MTV Made a Reality Show Out of The Maze Runner. It Was a Mess.

A while back, the CW made a Hunger Games-like reality show. Not to be beaten, MTV made an actual Maze Runner tie-in competition called The Million Dollar Maze Runner. It blew the The Hunger Games' Subway sandwich out of the water. » 9/16/14 3:00am Today 3:00am

What If The New Star Wars Movies Pretend The Prequels Don't Exist?

While reading this superb Atlantic essay by Katie Kilkenny on Disney's approach to the Star Wars franchise, a thought occurred to me: What if the new movies — Episodes VII-IX and the standalone films — completely ignore the prequels? » 9/16/14 4:59am Today 4:59am

The Original USS Enterprise model is being restored to its former glory

When the original Star Trek ended, Paramount donated the original Enterprise model to the Smithsonian - but years of display and tune ups have taken their toll on the model, until now: NASM has announced they're restoring the ship to how it first appeared on TV 48 years ago. » 9/16/14 3:09am Today 3:09am

Cool Experiment Puts Asimov's First Law Of Robotics To The Test

Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics states that "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." That sounds simple enough — but a recent experiment shows how hard it's going to be to get machines to do the right thing. » 9/15/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Terry Gilliam Talks About The Message Of Zero Theorem: "Wake Up!"

We caught up with Terry Gilliam recently to talk about his new film, Zero Theorem, a one size fits all, full gate, semi-vinyl motion picture on searching for the meaning in the face of impotence. He also told us which films left shrapnel in his soul, and why you should be fucking honest and cut the end off your story. » 9/15/14 8:51pm Yesterday 8:51pm

Graham Joyce's Brilliant Novel About Being Haunted By The Class System

Graham Joyce's death last week was a huge loss, but at least he's left us with one last confounding masterpiece. The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, out now in the U.S., is a weird, semi-autobiographical novel in which the fantasy elements are mostly at the margins. And yet, it's a strangely haunting ghost story. » 9/15/14 4:36pm Yesterday 4:36pm

Is This WWII-Era Cipher The Most Unbreakable Code Ever Written?

Many cryptographers throughout history have claimed that a particular code is the most-unbreakable ever written. But does a rarely-used code, invented in 1917 and briefly employed during World War II, have a potential claim to the throne? » 9/15/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

No Movie Would Dare To Include Such Weird Futuristic Costumes As These

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Hollywood pushed the envelope in terms of weird "futuristic" costumes — just look at Zardoz and Logan's Run. But these days, apart from the odd extra in the Hunger Games, the movies are tame. And the real strange futuristic garb appears on fashion runways. » 9/15/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What's better than a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with this controller is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, io9 readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping, of course). For $29.99, it's an easy choice. » 9/12/14 2:57pm Friday 2:57pm