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A riff on a cosmic joke turns this space comedy into something far greater

Setting the screen on fire: Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

Fantasy females should come back down to earth

Sci-fi films with a true-to-life portrayal of women are all too rare, says Emily Jupp

Setting the screen on fire: Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

Fantasy females should come down to earth

Sci-fi films portray women as warriors or wimps but true-to-life characters are all too rare, says Emily Jupp

Everybody wants to make the "next Uncharted" except Naughty Dog

From the new Tomb Raider to Dead Space 3 everyone wants to best Uncharted, except that is, its maker.

Ray Bradbury

American science fiction author Ray Bradbury dies age 91

Ray Bradbury, the American author who was regarded alongside the giants of 20th century science fiction and fantasy writing, has died at the age of 91.

Gamers 'alone together' no longer as Nintendo details Wii U GamePad

'Miiverse' Wii U community and Wii U Pro Controller also revealed in pre-E3 2012 video.

Time Warped, By Claudia Hammond

The link between time and emotion

The inventions that are stranger than science fiction

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have unveiled a device that delivers needle-free injections. Instead of a painful jab, it uses a jet to administer medicine doses from a gun-shaped gadget. And, as other commentators have pointed out, it looks a lot like the machine Bones McCoy used for a similar task in Star Trek. However, MIT's is far from the first technological advance predicted by the sci-fi serial.

Next month, <i>Dead Boss</i>, a macabre new sitcom Holly Walsh co-wrote with Sharon Horgan, airs on BBC3

Observations: One to Watch - Holly Walsh, comedian, 31

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Half of all erotic fiction sold is in e-book format, compared with just 20 per cent of general fiction

Publishing: Rude bits in disguise

According to new research by discount website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, people have been buying e-readers to disguise the embarrassing books they're reading. The poll of 1,863 e-reader owners found that 58 per cent had acquired the device partly so as to disguise their taste in erotic and/or children's fiction.

Between the Covers 20/05/2012

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Ridley Scott has created a stir by revealing that he is returning to the project that first made his name - the sci-fi action thriller Blade Runner, this time with a female lead protagonist

Blade Runner with a female lead: All-action gals... just like mother

It's no surprise Ridley Scott is to remake his sci-fi action thriller with a woman in the lead role. David Connett explains

Total Recall

No better escape than a trip to the end of the world

If you truly want to know what scares us today, you only have to look to Hollywood's visions of tomorrow, says Francesca Steele

First Night: The Sunshine Boys, Savoy Theatre, London

The sun has set on this limp revival of a Seventies comedy classic

Staff at Pixar nearly deleted the animation for Toy Story 2 after someone mistakenly ran a command that removes everything on the file system

Pixar's billion-dollar delete button nearly lost Toy Story 2 animation

If you've ever lost, say, an unfinished work spreadsheet or a uni essay you were working on to the technological abyss, you'll be well versed with the panic that ensues. Imagine, though, losing an entire film.

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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