These Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Make Absolutely Perfect Gifts

As Emily Dickinson famously said, there is nothing as frigging awesome as a book. And there's no better present than a cool-looking book, that can adorn someone's coffee table but also provide hours of mind-expanding entertainment. Here are 23 science fiction book gifts your friends will love. » 12/11/14 12:00pm 12/11/14 12:00pm

Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently Series Heading To U.S. TVs And Comic Stores

Best-known as the other books written by The Hitchhiker's Guide's Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and its sequel The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul have been optioned for an American comic book series and a TV adaptation. » 8/04/14 2:20pm 8/04/14 2:20pm

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

Can You Feel Something If You Don't Have a Word For It?

Have you ever had a feeling that you didn't have a word for? If you haven't, do you think that such feelings don't exist? One anthropologist's work seems to suggest that not having a word for a real feeling can happen — and that it can really screw up both a person and a culture. » 6/27/14 6:30am 6/27/14 6:30am

Douglas Adams' Guide To Interspecies Sex Getting Published At Last

Douglas Adams' biographer is publishing a treasure trove of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author's previously unseen work—including a rough draft for a second season of the TV show, material cut from the first Hitchhiker's novel, and Adams' unpublished writings on alien sex. » 5/30/14 11:30am 5/30/14 11:30am

Know where your towel is: The life and works of Douglas Adams

It's Towel Day, and what better way to wish all you hoopy froods a happy hitchhiking holiday then by celebrating some of the things towel aficionado Douglas Noel Adams accomplished before his unfortunate total existence failure? » 5/25/14 1:00pm 5/25/14 1:00pm

Are The Best Sentences In Science Fiction Mostly Aphorisms?

A lot of science fiction's most quotable authors do seem to write a ton of aphorisms — Robert A. Heinlein comes to mind, for example. But over at the Guardian, there's a discussion of the greatest sentences in genre fiction, and the question arose: are the best sentences in genre mostly aphoristic? » 4/01/14 12:00pm 4/01/14 12:00pm

Original Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Cast Reunites For One Show

There have been many versions of Douglas Adams' classic comic space opera, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy — but the original cast of the radio show, many of whom crossed over to the TV version, have a special place in our hearts. And now, they're back together again, and you can hear for yourself. » 3/30/14 5:00pm 3/30/14 5:00pm

A guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Whenever a film adaptation comes out, the same klaxons blare: the movie ruined the book! That's a load of fetid dingo's kidneys. Case in point, Douglas Adams wrote the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for just about every available media - radio, books, stage, TV, video games and film. » 3/09/14 3:01pm 3/09/14 3:01pm

We need more animations of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!

There's plenty of attempts at providing fan animations for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's more famous scenes, but Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish, there aren't enough scenes from later episodes! » 12/06/13 12:26pm 12/06/13 12:26pm

What's your comfort read?

You've had a bad day, and your brain is fried. You could descend into alcohol, food, or passive-aggression, but instead you reach for the bookshelf. What's the book you read when you need something comforting? » 9/20/13 2:00pm 9/20/13 2:00pm

11 Books That Every Aspiring Television Writer MUST Read

Tomorrow, an army of geeks descends on San Diego — and many of them would kill to write for television. Comic-Con always hosts panels about TV writing, and they're always standing-room only. But how do you learn the craft? We asked some great television writers, and they told us 11 books that every aspiring scribe… » 7/16/13 10:33am 7/16/13 10:33am

What does it mean when people say your story's “tone” is wrong?

Writers and creative people talk about tone all the time. But what does it mean? Is it just the difference between a comedy and a drama? Is it just light versus dark? When you write a story, how do you figure out your "tone," and keep it from lurching from one thing to another? Here are some ideas. » 7/15/13 1:08pm 7/15/13 1:08pm

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Creators Who Started Out Writing…

When you write about other worlds and strange discoveries, you need a quick wit. And an ear for clever dialogue, that keeps the story buzzing along. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of science fiction and fantasy's greatest creators started out in comedy, including sitcoms. » 3/21/13 12:56pm 3/21/13 12:56pm

Google has built an actual working Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

If you haven't checked it out already, you should definitely pop over to Google, where the latest doodle pays tribute to Douglas Adams' 61st birthday — with some pretty neat animations. You can definitely kill a lot of time pushing all the buttons on the Google version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and… » 3/10/13 10:17pm 3/10/13 10:17pm

16 Famous Science Fiction Quotes that Make Excellent Pick-Up Lines

Dating is hard. And instigating first-contact with a fellow humanoid can be the hardest part. Luckily, we geeks have our own special language, made up of quotes and in-jokes. Some of which makes for some excellent pick-up lines, that you can always resort to in an emergency situation. » 12/04/12 10:00am 12/04/12 10:00am

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels to Cheer You the Frak Up

Even starship captains get the blues sometimes. And when you get depressed, or when you're stuck in bed with a nasty case of black plague, you need something to cheer you the frak up. Luckily, there are tons of science fiction and fantasy books with proven restorative properties. » 10/10/12 1:00pm 10/10/12 1:00pm

Douglas Adams and Jim Henson tried to develop a TV special about the…

What happens when you get the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the creator of the Muppets in the same room? In the 1980s, Jim Henson met author Douglas Adams and together they tried to develop a television special starring the Muppets about the wonders of computers. » 9/16/12 1:00pm 9/16/12 1:00pm