The 10 Most Talked About io9 Posts Of The YearS

During the first year of io9, we've reported stories both close to our hearts and far out in the universe, but one thing has remained constant: You always wrote. Here are our most commented posts.

#1: Caption this Photo to Win A Cyborg-Sized Load Of Terminator Gear
Not that we think that you're greedy or anything, but the two most commented upon posts this year were both contests. This one, from March, got 500 comments in response to what amounted to our bribing you to do so with all manner of goodies from Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Damn you, greed!

#2: Win a Copy of Appleseed: Ex Machina on DVD
Who wants a copy of Appleseed: Ex Machina? Apparently, 353 of you did back in April, and left comments to that effect.

#3: Imagine an America Where Socialism is No Longer a Dirty Word
Better yet, imagine a world where a politically-charged post written the day before a Presidential Election gets 344 comments, many of which are somewhat upset that we'd put up a politically-charged post the day before a Presidential Election. If your imagination is somewhat lacking, you could simply check out this post and see the carnage for yourself.

#4: What Chicks Don't Like About Science Fiction
Apparently, what chicks don't like about science fiction is continually being told that they don't like science fiction, according to Annalee. 274 of you let her know that she was damn right, back in May.

#5: Now X-Women Can Be Bimbos Too
Marvel Comics tried to prove that sex sells back in July, and I turned into the Boob Grinch by complaining about it. Luckily, 266 of you were ready to point out that, really, there's nothing that wrong with Rogue's ass - although Storm playing with her hair was a bimbo too far for many of you.

#6: The Coming War Between Religion And Super-Science
Charlie Jane warned us all in April about the possibility of a showdown between science and nature in the 21st Century, and then went ahead to wonder about what stories could come out of such a battle. 259 comments later, we'd discovered that God might've been an astronaut after all.

#7: Battlestar Galactica Goes Planet of the Apes
If you needed any proof that the last episode of the first half of the final season of Battlestar Galactica was controversial, take a look at the 254 comments left after Annalee recapped it, and called it "truly worthy of the promise BSG offered when I first watched the miniseries and thought, 'Holy shit this show is too awesome for TV.'"

#8: No We Can't
What kind of world are we living in when an installment of io9 Ourobouros can get 251 comments itself? Oh, that's right; a world where asking wondering whether or not politics had any place in science fiction is the kind of thing that makes people a little bit agitated. On the plus side, I doubt we're going to write about the inauguration that much.

#9: The Twenty Science Fiction Novels that Will Change Your Life
Way back in February, Annalee listed the twenty SF books that would "could change the way you see the world, and maybe even change your life." 247 of you wanted to let her know that you appreciated the choices, but wondered where the novelization of The Cat From Outer Space was.

#10: Avatar Casting Makes Fans See... White
Aaaaaand finally - and fittingly from this very month - 241 people were suitably appalled at the casting decisions made by Paramount Pictures for M. Night Shyamalan's big-screen version of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Or, at least, appalled enough to leave comments about it.