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Superman has given up his American citizenship (and we're all stupider for it)

Superman has given up his American citizenship (and we're all stupider for it)Over the last several days, the mainstream press has latched on to the news that Superman's given up his American citizenship like a pack of feral dogs fighting over the moldy slop left in a rusty can of Hormel. More »

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How Marvel Learned To Stop Worrying About 9/11 And Love Slaughter

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Wondering how long it'd take for the events of September 11th to go from real life tragedy to thoughtless plot McGuffin? Marvel's new mega-event Siege demonstrates that the answer is "eight years, and we can kill even more people." More »


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Islamic jihadists are huge fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy

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Muslim extremists are hugely into the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, says British satirist Chris Morris, who studied terrorism for three years before directing Four Lions. "They see themselves as the force for good and Sauron is basically George W. Bush." More »


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What killed Caprica?

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Unceremoniously canceled last month, Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica dared to offer audiences a truly alien world. That's probably what caused the show's downfall, but could also help it endure as one of the most literary scifi shows ever aired. More »


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Scientists invent chemical sensor that can detect shoe bombs

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riacetone triperoxide (TATP) is an explosive that's been used in past shoe-bombing attempts. TATP is a difficult chemical to detect, but researchers have developed a colorimetric sensor array that can expose minute amounts of TATP vapor in the air. More »


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Post-Apocalyptic Videogames that Real-Life Terrorists Play

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Here you can see some gorgeous concept art of a post-apocalyptic Washington, DC, recently released by the company making much-anticipated videogame Fallout 3. The art was so cool that it went viral in a way its creators never intended: It started showing up on Al Qaeda message boards as what you might call aspirational imagery. More »


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Five Ways 9/11 Changed Science Fiction

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A crop of futuristic and fanciful tales have sprung up to satirize as well as justify "the war on terror." These tales generally deal with one of five crucial post-9/11 themes, which we've enumerated (with examples) for you below. More »


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War and Social Upheaval Cause Spikes in Zombie Movie Production

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There's been a huge spike in the production of zombie movies lately, and many of them seem to be inspired by war. Everything from 28 Days Later to Zombie Strippers make explicit reference to wartime, as did seminal 1968 zombie flick Night of the Living Dead. Is there really a connection between zombie movies and social unrest? More »


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The Forever War remains timeless, especially on September 11

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It's been nine years since our own interminable War on Terror started. Can we learn anything from 1976's Hugo-winning novel, Joe Haldeman's The Forever War? More »


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Have War Movies Become Superhero Flicks?

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War movies from Apocalypse Now to Rambo used to be where we dealt with issues like the morality of violence and the meaning of honor. Now superhero flicks like Wolverine and Watchmen are replacing them. More »


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The Watchmen Movie Was Almost About The War On Terror

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Hollywood wanted to change Watchmen's alternate 1985 to the George W. Bush era, and turn Watchmen into a movie about the War on Terror. After a quick viewing of a few clips Zack Snyder shared even more "almost" moments where the studio wanted to meddle, easter eggs and what he couldn't live without. More »


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The Zombie Mashup You've Been Waiting For: An International Relations Textbook with Zombies

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How would the international community respond to the rise of a zombie horde? Daniel Drezner's Theories of International Politics and Zombies answers this crucial question - but also parodies the stultifying state of academic international relations programs. More »


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