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Starfield's Plentiful Dialog
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A twitterer has reported Todd Howard via the Tokyo Game Show revealing the number of lines of dialog in their upcoming RPG Starfield - 150,000. For comparison Skyrim had 60,000 and Fallout 4 almost double that with 111,000.

But is more, surprising or impactful?

Making numbers go up is the backbone of many games, including Todd's. It seems only fair that he need to do the same.

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Coldplay's My Universe
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Coldplay and BTS released the video to accompany My Universe on YouTube.

At the 18 hour mark they have over 15.3 million views.

It's a cool little video with great special effects, a short sci-fi narrative and a nice tune.

Possibly another in a long list of signs of the growing popularity of sci-fi content.

Have there been other sci-fi music videos? Sure. But they're relatively rare and typically not space operatic.

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Graham Norton Sci-Fi Fest
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Well not quite, but they've announced that their October 15 (UK) sofa guests will include Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker and Dune's Timothee Chalamet (Paul Atreides).

Two leads from major sci-fi properties might be worth tuning in for. If you weren't going to anyway.

That'll be season 29, episode 4 and Nine's website says we'll be getting season 29 episode 1 on October 6. So maybe expect to see this episode here towards the end of October.

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Discovery on Free to Air
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TV Tonight reports that Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 will air on 10 Bold in October, Sunday 9:25 pm.

It's likely that most sci-fi fans have managed to see it already but if you haven't, here's your chance.

You can also still watch it on Netflix where Season 4 will release in mid November.

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ExeKiller Interview
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GamingBolt interview ExeKiller developers Paradark Studio.

Revealed just last month and with no ETA, there's very little information about the game. 

ExeKiller is a retro futuristic, single player, action adventure game with western vibes. You are a bounty hunter trying to survive in dystopian, post-apocalyptic world.

So this short interview is informative.

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Boba Fett Release Date
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Star Wars: Book of Boba Fett will premiere December 29 on Disney Plus.

The story sees Boba (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming Na-Wen) from The Mandalorian attempt to claim some of Jabba the Hutt's former territory on Tatooine.

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New TekWar Series / Game
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Deadline report that William Shatner's TekWar is being developed into a new adult animation and mixed-reality series. Audience members will be able to participate in the show and its story through mobiles, tablets or wearabe devices.

Intriguing.

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Babylon 5 Reboot
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The Verge report that CW are developing a Babylon 5 reboot with series creator J. Michael Straczynski as executive producer and writer. Warner Bros provided this description:

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China's Sci-Fi Booming
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Xinhua reports that China's sci-fi industry exceeded 36.3 billion yuan ($7.8 billion AUD) in the first half of this year. It generated 55.1 billion yuan ($11.8 billion AUD) last year.

How does that compare with Australia? That's a mystery. If those figures are publicly available they're not easy to find.

A Xinhua article from a previous year on the same topic included an intriguiging claim from the government / university report.

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Russell T Davies to Return
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In 2023 Russell T Davies will again take the lead as showrunner for the world's longest running sci-fi tv series in its 60th anniversary year. Though he hasn't been completely absent from the franchise and has been writing for other projects.

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