Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011THE CHAOS OF A NEW PLANET | The youngest planet yet discovered may still be in the process of formation — and it could eventually be much bigger than any planet in our solar system. Find out more here. Art by Ron Miller.


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011

Psychologist admits to faking dozens of scientific studies

Prominent social psychologist Diederik Stapel (who earlier this year reported that something as trivial as litter can promote discriminatory behavior) has been outed as one of the biggest frauds in scientific history. Will social psychology be able to recover? More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011Why Science Fiction Writers are Like Porn Stars

I didn't want to write about Glen Duncan's nerd-baiting book review in last Sunday's New York Times. The one that starts, "A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star." And just goes downhill from there. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011A charming music video starring David Tennant and the cast, crew, and aliens of Doctor Who

When David Tennant left Doctor Who , the cast and crew made a music video of "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles" by The Proclaimers for the wrap party. Footage of Tennant hanging with the band surfaced a while back, but here's the whole shebang. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011This logic puzzle will make your brain hate you

How's your Monday coming along? Pretty rough? Well it's about to get a little hairier. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011io9's 50 Scariest Movies Of All Time: The Top 10

What is the scariest science fiction or fantasy film of all time? Which classic horror movies stand above the rest, as the most terrifying? The staff at io9 has painstakingly selected the best of the best, and compiled our ultimate list of the scariest movies of all time. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011J.K. Rowling wanted to kill Ron Weasley

The author of the Harry Potter books has finally admitted that she had murderous plans for poor old Ron Weasley. Why? Well that's simple. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011The 10 Most Mortifying Seasons of Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows

Television shows are like sports teams: Sometimes they just have an off season. (And sometimes they just dive down a terrible hole and get trapped forever.) More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011What if Charles Schulz illustrated H.P. Lovecraft?

We've seen Lovecraft meet Seuss, here's the author versus Schulz. And now artist Julien Bazinet has sent the Peanuts gang over the precipice of madness. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011How to Write a Sincere First Draft of Your Science Fiction or Fantasy Epic

Most first drafts are horribly insincere, and that's a big reason why revising a novel (or screenplay) can be so hard. Figuring out what you really meant to write, instead of the garbage you actually did write, can be a nightmare. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011Stiletto implants make your feet look just like Barbie's

Holy hell, this is disturbing. Could high-heeled foot implants actually happen in the near future? One artist is showing us the horror we've got to look forward to. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011Stephen King explains the rules of time travel. Debate over.

Stephen King's new novel 11/22/63 involves a tunnel to the past, and a guy who tries to tamper with the Kennedy assassination. Talking to Wired, King explains something about the rules of time travel as he sees them. More »


Best of the Week: October 29-November 4, 2011One weird theory could make anti-gravity and faster-than-light travel possible

So we've had neutrinos that traveled faster than light - or at least, that result hasn't been invalidated yet. But how soon can we get spaceships that can travel to other star systems without traveling at faster-than-light velocities? More »