The Real Reason Why Joss Whedon Named His Space Western Show Firefly

Nathan Fillion auditioned unsuccessfully for the part of Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And years later, he had five troubled auditions for the role of Mal on Firefly, before he finally clicked. That's just one of the amazing facts from a new biography of Joss Whedon. Read an exclusive excerpt below. » 7/31/14 4:00pm 28 minutes ago

MIT Technology Review's TWELVE TOMORROWS is packed with scifi goodness

The editors of MIT Technology Review tasked author Bruce Sterling with selecting the futuristic tales for this edition of the publication's annual, science-fiction anthology issue. Called Twelve Tomorrows, this year's anthology features stories (I am assuming new stories) by some of the best names in the business:… » 7/31/14 6:52pm 35 minutes ago

North Korea's Modern Architecture, Designs From An Alternate Universe

The North Korean capital of Pyongyang was largely razed during the Korean War and the buildings that rose up from the ashes provide some of the most striking examples of socialist architecture. And more recent architects in the cloistered nation have added grandiose—though sometimes unfinished—landmarks to its urban… » 7/31/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

Bill Nye Explains Why The Search For Alien Life Could End On Europa

Science guy Bill Nye says the two logical places to search for alien life in our solar system are Mars and Europa, the smallest of Jupiter's four moons. Why Europa? Nye gets into some details here, but here's the gist: Water. Water water. Water, water water water water; water water water! Water. » 7/31/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

​Good News: Online Games Are Getting Less Obnoxious

Don't play games online, they say. If you have to play games online, turn off chat. If you have to turn on chat, limit it to your friends list. In the past, if you've wanted to avoid the toxic jerks of online gaming, those have been your guidelines. It feels like that's finally changing. » 7/31/14 5:54pm Today 5:54pm

Why Del Toro Told The Crimson Peak Cast To Keep Secrets From Each Other

Guillermo del Toro's detail-oriented approach fuels every aspect of Crimson Peak, his new horror movie. On set, he knew every part of the house, down to the books in the library. And not only did he give his actors detailed biographies of their characters, but he encouraged them to keep information from each other. » 7/31/14 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

The Tortured History Of Earth's First 500 Million Years

New research suggests the Earth was pummelled by four gigantic asteroids measuring at least 600 miles across in its early days — impacts that would have rebooted the surface, boiled off the oceans, and extinguished any fledgling life. Here's what we now know about the Late Bombardment Era and its affect on our… » 7/31/14 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

What Madness Does Marvel Have In Store For Squirrel Girl?

Here's the deal: Marvel has just registered a trademark on the ridiculous, fan-favorite superheroine Squirrel Girl. As Bleeding Cool rightly points out, Marvel usually only bothers to do officially register a character when a movie, TV show, videogame or cartoon featuring said character is on the way. So what the hell… » 7/31/14 12:41pm Today 12:41pm

The Directors and Star Explain the Heart and Soul of The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls is rapidly becoming one of the best looking and funniest films of this year. But when we spoke to star Isaac Hempstead-Wright and directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, all insisted that the look and the humor was secondary to the film's commitment to telling an emotionally true story. » 7/31/14 2:31am Today 2:31am