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His Dark Materials Is Getting a TV Series!

As long as it's not His Gritty Materials.

Yesterday it was Star Trek—no matter how you ultimately feel about the news—and today we've got more awesome genre TV on the way! BBC is embarking on a TV adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.

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Philip Pullman Released a Marisa Coulter His Dark Materials Story Yesterday!

Like Pottermore, but colder. Polarmore.

Holy cats! (Or, you know, whatever form your daemon takes). The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman's companion novel to the His Dark Materials trilogy, may not be released until 2016 at the earliest. But that doesn't mean we'll need to wait a year before reading new content set in the Dark Materials world!

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Things We Saw Today: Crafty His Dark Materials Fan Turns a Pocket Watch Into An Alethiometer

Things We Saw Today

No lies: I really love this alethiometer, made by Kat Young. (Neatorama)

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Philip Pullman to Focus on His Dark Materials Sequel in 2013

There's really no way for me to properly express my feelings on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. I read the three books, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, years ago on a hiking trip in New Mexico. If you ever want to have a truly transcendental experience, read a good book on the top of a mountain where you can see all the stars. Pullman's been teasing the sequel, The Book of Dust, for years. Now it looks like 2013 will be all Dust, all the time.

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10 Fabulous Fictional Wintry Getaways for Your January Blahs

Power Grid

Winter blahs got you down? We've got some great destinations for the discerning geek vacationer! The Mary Sue and its affiliates will not be held responsible for any parties attempting to find, visit, recreate in, or, in the event of arrival, leave without loss of life, limb, or red blood cell count any of the following locations.

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10 Things That Could Happen If You Pretend to Be A God

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So, the heroes have come across a desert island inhabited by a tribe of people with a completely unknown culture. They don't speak the language, they don't recognize the food, and they have nothing to trade or protect themselves with, but they can pretty reliably guess that those spears that are pointing at them... are really pointing at them. Sounds like sudden death, right? Not for the folks on this grid. Well, usually. Turns out, all kinds of things can happen when you pretend to be or are mistaken for a god.

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This Species of Weevil Has Evolved Nuts and Bolt Mechanisms in its Legs

Of Course!

Why do we find this interesting? Because we're always interested in the places where science shows us something we'd only seen in science fiction. So, guys, totally: the Mulefa. Those things from the third book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. The animals that had wheels. These weevils are totally like that! At least, as much as any other tangentially related to science fiction real science discovery out there.

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The 10 Worst Mothers In Geekdom

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No! Don't get angry! Bear with us! Last year, we totally did up a grid of the Greatest Mothers in Geekdom, with Martha Kent, Aunt Beru, Sarah Connor, Molly Weasley, and other loving, kickass ladies that did a great job of raising kids. And then my mom asked me, very nicely, if maybe next year I could do a grid of terrible mothers, so that she wouldn't feel inferior in comparison.

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