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

Wind turbines stand behind houses of the village of Feldheim

Feldheim: A hamlet swept by the winds of change

Does the German village hold the key to a nuclear-free future? Tony Paterson reports from a backwater at the heart of a global debate

The Coincidence Engine, By Sam Leith

Tales of the totally unexpected

Lifesaver: 'Drive' star Ryan Gosling

The tweet that had Ryan Gosling fans in a spin

It's rather irritating that I have finally become tabloid-famous in the guise of a simpering damsel in distress...

Deadlight – Preview

Deadlight is more than just your average zombie-blaster.

Britton says: 'I admire the Queen. History will judge her as an extraordinary woman.'

One Minute With: Fern Britton, presenter and novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Trending: Just in from dystopia watch

Cinematic dystopias are having a big year. The biggest, in fact, since 2009, when The Road and Terminator: Salvation both warned of a bad future. Now, we have The Hunger Games, which takes place in a US ravaged by some sort of (yes) "apocalyptic" event. Then there's the remake of Judge Dredd called Dredd. Finally, another dystopian remake, of Total Recall, set in a Fascist future where "Euroamerica" and "New Shanghai" vie for global superiority.

James Cameron with the Challenger Deep submersible

Into the abyss... James Cameron sets sail on voyage to bottom of the sea

Titanic director set to become first person in 50 years to reach foot of the Mariana Trench

Ralph McQuarrie: Artist and Oscar-winnner best known for his designs for 'Star Wars'

Ralph McQuarrie designed several futuristic films but is best-known for visualising the landscapes of Star Wars and designing characters including Chewbacca, R2-D2 andC-3PO. It led to more "space" projects but he also worked on other science-fiction and fantasy projects and won an Oscar for Cocoon.

Some of the 'Star Wars' designs by McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie: Artist and Oscar-winnner best known for his designs for 'Star Wars'

Ralph McQuarrie designed several futuristic films but is best-known for visualising the landscapes of Star Wars and designing characters including Chewbacca, R2-D2 andC-3PO. It led to more "space" projects but he also worked on other science-fiction and fantasy projects and won an Oscar for Cocoon.

Giraud in 2008 in front of a fresco made from his artwork

Jean Giraud: Artist hailed for his work in film and comics

A household name in his native France, where Libération dedicated six pages as well as its front page to his passing, the visionary comic book artist Jean Giraud enjoyed a multi-faceted career.

From lost boy to man: Sutherland in Berlin earlier this month

Kiefer Sutherland shows his sensitive side

The star of 24 was planning a break from TV but a new supernatural family drama from the creator of Heroes lured him back, he tells Sarah Hughes

Trending: From black holes to bright lights for Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA has almost half an alphabet's worth of letters after his name, a grasp of theoretical physics and cosmology second to none, 12 honorary degrees and a list of best-selling books that would put Stephenie Meyer to shame.

'Silver Surfer' comic artist, Jean Giraud, dies at 73

Jean Giraud, one of France's leading comics artists, has died at the age of 73 after a long illness.

Album: VCMG, Ssss (Mute)

The VC and MG in question are Vince Clarke and Martin Gore, Ssss being a Depeche Mode composers' reunion album – albeit only at email arm's-length, the two electro-heads firing files back and forth between their respective studios.

The Starry Rubric Set, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire

Cosmology and traditional astrology are ostensibly the themes of this sparky group show at experimental residency centre Wysing in Cambridgeshire, titled after a line in Milton's “Paradise Regained” (in which Satan describes to Jesus that he sees for him a future of pain, sorrow and death, as well as a kingdom of sorts, but he cannot tell the real from the allegorical and cannot see a timeframe). This inability to place the future in time perhaps offers more of an explanation to this exhibition than anything relating to Aquarius or Virgo, though images of constellations do draw many of the works together aesthetically.

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