Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awards Snafu

This year’s Hugo Awards controversy is confusing. There are two kinds of puppies! Are the puppies against diversity, or literary snobbery? And so on. But really, this is all about books, and particularly what kind of books we’re supposed to celebrate. So here are eight books that can help you understand the Hugo mess. » 6/30/15 10:05am Today 10:05am

Kate Beaton's New Book Is About a Warrior Princess and Her Farting Pony

We love Kate Beaton’s comics, whether she’s spoofing Canadian history, sexifying Batman, or recalling her time working at a mining site. Now she’s coming out with a picture book about a young warrior princess who longs for a noble steed — and instead gets a short, pudgy, and rather flatulent pony.
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Today's Best Media Deals: Cowboy Bebop, Studio Ghibli, and More

Cowboy Bebop has one of the most popular anime in the western hemisphere over the last couple of decades, and if you haven’t seen the movie, it’s only $7 on Amazon today. Be sure to check out Kotaku’s review if you’re on the fence. [Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, $7] » 6/29/15 10:20am Monday 10:20am

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 10:43am Thursday 10:43am

The Wachowskis’ Sense8 Is the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted

Critics seem unsure whether Sense8 is a masterpiece, a disaster, or both. But it’s still a game-changer—pushing the limits of narrative, and testing genre fiction’s patriarchal worldview for weak points. And with a concept that revolves around empathy and personhood, it’s also a great Philip K. Dick tribute. » 6/23/15 10:41am 6/23/15 10:41am

The Hoverboard Scene In Back To The Future 2 Nearly Killed A Stuntwoman

Sure, the hoverboard chase in Back to the Future 2’s 2015 sequence looks incredibly cool—but it was also incredibly unsafe. Just ask stunt performer Cheryl Wheeler, who was badly injured during filming. Find out more, in an exclusive excerpt from We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy. » 6/23/15 8:00am 6/23/15 8:00am