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Crushed under a piece of Mongolian space trash? Don't worry, we've got all the week's news right here, including comic-book outtakes from JJ Abrams' Star Trek, The Crazies details, and all the science fiction TV you'll watch in the future.

18 Upcoming TV Shows That Could Save Small-Screen Scifi
Is science fiction doomed on television? Hell no! Here are 18 TV series in the pipeline that could recharge your love of the fantastical, including alien invasions, dinosaurs, superheroes, time travel, super-spies, government conspiracies, zombies and changelings.

How The New Crazies Is Scarier Than Romero's Original
We talked infectious diseases with The Crazies director Breck Eisner. And learned the great pains he took to make sure George Romero's film was updated correctly. Rule number one: These people aren't zombies, they're alive - and full of rage!

Lost's Greatest Character Arcs That Went Nowhere
Just as Lost's Island ping-pongs through spacetime, its characters have undergone wheeling personality shifts. Unfortunately, some of these character developments became eclipsed by the show's sprawling tapestry of weirdness.

Build Your Own Hometree With Exclusive Avatar Concept Art
If you really want to join the Na'vi, you're going to have to understand their way of life. Luckily, artist Craig Shoji shared with us some of his Avatar concept art showing what the Na'vi eat and how they live.

5 Reasons Why NBC Might Not Cancel Heroes
Heroes ended its fourth season with dismal ratings and weak reviews, but NBC still might bring the troubled mutant soap opera back for one more year. Here are five reasons why.

Mongolian Mystery Object From Space
This 2-ton object crashed to the ground in Mongolia. Nobody is sure what it is, so a report was sent in to MUFON, a UFO-tracking organization. Could it be something from a tangent universe?

Sophisticated Flash Gordon Revamp Keeps Lionman And Hawkmen
Breck Eisner, director of The Crazies, is currently heavily involved bringing a new, non-campy, 3-D Flash Gordon film to life. But how do you take the cheese out of Flash Gordon, with all its winged and furry-faced co-stars? Eisner explains.

20 Action Figures And Their Weird Alternate Careers
It was recently revealed that Barbie's latest career would be a perky computer engineer with a requisite bright pink laptop. This got us thinking - what other action figures have pursued new jobs?

New Nightmare On Elm St. Might Actually Live Up To The Original
We compared the new Nightmare On Elm Street with the original, to see whether Jackie Earle Haley is worthy of the infamous Freddy Krueger glove. We measure on-set details, trailers and posters to see how they measure up.

New Abrams Trek Comic Reveals Deleted Scenes
Last year's Star Trek movie is coming to comics, complete with deleted scenes as well as brand-new material from writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Tim Jones and Mike Johnson. Click through for an exclusive preview of the first issue.

Feign Being Cultured With Fake Foreign Scifi Film Posters
Travis Pitts, the illustrator responsible for zombie apocalypse Scooby Doo, is selling a series of wild faux-vintage foreign movie posters. Are you brave enough to confront Terminateur or Il Predator?