The Coolest and Wrongest Spoilers of 2012

This was a year of wild surprises and baffling mysteries. Pop culture threw us some curve-balls, and we didn't see them coming. Except when we did. Our attempts to predict the future had about a 50 percent success rate, in the face of crazy rumors and even crazier facts. For example, how did you like that Spider-Man… » 12/31/12 12:00pm 12/31/12 12:00pm

Adventures in the Forbidden Zone: The Best of io9's 2012 Longreads!

This past year, we went on some amazingly strange journeys and made some bizarre discoveries. We ventured into realms of weird science, and delved into the meaning of pop culture. We asked some dangerous questions — and sometimes, the results were too complicated to boil down to a few snappy paragraphs. » 12/31/12 7:00am 12/31/12 7:00am

The Absolute Best Optical Illusions of 2012

2012 was a pretty epic year for visual trickery. We stared through telescopes, transfixed by Venus' cosmic trick of the light; gaped in disbelief at a Rubik's Cube that wasn't; and watched with morbid curiosity as celebrities transformed into grotesque mutations of their former selves. » 12/28/12 3:00pm 12/28/12 3:00pm

The Year in NSFW!

This year, io9 explored the outer limits of sexuality, from the most delightful pin-up art to the weirdest sex museums. We delved into indecent 1970s cosplay and incredibly strange films. We explored the history of porn featuring superheroes and space adventurers. » 12/28/12 2:00pm 12/28/12 2:00pm

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2012

Yesterday we told you about the biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2012. But now we turn our attention to those developments that make us realize just how futuristic things are quickly becoming. » 12/28/12 12:30pm 12/28/12 12:30pm

12 Lessons That 2012 Taught the Entertainment Industry

This was a year of massive victories and horrendous defeats. Science fiction and fantasy rocked pop culture like never before, but that just meant the stakes were higher and the lessons were harsher. For every Avengers, there was a John Carter. Television shows struggled and died. Publishing convulsed. » 12/28/12 10:00am 12/28/12 10:00am

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

This year, our eyes beheld some truly innovative and mind-blowing cosplay. We saw gender-swapped characters, Evil Dead hats, and elaborate costumes that included as many as five cosplayers. Not to mention Rockabilly Batman, Superhero Princesses, Furry Jesus, and a heap of characters straight out of Brian K. Vaughan's » 12/27/12 3:08pm 12/27/12 3:08pm

The Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2012

This was an incredible year for science and engineering. We sent a powerful robot scientist to Mars, and we discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle, plus there were world-changing innovations in medicine and materials science. We sequenced the genome of a human ancestor, and looked into the mind of an artificial… » 12/27/12 11:56am 12/27/12 11:56am

Actually, THIS might be the worst movie of 2012

Our list of the worst science fiction and fantasy movies of the year doesn't include films that practically nobody saw — for example, we left out Branded. Otherwise, a strong contender for inclusion would have been Red Lights, the weird paranormal thriller that has an A-list cast: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and… » 12/21/12 4:30pm 12/21/12 4:30pm

The Power List: 22 People Who Supercharged Science Fiction and Fantasy …

In 2012, science fiction and fantasy accounted for the biggest box office hits, as well as the largest flops. The year's breakout hits on television were genre fare. The publishing landscape was transformed, and science fiction and fantasy drove the earth movers. Stories of the fantastic have never wielded so much… » 12/21/12 12:38pm 12/21/12 12:38pm

The Absolute Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2012

Movie special effects have gotten better and better, but the big screen still can't deliver the kind of mind-blowing visuals and intricate, stare-for-hours detail that comics bring us. This year's greatest comics included some fantastic science fiction, some thrilling space opera — and a handful of superhero titles… » 12/20/12 2:19pm 12/20/12 2:19pm

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2012

This year was a great one for science fiction and fantasy that transcended genre boundaries. Novels that appeared to be science fiction turned out to be fantasies, and stories that began as outer space battles turned into thought-provoking meditations on the political future of humanity. Not surprisingly, given that… » 12/20/12 11:50am 12/20/12 11:50am

The Best and Worst Television Moments of 2012

What were the most amazingly brilliant moments (and the most horrific scenes) delivered by the almighty television this year? We've rounded up the very best bits from a whole year of obsessive TV watching — along with some of the absolute worst. » 12/20/12 7:00am 12/20/12 7:00am

Best and Worst Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies of 2012

This was a pretty good year to be a fan of genre movies. More and more low-budget movies had the courage to tackle science fiction and fantasy themes, and meanwhile Hollywood seemed to step up its game a little. But at the same time, there were still tons of boring sequels and prequels, and mountains of crap. » 12/19/12 9:00am 12/19/12 9:00am