Science Fiction And Fantasy Comedies That Hit Harder Than Most Dramas

A lot of people seem to think "funny" equals "light-weight." Like a comedy can't deal with important issues, or pack a huge emotional punch. But decades of science fiction and fantasy comedy prove otherwise. Which funny story actually hits you where it counts, more than most "serious" dramas do? » 7/15/14 2:40pm 7/15/14 2:40pm

10 Tyrants Who Are a Better Choice Than the Rebels

We never get tired of reading stories about pure-hearted underdogs rebelling against a vast, evil empire. Except when we start to suspect that the rebels are just too dumb and incompetent to let them be in charge. Here are 10 evil tyrants who are actually better rulers than the rebels trying to replace them would be. » 7/30/13 10:08am 7/30/13 10:08am

The Science Behind Discworld's Flat Earth on the Back of a Turtle

The world is flat, and resting on the backs of four elephants who, in turn, stand upon the back of a giant, space-faring turtle. Welcome to Terry Pratchett's Discworld. How does it all work? Pratchett, along with Professors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, explain it all in The Science of Discworld IV. » 7/16/13 10:45am 7/16/13 10:45am

Independence Days from across the Multiverse

Where there's society, there's a foundation story. And where there's government, there's a holiday to instill patriotism and pride. So here are the ways fiction has commemorated independence from an oppressor, the end of a civil war, or just the day certain documents were signed and the current government came into… » 7/04/13 1:00pm 7/04/13 1:00pm

The 9 Most Incompetent Wizards of All Time

There’s no IQ test to become a wizard. Sure, it usually takes years of training, apprenticing and studying to be able to cast spells and such, but really, any nincompoop can luck into immense magical power and make the lives of everyone near them a magical hell. Here are nine wizards that should drop their wands down… » 4/29/13 10:00am 4/29/13 10:00am

10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End

Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series. But what book series are worth getting hooked on? We did some digging and soul searching, to… » 1/02/13 10:20am 1/02/13 10:20am

Terry Pratchett says his daughter Rhianna will take over the Discworld…

Since his diagnosis with Alzheimer's in 2007, beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett has kept up his rigorous writing and touring schedule, despite his growing health difficulties. These days, he writes entirely with the help of voice-activated software and his assistant Rob Wilkins. Now he's done an extensive… » 11/19/12 5:35pm 11/19/12 5:35pm

8 of the most frustratingly bad media tie-in videogames ever

Ever bought a game that ties into one of your favorite fantasy, scifi, or comic book tales, only to play it and find out it is total crap? Unfortunately, licensed games are historically bad, leaving a lot of fans in this same situation. You probably already know about 1982's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and 1999's … » 11/16/12 11:30am 11/16/12 11:30am