Kim Stanley Robinson Tells Us An Alien Contact Scenario That You've Probably Never Thought About

We’re excited to colonize space—but are we really prepared for what we may found out there? Author Kim Stanley Robinson talked with us about some of the things that may come up as we move out into the cosmos—and the big hurdle we still have yet to clear to get to that point in the first place. »9/24/15 7:00pm9/24/15 7:00pm

Kim Stanley Robinson Is Here to Answer Questions About Aurora

This month, io9 read Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel Aurora. Today, from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Pacific time), he’ll be joining us to answer questions about lives lived amidst interstellar travel, artificial intelligences, the familiarities and eccentricities of terraformed planets, and anything else you want to know. »9/24/15 10:30am9/24/15 10:30am

Two Books You Must Read If You Care About the Future of Humanity in Space

Two of the most celebrated authors in science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson and Neal Stephenson, released epic novels this summer about our future lives in space. And yet both Robinson’s Aurora and Stephenson’s Seveneves are actually about why we may never be able to leave Earth behind. »8/13/15 9:02pm8/13/15 9:02pm

Which Future Are We Heading Towards: Mad Max Or Star Trek?

“As the 21st century unfolds, science fiction increasingly comes to seem like a realist rather than a speculative genre,” says one essay/book review in the L.A. Review of Books. It’s just one of a few great pieces up at the LARB site right now, about the choice of futures we face: Mad Max versus Star Trek. »6/25/15 1:43pm6/25/15 1:43pm

Auroras Are Colourful Reminders To Upgrade Our Infrastructure

While beautiful, auroras can also be the harbinger of the collapse of civilization. If a sufficiently large flare and coronal mass ejection spawns a massive solar storm that hits the Earth, the geomagnetic storm could be capable of knocking our electrical infrastructure offline for a long, long time. »11/09/14 10:39am11/09/14 10:39am

Mesmerizing Aurora in Dramatic Landscapes of Fire, Ice, and Shadow

Aurora are beautiful, but the fire and smoke of Bárðarbunga step it up to gorgeous. The weekend kicked off with the Earth putting on a glorious display of green, blue, purple, and red, and countless photographers braved varied terrain to capture the ephemeral light for your viewing pleasure. »9/13/14 12:01pm9/13/14 12:01pm