August 10, 2022
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Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

THIS MONTH’S PROMPT In six words, write a story about an evil twin.Disclaimer: All #WiredSixWord submissions become the property of WIRED. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned. Submissions and any other materials, including your name or social media handle, may be published, illustrated, edited, or otherwise used in any medium. Submissions must be original […]

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Patton Oswalt on Life, Love, and Catfishing

I think a lot of us do that when we’re reading social media or texting. We imagine an inflection that’s not there. It’s interesting to me, as a parent, to think about watching this movie now, versus if a 20-year-old me was watching it. I was just trying to think back to when I realized […]

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Is Beyoncé’s Renaissance a Sign of the Apocalypse?

This week, Beyoncé released her seventh studio album, Renaissance. Soon—if the hidden messages in the album’s various promotional images are correct—the end days foretold in Revelation will come. Or, at least, that’s what some folks believe. Social media has told us for years that Beyoncé is a member of the Illuminati. Now, the internet is […]

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Escaping Gravity Takes a Brutally Honest Look at NASA

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesLori Garver served as deputy administrator of NASA from 2009-2013. Her new memoir Escaping Gravity, about the struggle to get her colleagues to embrace space entrepreneurs like SpaceX and Blue Origin, paints a deeply unflattering picture of the inner workings of NASA. “I did tell […]

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The Gray Man Doesn’t Need a Cinematic Universe

The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of culture, from movies to memes, TV to Twitter. Netflix’s latest crowd-pleaser, The Gray Man, cost a reported $200 million—a price tag similar to that of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. An action-y spy thriller starring Ryan Gosling, Ana […]

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Is This Nier: Automata Church a Hoax or a 5-Year-Old Secret?

For the last month, Redditors in the Nier: Automata community were trying to solve a mystery. It involved a secret door, a church allegedly hidden in the game for five years, and roughly 175,000 fans debating whether it was real or one very elaborate lie. It started, as many conspiracies do, with a cryptic post […]

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Comic-Con 2022: The Most Wildly Creative Cosplay Masks

Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without cosplay. As much a part of the event as Hall H panels and comics themselves, getting decked out in elaborate costumes—or looking at people decked out in elaborate costumes—is one of the main reasons people attend. This year, cosplay felt even more crucial. Due to health concerns over the spread […]

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Alan Tudyk on His Favorite Sci-Fi to Watch Right Now

Alan Tudyk is no stranger to the world of sci-fi. The actor made a name for himself in space-heavy projects like Firefly and Serenity before zooming into shows and movies like I, Robot and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. He’s made a web series about fan conventions, and he’s even the voice of a Star […]

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It’s Not Just Loot Boxes: Predatory Monetization Is Everywhere

Whenever a term from the world of video games enters broader society, it’s a safe bet that it’s not for a good reason. Loot boxes—like Hot Coffee or Gamergate—don’t buck this trend. For at least the past five years, driven by a mix of grassroots Reddit organizing and parental horror stories—“my teen spent £6,000 on […]

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Give Yourself Permission to Buy That Steam Deck

A year ago, when Valve announced the Steam Deck, I was absolutely riveted. I’m not a PC gamer—after eight to 10 hours of work each day, the last thing I want to do is be at a desk—but this new device offered something different: the ability to play PC games on a handheld. Prior to […]

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