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So You Want To Join The Empire - Table of Contents So You Want To Join The Empire - Table of Contents

One of the joys that I had writing for io9 was a column that I wrote about my stormtrooper build. Week to week, I provided some updates for readers on my progress, and got to do a deep dive into what building armor, cosplay and trooping entail.

There's No Orientation and No Guidebook in the Latest Trailer for HBO's Westworld There's No Orientation and No Guidebook in the Latest Trailer for HBO's Westworld

HBO has released a new trailer for its beleaguered show Westworld, giving us our best look yet at the science fiction drama, along with a rough idea of when it will be released: October.

Anton Yelchin Death: Jeep Grand Cherokees Were Recalled for Rollaway Risk [Updated] Anton Yelchin Death: Jeep Grand Cherokees Were Recalled for Rollaway Risk [Updated]

Fiat Chrysler earlier this year recalled certain Jeep Grand Cherokees for their “rollaway” risk after drivers were injured when they mistakenly thought they had shifted their car to park.

So You Want To Join The Empire: The Final Lessons So You Want To Join The Empire: The Final Lessons

Over the past year, I’ve been documenting how to build a suit of Stormtrooper armor, and a little on how to go about wearing it once you’ve completed it. This week, I’d like to close out the column by taking a look at the bigger picture: what have we learned from this little journey?

Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Dies in Freak Car Accident [Updated] Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Dies in Freak Car Accident [Updated]

According to the Associated Press, actor Anton Yelchin has died at the age of 27 in a car accident.

Killjoys is Getting Some Snazzy New Opening Credits Killjoys is Getting Some Snazzy New Opening Credits

There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the opening credits for Killjoys—it was a fun, pop-fueled retro introduction to the show. However, for season 2, the show is going with an eye-popping new introduction.

All the Times Science Fiction Authors Have Shilled Random Products All the Times Science Fiction Authors Have Shilled Random Products

Celebrity endorsements have been around for a long time, but it’s usually actors, wrestlers, or athletes who are enduring a photoshoot with a random product. That said, every now and again, it’s a science fiction author who’s promoting something.

Roland Emmerich is Rebooting the Stargate Franchise From Scratch Roland Emmerich is Rebooting the Stargate Franchise From Scratch

We’ve known that Roland Emmerich has been planning on continuing his 1994 film Stargate for a while, but while chatting with the press about Independence Day: Resurgence, he and producer Dean Devlin have been dropping some more hints about what’s next for the franchise.

How Syfy is Leading The Charge With Imagining Diverse Futures How Syfy is Leading The Charge With Imagining Diverse Futures

Over the last couple of seasons of television, critics and audiences have begun to pay a considerable amount of attention to the role of women and racial diversity on their favorite shows. Despite being set in the future, science fiction television has often been stubbornly stuck in the past. With its latest lineup,…

io9 Book Club Special Session: Let's Talk About Linda Nagata's The Red! io9 Book Club Special Session: Let's Talk About Linda Nagata's The Red!

Welcome to a special edition of the io9 Book Club. This month, we read The Red: First Light, by Linda Nagata. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!

Watch the History of Horror Films in This Ten Minute Supercut Watch the History of Horror Films in This Ten Minute Supercut

Horror films occupy a long and enthralling place in cinematic history, and Diego Carrera has put together an excellent video showcasing the films that have scared us for over 120 years.

Everything is Not Awesome: The Lego Movie Sequel Has Been Moved to 2019 Everything is Not Awesome: The Lego Movie Sequel Has Been Moved to 2019

We’re going to have to wait a bit longer to see The Lego Movie 2. Warner Brothers has shuffled their upcoming film slate, pushing the movie back a year to 2019.

Here Are the Finalists for the 2016 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Here Are the Finalists for the 2016 John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Each year, the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction awards one worthy science fiction novel the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, one of the genre’s major awards for novels.

Let's Not Panic is a Comedic Short About Therapy and the End of the World  Let's Not Panic is a Comedic Short About Therapy and the End of the World 

In Heather Jack’s short film Let’s Not Panic, a young woman develops a crush on her therapist, and when the world begins to end, he’s the one person she can turn to.

Two New TV Spots for Suicide Squad Show Off the Worst Heroes Ever Two New TV Spots for Suicide Squad Show Off the Worst Heroes Ever

A pair of TV spots for Suicide Squad have hit the web, and they show off a bit of new footage from the upcoming DC film, along with a great tagline: Worst. Heroes. Ever.

The Syfy Channel is Expanding Into the Middle East and North Africa The Syfy Channel is Expanding Into the Middle East and North Africa

The Syfy Channel might have conquered our solar system with shows such as The Expanse, but there are parts of the Earth that it hasn’t quite reached until now. Earlier this week the channel announced that they would be expanding into the Middle East and North Africa.

Kevin Smith Says That His Mallrats Sequel Will Be a 10-Part TV Series Kevin Smith Says That His Mallrats Sequel Will Be a 10-Part TV Series

Kevin Smith has drunk the television Kool Aid. With an episode of The Flash under his belt, and the forthcoming Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai TV Show coming (which now has a home), Smith announced that his planned sequel to Mallrats is being reworked into a television show.

All the Books You Desperately Need to Add to Your 'To Read' Pile This Summer All the Books You Desperately Need to Add to Your 'To Read' Pile This Summer

Summer is upon us, which means there’s no TV on, which means it’s finally time to dig into those books you’ve been saving for your weekends, vacation, and whatever other spare moments you have. Unfortunately, there’s also a ton of tremendous new fiction and non-fiction books coming out this summer, meaning your pile…

10 Theoretical Megastructures, From Big to Massive 10 Theoretical Megastructures, From Big to Massive

For much of its modern history, science fiction has had a particular fascination with engineering, with authors and artists imagining fantastic, massive structures in the depths of space. Here are 10 of them, from incredibly large to unbelievably massive.

Story of Your Life Might be Getting a Blander Title: Arrival Story of Your Life Might be Getting a Blander Title: Arrival

We’ve been eagerly waiting to see the upcoming adaptation of Ted Chaing’s short story, The Story of Your Life, ever since we first heard about it. A preview screening for the film appears to point to a name change for the film.

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