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Freema Agyeman on Racism
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After delightfully reading about and reporting on all the delicious teasers in the lead up to Doctor Who's season 13's release, it was very sad to discover this Independent article and short video clip.

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The Flux is Coming
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So says Doctor Who, with her trademark ominous gravity in a new trailer which appears to be a more complete version of last week's one.

And they're not alone:

The Flux is coming. It’s bringing with it the Sontarans, Weeping Angels, creatures known as The Ravagers and enemies from across the universe. This is the fight of our lives.

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The Expanse Season 6
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The Expanse has released their first teaser trailer for season 6, along with a much welcome release date - December 10.

Officially at this time, season 6 will be its last.

Though SyFy cancelled it once and Amazon gave it new life.

Showrunner Naren Shankar and several of its main cast have also hinted that the end at Amazon needn't be the end.

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Blade Runner Trailer
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A new trailer has been released for the upcoming animated series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

It includes many elements we'd expect.

Cyberpunk city visuals with Japanese ads heard playing in the background and seen in the foregrounds. Flying cars. Philosophical musings. Robots being mistreated. And it ends with a bloody, "I'm going to kill them all."

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Disney Among the Stars
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Disney's Among the Stars is now available in Australia on Disney+.

It's a 6 part documentary following a mission to repair a malfunctioning $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an astronaut being appointed to command the International Space Station.

Then training in Russia, Japan and Germany, launching during COVID and joining the station. As the sole representative of America and its partners.

Also covering the arrival of SpaceX and discussing the future of space travel with commercial partnerships.

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NASA Podcast - Lucy
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NASA's latest Small Steps Giant Leaps podcast is available, along with a transcript.

In this one, Lucy Deputy Project Systems Engineer Mike Sekerak discusses the imminent 12 year mission to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids.

They discuss a range of first and challenges, including the fact this solar powered mission is going out past Jupiter where sunlight is only about 3% as bright as it is in Earth orbit.

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Doctor Who Game Trailer
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Doctor Who Edge of Reality has released another gamepaly trailer.

One of the developers involved in this had previously released a made for mobile game which appears to just be puzzles.

This one looks like an attempt to deliver something of a similar style but with a first person controllable character.

Doctor Who preferring to avoid violence as much as possible, it's surprising to see you take control of a Dalek at least for a time and are shooting things in this game.

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Foundation Concept Art
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Creative Bloq interviews Foundation concept artist, Stephan Martiniere.

They discuss the creative process from inception to end result and some of the challenges that entails.

For example, with the sci-fi space becomes increasingly crowded, it likewise becomes much more difficult to create a unique aesthetic for a franchise.

Apple's real world design aesthetic of clean simplicity influenced some of Foundation's concept art.

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Foundation Renewed
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The Holywood Reporter brings us the news that Apple's Foundation series has been renewed for a second season.

Though they claim that the renewal announcement is slightly faux:

Sources note the drama was actually quietly renewed in November, 2019, in order to keep the expansive production on track.

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Lost in Space S3 Trailer
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Lost in Space has released a teaser trailer for season 3.

There's not a lot to say about its contents. As advertised, they tease.

Though it does reveal that it will release this December.

Seasons one and two were very solid. Hopefully the third will be equally polished and satisfying.

Three seasons may be a disappointingly short run for a good show but it potentially guarantees Lost in Space instant modern classic status and immense rewatch value.

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