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2018

The Expanse: Delta-V

The ExpanseThe 30th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Raven Dauda (Star Trek: Discovery) guest stars.

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Amazon Prime rescues The Expanse

The ExpanseRecently cancelled by Syfy due to contractual redistribution rights which don’t favor that network, The Expanse finds a new home at Amazon Prime mere days after its cancellation. As part of the new arrangement – which will see a ten-episode fourth season debut in 2019 – the redistribution rights will shift to exclusive distribution through Amazon Prime. A focused fan campaign to save the series, which leaned heavily on the fact that James S.A. Corey’s novels (on which the series is based) have been best-sellers for Amazon, can be credited with the show’s continued survival.

The Expanse: It Reaches Out

The ExpanseThe 31st episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. John Kapelos guest stars.

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The Expanse: Intransigence

The ExpanseThe 32nd episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy.

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The Expanse: Dandelion Sky

The ExpanseThe 33rd episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy.

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The Expanse: Congregation

The ExpanseThe 35th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy.

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The Expanse: Fallen World

The ExpanseThe 34th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy.

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The Expanse: Abaddon’s Gate

The ExpanseThe 36th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy, closing the third season and ending the show’s run on Syfy. (Later seasons will be produced by, and for, Amazon Prime.)

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Brad Smith, Voyager imaging team lead, dies

Brad SmithBradford A. Smith, a research astronomer and former professor of planetary science and astronomy at the University of Arizona, dies at the age of 86 from complications arising from an autoimmune disorder. Smith became a public figure during the peak years of the uncrewed Voyager missions in the 1970s and ’80s, where, as the head of the imaging team for Voyagers 1 and 2, it fell to him to interpret freshly-received images from the outer planets and their moons for the press and the public, combining authoritative knowledge with a dry sense of humor at press conferences. Smith had reshaped the specs for Voyager’s onboard cameras since the mission was given the go-ahead in 1972, not only pushing for more powerful telescopic optics, but going out of his way to hire geologists and planetary science experts who could interpret the geological processes shaping the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune from photos alone. When the moons of Jupiter greeted Voyager’s cameras with recently-reshaped surfaces and active volcanoes, that decision paid off. Prior to the Voyager mission, Smith had also been involved with imaging science in the Mariner and Viking missions to Mars, as well as helping to shape the specs for the planetary camera being developed for the yet-to-be-launched Hubble Space Telescope and advising imaging teams working on later missions.

Blue Origin NS-9

Blue Origin NS-9Commercial spaceflight operator Blue Origin, owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, launches its ninth New Shepard flight. The uncrewed (but human-rated) capsule includes several commercial and research payloads, but serves primarily as a test of the ascent escape engine system designed to pull a crewed New Shepard capsule clear of a booster in the event of an anomaly during launch. As with past missions, both the capsule and its single-stage suborbital booster come in for soft landings near Blue Origin’s Texas launch facility. This is the third flight for the third New Shepard reusable capsule, as well as the third flight for the third New Shepard reusable booster.

Gary Kurtz, Star Wars producer, dies

Gary KurtzGary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and George Lucas’ right-hand man during the making of both movies, dies at the age of 78 after a year-long battle with cancer. Kurtz was instrumental in the deal-making behind both Star Wars and its predecessor, Lucas’ American Graffiti, initially pitching both to Universal Studios. While Universal was eager to make American Graffiti, they passed on Star Wars, which was then pitched to 20th Century Fox. Kurtz was literally in the Death Star trenches helping Lucas complete the first film, directing many second-unit shots (including many of the X-Wing cockpit scenes from the movie’s climactic battle) and riding herd on the somewhat overburdened Industrial Light & Magic. Fundamental differences over the storytelling choices Lucas was making for Return Of The Jedi led Kurtz to distance himself from Lucasfilm, and he would go on to produce such films as The Dark Crystal, Return To Oz, and Slipstream.

Star Trek: Short Treks: Runaway

Star Trek: Short TreksStreaming service CBS All Access debuts the first episode of Short Treks, a series of 15-20 minute short stories set in the Star Trek universe (in this instance, aboard the U.S.S. Discovery from Star Trek: Discovery). May Wiseman and Vadira Guevara-Prip star.

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Star Wars: Resistance: The Recruit

Star Wars: ResistanceCable channel Disney XD airs the first episode of the series Star Wars: Resistance, set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Oscar Isaac guest stars as the voice of Poe Dameron. This is the first Star Wars TV series set in the era of the current movies produced by Lucasfilm after its acquisition by Disney.

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Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Doctor WhoThe 843rd episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 144th episode since the series’ revival), opening the revived series’ 11th season, as well as introducing Jodie Whittaker as the first woman cast as the Doctor and new showrunner Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, Broadchurch). Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill star.

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Star Wars: Resistance: The Triple Dark

Star Wars: ResistanceCable channel Disney XD airs the second episode of the series Star Wars: Resistance, set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones, Wizards Vs. Aliens) guest stars as the voice of Captain Phasma.

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Doctor Who: The Ghost Monument

Doctor WhoThe 844th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 145th episode since the series’ revival). Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill star. Art Malik guest stars.

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Arrow: Inmate 4587

ArrowThe 139th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. This is the premiere of the series’ seventh season.

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Star Wars: Resistance: Fuel For The Fire

Star Wars: ResistanceCable channel Disney XD airs the third episode of the series Star Wars: Resistance, set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Elijah Wood guest stars.

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Doctor Who: Rosa

Doctor WhoThe 845th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 146th episode since the series’ revival). Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill star. Vinette Robinson, Joshua Bowman, and Morgan Deare guest star. This episode will go on to win the Visionary Arts Organisation Award for Television Show of the Year in 2019.

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Arrow: The Longbow Hunters

ArrowThe 140th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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Star Wars: Resistance: The High Tower

Star Wars: ResistanceCable channel Disney XD airs the fourth episode of the series Star Wars: Resistance, set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Doctor Who: Arachnids In The UK

Doctor WhoThe 846th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 147th episode since the series’ revival). Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill star. Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex And The City) guest stars.

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Arrow: Crossing Lines

ArrowThe 141st episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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Star Wars: Resistance: The Children Of Tehar

Star Wars: ResistanceCable channel Disney XD airs the fifth episode of the series Star Wars: Resistance, set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones, Wizards vs. Aliens) guest stars.

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Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum

Doctor WhoThe 847th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 148th episode since the series’ revival). Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill star.

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Arrow: Level Two

ArrowThe 142nd episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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Voyager 2 goes interstellar

Voyager 2Launched in August 1977 prior to the departure of its sister ship, Voyager 1, NASA’s Voyager 2 space probe exits the heliosphere, the region where the solar wind from Earth’s sun has more influence than the interstellar medium between stars. Unlike Voyager 1, Voyager 2’s plasma science instruments are still working, so the instrument readings indicating a dramatic change in local space are very clear to the vehicle’s ground controllers (Voyager 1’s exit from the heliosphere in 2012 had been much more ambiguous at first). At over eleven billion miles from the Earth, radio signals take more than 16.5 hours to reach or be received from Voyager 2 at the time of its entry into the interstellar medium, and it is expected to return science data through the 2020s. It will pass within two years of the star Ross 248 in 40,000 years.

Star Trek: Short Treks: Calypso

Star Trek: Short TreksStreaming service CBS All Access debuts the second episode of Short Treks, a series of 15-20 minute short stories set in the Star Trek universe (in this instance, aboard the U.S.S. Discovery from Star Trek: Discovery, though in this story significant time has passed sinece the events seen in the series to date). Aldis Hodge stars.

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Star Wars: Resistance: Signal From Sector Six

Star Wars: ResistanceCable channel Disney XD airs the sixth episode of the series Star Wars: Resistance, set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Nazneen Contractor (24, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Heroes Reborn) guest stars.

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Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab

Doctor WhoThe 848th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 149th episode since the series’ revival). Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill star. Amita Suran, Shane Zaza (Will), and Hamza Jeetooa (Being Human) guest star.

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Douglas Rain, actor, dies

HAL 9000Classically trained Canadian actor Douglas Rain, best known to science fiction fans as the voice of the HAL-9000 computer in 2001: a space odyssey and 2010: The Year We Make Contact, dies at the age of 90. A veteran of the Canadian stage, Mr. Rain was a founding member of the Stratford Festival, and played a variety of parts over 45 years in Stratford, Ontario, some of which led to him reprising those performances on film. It was his narration of a 1960 documentary that got the attention of 2001 director Stanley Kubrick, who hired him to provide narration, an element that was eventually jettisoned before the movie’s release. Kubrick had, in fact, initially hired American actor Martin Balsam to voice HAL, but felt that Balsam’s performance was perhaps too emotional for the ship’s computer. Mr. Rain was enlisted to replace all of HAL’s lines in ten hours of marathon recording sessions in late 1967, long after shooting had wrapped; he claimed never to have seen the final result.

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Mars: We Are Not Alone

MarsThe seventh episode of Mars airs on the National Geographic Channel, inaugurating the show’s second season. The series is a hybrid drama/documentary about a fictional human colony on Mars in 2042, contrasted against efforts to prepare for such a mission in the present day. The series is produced by Ron Howard (Apollo 13). Esai Morales (Caprica) guest stars.

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Arrow: The Demon

ArrowThe 143rd episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Lexa Doig (Andromeda) guest stars.

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics editor, dies

Stan LeeMarvel Comics’ most famous editor (and arguably its most famous creator, to the chagrin of some of the artists with whom he worked), Stan Lee, dies at the age of 95, several months after announcing that his days of attending conventions and making public appearances were over. Born in 1922, he began working at Timely Publications mere months after the company’s formation, thanks to a family connection with the company’s publisher, and became interim editor of Timely’s comics output in 1941. Timely had already seen success with artist/writer Jack Kirby’s Captain America, and Lee would not really make his mark until after a three-year sabbatical during which he enlisted in the U.S. Army and turned his talents to writing material supporting the war effort. It was during the early 1960s that Lee’s real influence on the company begin to be known, collaborating with Kirby on The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, X-Men, and others, and co-creating The Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with artist Steve Ditko. Under Lee’s editorship, Marvel led a revolution in interpreting comic book superheroes as complex, multifaceted, and flawed individuals, many of which remained bankable enough properties to lead to Disney’s 2009 acquisition of the company and rapid expansion of movie and TV adaptations of numerous characters and titles.

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Star Wars: Resistance: Synara’s Score

Star Wars: ResistanceCable channel Disney XD airs the seventh episode of the series Star Wars: Resistance, set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Nazneen Contractor (24, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Heroes Reborn) guest stars.

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Doctor Who: Kerblam!

Doctor WhoThe 849th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 150th episode since the series’ revival). Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill star. Julie Hesmondhalgh, Lee Mack, and Callum Dixon guest star.

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Mars: Worlds Apart

MarsThe eighth episode of Mars airs on the National Geographic Channel. The series is a hybrid drama/documentary about a fictional human colony on Mars in 2042, contrasted against efforts to prepare for such a mission in the present day. The series is produced by Ron Howard (Apollo 13).

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Arrow: Due Process

ArrowThe 144th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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Doctor Who: The Witchfinders

Doctor WhoThe 850th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 151st episode since the series’ revival). Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill star. Alan Cumming (Goldeneye, The Good Wife) and Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey) guest star.

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Mars: Darkness Falls

MarsThe ninth episode of Mars airs on the National Geographic Channel. The series is a hybrid drama/documentary about a fictional human colony on Mars in 2042, contrasted against efforts to prepare for such a mission in the present day. The series is produced by Ron Howard (Apollo 13).

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