The Greatest Scenes Where Epic Heroes Ask a Random Priest for Advice

Of all the random bits in Man of Steel, one of the randomest was the scene where Supes asks a man of the cloth what a man of the cape should do. In fact, the "Ask a Priest" scene is a staple of science fiction and fantasy. Here are our favorite moments where someone consults a priest, and gets some mostly nonsensical… » 6/21/13 1:00pm 6/21/13 1:00pm

The Hunt for Alien Megastructures

When most people think about searching for extraterrestrial intelligences, they imagine someone like Ellie Arroway searching the skies for radio transmissions. But what about looking in other ways? Perhaps a highly advanced alien civilisation might build structures large enough for us to see. » 5/24/13 3:30pm 5/24/13 3:30pm

Crowdfund a futuristic model city made of LEGO and documentary about an…

The cities of River Rouge, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, have been unable to find the source of a mysterious hum emanating from Zug Island. One documentary filmmaker is picking up the reins on the investigation, if he can get a little funding help. You can also help fund a LEGO artist this week, a man on a mission… » 4/07/13 12:00pm 4/07/13 12:00pm

Read Carl Sagan's letter (politely) telling Warner Bros. their Contact

You may have recently encountered Carl Sagan's 1954 reading list out in the internet. But the Library of Congress has posted some much more interesting papers from the scientist, novelist and all around fascinating guy: a draft of the 1995 letter he sent to Warner Brothers about the adaptation of Contact. » 8/03/12 11:47am 8/03/12 11:47am

Which science fiction films have the best and worst science, according…

Roland Emmerich's 2012 has the worst science in a science fiction film, according to NASA's experts — followed by Armageddon, Volcano, The Sixth Day and Chain Reaction. So what were the films with the best science, according to NASA? » 1/03/11 11:43am 1/03/11 11:43am

Bad Movie Physics: A Report Card

Space epics almost always play fast and loose with science, treating the laws of physics like suggestions. But some movies dismember Newton and Einstein with way more gusto than others. Here's our report card for bad science in 18 movies. » 12/28/10 12:30pm 12/28/10 12:30pm

By the way, we left out because there's so much of it, even if you just…

The Phantom, The Gates, and True Blood make for a bloody good Sunday

It's the summer season, and Sunday has become the new scifi destination this week. Witness the debut of a jumpsuit-less Phantom, more sanguinary weirdness from True Blood, the debut of The Gates, and new Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who. » 6/14/10 9:15am 6/14/10 9:15am

Is "Science Fiction Humanism" A Contradiction In Terms?

People talk about science fiction as the literature of humanism. But actually, science fiction's explorations put it into conflict with humanism's tenets. The best science fiction questions the nature of humanity, and whether the universe will let us stay human. » 3/09/10 5:00pm 3/09/10 5:00pm

Which Movies Really Have The Best And Worst Science?

The debate over bad science in science-fiction movies has gotten a major new source of ammunition: Phil Plait, writing for Discover Magazine, has rounded up a fairly definitive list of the best and worst moments in movie science. » 1/23/10 3:00pm 1/23/10 3:00pm

8 Mesmerizing Sci-Fi Flavored Tracking Shots

In science fiction cinema and TV, creators need to draw audiences into their world seamlessly. One way to do this is the tracking shot, an immersive one-take journey through a scene. Here are 8 of the best. » 12/25/09 2:00pm 12/25/09 2:00pm

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Religion In Science Fiction

Religion is a huge part of science fiction - and it makes the genre better and more fascinating, as Battlestar Galactica proved. But there are seven mistakes SF should avoid in portraying the spiritual realm. » 3/26/09 2:59pm 3/26/09 2:59pm

Bebo Sends Friend Request to Alien Planet

Social networking has gone interstellar. Yesterday, friend-connecting network Bebo beamed a message at Gliese 581c, a terrestrial “super-Earth” that might be capable of supporting life. But is this really a viable effort to make alien contact, or merely an instance of extrasolar spam?Bebo sponsored a competition to… » 10/10/08 12:00pm 10/10/08 12:00pm

Bad Movie Physics: A Report Card

Click to view Space epics almost always play fast and loose with science, treating the laws of physics like suggestions. Sound in space, unprotected bodies splatting in vacuum, and alien planets that all look just like Calabasas. But some movies dismember Newton and Einstein with way more gusto than others. We rated… » 3/14/08 10:00am 3/14/08 10:00am

Dumbest Space Gods In Science Fiction

Why do space explorers always wind up meeting some crappy pantheon? It never fails. You're cruising along, fighting monsters and bedding your crewmates (or vice versa) and then all of a sudden some annoying guys in tunics are talking Big Talk and rewriting reality to suit their moronic whims. As Crichton from Farscape » 1/25/08 10:00am 1/25/08 10:00am

An Interdimensional Spaceport Off the Coast on Titan

Massive futuristic cubes are surrounded by waiting spaceships and transports in this concept set on a moon orbiting a ringed planet. Artist Steve Burg says he intended it to look inter-dimensional. » 1/11/08 7:00pm 1/11/08 7:00pm

As lonely as we may find it to be, it certainly looks more inviting than LAX on a holiday weekend.

Must See: Contact

Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale. Written by Jason Shankel.

Title: Contact
Date: 1997

Vitals: Jodie Foster, surrounded by the likes of Matthew MacConaughey, Tom Skerrit,… » 9/30/07 11:00pm 9/30/07 11:00pm