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Aug 09, 2016

The 50 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century (So Far)

With summer blockbuster season in full-swing, and all its explosions and aliens and smashy smashiness, The Playlist decided to take a look at real science fiction films. Those movies that explore the relationships between the organic and technology, opportunities to explore what our moral standards actually are, and what really happens when we encounter the unknown.

I've never been a huge genre fiction person, and for a while, I think I inadvertently dismissed sci-fi for fantasy. It's not, and I know that now, so it's been fun to catch up with some of the better pieces that have stood the test of time. Here's my take: I appreciate world

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Feb 04, 2014

The Typography of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"

created at: 02/04/2014"Typeset in the Future" is a new blog by Dave Addey that's "dedicated to fonts in sci-fi." For his inaugural post, he sets about dissecting the type in (what Chris thinks is) the greatest science fiction film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Released in 1968, the film represents breakthroughs in both set design and typography, of which it takes full advantage.  

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Jul 09, 2013

Surreal Digital Illustrations by Tebe Interesno

I'm completely entranced by these digital illustrations by Tebe Interesno. I think what draws me is the contrast 

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Jun 19, 2012

Awesome Dad Builds an AT-AT Walker Bunk Bed for His Son

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Young Caiden Dutilly had recently outgrown his toddler room, and was ready for his first "big boy" bed. So his dad built him one, and by "one," we mean, a scale model All Terrain Armored Transport bunk bed, complete with a secret compartment for storing Jedi supplies, LEGO displays, and a window for mid-sleep checkups.

Check out these cool photos to see how the whole thing was put together:   

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Mar 26, 2012

How to: Make 3D Papercraft Space Invaders!

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ManMade reader and all around good guy Jeff from Laboratory 424 in Spokane, WA wrote in to share this awesome retro-inspired papercraft project. He says,

"We like to be prepared for an alien invasion...Nerf guns loaded, extra rations of nachos packed away, and a Klingon dictionary in the back pocket. Unfortunately, such preparations tend to be forgotten in the routine of day-to-day life. As a subtle reminder, we created giant, 3-D, papercraft Space Invaders on our walls, and just so everyone is prepared, we show you how to build your own."  

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Feb 27, 2012

How to: Make a 3D Death Star Cake

You, saavy internet user, have likely seen all kinds of awesome cakes over the last few years: the architectural, the sculptural, the realistic, the pop culture-inspired... You've seen the TV shows and the competitions, and perhaps have even played with fondant and modeling chocolate a bit yourself. 

So, if you're

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Feb 20, 2012

"Star Wars" Characters Meet Street Fashion

He Wears It is a mashup project by Hong Kong-based designer John Woo. The artist illustrates your favorite male Star Wars characters wearing stylish mens clothing from fashion designers and labels. 

   

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Jan 26, 2012

Vintage Photographs Become Sci-Fi and Super Heroes

LA-based artist Alex Gross came across a collection of cabinet cards from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With them, he did what any of us would do...

He turned them into mixed-media super heroes.

   

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Nov 30, 2011

Minimalist Star Wars

Irish artist Keith Bogan gives some of pop culture's most iconic characters the minimalist treatment.

   

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Oct 31, 2011

Star Wars Skulls!

Society 6 artist RLHoffman has created this minimalist and mostly adorable series of Star Wars characters imagined as skulls.

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Sep 01, 2011

Guy Makes Amazing Chewbacca Suit from Scratch

Even if you're not huge into Star Wars, or a fan of dressing up like characters from movies and comic books (I'm not either), you gotta appreciate the care and creativity that goes into creating such an ambitious project. The boots include stilts that get the wearer up to wookie size!  

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Aug 24, 2011

How To: Make a DIY R2D2 Scooter or Bike Helmet

The simple, giant Tic-Tac with arms shape of everyone's favorite astromech droid, R2D2, is ripe for translating the bleepblooper's visage onto all sorts of similarly shaped objects, such as desk lamps, pumpkins, and mailboxes.

But, my favorite, by far, is this clever (and safe!) R2D2 treatment of a scooter helmet. Like the best craft projects, it looks way more complicated than it is: some clever taping and spraypaint, and just a single addition of PVC pipe. Genius, right?

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Aug 08, 2011

How to: Make a Carrot Darth Vader

Sushi chef Oki demonstrates how to turn three carrots into a mukimono Darth Vader. [Mukimono is the Japanese tradition of decorative food carving and garnihing.]  

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May 09, 2011

Sci-Fi IKEA Manuals

The clever minds at College Humor have created some international reader friendly, wordless, slightly confusing manuals for some of their favorite, often-equally-hard-to-follow science-fiction movies.

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Jan 05, 2011

Free Download: Dr. Who Papercraft Templates

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Well, would you look at that?! Some generous soul has created a huge library of free, downloadable Dr. Who papercraft templates. They've got all sorts of good doctors, daleks, tardises, cybermen, and plenty others.

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Jul 15, 2010
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Jul 09, 2010

A Star Trek Home: Boldy Decorate Where No Man Has Gone Before

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I'd seen Tony Alleyne's home - which he's transformed into a replica of the Starship Enterprise - on at least ten home decor/design blogs, and had always ignored it. I don't know much about Star Trek: The Next Generation (read: Anything besides the fact that the dude from Reading Rainbow is on it and has no eyes, and that I think Whoopi Goldberg had something to do with it...), so I figured I couldn't really appreciate the good work, since I have no idea how it compares.

But, this week, I saw it again, and I've still never seen Star Trek TNG (check out my in-the-know abbreviation. I also learned about DS9!), and I think it's super cool.

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Jun 21, 2010

The Alien Hide Rug : Could You? Would You?

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We found this leather, glow-in-the-dark alien hide rug on Hometone, who, in their post title, asks, "Alien Hide Rug: Creepy or Cool?" ManMade doesn't like the question - of course it's creepy. But does creepy necessarily mean its not cool?

Geekologie asks a different question, though, which might be a better determinant. "Ever made love on the back of a dead alien before?  

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May 17, 2010

50 Downloadable Papercraft Robots

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Botropolis has assembled this massive collection of papercraft robots that you can download, print, cut and assemble. I love projects like this because they're active and crafty, but the inspiration is built-in and they don't require tons of materials and time.

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Bots include everything from retro atomic imagery to characters from classic sci-fi movies to contemporary takes on mechanical mans - there's even one featuring President Obama!

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May 04, 2010

A Collection of Crafts to Celebrate Official "Star Wars Day"

Star_Wars_Day_Crafts_Ewok_Dog.jpgI've been honest in the past about my lack of Star Wars experience in the past, and a few have said to me, "How can you post Star Wars crafts if you've never seen the movies?" "Well," I usually say, "I post about houses I've never been in, designs and artwork I've only seen pictures of, and link to how-tos I've never followed myself."

Retorts aside, last night, I watched "A New Hope" for the first time. (Rather, finished it for the first time...I'd seen the first half hour once or twice). And, wouldn't you know it, TODAY, May 4, is official Star Wars Day - "May the Fourth Be With You"...get it?

Rachel Hobson has assembled a fine collection

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