‘Stranger Things’ gets world hyped for Season 2 with these awesome retro posters

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Part of the fun of Stranger Things is looking for how many retro takes the show gets spot-on. Now the show’s exercise in pop culture symbology offers yet another take—this time, on old-school movie posters that used to adorn the bedrooms of the ’80s kids the show depicts. 

Tweeted from the Netflix show’s official account on Saturday, we get a look at 12 different characters featured in their own, blood-red-tinged posters, complete with crinkled paper effects.

The posters include some of our favorites, like Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour), as well as a few new faces.   Read more…

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In 2065, a Military Satellite Becomes Self-Aware—and Wants to Become an Artist

While many artificial intelligence critics busy themselves getting terrified over the possibility of a Matrix-type scenario wherein AIs overthrow humanity for Earthly supremacy, others are exploring a more nuanced point of view. Consider London-based artist Lawrence Lek a member of the latter camp. In Geomancer, a 45-minute film designed with the ever-unbelievable Unreal Engine, Lek imagines AI as not only potentially benevolent, but artistic, and in many other ways, even human-like. Geomancer follows a young military AI satellite that becomes self-aware, then decides to descend to Earth and become an artist. Geomancer, the satellite, touches down at the Singapore 2065 Centennial, a future where the country has survived climate change floods. But the AI isn’t as unique as it thinks it is, since … Read the rest

It’s Illegal to Be Perfect in This Perfectly Dystopian Short Film

Nobody’s perfect, yet many of us strive perfection, however unobtainable it may be. But what if we lived in a world that didn’t desire perfection, but punished it instead? That’s the concept behind this dystopian sci-fi short The Problemless Anonymous, by filmmaker Gary Roberts, co-written with his friend Samuel Barber.

It’s set in a world where to be perfect is illegal. Citizens are tested by the Ministry of Imperfection and if they get a positive result for perfection, they have to attend an imperfection clinic. Here they will be further tested so they can be given an adequate problem to adapt to the world around them. Failure to attend results in a prison sentence.

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The Monkey King Sleeps

The mountains rise up like crooked teeth from the flat fields in Yangshuo. Their sides are steep so they must be climbed with ropes and harnesses, carabiners and gris-gris; few of them can be climbed just by hiking. By the side of every mountain, a lotus field, their leaves so…
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Das Steingeschöpf

I’d not long been made journeyman when the Schöpfers’ Guild gave me my first commission in 1928. Frau Leitner from Bavaria had written to request a small restoration—I took the southbound train from Berlin, made two changes, and disembarked at the end of the line in a small town tucked…
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December Double! A Story and Comic (and Squid Mural)

It’s holiday time at Space Squid. This month we’re doubling up with a mindbending story and a devastating comic tale, plus photos of Austin’s biggest, best mutant squid mural ever. They are, respectively, Here Comes New Jersey from Leland Neville and Every Mother’s Child from John Sowder. Mural photos by Chad Trosclair. ~~~ 1 ~~~…
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The Thanatos Mode

© 2016 Mahendra Singh “The Thanatos Mode” I kill ships. Read a tagwisp on the EDNA strand that specifies my function and it would be just that, short but precise. A killer of ships. Find the promotors and the initiation site. Then the second part of the story becomes clear…
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The Dancer on the Stairs

This story first appeared in Two Travelers (Aqueduct Press, 2016). You can purchase a copy of the book here. In this week’s issue, you can also read an interview with Tolmie. I woke up on the staircase. I spent six months there. Yestril says he once saw me there, sleeping.…
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One Giant Leap

Kent was going to be the first person to die on Venus. He knew it with iron certainty the moment the railing gave way and he slipped into the acidic mist. The only question was whether he would be baked or crushed. Moments earlier he had been inspecting the floating…
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We Are the Ululating Tzatziki

by Matthew Lee “Take us to your proctologist,” said the largest dollop. This utterance represented the evolutionary summit of the Ululating Tzatziki. From this point onwards it was all rapidly downhill. “Wot?” said the Earthman, who took his cigarette out of his mouth and looked about the dark train platform.…
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Unmathematical

by William Squirrell “In those days,” said Grandpapa from his recliner, “space was not yet a vacuum, and hellfire had a name unmathematical.” The older kids playing poker at the table rolled their eyes. The little ones on the floor kept setting up Mousetrap. “But Grandpapa,” Ivy looked up from…
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