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Happy New Year! | Just one of the beautiful space images that artist Ron Miller contributed to io9 in 2013. Download this image as a wallpaper here.



The Best and Worst Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies of 2013

Looking Back at 2013 with io9!S

This was a good year to argue about movies. A lot of films inspired powerful reactions, either positive or negative, among audiences. Some of 2013's movies are destined to be among our all-time favorites, while others will be reviled forever. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst science fiction and fantasy movies of 2013.


The Most Amazing Science Images of 2013

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From slow-mo footage on YouTube to deep-space satellite imagery to weird washcloths on the International Space Station, this was a big year for beautiful science. Here for your visceral viewing pleasure are thirty-three of our favorite photos and videos from 2013.


The Best and Worst Television Moments of 2013

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This year's science fiction and fantasy television delivered amazing highs and terrible lows. But what were the most brilliant scenes, and what were the most horrific? We've rounded them up the year's best moments, along with some of the absolute worst. Spoilers ahead...


Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2013

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From intergalactic neutrinos and invisible brains, to the creation of miniature human "organoids," 2013 was an remarkable year for scientific discovery. Here are 17 of the biggest scientific breakthroughs, innovations and advances of 2013.


2013 Was an Absurdly Great Year for Comics

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Have you heard the phrase "an embarrassment of riches"? Well, that's what 2013 was in terms of great comics — even with all the time in the world, we couldn't tell you about all the wonderful stories that came out of mainstream and indie publishers alike over the last 12 months. Here's what we consider the very best, but feel free to include your favorites in the comments — and let's hope 2014 is just as good.


The Most Incredible Historical Discoveries of 2013

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From 1.8-million-year-old hominid skulls to rewriting the Buddha's birthday to sunken Nazi subs, 2013 was another incredible year for archaeologists and historians. Here's the best the year had to offer.


10 Lessons That We Hope 2013 Has Taught the Entertainment Industry

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This past year was a killing ground, but also a proving ground. Huge, massively-hyped projects crashed and burned, but there were also some surprising hits. And in the midst of this carnage, a few stark truths. Here are 10 lessons we hope the entertainment industry learns from 2013.


The Weirdest Science Stories of 2013

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From human head transplants to magnets that prove gay marriage is wrong to potty-mouthed supercomputers, 2013 was truly a bizarre year for science and those purporting to be scientists. Here are 25 of the weirdest stories of the past year.


The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2013

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This was an amazing year for creative costumes and clever tributes — so it was a lot of work to do all of it justice. We looked through a whole year of costuming at every convention, Halloween outing or simply talented people messing around online and we found a massive collection of exceptionally talented costumers. Here are our absolute favorite cosplayers from 2013.


The 18 Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2013

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A lot can happen in a single year, especially in this era of accelerating technological and social change. Here are the 18 most futuristic developments of 2013.


The Greatest Breakout Stars of 2013

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2013 is almost over — but before we say goodbye lets say thank you to the people who made this year the best year. Seriously, without this list of breakout actors and brand new faces we would be lost, bored, or have nothing to GIF. Here is our complete list of the best breakout stars of 2013.


The Best New Webcomics of 2013

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All year long, cartoonists have been giving away beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking pieces of webcomic goodness for free online. From goofy girl warriors to time-traveling artists to emotionally and physically intimate pieces, here are our favorite new webcomics from 2013.


The Biggest Mistakes, Blunders and Bad Ideas of 2013

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To err is human, to forgive divine. So I guess if you forgive these people and companies for making some of the most moronic decisions of this year, you're a god. Congratulations! Now cast your divine attention to learning how DC, Cartoon Network, Disney and more bungled their way through 2013.


The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Films of 2013

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We've been blown away by the variety and quality of short films that have appeared online this year, from a heartbreaking story set in the zombie apocalypse to an all-ages anime about a young witch learning to trust in her own power. Here are some of our favorite science, science fiction, and fantasy-themed short films from 2013.


The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2013

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This was a banner year for science fiction and fantasy books — and choosing the year's best titles was harder than usual. From time-slashing serial killers to grand space operas to Kafka-esque nightmares, this was a year of brilliant reads. Here are the 20 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2013.


The Greatest Hits of io9 in 2013

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We've taken a lot of strange journeys together at io9 this year. And hopefully, we've learned some stuff along the way — including some stuff you'd probably like to unlearn. Here are all of the most popular io9 posts from 2013, in science, pop culture and general weirdness.