The Ladies' Deposit: Created by Women for Ripping Off Women

Although the 2008 exposure of the financial misdeeds of Bernie Madoff allowed Ponzi scheme to enter the day to day vernacular, these schemes are not at all a new creation. Ponzi schemes pay off initial investors using money from new investors, relying on a constant cycle of recruitment in order to prevent the ruse from … » 6/09/12 8:00am 6/09/12 8:00am

Letters From Ray Bradbury: 'Love what YOU love!'

We're still mourning the loss of legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. The author of The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451 has passed on, but his indelible writing will remain with us forever. » 6/06/12 2:04pm 6/06/12 2:04pm

How to Tell if Your City is Dying

Detroit just took another huge step towards the abyss, with its proposal to turn off street lights across half the city. This is the nightmare scenario for anybody who loves a particular city: that one day, it'll fail. Chances are, if you live in (or near) a city, you already worry over every little sign that your town … » 6/05/12 1:14pm 6/05/12 1:14pm

Karl Lagerfeld holds a fashion show in Superman's Fortress of Solitude

Want more proof that the fashion world is continuing to be rocked by science fiction and futuristic (or really, retro-futuristic) visions? Look no further than these pictures of Karl Lagerfeld's designs showcased at Chanel's Paris Fashion Week show. (At which apparently Katy Perry was in the front row.) » 3/07/12 11:51am 3/07/12 11:51am

Meet the Raelians: Inside the World's Strangest — and Nicest — UFO Sex…

The International Raelian Movement might be the world's most science-fictional religion — at the very least, they're up there with Scientology. Their founder claims he met the aliens who created the human race, and their main ritual involves sending your DNA to an alien planet. The group announced they cloned a human… » 11/21/11 12:00pm 11/21/11 12:00pm

Still doubtful that the Arctic ice is melting? Shipping companies are…

Last year was the first year that the Arctic Ocean became a major shipping route — but in 2011, the "Northeast Passage" is blossoming with trade, now that ice has melted enough to allow smooth passage in the summertime. » 10/03/11 4:30pm 10/03/11 4:30pm

How life is imitating science fiction in Egypt

Walter Jon Williams' Deep State, out next week, picks up the themes of viral marketing and social media from his previous novel This Is Not A Game. And a lot of the stuff that Williams wrote about is very similar to what's been happening in Egypt and Tunisia. Is Williams a prophet of the internet age, or just lucky?… » 2/03/11 2:21pm 2/03/11 2:21pm