumption that aliens are not so different than you and I really bad science? Or that physics moves the way the writer wants it to? It is science fiction, after all. And how scientifically accurate is "Star Wars" really supposed to be?

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  15. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 12/3

    World Wildlife Fund Invents PDF That Can't Print to Save Trees (Adverblog) If Dr. Seuss Did Star Wars (Adam Watson) Understanding Pac-Man Ghosts (GameInternals) Most Impressive Long-Exposure Light Video You Will See Today (Flavorwire) 10 Classic Science Fiction Novels as Word Clouds (Brainwavez.org) Denver: Saving Us From Cylons, One Tiny Robot Toy at a Time (Blastr) Steampunk Superheroes (Chet Phillips) (pic via Reddit.)

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