When the Earth Collapses Under Our Feet

Though we understand what causes pits and chasms to open up in the ground, we can't predict them. And that leads to disasters like the ones in these pictures, which can strike in the middle of a field or the middle of a city — with terrifying results. » 8/22/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

A Female Sherlock Holmes Solves Demonic Cases In A Retrofuturistic City

Like her inspiration, Sherbet Lock is a cocaine-addicted detective—although her mysteries tend to be of the supernatural variety. She's looking for a bit of crowdfunding support, as is an anthology of speculative fiction and essays, a bisexual horror web series, and gorgeous 16-bit video game. » 8/22/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

These Confusing PSAs Reveal Even Superheroes Shouldn't Drink And Drive

VW commissioned this very strange drunk-driving PSA from Costa Rican art director Fabio Obando, which shows even superheroes can get in accidents if they drive drunk. Obviously Superman is above, and there are a couple others after the jump. They're super creepy... if only because they make no sense at all. » 8/22/14 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories for the Week of August 18 - 23

I want to focus on short fiction found in magazines, but the large number of awesome anthologies cannot be discounted and I know you love them. So once a month I'm going to take a tiny break from magazines and call out an anthology I'm enjoying too. » 8/22/14 11:27am Today 11:27am

Get 70% Off 3 Years Of Unlimited Network Protection from VPN – $19

Running a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your devices ensures that you're securely connected, protects your data, and allows you to access region-blocked content. For a little while, io9 readers can get 70% off 3 years of VPN Unlimited's Premier Plan. That's 50 cents/month for peace of mind online – not bad. » 8/20/14 5:23pm Wednesday 5:23pm