The Man Who Invented The Science Fiction Paperback

Many of science fiction's greatest classics were published as paperback originals — and the genre might never have gotten so much widespread appeal without the cheap paperback format. As a new article in Investor's Business Daily explains, this was the brainchild of publisher Ian Ballantine. » 2/05/15 3:37pm 2/05/15 3:37pm

In 1976, Arthur C. Clarke Knew A Lot About Cell Phones And The Internet…

Vintage interviews of Arthur C. Clarke predicting the future of computing continue to surface. Here's one from 1976, just released by the AT&T Tech Channel, which contains even more spot-on description of what communications will look like in the future. As in, today. As in, internet and smartphones and maybe even… » 2/04/15 11:58am 2/04/15 11:58am

Syfy Will Turn Arthur C. Clarke's 3001 Into A Miniseries

Syfy is making good on their pledge to return to science fiction drama. The studio has plans to adapt the final book in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey into a miniseries. » 11/03/14 11:07am 11/03/14 11:07am

Just Because Magic Has Rules, Doesn't Mean It Should Be Predictable

A lot of fantasy writers and readers will tell you that magic needs to have a clear set of rules, so you don't just have a situation where magic can do whatever the author needs it to do. A system of magic. But go too far in that direction, and you end up with something too much like technology. » 10/20/14 6:00pm 10/20/14 6:00pm

Syfy Turning Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End Into A Miniseries

After weeks of speculating, it's official: Syfy will turn Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End into a six-hour miniseries. And it's going to premiere next year. But don't fret, the folks attached to it give us a lot of hope for this project. » 9/03/14 4:40pm 9/03/14 4:40pm

Syfy's Childhood's End Adaptation Gets Closer and Closer to Happening

Seriously, it looks like Syfy's version of Arthur C. Clarke's classic novel Childhood's End is actually going to happen. Because there are some very familiar names running this project. » 8/17/14 11:00pm 8/17/14 11:00pm

Back In 1937, People Worried That Science Fiction Was Going Downhill

Most of us have been seeing convention panels about the "Death of Science Fiction" for years now — it's become sort of a jolly cliche. Everybody laments the loss of some earlier, greater age for the genre. But back in 1937, British fans were pretty worried that SF was in permanent decline. » 7/31/14 8:00pm 7/31/14 8:00pm

How Rendezvous with Rama Might Look As A CG Film

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

Why Science Fiction Readers Shouldn't Just Cling to the Golden Age

Author Gareth Powell recently attended a book group where nobody had read any authors who came along in the past 50 years. In a bracing essay for SF Signal, he talks about the peril of focusing only on "golden age" science fiction, and neglecting how the genre has changed. » 12/03/13 12:41pm 12/03/13 12:41pm

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

Some of the Nicest Vintage Science Fiction Covers We've Seen in Ages

Holy cow, these are some really stunning science fiction book and magazine covers. Flickr user Pelz just scanned in some classic magazine art, plus some book art, and it's really lovely to behold. » 8/08/13 5:00pm 8/08/13 5:00pm

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

Must Read: Arthur C. Clarke puts the smackdown on A.I. skeptics

Tod Mesirow traveled to Sri Lanka and interviewed Rendezvous with Rama author Arthur C. Clarke in 1995, and the full transcript was recently published in the L.A. Review of Books. Including Clarke's awesome rejoinder to people who don't think artificial intelligence is coming. » 7/29/13 2:46pm 7/29/13 2:46pm

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