Win These RPG Contests By Designing Monsters or Whole New Worlds

Some of the biggest companies in tabletop gaming are holding contests right now, including a monster design challenge, D&D trivia, and one for scifi mini settings. Here's how you can win fabulous prizes from Monte Cook Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Kobold Press. » 2/20/15 7:20am 2/20/15 7:20am

The Best Stormtrooper Makeovers From Our Episode VII Photoshop Contest

Last week, we asked you to put your digital manipulation skills to the test by coming up with a new look for Star Wars' Stormtroopers. Here are the greatest—and strangest—ideas that you came up with. » 9/29/14 6:00pm 9/29/14 6:00pm

Photoshop Contest: Give Stormtroopers A Slick New Look For Episode VII!

The big Star Wars rumor swirling about the Internet this week is that some Stormtroopers will appear in Episode VII with a major makeover. Folks, we think you can do better. Use your image editing skills to dream up the Stormtroopers you'd like to see in the next movie. » 9/26/14 12:00pm 9/26/14 12:00pm

io9 'Shop Contest: Dreadnoughtus Edition

Dreadnoughtus is a newly discovered genus of supermassive titanosaurian dinosaur. At 65 tons, it possesses the largest reliably calculable mass of any known land animal. This dinosaur was clearly a badass (a status attested by its very name); but that got us thinking: What would make it even MORE badass? » 9/07/14 1:00pm 9/07/14 1:00pm

This is the Winning Entry for a Contest to Explain Colour

Every year, Alan Alda holds a science communication challenge, posing surprisingly tricky questions and asking for answers appropriate for elementary school audiences. This year's question was, "What is colour?" and Dianna Cowern produced the winning video. » 6/11/14 12:57am 6/11/14 12:57am

Data from the Lunar Orbiter Creates Abstract Moon Art

Psychedelic artwork, or the surface of the moon? Why choose when you can have both at the same time? The Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter team collected the most artistic, abstract data from the Moon, and I'm loving it. This is true Moon Art, loaded with science. » 5/23/14 7:31pm 5/23/14 7:31pm

Student-Designed Space Colonies

High school students from around the world enter NASA's annual design contest to dream of large-scale orbital space settlements. This year, each station also features a method to capture lucrative asteroids for in-space resource mining. The Grand Prize winners are totally awesome. » 4/25/14 6:24pm 4/25/14 6:24pm

Can You Dance Like a T. Rex?

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is adding a T. rex to their collections, and to celebrate it, they've had Ray Troll and The Ratfish Wranglers record a song that they're calling "National Rex." What they need is a dance that goes along with it - a T. Rex Two-Step, if you will. » 4/08/14 8:32pm 4/08/14 8:32pm

Ask a Physicist ... And Win a Book!

Good news, everyone! On July 11, Dutton will be releasing my new book, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality. But do you need to wait that long? Maybe not! » 6/06/13 9:20am 6/06/13 9:20am

Caption this comic for a chance to win a copy of Vader's Little Princess

In Darth Vader and Son, cartoonist Jeffrey Brown asked the question, "What if Darth Vader raised Luke Skywalker?" Now he's giving Leia the same treatment with Vader's Little Princess. Want to get your hands the book for free? Write a caption for this Vader/Leia moment for a chance to win a copy. » 4/06/13 9:30am 4/06/13 9:30am

Who Wore It Best? The Nightmarish, Blood-Gargling Zombie Edition

Last week, we decided to host a contest in conjunction with the release of Dead Yourself, the horrifying The Walking Dead photo app that allows you to transform the faces of innocent bystanders into oozing, putrid, maggot-filled messes. » 2/08/13 8:59am 2/08/13 8:59am

Turn Yourself into a Zombie with Dead Yourself, The Walking Dead Photo…

As you can probably tell from the image above, The Walking Dead Dead Yourself photo app is truly a thing of beauty. With little-to-no physical effort on your part, you can transform your face (or the grinning visage of a loved one) into a putrid, oozing, undead nightmare — doesn't that sound like fun? » 1/29/13 8:59am 1/29/13 8:59am

Win a super deluxe re-issue of Rush album 2112, plus a 2112 comic!

It's 21/12 today, and to celebrate we're giving away five copies of the new ultra-mega deluxe re-issue of Rush's classic prog-scifi album 2112. OK, so maybe you didn't spend your teenage years reading tattered Robert Silverberg novels while listening moodily to Rush albums, but some of us did — and for good reason.… » 12/21/12 11:28am 12/21/12 11:28am

Vote now for your favorite zombified Instagram

A few weeks ago, we asked fans of The Walking Dead to don your finest zombie attire, hit the streets like a pack of flesh-hungry walkers, and then capture the gory details via Instagram. » 10/12/12 8:59am 10/12/12 8:59am

How to make friends and eat people (and win some Walking Dead swag)

As you're probably well aware, The Walking Dead is crawling out of its summer grave and back onto TV for a new skin-peeling, shotgun-blasting, mind-blowing season. » 10/09/12 12:59pm 10/09/12 12:59pm

How to make friends and eat people (and win some Walking Dead swag)

As you're probably well aware, The Walking Dead is crawling out of its summer grave and back onto TV for a new skin-peeling, shotgun-blasting, mind-blowing season. » 10/01/12 8:59am 10/01/12 8:59am

Win The Most Awesome Wheel of Time Swag Ever

If you're a fan of the intensely epic Wheel of Time series, we've got a special treat for you to celebrate the fourteenth and final book in the series, A Memory of Light. Later today, we're going to be giving away five backpacks emblazoned with a logo that will tell the world that Robert Jordan is your homie — and… » 8/15/12 7:20am 8/15/12 7:20am

Win a copy of the 50th Anniversary Edition of A Wrinkle In Time (and an…

Today at roughly 2:30 PM Pacific Time, we will be giving away 11 copies of the newly-released 50th Anniversary Edition of Madeleine L'Engle young adult SF classic, A Wrinkle in Time, plus one iPad 2, on Twitter. If you loved this book as a kid, or know kids who would love it now, you'll definitely want a copy of this… » 1/30/12 1:50pm 1/30/12 1:50pm

Reminder: Caption our exclusive Falling Skies season two image, and you…

There's still one day left to come up with a totally awesome caption for our exclusive photo from Falling Skies season two. Just click that link and add your caption in the comments, and you'll have a shot at seeing the war against the alien invaders up close and personal! (Don't post your captions here — we probably… » 12/21/11 7:30am 12/21/11 7:30am

What do androids dream on a sunny afternoon at the Roburbia Cafe?

Adam Levermore, the man behind those awesome Battlestar Galactica propaganda posters and Firefly travel posters, is back with a new series of posters and cards about robots living in suburbia. Called Roburbia, the series just launched — we've got some of Levermore's favorite images, along with some of his other cool… » 11/17/11 3:40pm 11/17/11 3:40pm