"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. » 11/25/14 1:00pm 14 minutes ago

Tales From The Borderlands Could've Been Awful, But It's Great

I'll admit, I went into Tales from the Borderlands with pretty low expectations. Don't get me wrong: I like a lot of things about the zany world in which Gearbox's Borderlands shooter series takes place, but it's good for... shooting. Tales is an all-story adventure game. Yikes, right? » 11/25/14 3:17pm 57 minutes ago

The New Doctor Who Christmas Special Has A Title And First Promo Pic

The BBC has announced the title of this year's Doctor Who Christmas special will be "Last Christmas," perhaps a point in favor of the rumors that it will be Jenna Coleman's final outing as the Twelfth Doctor's companion Clara. Maybe Nick Frost's Santa Claus will hitch a ride on the TARDIS for a while, hmm? » 11/25/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

Tuesday Game Room: Shadow of The Labyrinth Edition

Big releases might be slowing down as the end of 2014 approaches, but that doesn't mean we're done with games quite yet - especially when there's a new Persona title out! - considering the huge games there's still to play. Share what you've been playing in this week's edition of Tuesday Game Room! » 11/25/14 2:13pm Today 2:13pm

Why Tonight's Person Of Interest Will Make You Sympathize With Elias

One of the most fascinating characters on Person of Interest is the erudite crime boss, Elias, and he takes center stage in tonight's gut-wrenching episode. We talked to actor Enrico Colantoni, and he told us what Elias has been doing since he was busted out of prison. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/25/14 10:44am Today 10:44am

Please Don't Reboot 'The Last Starfighter', Give Us 'The NEXT…

If our fellows at io9 are to be believed, there's plenty of interest in rebooting The Last Starfighter, a classic scifi picture by all rights. Even the mighty Steven Spielberg can't convince Jonathan R. Betuel (writer and apparent rights-holder) to let him at it. Here's why it'd be a far, far better idea to make a … » 11/25/14 1:26pm Today 1:26pm

Physics Students Scrutinize Planetary Stability In Super Mario Galaxy

The world's most famous plumber ventured into space with the release of Super Mario Galaxy. The 3D game used a physics system to endow celestial objects with their own gravity so our hero could circumnavigate tiny worlds without falling off. But to maintain surface gravity, how dense would these planets have to be? » 11/25/14 9:40am Today 9:40am

Star Wars Rebels Reminds Us Just How Tempting The Dark Side Can Be

This week's Star Wars Rebels picks up where our cliffhanger left off, with the Rebels moving their asset and the Empire in hot pursuit. But when the Ghost's Jedi crew members have another encounter with the fearsome Inquisitor, we're reminded the Dark Side doesn't just have cookies; it's also pretty damn powerful. » 11/25/14 9:30am Today 9:30am

Get 41% Off SKEYE's Nano Quadcopter Drone (Limited Units Available)

As with most new technologies, drones are rapidly evolving to become smaller and lighter. The SKEYE Nano Drone, for instance, can fit in the palm of your hand, but can still pull off impressive tiny aerobatics — and io9 readers can grab one for $34.99 – that's 41% off. At $34.99, this is great for the holidays. » 11/21/14 3:31pm Friday 3:31pm

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 Yesterday 2:25pm