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Did Star Trek: Discovery Just Introduce a Recurring Character on the Autism Spectrum?

Last night's Star Trek: Discovery was not only amazing TV, but should also quell the fears of anyone who watched the first two episodes and worried that they couldn't tell from the series opener just what kind of show they were getting. With Episode Three, "Context Is For Kings," we not only got super-clear about what to expect from the show, but we were introduced to an amazing cast of characters.

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All the Things I Loved About Star Trek: Discovery, Despite One Huge Disappointment

Here's the truly disappointing thing.

Last night was the night that Trekkies all over the world were waiting for! Star Trek: Discovery had its two-hour premiere! Two hours, you ask? Yes indeedly. If you were only watching the CBS broadcast, you only saw what ended up being the first half of the pilot. Hour two was uploaded exclusively to CBS All Access, and it was well worth taking in on the new platform.

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13 Memorable Songs That Reference Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Sci-fi, fantasy, and music have always had a symbiotic relationship. In this Internet age of pop culture literacy and media remixes, that symbiosis is even more apparent. Today, we're taking a look at just a few of the memorable references to science fiction and fantasy in music.

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Billie Piper Thinks Doctor Who‘s Rose Would Totally Be In Love With the 13th Doctor

The advent of Doctor Who's thirteenth Doctor, the first female Doctor in the show's history, has Whovians wondering what, if anything, will change now that the Doctor will be played by Broadchurch's Jodie Whittaker. Of course, this also extends to the Doctor's love life which, for better or worse, became a huge focus of the show from the time of the 2005 series revival. It all started with a companion named Rose.

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Ava DuVernay to Bring Octavia Butler’s Dawn to Television, and It’s About Time

We're finally getting an Octavia Butler adaptation for television! Thanks, Ava DuVernay!

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How Some Women’s Reactions to a Female Doctor on Doctor Who Reveal Internalized Misogyny

When I first saw the trailer announcing Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who's 13th Doctor, I got chills and goosebumps. It felt like something big was happening. Something momentous, not just for this sci-fi show I loved, but for pop culture in general. Hell, for the world. It's interesting to think that, at the beginning of my time as a Whovian, I wouldn't have felt the same way.

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Finally, Help in Case You Can’t Handle a Fictional Alien Being a Woman on Doctor Who

In case you hadn't guessed, we have a lot to say about Doctor Who's new 13th Doctor, who will be portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, as well as the response to her casting. This is something we've waited a long time for, so we're feeling a bit extra defensive about those who want to rain on our parade. Luckily, the Doctor Who Helpline is here to deal with them so that we don't have to.

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Get Excited Clone Club! Orphan Black Co-Creator Graeme Manson Talks the Final Season

Orphan Black is coming to an end, and we are preemptively mourning one of the most creative, intelligent, and brilliant female-led sci-fi shows ever created. The final season starts next month, and in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-creator Graeme Manson had a lot to say about where the show, and these beloved characters, are headed.

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Women of Trek Finally Front and Center in First Look at Star Trek: Discovery

While the road to Star Trek: Discovery has been tumultuous to say the least, we're still excited for many reasons. First, because we're Trekkies, and any new Trek is reason for celebration, but also because this particular installment puts not only women, but women of color front and center. I mean, just look at that majesty above. This is the first official image the production has released, the first impression the show wants to make, and it is beautiful.

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Author Becky Chambers Shares Her Sci-Fi Writing Secrets

Our friends at The Portalist talked to author Becky Chambers about her decision to write a standalone sequel; the research and worldbuilding that goes into the Wayfarers books; and her advice for creating inclusive sci-fi.

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Watch: Science Fiction and the Problem with the “Born Sexy Yesterday” Trope

Pop Culture Detective analyzed a science fiction trope they call "Born Sexy Yesterday," in which a woman with the mind of a child and the body of an adult, sexualized woman falls in love with an otherwise average man who understands the world better than she does.

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Things We Saw Today: Trump Sends Legit Hate Group and Anti-Women Group to Rep the U.S. At U.N.

Because of COURSE he did.

The 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is happening now through March 24th, and all U.N. members are asked to send representatives to the session as they work to create real gender equality. So who does Trump send as part of the U.S. delegation? Members of an organization officially recognized as a hate group, and members of another organization that isn't a hate group per se...they just really don't like women and gay people having rights and stuff.

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Brit Marling’s The OA and The Sound of My Voice Caution Against Not Believing Women

After watching the wonderful weirdness that is Netflix's The OA, I began to think about the similarities between it and star/creator Brit Marling's feature film, The Sound of My Voice. The two have several motifs in common. However, and more importantly, they both seem to focus on the importance of believing women about their own experiences. **SPOILERS FOR BOTH THINGS! SO, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED**

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This Clip From Passengers Finds Jennifer Lawrence Living My Worst Nightmare

Having seen this first clip from the upcoming film, Passengers? If I'm ever on a huge spaceship with a pool? I'm never, ever, ever setting foot in that pool.

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Southern Cross #9 Gives Us What We Need: A Badass Old Lady With a Gun and a Mission

We’re making progress when it comes to representing diversity in some things, but where are my old ladies being awesome in comics? In Becky Cloonan's Southern Cross, that's where.

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A Wrinkle in Time Does the Mannequin Challenge and Gets a Release Date—Great Things For a Presumably Great Movie

2018 is lit.

If I can borrow a few of Big Freedia's beautiful words at the beginning of Beyonce's "Formation," Ava DuVernay came to slay. Her team just released A Wrinkle in Time's entry in the Mannequin Challenge and if that short video is any indication, this film will be excellent.

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Tatiana Maslany and Rami Malek Bring Inclusive Sci-Fi Stories to the Forefront With Their Emmy Wins

Tatiana Maslany, after having been snubbed by the Academy for her first season on Orphan Black and nominated for the first time last year only to not earn her well-deserved statue, finally took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series last night for playing the entirety of Clone Club! Meanwhile Rami Malek, who plays the idiosyncratic Elliot Alderson on Mr. Robot, won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in his first nomination.

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“I Don’t Care About Rules”: The Clone Wars and the Feminist Redemption of Padme Amidala

What if there was more to Padmé Amidala than her brutally mishandled final act? Actually, there is, thanks to The Clone Wars.

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How Star Trek: Discovery Can Blaze a Trail for Diversity in Science Fiction

More to beam up.

Star Trek fans have been eagerly awaiting the new Star Trek: Discovery series due out next year. Recently Bryan Fuller, co-creator and executive producer of the new series, announced that the lead character will be played by a woman, and many news outlets are indicating the actress will likely be a person of color. If true, this revelation would be the first of its kind for a major science fiction series or film.

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On Robots as a Metaphor for Marginalization: The Stories We’re Not Telling

On Robots as a Metaphor for Marginalized Status

Who is your favorite fictional robot? Someone asked me this question recently and I realized that I didn’t have a good answer, other than “all of them.” Does it matter which one I choose, when all robot stories are so similar to one another? Here’s how the story goes: society creates a robot. The robot […]

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