Just Because Magic Has Rules, Doesn't Mean It Should Be Predictable

A lot of fantasy writers and readers will tell you that magic needs to have a clear set of rules, so you don't just have a situation where magic can do whatever the author needs it to do. A system of magic. But go too far in that direction, and you end up with something too much like technology. » 10/20/14 6:00pm 8 minutes ago

Isaac Asimov's Newly Published 1959 Paper for DARPA on Creativity

Isaac Asimov was one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century. So naturally, at the dawn of the space age, the military wanted to tap his brain. In 1959 he was approached by ARPA (now known as DARPA) to "think outside of the box" about how ideas are formed. His brief work for the organization has never been… » 10/20/14 8:08pm 59 minutes ago

Support Some Kickass Indie Scifi About Gamer Ninjas

io9 hero Jim Munroe's new lo-fi scifi series, Haphead, is almost done. Filming is done, and the crew just needs a little more help to do the finishing touches on the production. Consider contributing to their Kickstarter! » 10/20/14 3:51pm Today 3:51pm

This Final Fantasy VI Wu-Tang Clan Mash-Up Is Weird And Wonderful

If you're wondering what this image is, yes: it's a silhouette of a chocobo with the iconic Wu-Tang "W" cut out. And yes, that can only mean one thing: someone finally mashed up key verses from the Wu-Tang Clan with songs from Final Fantasy VI. The end result is about as whacky as you'd expect. » 10/20/14 5:32pm Today 5:32pm

​Plants Know When They're Being Eaten Alive

When an insect chews on a leaf, it might not kill the plant, but that doesn't mean the plant is fine with it. In fact, the plant can deploy a variety of defenses to drive off the munching critter. But how do plants "know" they are being eaten? A new study has some intriguing answers. » 10/20/14 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

Pre-Order Exclusive: 55% off the Black Hawk Drone W/ HD Camera

Drones are usually playful things, painted in bright colors to attract the excitable kid in us all. Not so with BHD's limited edition Black Hawk Drone with HD Camera, which is the quadcopter equivalent of a stealth bomber. io9 readers can get a pre-order discount of 55% off a Black Hawk Drone + Free Shipping. » 10/17/14 2:37pm Friday 2:37pm