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  1. H.R. Giger, Oscar-Winning Alien Designer, Dead at 74

    May hosts of xenomorphs sing you to your sleep, old friend.

    Whether you know H.R. Giger's name or not, you've definitely been scared by him: the Swiss surrealist who passed away yesterday was best known for his Oscar-winning work on Alien, for which he designed the sets and titular creature.

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  2. Aliens Vs. Predator Chess Set the Most Civilized Way for Aliens and Predators to Fight

    Aliens Vs. Predator may have been a pretty terrible movie, but the concept it embodies has a lot of merit. Especially on the chessboard. That was, perhaps, the thinking behind this amazing chess set from Joker-Laugh, which features the familiar "faces" of everyone's favorite acid-bleeding xenomorphs and mandibled hunters. My only question is if the transparent Predator pieces get some kind of bonus for being invisible -- it only seems fair! See more images of both sides, arrayed for battle, after the break.

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  3. The Worst, Best, and Weirdest Chess Sets

    In the 12th century, someone somewhere in Scandinavia carved the Lewis Chessmen, a collection of nearly 100 chess pieces of a particularly unique and expressive style. It wasn't the first ornate chess set, but it's certainly a strange and unique set with its shield-biting berzerkers and worried looking royalty. Since the Lewis chess set, the Western world has continued to make stranger and stranger chess sets. Perhaps this speaks to the power of the game, and it's captivating metaphorical nature. More likely it speaks to the human desire to spend stupendous amounts of money. Regardless, chess set making has come to the point where it's no longer about the game but about whatever weird twist you can put on it. And trust us, they've come a long way from simple walrus ivory carvings. So whether your covet these gameboards, or laugh at those that do, please enjoy this humble collection of the least humble chess sets the Internet has to offer.

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  4. H.R. Giger is On for the Alien Prequel

    Good news for those who like their alien spaceships properly oozing, dark, and pseudo-sexual: H.R. Giger is now confirmed as a contributor to Ridley Scott's new Alien prequel.  Giger is the artist who designed all of the alien looks in the original sci-fi horror flick, and so it is he who we can thank for those extraterrestrials known sometimes as xenomorphs, but more commonly called simply, significantly, aliens.

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  5. Geekolinks: 7/11

    Easy Sequels to Horror Flicks (Spinoff)

    Michigan Town Regulates Fortune Telling (Freep)

    5 Bad-Ass Pokémon (GameRant)

    Weird Lawsuit of the Day (Bleeding Cool)

    Star Wars + Warhammer = Win (Toycutter)

    This Is A Laser-Sighted Pea Shooter (The Sun)

    Lutetia: Beautiful Asteroid (BBC News)

    (image via Reddit.)

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