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The Shiniest Stories Of The Week

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Too busy trying to learn how to bend a bullet? Don't worry io9's got you covered. The following is a collection of some of the best stories of the week.

The Greatest Art Featuring 6 Iconic Scifi Villains

Darth Vader rocks out with the rest of the original Star Wars cast in this awesome painting by Hugh Fleming. Vader has starred in more than his fair share of offbeat and arresting artworks, but he's not alone - other classic science fiction villains have also inspired some provocative and clever art, from graffiti to gallery shows.

8 Rules For Surviving The Apocalypse

Everything I've ever wanted to know, I've learned from scifi movies - especially when it comes to surviving the end of days. Be it a vengeful Mother Nature, plague, monsters, animal packs or the undead, any kind of doomsday , I'll be ready for it.


Bruce Wayne's Backstory, Dateline-Style

Gotham Cable News brings us the full tabloid report on playboy Bruce Wayne. Taking a note from flashy entertainment news shows, this detailed report on the scion of the Wayne family catches us all the way up to the new penthouse digs of the billionaire. The piece is titled Billionaire Without A Cause: Bruce Wayne.


The Hulk Almost Trashed Times Square, Designer Tells io9

The designers of The Incredible Hulk spent six months before the movie started shooting, just coming up with cool visions of the Hulk and all the environments they could show him smashing. Along the way, they created some cool sequences that never made it to film, including the Hulk smashing Times Square and Thailand. We talked to Incredible Hulk production designer Kirk Petruccelli, and he explained the creative process behind the biggest street brawl in history.


Wanted Strips White-Collar Rage Bare

Wanted is one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen, but also one of the most beautifully filmed. And its scream of strangulated middle-class frustration will lodge in your mind afterwards.


Could You Shoot Bendy Bullets, Just Like in "Wanted"?

You may have thought that the all-seeing, future-predicting loom of life was the craziest thing about Wanted. As it turns out, however, Mark Millar and J.G. Jones's graphic-novel-turned-film has even more implausible scenarios to feed your fantasies. For example, there's the way Wesley (James McAvoy) can "bend" the trajectory of a bullet shot from his gun. Sounds unlikely, but could a bullet in real life actually be shot in a way that would make it curve through the air?


Militant Blondes Punish Bad Robot [NSFW]

Par Tingstrom's concept art shows that it's women, not the men who will defeat the Terminators in the not too distant future. Tingston who worked on character design in The Chronicles Of Riddick, Enemy Territory Quake Wars really has an eye for lifelike models.


Which Summer Movie Chick Could Carry Her Own Spinoff?

You might have noticed a distinct lack of female heroes at the movies this summer, Sex And The City aside. It's almost as if the studios decided women couldn't carry a big movie - but nah, I'm sure it's just a coincidence. Luckily, the summer's big movies have a wealth of female supporting leads, and almost any one of them could carry a movie of their own


Twelve Books You Should Read at the Beach This Summer

It's boiling hot up here in the Earth's northern hemisphere, so hopefully at some point you'll find yourself vacationing at a beach - or at least lounging near a large body of water. And when that happens, you'll need a really awesome scifi adventure to read while you sip a cold drink and pretend you never have to go back to your desk at the Ministry of Information.

Wouldn't You Prefer a Nice Game of Martian Chess?

If you ever find yourself hanging out a coffee shop with J'onn J'onzz or John Carter, you should know how to play Martian Chess. It's just similar enough to Earth Chess to drive you mad as you move your Queens, Drones and Pawns in an effort to claim the most points. We talk to creator of Martian chess and apparently the idea for Martian chess was inspired by Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.