The Original Battlestar Galactica Could Have Looked Way More Glam

The 1978 Battlestar Galactica had some great Earth-toned costumes and a nice Star Wars-inspired look. But judging from some of these early costume concept art pieces by Jean-Pierre Dorléac, the show could have looked way more discofied and blinged-up. Plus there's a good deal more romantic-fantasy outfits, too. » 4/07/14 10:53am 4/07/14 10:53am

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Round One: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

In this year's edition of io9 March Madness, we're on a quest to find the greatest series in all of science fiction and fantasy. On Wednesday, we kicked things off by making eight classics battle it out just to make it into the tourney. Now it's time to start voting on the round of 64! » 3/14/14 11:18am 3/14/14 11:18am

Watch shirtless Tahmoh Penikett teach Star-Crossed's alien groin punch

Here's the main thing you need to see from last night's episode of Star-Crossed: Helo from Battlestar Galactica with his shirt off, doing a "training session" where he teaches all about the secrets of the magic groin-punch. Basically, with a special herb, the Atrians can turn a groin punch into the Vulcan Death Grip. » 3/04/14 11:40am 3/04/14 11:40am

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

What sequel reboot or spinoff would've been better as a new standalone?

These days, so many movies and TV shows are sequels, or new versions of things we loved in the past. And they tie themselves in knots trying to live up to the legacy of what's gone before. Which franchise movie or TV show would be better if it was just a brand new standalone thing? » 2/12/14 2:00pm 2/12/14 2:00pm

Why Maze Runner's James Dashner abandoned dystopia for virtual reality

James Dashner made a huge impact with The Maze Runner, his dystopian young-adult novel which is being turned into a major movie by Fox. Now he's back with a novel about virtual reality, The Eye of Minds. We talked to Dashner about why virtual reality could replace dystopia in young-adult novels. » 10/07/13 12:44pm 10/07/13 12:44pm

The Most Absurd Courtroom Scenes from Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

There's a reason so many science fiction and fantasy shows feature trials. Legal battles can be used as an allegory, or a way to expose important issues. But sometimes, these stories just go off the deep end. Here are the most ridiculous trials from science fiction and fantasy television. » 9/26/13 12:19pm 9/26/13 12:19pm