News round-up for Monday morning

A bunch of interesting sci-fi titbits for your first-day-back-at-work browsing. Not guaranteed to be the most important breaking news, but a few links worth following once you’ve got your feet under the desk:

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Fact stranger than fiction? A hotel in orbit could open as soon as 2012, according to Space.com . Called Galactic Suites , the station (built in a molecule-like pod structure) will enable intrepid holidaymakers to experience such things as zero-G bathrooms. A three-day stay could cost around four million dollars, Reuters are reporting.

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Folk gathered at Wizard World in Chicago on Friday saw the first footage of The Dark Knight (the sequel to Batman Begins). As well as the Joker, apparently in a police interrogation room, the attending crowd saw a shot of a spinning 50-cent piece which, along with Harvey Dent claiming to be “half” dead, seems to have confirmed speculation that Two-Face will be appearing.

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Hayden “Claire Bennet” Panettiere says that in the second season of Heroes "she's really looking to figure out more about her powers, more about what she can do, how far she can push it… trust me, you will see plenty of blood, plenty of snaps and pops and crackles." (Check out SCI FI Wire ). Heroes season two begins in the US on 24 September, and the first season is airing on BBC2 in the UK. Don't forget that Panettiere is scheduled to be at the London Film and Comic Con on Sunday 2 September.

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Old news by now, but if you didn't see The Sun last week, here's the latest Doctor Who cast rumour. The Sun reckons 63-year-old thesp Ben Kingsley is in negotiations to appear in the next season as a major bad-guy. You might guess who that could be, but we’re not going to serve up any spoilers here – head over to Outpost Gallifrey for more.

That’s your lot for now – more from the SFX team later. Don’t forget the latest SFX Collection (a special edition dedicated to all things Heroes!) goes on sale this week.