io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011


EVEN IF YOU WIN, YOU COULD CUT YOURSELF | A scary vision of the Iron Throne from the new Game of Thrones video game, via Kotaku. (More at the link.)


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011

10 Greatest Unintentionally Hilarious Lines from Science Fiction and Fantasy

One of the great joys of watching science fiction and fantasy is to appreciate the unintentionally hilarious lines that come out of people's mouths sometimes. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011Neville Longbottom, the real hero of the Harry Potter franchise, speaks out

Perhaps the most beloved character of the Harry Potter series isn't Harry, Hermione or Ron. Especially in the Deathly Hallows films, the real stand-out is clearly Neville Longbottom. So we were excited to hear Neville's inside story from the actor who brought him to life. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011The Stand-Out Events You Can't Afford to Miss at Comic-Con 2011!

Don't get lost in a sea of marketing at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. We've scanned the schedule and pulled out the can't miss presentations and screenings you should make your top priority. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011Computer teaches itself English so that it can play Civilization

Computers may be naturally fluent in binary, but how might they fare with learning human languages? Computers were tested by playing the game Civilization. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011The human genome contains a million years worth of population data

Our genes don't just help determine who we are - they also preserve an incredibly ancient record of who our ancestors were. Our genomes can actually reveal human population sizes dating all the way back to before humans even existed. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011An Exclusive Excerpt from Max Barry's New Cyborg Novel, Machine Man

Max Barry blew our minds with his dystopian future novel Jennifer Government, and now he's back with Machine Man, a cyborg novel that he premiered in a different form on his website last year. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011Darius Green, the Boy Who Launched Steampunk

The rise of interest in steampunk has led to a number of previously obscure works becoming well-known. Though many people are familiar with Victorian tales of boy geniuses with steam-driven machines, there is a once-famous and now nearly forgotten poem that created the entire idea of boy geniuses. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011Timothy Zahn's Star Wars universe gets even more complicated

Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy revitalized the Star Wars universe, and created a new Star Wars mythos for a new generation. So a new Zahn Star Wars book is cause for celebration. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011The Internet replaces little girl's stolen TARDIS

Last month some terrible villain stole a girl's 300-pound, 6-foot tall TARDIS off of her front lawn. But the internet rallied and built this young Doctor Who fan a brand new blue box! The video will warm your heart. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011Triceratops horn suggests a meteor really did kill off all the dinosaurs

We're almost certain that a giant meteor hit Earth 65 million years ago. But a mysterious "three-meter gap" in the fossil record might mean dinosaurs were already dying off. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011Tilda Swinton: Our New Favorite Androgynous Alien

We've always loved Tilda Swinton - especially after seeing her as three color-coded dancing cyborgs - but her subversive new photoshoot for W Magazine has redoubled our affections. More »


io9 Roundup: July 13, 2011First trailer for Sherlock Homes 2 delivers so many Victorian karate chops

The first ever trailer for Sherlock Holmes 2 is delivering much of what we loved about the first, sassy banter between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, wacky steampunky hijinks, slow-mo everything and a sepia toned world. More »