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Comedian turned author Mitch Benn

Edinburgh 2013: Mitch Benn talks stand-up, science fiction snobbery and Doctor Who

I meet Radio 4 comedian Mitch Benn outside Piccadilly Circus tube station, where he’s slouched against a railing checking his phone. Passers-by ignore him, presumably because, in his own words, he “isn’t on telly properly”.

Peter Capaldi is revealed as the new Doctor Who

It's been a long day for Doctor Who fans.

Cover story: Solo by William Boyd

First look: Cover for new James Bond novel, Solo

You might be forgiven for mistaking the cover of the new James Bond novel, Solo, for something relating to another well-loved long-running franchise in the process of being rebooted: Star Wars (although the novel has nothing to do with Hans Solo, obviously).

Eve Online's biggest ever battle was the game's 'Battle of the Alamo'

Over 4,000 pilots were involved a one-tenth speed space battle for precious - virtual - resources

YouTube launches 'Geek Week', nerds left in the shade

Running August 4-10, each day of the week will be dedicated to different strand of geekery

Gas cloud 'stretched like spaghetti' by supermassive black hole

Through studying the cloud's death throes, scientists hope to learn more about the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

Cover of Symposium issue #1, the first publication from Amazon's new comic imprint

Amazon launches comic imprint with George R.R. Martin and Neal Stephenson onboard

New imprint dubbed 'Jet City Comics' will publish single editions as well as graphic novels

Drinking up: (left to right) Freeman, Considine, Pegg, Frost and Marsan in The World's End

Film review: The World's End - what the critics made of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's latest offering

Sci-fi comedy follows up Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz

Charlie Hunnam: Thinks geordies have nothing to fear from alien invaders

Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam: Geordies could defend the world from Kaiju invasion

Blockbuster star: 'We'd just band together. We wouldn't even need no robots'

What are the ethical implications of a human head transplant?

Human head and brain transplants are now feasible. That's according to Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero who believes he has worked out how to transfer the head of one human on to the body of another.

Sir John Pendry, pioneer of the 'invisibility cloak', wins top Institute of Physics honour

The physicist first published the idea for an "invisibility cloak" in 2006

The Week in Radio: Blown away by the science masters' brush with death

When it comes to science it doesn't take a lot to blow my mind. I'm still reeling from what happens when you chuck a load of Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke (if you haven't done it, you have yet to witness one of life's miracles). So I've got a lot of time for the long-running Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage, a programme that manages to simultaneously expand your brain power while lulling you into thinking you're chuckling away at a panel show for simpletons.

The Clark knight: Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder’s superhero adventure ‘Man of Steel’

Laurence Phelan reviews Man of Steel (12A)

Dir. Zack Snyder, Starring Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, 143mins

Iain Banks has died of cancer aged 59, has family said today.

Scottish author Iain (M.) Banks dies of cancer aged 59

Scottish writer had announced that he was suffering with terminal gall bladder cancer on April 3 this year

Best-selling author Iain Banks

Tributes paid to 'Wasp Factory' author Iain Banks after he dies from cancer: 'He's dead, I'm crying in an empty house'

Bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin has led tributes to his late friend Ian Banks, author of The Wasp Factory and The Crow Road, who died yesterday aged 59 just two months after announcing he had terminal cancer.

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