10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 11:29am 25 minutes ago

Doctor Who's K-9, Controlled By Your Smartphone, Is The Best Robot Dog

There's been a few remote-controlled K-9 toys over the years since the Doctor's canine companion trundled his way back into our hearts with the revived version of Doctor Who — but this latest version uses a smartphone app to give you the ultimate Robot Dog toy! » 4/01/15 2:16pm 38 minutes ago

DC May Be Introducing A New Batman Beyond For The First Time Ever

Although created for the classic animated series Batman Beyond, Terry McGinnis has worked his way into the comic books for the past few years. But it looks like for the first time in the character's history, Terry may be ceding the role as the future Batman, with another character taking on the mantle. » 4/01/15 10:40am Today 10:40am

Secrets, Tricks And Mark Hamill Make The Flash A (Nearly) Total Delight

After the Harrison Wells reveal in the last two episodes, I assumed The Flash was going to slow down the plot (pun intended) for a bit, take some time, pad it out, postpone the new reveal for closer to the season finale.. This did not happen. At all. » 4/01/15 10:20am Today 10:20am

Today's Best Deals: Great Looking Headphones, Free Gas, and a Lot More

My promise to you: Kinja Deals will be an April Fools safe zone today. I hate this holiday. » 4/01/15 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

​How To Make A Live-Action Robotech Movie Franchise The Right Way

Greetings, my fine, feathered something starting with "F"! Much like you guys in distant 2015, we celebrate April Fools' Day here in my post-apocalyptic future. Of course, nowadays "celebrate" means "murder anyone caught making crap up", but I'm pretty sure this tradition has its origin in your time... » 4/01/15 10:01am Today 10:01am

How This Lake In Asia Became A Floating Tomato Farm


Myanmar's Inle Lake is one of the largest lakes in the country, but in the last 20 years, satellite images have been revealing what looks like a smaller surface area. The lake, however, is still there — it's just hidden beneath a sprawling, floating tomato farm. » 4/01/15 9:40am Today 9:40am

The Worst Batman story EVER

The trouble with doing this "worst story ever" thing on DC characters is that there's a lot you have to take into consideration. The 1940's-70's were a far different time, people didn't take comics as seriously and so you can understand some of the goofiness of the times. It also gives a much, much wider range of… » 4/01/15 12:20pm Today 12:20pm

How You Think About Legal Insanity Really Matters, And Here's Why

You may believe that whether a person is found not guilty due to insanity depends on the courts, on the doctors, or even just on the money they paid their lawyer. It doesn't. It depends on what you think of insanity as a legal defense. » 4/01/15 9:00am Today 9:00am

We Agree With Everything In This Honest Trailer For Interstellar

The internet isn't done kicking around Interstellar, and this honest trailer has every single complaint about Chris Nolan's movies stuffed into one reasonably sized video. But it still manages to praise its "ambitious" beauty and what not. » 4/01/15 8:40am Today 8:40am

Not All The Agents of SHIELD Drew The Same Lessons From Hydra's Victory

Last night's episode of Agents of SHIELD was pretty fascinating, and not just because it revealed the origins of the current disagreement. We got another look at the huge turning point for SHIELD — and we saw what other people learned from it. What does SHIELD stand for, and what should it be after Hydra? Spoilers… » 4/01/15 8:30am Today 8:30am

Major Clues About the Sex Lives of Oviraptors

After analyzing the 75-million-year-old remains of a raptor couple likely killed in sand dune collapse, a Canadian paleontologist has discovered dramatic physical differences between the two, a possible sign of sexual dimorphism in the species, and further evidence that these dinos partook in elaborate mating rituals. » 4/01/15 8:20am Today 8:20am

The Best Gag Products Gaming Companies Have Offered For April Fools Day

The tabletop gaming industry has a rich history of releasing joke products and silly articles for April Fools' Day, and this year is no different. Here are some of best, including Katanas & Trenchcoats, the brooding '90s throwback RPG you never knew you always wanted. » 4/01/15 8:00am Today 8:00am

Today's Best Media Deals: The Wire, Ghost in the Shell, and a Lot More

The Wire isn't just one of the best TV shows ever made, it's probably one of the greatest works of art produced in the last century. The whole series has been remastered in HD, and you can preorder it today (with low price guarantee) for $110. It was $160 or more until today, and we don't know if it'll shoot back… » 4/01/15 10:45am Today 10:45am

Sodium Azide Is The Nastiest Chemical That Ever Saved Lives

Sodium azide is a white powder that explodes when it hits metal. When it hits water, it turns into an acid that can eat through your skin. When it's inhaled, it shreds your lungs. But for a long time, it was in your car. » 4/01/15 7:30am Today 7:30am

Deadspin Yes, Flying Parents To The Final Four Is Paying Players | Gizmodo Interstellar honest trailer rips apart Christopher Nolan's space movie | Jezebel Noose Found Hanging from Tree on Duke University Campus | Lifehacker Your 2015 April Fool's Day Prank Spoiler | » 4/01/15 7:10am Today 7:10am

The World's Oldest Person Has Died At The Age Of 117

Born in 1898, Japan's Misao Okawa died peacefully in her nursing home earlier today. Here's how her remarkably long tenure on Earth stacks up against the longest human lives. » 4/01/15 6:30am Today 6:30am

Could Yet Another Batman Villain Be Joining Suicide Squad?

Edward James Olmos talks Agents of SHIELD. Check out some new Age of Ultron footage, plus a brief tease for Ant-Man. Stan Lee is making a new superhero series for UK TV. Plus, teasers for what's ahead on The Flash, iZombie and Gotham. Spoilers, Assemble! » 4/01/15 6:00am Today 6:00am

Watch NASA Spin Its Flying Saucer Before It Leaves for Hawaii

Yesterday, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put the final touches on a design that's on its way to Hawaii for a test launch and landing before, eventually, hopefully, being deployed on Mars. And the design bears a more than passing resemblance to the iconic flying saucer. » 4/01/15 3:00am Today 3:00am

Last Chance: Save Over $80 (77%) on the Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds

Wireless bluetooth ear buds are the new norm for on-the-go music listening. Right now, io9 readers can save 77% on the sleek, comfortable Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds. This offer ends 4/1, so don't miss out! » 3/30/15 1:05am Monday 1:05am

Master Node.js - Save 93% on 6 In-Depth Courses 

If you're at all interested in app development, you'd be wise to learn Node.js. It's quickly becoming the most popular server-side framework for building quick, scalable network apps. For a limited time, io9 readers can save 93% (over $560) on a comprehensive 6 course bundle and learn the ins-and-outs of Node.js. » 3/30/15 8:09pm Monday 8:09pm