Game of Thrones fan theory corner: Varys is the last surviving member of House Tarbeck Secure in the knowledge that everyone in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels has a secret identity (or that we all ascribe one to them), we bring you a new fan theory, tinfoil hats firmly affixed to our heads: Lord Varys, the Master of Whisperers, the Spider, is the last remaining member of House Tarbeck, a house Lord Tywin Lannister purportedly destroyed in his youth.
Wow! Mars Probe Snaps Stunning Photo of Earth and Moon A NASA spacecraft has given humanity a breathtaking, Mars-eye view of Earth and its moon.
Technological Singularity (and) The Westworld Finale: An Examination These violent delights have violent ends. Never forget that. Shakespeare quote from Romeo and Juliet, which sort of tells you all you need to know about how this show’s first season was going to play out. It is the first thing you learned about the show and the last. But don’t let me get ahead of myself. First and foremost, if you have not watched HBO’s neo-insta-classic Westworld, stop reading now. This article will go into detail about the finale of the show, as well as some of the major issues and themes that have run throughout the stellar first season. I don’t want to spoil anything for new fans so if you have not seen the whole season, please go watch the rest of it and then come read this piece. For those of you sticking around, wow, huh? Westworld. That might have been one of the strongest, most engrossing first seasons I have seen in awhile (well, Preacher was pretty f*cking fantastic, too, TBH). A show dealing with so many themes and running stories, you almost need to take notes to follow it. But the main theme on the show is that of technological singularity and A.I. Before I tackle the show, let me get the science shit out of the way with a quick 101 in tech singularity (which most of you probably know about anyway, but some may not).
96 Books Sci-Fi & Fantasy Editors Can’t Wait for You to Read in 2017 We don’t know about you, but there are still dozens of 2016 books on our teetering mountain of books we really, really want to read, provided we manage to live long enough. Which is why we approach the massive post below with equal parts excitement and trepidation. We asked sci-fi and fantasy editors from all the major publishing houses to share with us the books they are most excited to release into the wild in 2017. Let us just say, these editors are very excited—so excited, the list quickly ballooned to nearly 100 books. That’s 100 books that we’re really excited about too, even if the knowledge that we can’t possibly hope to read every one of them makes us lament, again, our pesky mortality.
JASON MOMOA BRINGS THE PAIN IN A NEW FRONTIER TRAILER In just over a week, former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa‘s new original series, Frontier will make its American debut on Netflix. And if the newest trailer is any indication, Momoa will be kicking a lot of ass in this period series.
A picture of Margot Robbie is becoming a hilarious Internet meme There’s nothing like a good Photoshop contest.
Here’s some proof: Reddit’s Photshop Battles decided to duke it out with a photo of New York Rangers fan and actress Margot Robbie going nuts at a game:
52 Places to Go in 2017 There are thousands of getaways to explore this year. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Fact-Checking Won’t Save Us From Fake News We’ve used this phrase so many times in the past two months that it’s almost lost meaning — partly because it can mean so many different things. Depending on who you talk to, “fake news” may refer to satirical news, hoaxes, news that’s clumsily framed or outright wrong, propaganda, lies destined for viral clicks and advertising dollars, politically motivated half-truths, and more.
Candy-Crazed Squirrels Steal Sweets From Convenience Store WANTED: A group of repeat-offender squirrels with the nuts to steal candy bars from a Toronto convenience store.
Carrie Fisher’s ashes carried in Prozac-shaped urn Carrie Fisher has been laid to rest alongside her mother Debbie Reynolds at a private service where her ashes were carried in an urn in the form of an outsize Prozac pill.
Does George R.R. Martin “owe” fans an update on The Winds of Winter? It’s January 4th, and there’s still no New Years update on George R.R. Martin’s blog regarding the state of The Winds of Winter. Does he owe us one? Paste Magazine argues he does.
After More Than 100 Years, California’s Iconic Tunnel Tree Is No More The Pioneer Cabin Tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was tunneled through in the 1880s, has fallen due to severe winter weather. It was believed to be hundreds of years old.
Deer wanders into house, steals food from dining cat A Russian homeowner shared video of a wild deer wandering inside the house and stealing a meal from the family cat.
The lost sounds of Stonehenge Thomas Hardy said it had a strange “musical hum”. Tess of the d’Urvbervilles ends at Stonehenge and features the “sound”. Modern-day druids also say they experience something special when they gather at Stonehenge and play instruments within the stone circle.