The 'Banned Books' list is a hilariously depressing history of people…

Educators thought Orwell's 1984 was promoting Communism. They thought Huxley's Brave New World made promiscuous sex "look like fun," and the book is "centered around negative activity." They thought the point of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5 was to promote "deviant sexual behavior." People burned Tolkien's Lord of the… » 10/01/12 3:14pm 10/01/12 3:14pm

Speculating about future science isn't irresponsible — if anything,…

We tend to think there's a hard-line division between science (which is based on hard evidence and empiricism) and science fiction (which is more speculative and often somewhat fanciful.) But over in Wales Online, Cardiff University's Joan Haran argues that the boundary between science and science fiction is always… » 9/12/12 4:11pm 9/12/12 4:11pm

100 Wonderful and Terrible Movies That Never Existed

For every movie that makes it to your local cineplex, there are dozens that never come into existence. In another universe, Mel Gibson directed Fahrenheit 451, Terry Gilliam directed Watchmen, and Batman fought Godzilla. The history of movies is crammed full of weird almost-weres and could-have-beens. A lot of people… » 8/10/12 1:48pm 8/10/12 1:48pm

Read Aldous Huxley's review of 1984 he sent to George Orwell

Several months after George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 was published in 1949, Aldous Huxley sent a letter to his former French pupil. The Brave New World author had received a copy of 1984 from the publisher at Orwell's behest, but his poor eyesight prevented him from finishing the book for several months. » 3/06/12 8:15am 3/06/12 8:15am

The Most Frequently Banned or Challenged Science Fiction and Fantasy…

It's Banned Books Week, and the American Library Association has a list of the most frequently "banned or challenged" books of each year, from 2001 to 2010. And the list is pretty interesting reading — the Harry Potter books were on top of the list in 2001 and 2002, then dropped to number two in 2003, only to vanish… » 9/28/11 6:40am 9/28/11 6:40am

Ridley Scott Confirms He's Making Brave New World

Click to viewWe got the chance to ask science fiction legend Ridley Scott for an exclusive update on his adaptation of Aldous Huxley's classic dystopian novel Brave New World. While he's still knee-deep in the details of the adaptation, he's already got some strong opinions - including his view that Brave New World is… » 10/06/08 7:00am 10/06/08 7:00am

New Ridley Scott Movie Has Better Drugs Than Blade Runner

Ridley Scott is returning to science fiction, the genre he spurned, for the first ever movie adaptation of Aldous Huxley's classic false-utopia novel Brave New World. Leonardo DiCaprio, who owns the movie rights to Brave, will probably star as John the Savage, a natural man who confronts a world of test-tube babies… » 3/28/08 4:30pm 3/28/08 4:30pm