What were SCI FI Wire's top 10 stories of 2009?

Thanks to you, SCI FI Wire had its best year ever. You came. You read. And you commented. Boy, you commented! As 2009 draws to a close, check our 10 most-read stories of the year.

Our story: Bikini Leia and her stunt double nap in the Tatooine sunshine

Check out what has to be the best found image of the day—if not the year— a photo of Carrie Fisher and her stunt double napping during the Tatooine shoot in Return of the Jedi.

Your comment: Ah, Leia and her slave bikini. Kickstarting boys into puberty since 1983.—daniel

Our story: What even Roland Emmerich won't destroy: an Islamic landmark

In Roland Emmerich's global demolition derby movie 2012, the director got to indulge his passion for destroying landmarks on a world scale—but he told us about the one that got away.


Our story: 7 'unfilmable' sci-fi books—and the filmmakers who could adapt them

Watchmen, The Lord of the Rings: These are books that were commonly thought to be impossible to adapt to the big screen. That is, until a filmmaker such as Zack Snyder or Peter Jackson found the keys to unlock them. That got us thinking about other great works of SF literature that are supposedly unfilmable—and how they might be successfully adapted, and by whom.

Your comment: No one's been able to adapt my story well enough to even consider it watchable (even with 6-8 hrs).... this is truly an unfilmable story.—Paul Atreides

Our story: 7 years after Firefly: Where are they now?

When Fox premiered Firefly on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, all things seemed possible. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were still on the air, and Joss Whedon was a god to us. Seven years later, here's what Joss and the cast of Firefly and Serenity have been up to.

Your comment: /sarcasm
Bah! We don't need shows like Firefly, or anything remotely original! What we need is another Cop Drama! Or ER/Gray's Anatomy Hospital Drama all about Doctors doin' each other and their patients! Yeah that's what we need! We need to clear a 10 O'clock time slot for A So-so comedian who wasn't really ready to let go of his talk show, so now we have The Tonight Show 2: Electric Boogaloo... Yeah! That's what we need!
/sarcasm end....

Our story: Joss & Co. reveal plans for a Dr. Horrible sequel: Maybe a movie?

Joss Whedon, co-creator and director of the hit Web musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, told a group of reporters that a sequel could take any form: another Web series or even a feature film.

Your comment: But...do we have to wait for another strike before this happens? :)—Jadawin

Our story: 10 things you need to know about Wolverine before seeing X-Men Origins

He's tough. He's hairy. He sports a mean pair of muttonchops. He starred in three X-Men movies and headlined in one of his own. And he has a long and convoluted comic-book history. Here were 10 things you needed to know before you headed to the box office for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Your comment: The bottom line for me, and always has been, he is one of the ultimate superheros because of his obvious flaws (his human nature that asserts him as both a man of empathy and capable of great rage) and his great powers.

No comic book hero has ever been resistant to alterations in their characteristics from story to story. What makes him a good read is the very fact that he has, for the most part, remained mysterious.

We don't to know too much about our hereos/heroines.... that way we can feel more connected, albeit a distant tie to ourselves.—Anastasia

Our story: 21 (mostly) sexy female stormtroopers (NSFW)

Sometimes the best Star Wars stormtroopers are the ones who only remember to wear part of their costumes.

Your comment: Congratulations, SciFiWire team, you've achieved a new low.—shasplim

Our story: Amazon deletes 1984 from Kindles, Orwell rolls in grave

Hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners had their electronic copies of George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 deleted from their e-book readers overnight.

Your comment: The fact that 1984 was "disappeared" from Kindle makes for a good blog in ironic jest, but really this is nothing at all like the political climate of 1984 or the censorship of Fahrenheit 481. I mean, you live in a world with piles of copies in remainder bins, regular bookstore shelves, libraries, freakin project Gutenberg. The fact that people find it no longer available via their favorite _commercial_ literature service and seriously liken that inconvenience to dystopian conditions is laughably pathetic. Hedonistic lotus eaters are plugged into too many recreational outlets to recognize the real dire circumstances in the world.—Marty B.

Our story: The real, incredibly mundane reason Darth Vader wears a mask

Darth Vader is one of the coolest—and coolest-looking—characters in science fiction, yet much of his appearance was the result of nothing more than practicality. At least that's how Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary conceptual designer of George Lucas' original Star Wars films, remembers the evolution of the Sith's darkest Dark Lord.

Your comment: Let's be grateful that Lucas saw fit to drop the premise of Vader and Luke having a lightsabre duel in space on the surface of the Death Star, where Luke was only wearing what looked like a scuba/diving mask rather than a full pressure suit, and then he drops a bomb (by hand) into the Death Star's exhaust vent.—Melora

Our story: Real-life Spider-Man rescues 8-year-old boy from ledge

A Bangkok firefighter dressed up as the comic-book superhero Spider-Man rescued an 8-year-old boy who had climbed onto a third-floor window ledge.

Your comment: Whew! Now I don't feel so bad for having a Spirit outfit close at hand. Will Eisner Rules!

Well, less bad anyway...—Al

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