There's a 50-50 chance of another 9/11-sized attack within a decade

As we approach the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, we can be grateful that nothing like it has happened since. But that doesn't mean that something very much like 9/11 — or even worse — couldn't happen again. In fact, new research suggests that we may be seriously underestimating the risk of another… » 9/05/12 12:00pm 9/05/12 12:00pm

Where would superheroes be without 9/11?

There's a meme going around lately, saying that the September 11 attacks gave rise to our current boom in superhero movies. And there's definitely some truth to it — superheroes gave us a nice escapist fantasy in the wake of a terrible tragedy, and allowed us to talk about some stuff we couldn't have addressed in… » 9/07/11 1:30pm 9/07/11 1:30pm

Five Ways Reality Went Sci-Fi So Far This Century

We love a good science fiction story, but sometimes reality is just as strange. While we may have seen 2001 come and go without an actual space odyssey, the last eight years have been full of events that - had they not actually happened - could easily pass for science fiction. Here are five real life events that still… » 7/20/08 12:00pm 7/20/08 12:00pm

Video Game-Turned-Movie Channels 9/11 Fears

Movie deals aren't just for comic books that nobody's read any more — now they're for video games that nobody's played as well. Fox has optioned a science fiction game still in development, Zero-G, about a new "never before seen" superweapon that destroys a major U.S. city. It sounds like it's coming a bit late to the… » 4/29/08 12:06pm 4/29/08 12:06pm

Star Trek Art Show in NYC Is a Response to 9/11

Devorah Sperber has some pretty fancy reasons for thinking that Star Trek should be converted into complicated works of abstract art — she loves the idea of the "mirror worlds" and layers of reality in classic Trek. But seriously, Sperber, you don't need to intellectualize with us. We know why it's important to have… » 3/19/08 11:55am 3/19/08 11:55am

Cloverfield Designer Tells io9 About the Movie's "Stark Realism"

How do you design an effects-heavy disaster movie to look good through a handheld digital camera? We talked to Martin Whist, the production designer of Cloverfield, the monster movie which comes out Jan. 18. Also, we have a hotly debated possible model of the movie's monster, from creature designer Peter Konig. Click… » 1/07/08 8:00am 1/07/08 8:00am