10 Villains Who Were Supposed To Come Back... And Never Did

Every villain always threatens to return and wreak vengeance. No baddie worth their salt ever gets beaten and then announces they're going to retire. But some villains make an especially big noise about how they'll be back... and then, crickets. Here are 10 villains who made a big splash, and were never seen again. »2/11/15 1:15pm2/11/15 1:15pm

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 11:00am12/16/14 11:00am

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 5:17pm4/17/14 5:17pm

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 5:20pm10/16/13 5:20pm

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 1:00pm10/03/13 1:00pm

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 1:38pm9/06/13 1:38pm

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 4:08pm7/25/13 4:08pm

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 10:00am6/30/13 10:00am

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

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 3:30pm3/18/13 3:30pm

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 3:00pm3/14/13 3:00pm