Overlords Among Us: Amazing Artwork of Clarke's Childhood's End

People have been trying for years to get a movie of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End off the ground — and there has been some amazing artwork depicting Clarke's Overlords. Including a design by creature-designer extraordinaire Wayne Barlowe, and drawings by Batman artist Neal Adams! » 1/28/14 1:52pm 1/28/14 1:52pm

Watch Arthur C. Clarke predict the computers of today, in 1974

Arthur C. Clarke didn't just put the smackdown on A.I. skeptics — he also predicted the future of compuers with pinpoint accuracy, in this recently released 1974 interview. Not just the personal computer, but telecommuting and internet commerce. » 12/27/13 4:20pm 12/27/13 4:20pm

10 Best Science Fiction Stories Where Humans Are The Monsters

Humans are capable of immense greatness and largeness of spirit — but we can also be total horrible bastards, sometimes. And science fiction is full of stories where we terrorize and mistreat innocent creatures. Here are the 10 best stories where humans are the villains. » 9/26/13 10:36am 9/26/13 10:36am

7 Real Natural Events that Inspired Works of Science Fiction

Science fiction is filled with tales that pit humanity against the natural world: earthquakes, meteor strikes, Sharknados. While some of those stories are birthed from abstract (or entirely made-up) fears, others are inspired by specific occurrences—comets, catastrophes, and climate events. » 8/04/13 7:00am 8/04/13 7:00am

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 sail… » 2/01/13 10:40am 2/01/13 10:40am

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

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

The Philosophical Roots of Science Fiction

People use science fiction to illustrate philosophy all the time. From ethical quandaries to the very nature of existence, science fiction's most famous texts are tailor-made for exploring philosophical ideas. In fact, many college campuses now offer courses in the philosophy of science fiction. » 8/08/12 11:34am 8/08/12 11:34am