At $23, You Have No Excuse to Not Buy a Chromecast

Even at full price, the $35 Chromecast is one of the best deals in tech, so when it's a full 1/3 off, it'd almost be criminal not to buy it. And when you factor in the two free months of Hulu+, you're really only paying about $10 for the hardware. [Chromecast, $23] » 11/27/14 3:32am 7 minutes ago

Why are we so fascinated by Origin stories?

Hollywood loves an Origin story - we're constantly getting remakes and reboots so we can re-experience them, we're even mining as many characters as we can for origin tales, as per the crazy trailer for Pan we saw yesterday. It can be a tiring trend sometimes, but why do we yearn to learn where our heroes start? » 11/27/14 3:02am 36 minutes ago

Amazon's Thanksgiving Kindle Sale Serves Up Some Tasty Discounts

Amazon's kicking off Thanksgiving with solid discounts on a number of Kindle ereaders and tablets. It's not wholly uncommon to see similar deals throughout the year, but it's nice to have them all occurring at the same time, instead of ad hoc. » 11/26/14 11:43pm Yesterday 11:43pm

Three-Body Problem Author Liu Cixin Is Getting 5 Movie Deals

Or at least, five different movies are being made, based on Liu's work. China Film Group Corp. is making three movies based on Liu's books: The Wandering Earth, The Era of the Supernova and Micro Era. Add to that two other Liu Cixin films: The Rural Teacher and a Three-Body Problem movie trilogy. » 11/26/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

The Armies Who Do Battle on the Backs of Insects

We love the premise of Clark Thomas Carlton's novel Prophets of the Ghost Ants, where a far-future human species has evolved into insect-size beings. And now he's released an e-book version, with mind-blowingly beautiful illustrations by Paul "Mozchops" Phippen. We've got a gallery. » 11/26/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

Dragon Age Inquisition's Trans Character

Bioware's Dragon Age games are great opportunities for queer representation as they don't force you to stick to a heterosexual love story as many games do. In Inquisition you have even greater representation of sexuality with exclusively gay and lesbian romance options in addition to the usual straight and bisexual… » 11/26/14 7:17pm Yesterday 7:17pm

Supernatural Proves It Can Still Surprise Us Sometimes

At first blush, this was another episode of Supernatural in which the boys deal with a case of the week, while a half-dozen subplots keep humming along. Castiel's budding romance, Crowley's crisis of leadership, that Cole guy, etc. etc. But unexpectedly, this episode proved that Supernatural still has some decent… » 11/26/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

The Best Movies and TV Coming to Netflix This December

Baby, it's cold outside. Maybe you've got the post-Thanksgiving blues, maybe you're just snowed in by feet upon feet of climate change. But don't be afraid, don't you give it a second thought! You just settle in tight for a month of new shit on Netflix, forget the stuff we're leaving behind, and I guarantee it'll get… » 11/26/14 6:19pm Yesterday 6:19pm

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What beats a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with the NEs 30 is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, io9 readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping). For $29.99, why not pick one up for the holidays? » 11/24/14 2:25pm Monday 2:25pm