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Emily Asher-Perrin

SyFy’s Children of Dune Miniseries Delivers On Emotion When Philosophy Falls Flat

Three years after the release of Sci-Fi’s Dune miniseries, its sequel premiered. While it was titled Children of Dune, it in fact encompassed the storylines of both its namesake and Dune Messiah. It remains, along with its predecessor, two of the three highest-rated programs that the channel has ever broadcast—and there are ways in which this sequel series outstrips the initial series entirely.

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Series: Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune

How Do Robots Talk to Each Other? A Sci-Fi Examination

Technology-based lifeforms have to communicate, just like any other living beings. And just like living beings, science fiction has come up with a variety of ways for them to do so. Keeping tabs on the way robots, computers, and A.I. convey information in genre fiction offers an fascinating glimpse into what humans think the future might look like—and how we would prefer to interact with technology ourselves.

When looking to science fiction for sentient life created by artificial means, there are plenty of possibilities to choose from. A.I. and robotics are some of the oldest hallmarks of the genre, and there are countless ways to render characters that fit the bill. But with those characters come a number of questions about how they move through the world (/galaxy/universe) and who they interact with. Were they created for a specific purpose, or to exist as they will? Do they have a community of their own kind, or are they restricted to humans and aliens and other organic matter? And if they do have their own communities… doesn’t it stand to reason that they would have their own traditions, their own philosophies, and even their own forms of communication? And what do those forms look like?

[A lot of it, unsurprisingly, comes down to functionality.]

Star Wars: Phasma Gives Fans a Glimpse Into the Workings of the First Order

The latest addition to the Star Wars literary universe is Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma, a look into the background of the First Order’s chrome-plated captain. And in addition to contributing to her legend, a closer peek at the First Order’s training programs and internal culture is also on display.

Plus, you get to find out why Phasma got to keep her name, and why she wanted that special issue armor.

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5 Things Gandalf Should Have Admitted to the Denizens of Middle-earth Instead of Being a Jerk

Look, we all get it. He’s based on Odin of Norse mythology. He’s good-natured and kind, and he’s also an otherworldly being with some macro concerns that are hard for mere mortals to conceive. But Gandalf the Grey had plenty of faults, and one of his biggest was withholding information from people to suit his particular plans.

Yeah, it all worked out in the end and Middle-earth was saved from darkness. But some communication would not have killed the guy.

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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Children of Dune, Part Eight

Today we are going to become a weird emperor god who is part human part worm… and then we will marry our sisters. That part is somehow less surprising?

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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Fellow Muggles and Magic Folk: The Harry Potter Epilogue Takes Place Today

The epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows began with three words: “Nineteen years later…” When the book was released that day was still a decade off. Fans did the math, accounting for the amount of time it would take from the Battle of Hogwarts and marked mental calendars accordingly. The years ticked by.

You woke up on an ordinary day and “nineteen years later” was now.

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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Children of Dune, Part Seven

This week we’re going to cover ourselves in sandtrout and morph into a superbeing? Yeah, it’s clearly one of those days….

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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Series: Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune

Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Children of Dune, Part Six

This week we’re going to get stuck in a spice trance and agree to a very messy betrothal that could potentially result in a murder. That’s the plan, at least.

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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How Can We Make the Good Omens TV Series Even More Perfect?

The adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens is picking up steam! We already have the perfect Crowley and Aziraphale (in case you didn’t know, it’s DAVID TENNANT AND MICHAEL SHEEN), but that’s just the beginning of the casting process. We have some suggestions for the rest of the adult characters—we’re not casting the kids ’cause kids are hard. They just… grow up, and change rapidly, and then your perfect ensemble cast is destroyed. Let us know what you think of our ideas, and make more suggestions in the comments!

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