Remembering Deep Blue's Surprising Chess Triumph Over A World Champion

Nineteen years ago today, IBM's Deep Blue computer made history by defeating reigning world chess champ Garry Kasparov. » 2/10/15 6:00pm 2/10/15 6:00pm

Batwoman Can't Marry, Says DC Pub, Because Heroes Can't Be Happy

Less than three days since the controversy surrounding DC Comics’ refusal, we have a great non-explanation explanation from the DC brass about why the publisher refused to allow characters Kate Kane (Batwoman) and her partner, Gotham City police officer Maggie Sawyer, to marry each other. You ready? (I mean, it’s so… » 9/08/13 1:31pm 9/08/13 1:31pm

Did Syfy borrow its latest "aliens among us" premise from a Buffy star?

Controversy erupted over the weekend when Amber Benson, who played Tara on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, claimed one of Syfy's newly greenlit shows, Human Relations, was awfully similar to Drones, a film she wrote/directed with Adam Busch (Warren on Buffy.) » 8/03/10 4:15pm 8/03/10 4:15pm

Is Fan Fiction Really So Wrong?

Why do big-name authors like George R. R. Martin keep yelling about how evil and morally wrong fan fiction is? Especially when their biggest fans are the ones writing it? Catherynne M. Valente has some ideas . . . » 5/10/10 1:43pm 5/10/10 1:43pm

Terry Pratchett Explains Why Doctor Who Is Ludicrous

Doctor Who shouldn't really be called science fiction, says author Terry Pratchett. It's "ludicrous and breaks most of the laws of narrative," he adds, in a tongue-in-cheek but fairly bracing critique. Guards! Guards? » 5/03/10 6:00pm 5/03/10 6:00pm

Philip Pullman Sets Aside His Dark Materials For His Dark Messiahs

He raised the ire of readers all over the world with his sideways glance at the Catholic Church in the series "His Dark Materials." With his new novel, Philip Pullman imagines a Jesus that had, yes, an evil twin brother. » 3/29/10 3:00pm 3/29/10 3:00pm

Actual Blind Pretty Pissed About Blindness Movie

File this under 'Bound To Happen': Blindness » 10/01/08 4:00pm 10/01/08 4:00pm, the movie about people being hauled off and quarantined after losing their sight from an epidemic, has ended up really ticking off real-life blind people. The offended are protesting that the blindness epidemic in the movie isn't a metaphor for the collapse of society, but…

The Enterprise Warps Into An Imploding Nebula

I've been struggling to avoid blogging about the Star Trek/Nebula controversy for the past week, because it seemed so silly, and I was sure it was blowing over. But now it seems like the controversy that will not die. In case you missed it, an episode of fan-made Trek show Star Trek: Phase II got nominated for a… » 3/07/08 10:48am 3/07/08 10:48am