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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Seventeen

Kids are weird. Especially, you know, when they’re not kids and they’ve actually been awakened to consciousness in their mother’s womb. Yeah. Kids are weird, you know?

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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The First Order in Star Wars Creates Its Stormtroopers By Controlling Their Information Access

There is a lot that we don’t know about the First Order in Star Wars. We don’t know precisely how it got started, how it grew, where all of its troops came from. We don’t know very much about Supreme Leader Snoke, or how the Knights of Ren tie into their hierarchy. We don’t know where all of those stormtroopers came from.

But we actually do know a little something about how they were programmed to stand against the Republic. And it’s not pretty.

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Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast Makes Their Most Odious Villain More Terrifying Than Ever

Beauty and the Beast is one of the biggest jewels in Disney’s animated crown, full of memorable songs, gorgeous imagery, and a lovely yet simple tale as old as time. (What, I had to. You’ll have to catch me to stop me.) It also has the distinction of being the first animated film ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. So the question is: aside from making oodles of cash, what could this live action reimagining bring to the table?

Because it does bring a few new concepts to the mix… but likely not in the way anyone expected.

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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Sixteen

How many dunes would a dune buggy bug, if a dune buggy could bug dunes? Find out this week on the Dune Reread!

Er, sorry. We’re into the third section of the book! Everyone is lining up into their final positions…. Let’s do this.

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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7 Possible Series That Neil Gaiman Could Create Now That He is a Television God

Neil Gaiman has made a television development deal with FremantleMedia, the very same company he has worked with on the upcoming American Gods adaptation. In a statement last week, Gaiman said, “I’ve learned to trust them, and to harness their talents and enthusiasm, as they’ve learned to harness mine. They don’t mind that I love creating a ridiculously wide variety of things, and I am glad that even the strangest projects of mine will have a home with them. American Gods is TV nobody has seen before and I can’t wait to announce the specifics behind what we have coming up next.”

A full slate of projects are already reportedly in the works, but what will this bright new future of television look like? How could a number of Gaiman’s projects be adapted for the small screen? Here are a few ways it could easily pan out….

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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Fifteen

This week we’re going to gain two sons and then imbibe poison to change it into not-poison so that we can hand it out as a drug to all our new desert friends. Don’t worry, it’s not as dire as it sounds. Okay, it kind of is.

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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The Greatest Journalists in Live-Action Superhero Fiction, Ranked

The current superhero landscape is filled out by a group of people who are deeply committed to keeping the public smart and safe—journalists. These are the vigilant men and women responsible for reporting on the world’s new status quo now that folks with powers, enhancements, and ridiculous amounts of money are taking to the streets to uphold justice and… counter the ever-growing threats coming from outer space. And the criminal underground. And the criminal overground.

But some of these tireless reporters come off more authentically than others. Some of them can clearly write, or are being mentored to that end. Some of them work at papers and magazines that operate in a realistic fashion and hold them accountable. So who is the most believable journalist chasing down superpowered leads? Let’s take a look at our current crop.

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With Logan, Superhero Films Prove Their Humanity All Over Again

There was a moment in 2000’s X-Men. You know the one. The moment where it was clear that the movie was a little bit different from its predecessors. All of the superhero movies previous had given us moments of pain, of loss, of formative angst writ large across the screen. They were effective, but they weren’t real in all those little ways that count. 

But in X-Men, Rogue sat in Wolverine’s beat up truck and looked at his knuckles where the signature adamantium claws released. “Does it hurt?” she asked. “When they come out?”

And he took a moment. And then he said: “Every time.”

That was it. That was the moment when you knew that X-Men movies–that superhero movies altogether–could be different. So when I say that the latest and final Wolverine movie is like getting repeatedly punched in the mouth by that moment, I want you to take my full meaning. This is not a film for people who want their movies tidy and fun and overall kind. But the fact that it exists at all is a testament to the genre, and a new mile marker for live action superhero fiction.

[Spoilers for the film below.]

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New DuckTales Cartoon Lives Up to All Your Childhood Dreams

If you were a 90s kid who grew up on the likes of Darkwing Duck and DuckTales, you know that there was nothing quite like those weirdo, wonderful shows. If you’re a sci-fi fan and also one of those 90s kids, you probably freaked out when you heard that David Tennant would be voicing Scrooge McDuck in the upcoming reboot for Disney XD. If you’re a fan of catchy theme songs, you probably loved the cast’s rendition of those signature “Woo-oo”s.

And now the trailer is here.

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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Thirteen

This week we’re going to kill someone we barely know in hand-to-hand combat! Yeesh. So… just an average week on the Dune Reread?

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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The Joy of Being a Nerd: What Real Genius Reminds Us About Geek Culture

It’s interesting to me that Revenge of the Nerds, while still full up of the nostalgia that the 80s lends us, is lately being repositioned in the zeitgeist. What was viewed for many years as a bit of harmless fun that waved the banner for nerds everywhere is finally being called out for exactly what it is; an Us vs Them revenge fest that never lets go of racism or misogyny, and damages the image of geek culture more than it applauds for it. That shouldn’t be surprising—RotN was always just a frat house comedy with a thin nerdy gloss applied to it. And that’s fine with me, because that was never my go-to movie for feeling the geeky solidarity.

No, my friends. That movie was Real Genius.

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Here Are the Most Notable Kloo Horn Players in Star Wars, Don’t Argue With Me

I’m sure when you were a kid watching Star Wars, you just assumed that the instruments being played by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (note: if you just called them “the cantina band” I’m really not sure what to do with you) were variants on instruments that you have already seen or played upon. Look, it’s an oboe! That one’s a space saxophone! How wrong you were, my young friend. How misguided. That instrument that Figrin D’an is playing is called a kloo horn. It’s totally different from our lousy Earth instruments. (It’s not.) And the Star Wars universe is full of musicians who loved that instrument, at least according to the Legends canon.

Here are eight of their stories. Eight. There are eight whole stories here, somehow. Eight’s gotta be a magic number somewhere, right?

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