Tall Tale Fishing Postcards, The Ultimate Humblebrag Of The Early 1900s

These tall tale postcards, made by Alfred Stanley Johnson Jr. and William H. Martin. The hilariously exaggerated scenes of fishermen with their absurd catches were extremely popular before WWI, but they aren't extinct yet.http://io9.com/the-amazing-wo... » 10/21/14 3:00pm 9 minutes ago

New Trailer For Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Shows Why It's Still The Best

Arguably the greatest scifi film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a theatrical re-release in the U.K. (not the U.S. — for now, at least) and thus has earned this incredible new trailer. And it's so goddamned good it makes all other science fiction movies look pitiful in comparison. » 10/21/14 2:48pm 20 minutes ago

The Exact Moment In Last Night's Episode When I Learned To Love Gotham

I've had some reservations about Gotham, the new Batman prequel show. I loved Detectives Bullock and Gordon, but didn't like Bruce or Barbara, and the young-villain cameos seemed gratuitous. But last night's episode finally clicked for me — and here's the exact moment when I decided I love this show. » 10/21/14 1:51pm Today 1:51pm

Here's How Long Each Piece Is Likely to Survive In A Game Of Chess

Nobody wants to be "used as a pawn." But, in truth, pawns have a better chance of survial than knights and queens. Based on data from more than two million master-level tournament games, this chart shows the chances for each chess piece to remain standing until the bitter end. » 10/21/14 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

What Story Did You Recognize As An Important Work Of Art Right Away?

Sometimes, it takes decades or longer for something to be recognized as a timeless, vitally important artwork. Great art stands the test of time after all. But sometimes, you see something and just know immediately that it's a great life-changing artwork. Which science fiction or fantasy story did you recognize as… » 10/21/14 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

Person Of Interest Clip Shows How Reese's Worst Nightmare Gets Worse

Here's yet another reminder that Person of Interest is currently the best genre show on network television, and there's a new episode tonight. This season, the running storyline about artificial intelligence has ramped way up, and it's gotten crazy good. And to whet your appetite, here's an exclusive clip! » 10/21/14 12:41pm Today 12:41pm

Why Are Many Of Today's Hottest Authors Writing Post-Apocalyptic Books?

If there was any doubt that post-apocalyptic fiction rules the book world, it was probably erased when Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven became a National Book Award finalist. But why do today's hottest writers write stories set after the end? We talked to Mandel and four other post-apocalyptic authors, to find… » 10/21/14 12:21pm Today 12:21pm

Satellite Images Reveal How the U.S. Oil Boom Is Creating New Cities

This image from NASA reveals a massive cluster of lights in what was — until recently — desolate prairie. This is the Bakken Shale, an oil-rich rock formation stretching across parts of North Dakota, Montana and Canada. The lights are from the illuminated derricks, local boomtowns and gas flares of the oil fields. » 10/21/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

Sleepy Hollow Is Haunted in the Soapiest Halloween Ever

This week, Halloween comes to Sleepy Hollow via a terrifying revelation. No, not the Headless Horseman. No, not the demon possessions. No, not the sick kid who staggered into town and disrupted the hospital. No, not the pipers in the woods. Not even this week's ghost! You guys...Katrina did something. » 10/21/14 11:30am Today 11:30am

Uncut Video Of Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug Mo-Cap Is Ridiculous

WARNING: Once you see the uncut footage of Benedict Cumberbatch doing his full-body motion capture performance as The Hobbit's Smaug — which is to say "lying on the floor and acting evil at nothing" — you may never see the dragon of destruction the same way again. Or Benedict Cumberbatch, for that matter. » 10/21/14 11:20am Today 11:20am

No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

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