What story made you fall in love with science fiction and fantasy?

Science fiction and fantasy are genres that harbor infinite possibilities — so there are an infinite number of ways to discover them. From classic books to brand new games, every story is someone's first experience of the genre. So what's the story that made you discover a love for science fiction and fantasy? » 6/20/13 2:00pm 6/20/13 2:00pm

Technology isn't Magic: Why Clarke's Third Law always bugged me

Arthur C Clarke was a brilliant futurist and writer, but he is probably most widely known for the third of his famous three laws, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." As much as I like the idea, I have to say it's wrong for most of the definitions of magic I've ever seen. » 4/28/13 8:00am 4/28/13 8:00am

All The Reasons We Leave Earth for Dead in Science Fiction

We're living on a planet with an expiration date. One day, Earth will die or explode — and if we're lucky, some of us won't be there. Science fiction is full of stories where we abandon a dead Earth, including the upcoming films Oblivion and After Earth. Here are all the reasons people leave Earth for dead in science… » 4/18/13 12:05pm 4/18/13 12:05pm

Imagine Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke together in…

Back in 1988, Magnus Magnusson (best name ever) somehow managed to bring three of the 20th Century's most fascinating personalities together to discuss God, the Universe, and Everything Else. In the hour-long program, the three talked about the Big Bang theory, the connection between science and scifi, the rise of… » 3/06/13 7:30am 3/06/13 7:30am

NASA will launch the largest solar sail in history as soon as next year

Solar sails are all about "propellantless" propulsion — using photons from the Sun (as opposed to an onboard fuel supply) to push a spacecraft through space. Building on the lessons learned from smaller solar sail missions, like NASA's NanoSail-D and JAXA's IKAROS, NASA is gearing up to to launch the biggest solar… » 2/01/13 10:40am 2/01/13 10:40am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How…

So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the… » 1/30/13 1:15pm 1/30/13 1:15pm

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