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This Incredibly Popular Antec Bias Light Kit is Back Under $20, If You Hurry

We’ve all heard that watching TV in the dark can be pretty tough on the eyes, but an ambient bias lighting setup can make the experience much more palatable. This basic USB-powered kit from Antec is only $19 right now, and takes just a few seconds to install. »9/04/15 7:10pmToday 7:10pm

A Foggy Morning Adds Surrealism to the Wonder of Spaceflight

November 30, 1982: A foggy morning before the inaugural flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger offered no hint to the troubles that would plague the mission. On top of an over two-month launch delay, a malfunction placed the shuttle in a too-low orbit for the first shuttle-based spacewalk and satellite deployment. »9/04/15 5:00pmToday 5:00pm

How The TV Show of Octavia Butler's Dawn Will Stay True to Her Incredible Vision

Making Octavia Butler’s novel Dawn into a television show sounds like kind of a foolhardy idea. It’s a post-apocalyptic storyline, in which the Earth is basically on the brink of destruction, and the last humans are offered salvation by aliens... who want to mate with us and change us. How do you put that on TV? »9/04/15 4:00pmToday 4:00pm

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Is Our Children of Men Moment

We often use old sci-fi movies as reference points for our own hopes and fears about our present reality. That computer interface is so Minority Report, we might say. That food is something out of Soylent Green. That building is so Jetsons. It’s imperfect, but it’s a shorthand to talk about the way that the world is… »9/04/15 3:20pmToday 3:20pm

I Can't Stop Collecting Stuff in Video Games

Here’s something I wish more game designers understood: If you put an interaction in your game, I am going to interact with it. Anytime a game responds to its players, the rats—or at least this rat—are going to press the lever for more cocaine pellets. Jenova Chen, during a talk about the design of Journey a couple… »9/04/15 3:00pmToday 3:00pm

We're Dying to Enter the Gorgeously Bizarre World of The Lobster 

Imagine a dystopian world where single people—like Colin Farrell’s recently divorced architect—are forced to find a new mate in just 45 days. If they don’t, they suffer the fate of being turned into an animal (bright side: they get to choose the animal!) That’s the premise of The Lobster, which looks absolutely nuts. »9/04/15 2:00pmToday 2:00pm

Bloodsucking Bastards is the Office Horror Comedy We've Been Waiting For

Between What We Do in the Shadows and Bloodsucking Bastards, it’s an excellent time to be a fan of deadpan vampire comedies. The latter, which features Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal as the bloodthirsty new sales manager at a corporate office, boasts a clever script, a hilarious cast, and rivers of gore. What else do… »9/04/15 12:00pmToday 12:00pm

13 Ways That Science Fiction's Vision of the Future is Closer Than You Think

Now that we’re reaching the date depicted in Back to the Future, there’s inevitably a lot of good-hearted ribbing about how we want our damn hoverboards. Plus where’s our flying cars? And so on. But while a few pieces of the science-fictional future have yet to materialize, there are plenty of others that are already… »9/04/15 11:40amToday 11:40am

Force Friday Was A Disaster For Many Star Wars Fans

I’d been looking forward to this for months: Force Friday, the big reveal and release of the first toys from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’d previously lined up for toys from Episodes I, II and III—and VII was going to be no different. But this Force Friday was a truly awful experience. »9/04/15 11:00amToday 11:00am