io9 March Madness Sweet 16: Star Wars vs. Dune! Buffy vs. Cthulhu!

We've reached the Sweet Sixteen in our hunt to find the greatest work of science fiction and fantasy ever. Just four competitors are left from each of our regionals, which means you've got some tough choices ahead: Doctor Who or Blade Runner? Harry Potter or Hellboy? Terminator or X-Men? Vote now! » 3/21/14 12:00pm 3/21/14 12:00pm

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy: Dystopia, Mad Science and Magic!

This year's edition of io9 March Madness is dedicated to finding the greatest, most classic work from all of science fiction and fantasy. Today we wrap up the Round of 64 with the likes of George Orwell, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and the Dread Lord Cthulhu. The competition is fierce! » 3/17/14 11:48am 3/17/14 11:48am

Crowdfund Baby Cthulhu sculptures and a videogame that teaches Japanese

Do you find the idea of learning Japanese intimidating? A videogame is looking to make the language fun and easy—and it needs a little crowdfunding help. You can also put your dollars behind cute Cthulhu sculptures, palm-sized personal museums, a new addition to a famous fan film, and a tale of teddy bear pirates. » 2/28/14 1:30pm 2/28/14 1:30pm

Meet the mysterious men behind Oklahoma's monument to Azathoth

Eric Piper and J. David Osbourne aren't cultists (that we know of), by they did build a 300-lb. monument to the dark Lovecraftian god Azathoth and left it on the lawn of the unsuspecting Paseo Grill in Oklahoma City two weeks ago. Curious whether this was some kind of art project or a sign of the end times in which… » 9/06/13 1:00pm 9/06/13 1:00pm

The episode of Xena: Warrior Princess that set women, TV and comedy…

Xena: Warrior Princess isn’t just a cult TV success, but a feminist icon. The tough warrior fought for the good of the realm in the show, but the show itself helped pave the way for a new generation of female action stars and entertainment. Which makes the show’s decision to chuck Xena to put Gabrielle in a horrible,… » 4/11/13 9:45am 4/11/13 9:45am

Holy @#$%, scientists have just discovered Cthulhu — wait, make that

Admittedly, it's a lot easier to find Cthulhu when you discover a creature first and then name it Cthulhu, but whatever. Scientists have discovered two organisms inside the stomaches of termites and named them Cthulhu macrofasciculumque and Cthylla microfasciculumque in honor of the Lovecraftian nightmare. » 4/04/13 10:20am 4/04/13 10:20am

Ancient fossil reveals that Cthulhu really did live on Earth 500…

About half a billion years ago during the Cambrian period, in the early years of multicellular life on Earth, there existed a creature out of our nightmares. A scaly arthropod, distantly related to today's lobsters and spiders, Fuxianhuia crawled along the ocean floor with those insane-looking tentacle legs. Those… » 2/27/13 3:30pm 2/27/13 3:30pm

Crowdfund a Batman documentary, 3D printing pens, and a WWII setting…

If you've always wished you could draw objects in 3D, there's a pen that uses basic 3D-printing technology to let you draw wire art-style objects, and it's looking for a little crowdfunding. So is a documentary on the power of the Batman story, an RPG setting that places cosmic horrors in WWII, the print volume of one… » 2/24/13 12:00pm 2/24/13 12:00pm

Equality in sexy book reading achieved with "Naked Dudes Reading…

It was three whole years ago we told you about the "Naked Girls Reading Science Fiction" event held by The Pinchbottom Burlesque, but now we're happy to report those who prefer people of the penis-ed variety reading genre fiction aloud to them will finally have their chance, courtesy of Ham Pants Productions and Stage… » 2/06/13 6:20am 2/06/13 6:20am

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Cthulhu!

Well, the world didn't end last week, but the year's still about to, so let's go ahead and have a Postal Apocalypse Year-End Spectacular (Even Though This Is Only the Fourth Installment)! There's a very special letter from a very special little girl at the end, so I hope you'll stick around for that (and, as always,… » 12/26/12 8:00am 12/26/12 8:00am

The Cartoon Martha Stewart Guide to a Merry Cthulhumas

How do you bring a little Lovecraft into your holiday? You can sing Eldritch Christmas carols or decorate your tree with tentacles or put a Santa Cthulhu up on the shelf. Or you could go all out with Cthulhumas party, filled with undead party guests, Junji Ito's Enigma of Amigara Fault-inspired sweets, and the… » 12/23/12 7:00am 12/23/12 7:00am