Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero

Sometimes it seems like every villain is obsessed with murdering the hero of the story. (Or making the hero realize they're alike.) But it's not true — in fact, some of the best villains have their own goals, and the hero just happens to get in the way. Here are some great villains whose schemes don't revolve around… » 12/16/14 8:00am Tuesday 8:00am

​12 Of The Most Game-Changing TV Episodes Ever

If a TV show nowadays doesn't have at least one big twist now and then, chances are it doesn't remain on the air for long. But only a handful of TV series have the courage to completely transform themselves — to show something so crazy, it irrevocably redefines the show from that point on. We've been lucky to have… » 5/27/14 10:40am 5/27/14 10:40am

What's The Most Disastrous First Encounter Between Two Civilizations?

First contact can be a delicate business. When humans encounter aliens (or fairies, or other creatures) for the first time, it can easily go very, very wrong. Any first meeting between two peoples can turn bloody at a moment's notice. But what's the most horrific first contact scenario in science fiction and fantasy? » 4/17/14 2:17pm 4/17/14 2:17pm

Who's the most awesome alien race in the entire universe?

Science fiction is full of alien races who kick all kinds of ass, including tough warrior races and highly advanced super-intelligent aliens. But who's the greatest race of all? Which race do you wish you could go spend a year or two living with? Who's most likely to conquer all other races in the multiverse? » 3/19/14 2:33pm 3/19/14 2:33pm

Who's going to replace Steven Moffat as Doctor Who showrunner?

Steven Moffat's been in charge of Doctor Who's storytelling since 2010, and he's probably nearing the end of his tenure. So everybody's wondering who could take over this insanely demanding job, when the show regenerates next time. Let's break down seven prospects, in order of most likely to least likely. » 1/17/14 12:45pm 1/17/14 12:45pm

What Science Fiction or Fantasy Show Should Come With a Warning Label?

Sometimes when you're trying to get your friends into a show for the first time, you have to pass along some wisdom. Like, which episodes to skip, or what stuff is worth sitting through. But which TV show do you wish you could add a warning label to, for everybody who watches it for the first time? » 10/16/13 2:20pm 10/16/13 2:20pm

11 Fearsome Warrior Races (That Would Be Ridiculously Easy to Defeat)

An entire species of warriors is one of the most thrilling tropes from science fiction and fantasy. Bred only for combat, with a culture based entirely on war and destruction. But sometimes that single-minded focus on slaughter can actually have its drawbacks. Here are 11 fictional warrior races that would be easy to… » 10/03/13 10:00am 10/03/13 10:00am

The 10 Most Unbelievable Alien Races in Science Fiction

Chances are when we meet actual extraterrestrials, they'll be so different, our minds will be blown. But science fiction has to make do, which is why we get so many humans with wacky foreheads. Sometimes, though, we meet an alien race that could never have evolved, no matter what. Here are the 10 most unbelievable… » 9/06/13 10:38am 9/06/13 10:38am

What's the most pointless rivalry or schism in all of fandom?

The great thing about science fiction and fantasy is that there's a nearly limitless amount of books, movies, TV shows and comics to celebrate. But sometimes, people decide that you can only be a fan of one thing or another. You have to choose. What's the most pointless rivalry in all of fandom? » 8/06/13 2:45pm 8/06/13 2:45pm

Pranks from science fiction and fantasy that teach Very Special Lessons

Pranks can do more than provide a little comic relief. They can teach important lessons. Like, "Don't take yourself too seriously." Or "Here's a taste of your own medicine." Or "I'm a dick." Here are pranks from science fiction and fantasy, some of which say something of value and some of the "I'm a dick" variety. » 7/25/13 1:08pm 7/25/13 1:08pm

15 Scifi Mockumentaries That Will Leave You Questioning Reality

Yes, we're still disappointed that we didn't get a World War Z mockumentary. After all, science fiction and horror lend themselves quite well to the faux-documentary format. So we're kicking back with 15 speculative mockumentaries, from a silly Star Wars lark to an earnest look at Britain on the eve of nuclear war. » 6/30/13 7:00am 6/30/13 7:00am

io9's March TV Madness: Vote for the 16 Greatest Scifi Shows of All…

The first round of our tournament to determine the best sci-fi and fantasy show of them all is now in the books, and 32 teams are left to battle it out for the title. Vote now and decide the bracket fates of Doctor Who, The X-Files, Twilight Zone, Fringe, Lost, Game of Thrones, both Battlestar Galacticas, three Star… » 3/18/13 12:30pm 3/18/13 12:30pm

io9's March TV Madness: Vote Now for the Greatest Sci-Fi Shows Ever!

On Tuesday, you voted on the first 32 of the shows in our tournament, and now it's time to decide the rest of the first round. You determine the fates of Doctor Who, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lost, Babylon 5, Farscape, both Battlestar Galacticas, and many more! The polls are open until midnight Pacific time… » 3/14/13 12:00pm 3/14/13 12:00pm

The Strange, Secret Evolution of Babylon 5

February 22, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Babylon 5: The Gathering, the pilot film for what would eventually become the Babylon 5 television series. The show arguably changed the way narrative television works, and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski also changed the rules for TV creators… » 2/21/13 9:00am 2/21/13 9:00am

10 Most Incompetent Space Captains in the Universe

Space is an unforgiving medium. Out there, in the tractless depths, the slightest mistake can be fatal for everybody. And that goes a hundredfold for mistakes by commanding officers. A single mistake can mean the death of hundreds, if not millions, of people. And there are plenty of commanders and captains who've… » 2/06/13 10:08am 2/06/13 10:08am

TV Show Opening Monologues That Are Worth Reciting in the Shower Each…

Some mornings, you can barely face the harsh light of day. That whole ordeal of dragging yourself out of bed and cleansing yourself and putting on the required worker garments so that you can go out into the world and deal with the human race just seems... barbaric. Which is why, sometimes, you need to feel like a… » 1/29/13 1:00pm 1/29/13 1:00pm