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Science Fiction Thursday: 'Orphan Black', 'Revolution', and Water on Mars

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 16, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 16, 2015 |

Did you know that if you search for “science fiction thursday” on Google, the top three results are iterations of this very column? Suck it Coca-Cola, there’s a new king of branding in town. Don’t search for “sci fi thursday” though. The WWE beats us and it’s kind of embarrassing.

What do we have this week?

Well Orphan Black is coming back this weekend on BBC America for its third season. But if you missed the first season and don’t have Netflix, Amazon is running that for free for Friday only, starting at 12:01 PM Pacific Time. Why Pacific Time? Because the British may have given up on the original 13 colonies, but they’re not above reminding us that they once owned Oregon and they’re not afraid to take it back.

(source: SlashFilm)

I hesitate to even mention this, but that science fiction hate crime Revolution refuses to quite die. Despite getting canceled after two seasons last May, which was approximately two and a half more seasons than should have seen the air, “passionate fan efforts” have prevailed to get an online comic released that will tie up the story. Further evidence that regulations should be stiffened regarding the communication of the criminally insane with the outside world.

Still no word on whether the terrible writing, acting, and idiotic premise and execution will be resolved in those four digital issues. The article quotes Eric Kripke since he is helming the effort and was creator and executive producer of the show, which makes me terribly sad after he gave us Supernatural. Salt and burn the bones of Revolution’s corpse and move on.

(source: THR)

Finally, a new scientific study is pretty sure that there’s a shit ton more water on Mars than previously thought. Not just at the poles, but scattered across the planet just beneath the surface. See, the Curiosity rover discovered calcium percholate, which err, *cough* technobabble *cough*. I’ll let Dr. Morten Bo Madsen, who does indeed know both Bo and Diddly, explain:

“When night falls, some of the water vapor in the atmosphere condenses on the planet surface as frost, but calcium perchlorate is very absorbent and it forms a brine with the water, so the freezing point is lowered and the frost can turn into a liquid.”

Neat. So book your rocket rides and bring your curly straws, because it’s time to get sipping.

(source: Popular Science)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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