The Shiniest Stories On io9 Last Week

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Spend all week building your humble, futuristic country shack? Never fear, we've got everything you may have missed, including Jane Espenson's insider details on Caprica, a history of Iron Man's Armors, and creepy dark-matter space pics.

Is Avatar Too Realistic For Its Own Good?
Chinese writers condemned Avatar, a branch of the Russian communist party condemned it, the Vatican has weighed in, and other groups are endlessly debating its political meaning. What makes people respond so strongly to this flick? It's the realism.


First Look At Dreamworks' Supervillain Epic, Megamind
We got an early look at footage of Dreamworks' supervillain epic Megamind. With Will Ferrell as the lead, and Tina Fey as the scrappy reporter, we had high expectations. So was it funny, or a flop? Spoilers ahead

The X-Men's 1991 Pool Party = Everything That's Wrong With The X-Men in 2010
Back in 1991, a sexy pin-up tucked into X-Men #1 was the apex of comic book cool. Nowadays? It just stands for the systemic failings of the entire X-franchise.


Advanced Imaging Reveals a Computer 1,500 Years Ahead of Its Time
X-rays and advanced photography have uncovered the true complexity of the mysterious Antikythera mechanism, a device so astonishing that its discovery is like finding a functional Buick in medieval Europe.


Project Production Line: A Brief History Of Iron Man's Armors
Meet this year's Iron Man, as redesigned by Tony Stark with a surplus of lightbulbs, apparently. But let's face it: He's had worse looks. Click through the remember the Iron that we've seen before.


"Book Of Eli" Reboots "Zardoz" For The Twenty-First Century
Though fans have often clamored for a sequel to 1970s classic Zardoz, only the Hughes Brothers could have done it, with Book of Eli. But did they toss aside the original film's message to reboot it for a new generation? Spoilers ahead!


Alien Love Scenes, Strange Allies And Blade Runner In Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect was among the most important science-fiction works of the past few years. And Mass Effect 2 promises better alien worlds, more "alien love scenes," and a Blade Runner-inspired space station. Bioware's Casey Hudson gave us a mission briefing.


There's A "Dark Disk of Material" Hovering Out In Space
Some kind of obstruction is blocking our view of Epsilon Aurigae, a star in the constellation Auriga. Its exact nature is unknown - but astronomers say that if you've got a telescope, you could help them figure it out.


Jay And Seth Vs. The Apocalypse Features Creepiest Celebrity Cameos Yet
Count down for the apocalyptic house party, with Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen. We got a few new end-of-the-world updates from Baruchel, including which celebrities he wants to make a guest appearance, and when this film may finally start production.

In Caprica, People Are The Biggest Monsters Of All
Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica prequel launching Friday, doesn't feature an army of robots bent on wiping out the human race, because Cylons are just a few prototypes. So the biggest conflict is between groups of humans, says producer Jane Espenson.


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