Who's The Greatest Science Fiction Character Of All Time?

Science fiction is full of brilliant ideas — but it's also the home of some fascinating characters. And the British Film Institute is trying to find the greatest science fiction character of all time — but I bet we can do even better, right here. Who are the greatest characters in all of science fiction? » 9/16/14 1:16pm Yesterday 1:16pm

Why Do Alien Cultures Have Just One Language Each?

Here on Earth, we speak over 7,000 living languages. But in science fiction, alien species routinely turn out to have just one language, or a few major dialects at best. Over at Slate, they ask whether this is realistic — or whether we're just lumping alien languages together, based on shared characteristics. » 9/09/14 2:53pm 9/09/14 2:53pm

Could An Evil Mega-Corporation Ever Exist In Real Life?

Dystopian stories are full of evil corporations that rule the world. But writers seldom explain how they rose to power in the first place. Could an amoral mega-corp really exist? We talked to a couple experts to find out. The good news: It probably couldn't happen. Bad news: We may already be getting something worse. » 9/04/14 9:00am 9/04/14 9:00am

This Was Actually A Pretty Decent Episode Of Falling Skies

Falling Skies is always at its best when it's dealing with mild body horror — the show's original "hook" was the harnessed children, and since then the most compelling stuff has always involved humans being changed by contact with aliens. So it was nice to see a lot of that in last Sunday's episode. » 8/13/14 1:20pm 8/13/14 1:20pm

Nadia Drake Reflects On The Impact of Her Father's Famed Equation

In 1961, Frank Drake formulated an equation that would change the way we see ourselves in the Universe, and inspire in an unprecedented way the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, more than fifty years later, his daughter, science writer Nadia Drake, looks back on the impact of her father's eponymous… » 7/02/14 4:30pm 7/02/14 4:30pm

The Real-Life Baby Animals That Inspired Earth To Echo's Alien

The latest addition to the family-friendly boy-meets-alien genre is Earth to Echo, which features characters that are much more realistic than anything you'll see on the Disney Channel. We spoke with the director about channeling authentic kid dialogue and the creation of the cutest little alien robot to ever meep. » 7/01/14 11:30am 7/01/14 11:30am