New Archeological Proof for the Oldest Tsunami in Recorded History

Tucked away in the 8th volume of Herodotus' Histories is a reference to a town that was saved from attack by the Persians when the sea retreated — then returned higher than ever, drowning those who tried to cross the shallows. This account of 479 BCE is regarded as the first historical reference to a tsunami — and now… » 4/25/12 5:00pm 4/25/12 5:00pm

The birth of steampunk in the 19th Century

The rise in steam power in the late 18th century led to the imagined possibility that humanity might finally be freed from dependence on muscle and wind as sources of energy. Novels of the near- and far-future, in which new forms of energy, including steam, would lead to new technology and new cultures, expressed… » 3/11/11 1:00pm 3/11/11 1:00pm

An Appreciation of Lord Bulwer-Lytton

One generation's master is the next generation's hack. One generation's classic is the next's punch-line. Witness the case of Edward George Earle Bulwer, Baron Lytton of Knebworth–or, as he became known to later generations, Bulwer-Lytton. » 3/10/11 1:00pm 3/10/11 1:00pm

In the Japanese cult classic Hausu, schoolgirls are eaten by an evil…

In Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1977 horror classic, House (a.k.a. Hausu), a band of plucky vacationing schoolgirls make the fatal mistake of spending summer vacation at a very hungry haunted house. » 3/06/11 6:15pm 3/06/11 6:15pm

Ghost Dog: Why this katana-swinging hitman is an urban legend

Jim Jarmusch's 1999 thriller Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai is a stunning meditation on race, death, cultural cross-pollination, and Forest Whitaker killing gangsters. But what's most intriguing about Ghost Dog is how Jarmusch transforms the film's flesh-and-blood samurai into a nigh mythical wraith. Here's why this… » 2/28/11 3:20pm 2/28/11 3:20pm

The 3-D craze comes to classic science fiction book covers

It's not enough that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit will be filmed in 3-D — now your favorite science fiction books will have 3-D covers too. Are you excited yet? Vintage Classics is reissuing five books with 3-D covers: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Centre… » 10/05/10 3:30pm 10/05/10 3:30pm

A Massive Map Of Four Famed Fictions Crossing The Globe

Ever wondered the geographical origins of such dissimilar stories as Doctor Faustus and Jaws? This map charts the evolution of four classic tales as they traversed continents, centuries, and cultures. » 3/22/10 5:00pm 3/22/10 5:00pm

Kiwi Scifi Novel From 1881 Predicted Great Alien Sex

A lost second volume of the early science fiction novella called The Great Romance has been discovered in New Zealand, and it reveals early thoughts of crazy alien sex, plus airlocks, space shuttles and space suits. All this, long before we had even devised a scientific way to the moon besides jumping really, really… » 6/19/08 8:20am 6/19/08 8:20am

Boys Don't Cry Director Tackles Trippy Scifi Classic

Arthur C. Clarke's weird science fiction novel Childhood's End could soon be a movie directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry, and the upcoming Stop-Loss). Peirce says she's attracted to the challenging themes of Clarke's 1953 novel, but she'll have a hard time turning it into a big-budget movie. The novel inspired… » 1/09/08 8:20am 1/09/08 8:20am