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Gods of Egypt Review: Murder is Legal and Torture is Mandatory Because This Film Exists

This article was originally published on February 28th, 2016, upon Gods of Egypt's arrival across the pond. Well, we Brits now have the (dubious?) pleasure of the film hitting our cinema screens tomorrow, June 17th, so we thought we would bring this review to the fore – whether as a warning or recommendation, you decide. Read More >>

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There’s Only One Way You Could Personally Visit an Exoplanet

Sorry, Han Solo and Mr. Sulu. Based on everything we know right now, you’ll never be able to punch a button and travel through “hyperspace,” or go to warp speed. Travelling faster than light is almost certainly impossible. According to scientists, the only way you could personally visit other stars is by taking a long, long nap. Read More >>

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10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin

When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. Read More >>

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That Time Prince Became an Actual Superhero

Prince always had superpowers. You only had to witness him picking up a guitar or sitting down at a keyboard to know it. His voice could encompass Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, and Mick Jagger, while remaining recognisable as its own thing. But around the time he created his own musical fantasia out of Tim Burton’s Batman, Prince actually got to become a comic-book superhero. Read More >>

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George Lucas’ Wild Theory About the Narrator of Star Wars Makes So Much Sense

We all know who the main characters of George Lucas’ six Star Wars films are: Anakin Skywalker, his son and daughter, and their friends. But who’s the narrator? Turns out Lucas had a crazy theory that makes total sense. Read More >>

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How to Fix What’s Wrong With Game of Thrones

Winter hasn’t arrived yet on Game of Thrones, but there’s still a bit of “winter of our discontent” going on. Season five veered way off George R.R. Martin’s road, with shall we say mixed results. Here’s how to get Thrones back on its game. Read More >>

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Prince Was One of the Greatest Fantasy Storytellers of All Time

“Prince esta muerte. Prince is dead.” A female voice announces these words in a sing-song, matter-of-fact tone during The Gold Experience, Prince’s 1995 album. Prince hadn’t actually died, of course: he had changed his name to a symbol and created a brand new identity. He reinvented himself, as he did so many times before and since. So when I heard that Prince had died, I couldn’t help feeling that he’s just undergoing another magical transformation. Read More >>

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10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books — but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s easier to fake it. We asked some of our favourite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them. Read More >>

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Where’s Arya? Catch Up on Game of Thrones in Three Minutes With Our Video Recap

It’s been just one year since season five of Game of Thrones, but it feels like forever. And there are so many fiendish details to recall, before season six begins on April 24. Who’s dead? Who’s down and out? Who’s on top? Watch our handy three-minute video recap! Read More >>

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Ben Affleck’s Solo Batman Movie Has a Huge Opportunity and One Big Problem

So it’s official, after a few months of being semi-official: Warner Bros. is making a solo Batman movie starring Ben Affleck. And it’s implied, but not definite, that the Argo director will direct. This is great news: Affleck is a gifted director, and Batman v. Superman paradoxically left us hungrier for a movie about Batman being Batman. There’s just one huge problem. Read More >>

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All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Afford to Miss in April

Spring is here, and so are some great reads! What does April have in store? Two Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry Turtledove and M.R. Carey. Wish-granting moonshine! New space opera! And much, much more. Here are the most essential science fiction and fantasy books in April. Read More >>

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How to Get Into Star Trek if You Only Know the J.J. Abrams Films

Star Trek has a proud and complicated history, including six TV shows and stories in every medium. But to a whole generation of people, it’s just two movies. J.J. Abrams’ film reboot reached the biggest audience Star Trek had seen since the 1990s. So if you only know these two films, how do you get into the rest of Trek? Read More >>

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10 Obvious Superhero Weaknesses (That Supervillains Hardly Ever Exploit)

We think of superhero weaknesses as being fancy or complicated — radioactive fragments of their old home planets, or the people they love. And that’s why superheroes win. In fact, most superheroes have super-obvious weak points. Here are 10 obvious superhero weakness that villains almost never attack. Read More >>

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10 Superheroes Who Can Never Have Sex

It’s tough to be a superhero. Not only do you have to drop everything and get into a brawl at a second’s notice, but you’re frequently misunderstood. Superheroes’ personal lives are a mess — especially their sex lives. But it gets worse. Here are 10 superheroes who are physically unable to have sex. Ever. Read More >>

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Who’s the Weakest Supervillain of All Time?

We’re finally getting superhero films and TV shows that live up to the wonder and thrill of comics. But despite a few really great bad guys, supervillains still aren’t getting their due. A lot of baddies are just kind of... there. But who’s the weakest supervillain of all time? Read More >>