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Watch a Vinyl Record That Produces a Star Wars Hologram

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Last June, a special edition of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack was released on vinyl, with a special bonus: holograms that appear to float above, and beneath, the discs.

In the two-disc set, each has a B-side that contains music on the outer edge of the disc, and a specially etched center area. In that center area is the nifty hologram. You set the disc playing and point a directional light (like a small flashlight) at the center area. When viewed this way, two 3D holograms appear and rotate—and you're simultaneously playing the soundtrack! The etchings were made by Tristan Duke.

The two holograms are the Millennium Falcon and a TIE Fighter. In this video, we see the holograms in action—including a test on a vertical record player, which works just as well. Enjoy:

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What Scares Darth Vader? Lucasfilm's New Kids' Book Attempts to Find Out
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Lucasfilm

Since the first Star Wars film premiered in 1977, Darth Vader has been a recurring player in many viewers' nightmares. But is there anything that can strike fear in the legendary villain himself? That's what author and illustrator Adam Rex investigates in his new children's book Are You Scared, Darth Vader?

According to io9, the new title is the first official Star Wars picture book from Lucasfilm that's not tied to a specific film in the franchise. The book isn't concerned with Star Wars canon: Instead of delving into his backstory as Anakin Skywalker or exploring his evolution into Darth Vader, it uses the character to teach kids about fear.

Throughout the story, different creatures test Darth Vader to see what he's afraid of. He's not scared of most things, including ghosts, spiders, and wolfmen, but in the end it's revealed that even he's not totally immune to fear.

While teaching kids it's ok to get scared, the book also turns one of the most intimidating antagonists in the Star Wars universe into something cute and funny. For kids who cover their eyes whenever Vader appears on screen in the films, Are You Scared, Darth Vader? is essential reading.

You can buy the book today for $18.

[h/t io9]

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The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now
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Netflix

If you’re in the mood for some speculative fiction and your pile of Arthur C. Clarke books has been exhausted, you could do worse than to tune in to Netflix. The streaming service is constantly acquiring new films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres that should satisfy most fans of alternative futures. Here are 10 of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now.

1. ANON (2018)

Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried appear in this Netflix original about a future in which privacy has been rendered obsolete. While there wouldn't appear to be any possible downside, a killer who manages to avoid being detected by widespread surveillance turns into a problem for Owen.

2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

Marvel's tale of a misfit band of space jockeys was a surprise hit in 2014. The sequel offers more Groot, more Rocket Raccoon, and the addition of Kurt Russell as a human manifestation of an entire sentient planet.

3. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)

Soon we'll have a movie for every single major or minor incident ever depicted in the Star Wars universe. For now, we'll have to settle for this one-off that explains how the Rebel Alliance got their hands on the plans for the Death Star.

4. TROLL HUNTER (2010)

A Norwegian fairy tale with bite, Troll Hunter follows college-aged filmmakers who convince a bear trapper to take them along on his exploits. But the trapper fails to disclose one crucial detail: He hunts towering, aggressive trolls.

5. MOON (2009)

Sam Rockwell stars in this low-key potboiler from director Duncan Jones about a man coming to the end of a solitary assignment on the moon who begins to see and hear things he shouldn't. Apparently, space madness is a thing.

6. NEXT (2007)

Nic Cage stars as a magician who can see a few minutes into the future. He's looking to profit with the skill; the FBI and others are looking to exploit it.

7. STARDUST (2007)

Director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel features Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro as supporting players in the tale of a man (a pre-Daredevil Charlie Cox) in search of a fallen star to gift to his love.

8. KING KONG (2005)

Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) set his considerable sights on a remake of the 1933 classic, with the title gorilla pestered and exploited by opportunistic humans.

9. DONNIE DARKO (2001)

What will a teenage mope do when a giant rabbit tells him the world is about to end? The answer comes in this critical and cult hit, which drew attention for its moody cinematography and an arresting performance by a then-unknown Jake Gyllenhaal.

10. CUBE (1997)

This low-budget independent film may have helped inspire the current "escape room" attraction fad. Six strangers wake up in a strange room that leads only to other rooms—all of them equipped with increasingly sadistic ways of murdering occupants.

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