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The Nebulas Are Not About Elitism, But About Giving a Platform to Good Sci-fi Stories

Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 shows that contemporary literary sci-fi is in rude health.

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The X-Files: Season 10, Episode 4 - “Home Again”

Where “Mulder and Scully Meet a Were-Monster” was meant to relive all the good times, “Home Again” poignantly reminds them of all they’ve been through and sacrificed.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 13 - “For the Girl Who Has Everything”

This week's episode of Supergirl is inspired by one of the best known and most critically lauded Superman stories in the Man of Steel's long history; it fails precisely where that story succeeded.

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The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 6 - “Rock Bottom”

"Rock Bottom" marks a turning point in the journeys of our main characters, as The Expanse transitions to what promises to be an explosive second half of the season.

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The X-Files: Season 10, Episode 3 - “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”

Even if the remaining three episodes don’t live up to the standard set by “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”, there’s no doubt that it'll stand as a new classic.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 12 - “Bizarro”

A version of the Silver Age comic book villain, Bizzaro, makes a first appearance on CW's Supergirl.

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The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 5 - “Back to the Butcher”

While several key mysteries move forward, this episode is bogged down by an uninteresting protagonist.

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Agent Carter: Season 2, Episodes 1-3

In its second season, Agent Carter's brightly colored world continues to be well worth visiting.

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Resnais Explores Fear and Memory in Je t’aime je t’aime

In slow, hypnotic ellipses, director Alain Resnais draws out the moribund inner world of a suicidal man haunted by a series of disturbing memories.

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Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1, Episode 1 - “Pilot, Part 1”

It's not perfect by any stretch, but the first episode of Legends of Tomorrow lays the groundwork for what should be an incredibly fun season of time-traveling superhero hijinks.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 11 - “Strange Visitor From Another Planet”

Supergirl hits its stride in an episode about immigrants and aliens.

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27 Jan 2016 // 8:30 AM

The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 4 - “CQB”

Excellent storytelling, intelligent world-building, and stunning visuals mark The Expanse’s continued improvement.

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Almost Everything Is Open to Interpretation in Quentin S. Crisp’s ‘Blue on Blue’

Blue on Blue is a delightful kaleidoscope of ponderings, musings, and mysteries.

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‘Fantastic Planets, Forbidden Zones, and Lost Continents’ Ranks 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Films

Not only does this collect all the film ephemera into one place for easy reference, it also serves as a springboard for the kinds of conversations that energize sci-fi fans.

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Surprise: Kids Become Killing Machines in the YA Film, ‘The 5th Wave’

Does anyone care that this film is based on formula, or that its comedy is inadvertent, or that it's inelegant from its beginning?

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21 Jan 2016 // 9:00 AM

The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 2 - “Remember the Cant”

It's the complex and nuanced portrayals of The Expanse's female characters that's edging the series into must-watch territory.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 10 - “Childish Things”

With "Childish Things", Supergirl manages the kind of quirky comic book storytelling combined with genuinely interesting characterizations that make for the very best in superhero television.

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20 Jan 2016 // 2:00 AM

White Jumpsuits: Sci-Fi TV of the Disco Era

Despite skin-tight jumpsuits, dodgy special effects, and silly plots, "disco-era" sci-fi helped US TV became comfortable with ideas too big, too strange, or too disturbing for a "mundane" context.

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‘Steven Universe’: Cartoon Network’s Avant-Garde Animation

Steven Universe's brightly colored world offers nuanced characters and complex plots by doing everything "wrong" by the outmoded standards of typical animated programs.

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13 Jan 2016 // 8:10 AM

The Expanse: Season 1, Episode 2 - “The Big Empty”

The Expanse remains a work in progress, but some excellent performances and interesting developments help it avoid common sci-fi plot pitfalls.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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