Crack Open 9's Science Journal And Learn Secrets Of The Ragdolls' Creation

We've got 9's secret ragdoll-making mad science journal, complete with ink blots, sketches and doomsday prophesies. Flip through our exclusive pages, and check out your chance to win the concept art book.

Only 999 of these special-edition collector's "9" movie books were produced - so here's your chance to win one of the nine copies that Focus Features has provided to us!

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Each book is encased in a uniquely numbered burlap bag, featuring a special forward by Ray Kurzweil, behind-the-scenes art, an extensive collection of stills from the film, commentary from director Shane Acker and producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, and a DVD of the original short film by Shane Acker which inspired the full-length feature.

We're giving away three copies with each exclusive gallery that we're posting. So here's your first chance: email us your name and address at cp@io9.com. Winners will be chosen at random and alerted via email. You have 24 hours to get your email in, or you'll have to wait for the next drawing.

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9 hits theaters on 9/9/09.

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The scientist's experiment is even online and you can plunder through his things on the site with Elijah Wood.

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A better look at the man in question.

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DISCUSSION

As far as i can gather, they're in an alternate, Diesel-punk -esque 2009 present, and there was a "Great World War" which ended but the economy still wasn't great and everyone was still afraid of renewed violence.

So this genius scientist makes AI, "BRAIN" (Binary Reactive Artificial Intelligence Neurocircuit). These are supposed to be used to make robots that make life better, ushering in a new age of prosperity and ultimately peace.

However, the greedy Chancellor of the Republic sees the obvious military applications, and uses BRAIN technology to build War Machines, which he sends out in all directions to conquer the other nations of the world.

The new world war is horrible, and the scientist falls in with some anti-war rebels. Many of his important manuscripts are confiscated and impossible to duplicate, particularly those on the "Dark Sciences"...which were apparently used to make BRAIN

However, the scientist points out that BRAIN was meant for peace, and thus never meant to be put into stressful or morally ambiguous combat situations. It's not long before the BRAIN-powered War Machines start seeing all humans as enemies and turning on the forces of the Republic itself.

The entire world is left smashed.