The Shiniest Stories On io9 Last Week

Get caught up practicing your Orion Slave girl dance? Don't worry, we've rounded up the best stories from the week including the best military science fiction, Terminator timelines and an alternate BSG ending.

Guns, Bugs and Powered Armor: The Most Realistic Military Science Fiction
Military science fiction has often explored the ethical and cultural effects of war in the future. Here's a guide to some notable entries in the field that do the best job depicting realistic warfare.

Ron Moore Throws Out Another Alternate BSG Ending
Still not happy with the dancing-robot montage that ended Battlestar Galactica, or just curious to know more? We've told you one way it could have gone, but RDM revealed yet another possible ending, involving Galactica.

A Whiteboard That Explains Terminator's Entire History
Turns out we weren't the only ones obsessing about alternate timelines in the Terminator universe. Commenter Leland Rzepecki covered a giant whiteboard in his dorm room with an elaborate chart.

Texas Officially Makes The Universe Ageless
How old is the universe? Scientists agree that the answer is somewhere around 14 billion years (give or take a few million)... unless you happen to be a student in the state of Texas.

Battlestar Galactica Didn't Need Outer Space
Critically-acclaimed TV series Battlestar Galactica broke one of the cardinal rules of hard science fiction: It wasn't really about science. Instead it was hard social fiction, a realistic look at the future of human culture.

A New Guest Star Deepens Some Of Lost's Oldest Mysteries
Dexter's abusive bastard, Mark Pellegrino, will be turning up on Lost soon... and he's playing a character we've waited quite some time to meet. Spoilers aplenty.

10 Ways Wolverine Could Still Become A Decent Film
Whoever leaked a workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine online did Fox a favor. Maybe the bad buzz from this brain-dead (and incomplete) print will spur the studio to make some last-minute fixes.

Have Sweet Dreams Resting In The Innards Of Your Own Tauntaun
Zip open the carcass of your very own Tauntaun sleeping bag, and rest inside its warm gooey organs, for a snowy sleep.

Compare Piven's Pervy Cupid To The New Guy, Word For Word
ABC's new series Cupid is more or less Jeremy Piven's 1998 series of the same name, rebooted. What I didn't know was that they'd used the same 1998 pilot script. So who's better?

The 3 Laws May Not Be Enough To Guide Robot Warriors
What does the Pentagon think about a possible robot uprising? Is Star Trek's view of combat realistic? We asked P.W. Singer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and author of Wired for War.