Last Year's Breakout Novel Girl With All The Gifts Is Becoming A Movie

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey was easily one of our favorite novels published last year — and Joss Whedon agreed with us. So it's fantastic news that this book is becoming a movie called She Who Brings Gifts, starring Glenn Close. » 3/23/15 10:40am 3/23/15 10:40am

1991 Documentary: Will LA Be a Hellish Dystopia? (Yes.)

Back in 1991 the BBC visited Los Angeles to ask if it was the city of the future. Their answer? Yes, but not in a good way. » 2/05/15 2:05am 2/05/15 2:05am

It's a New Episode of Haphead, the VR Gamer Dystopia Series

io9 is proud to be distributing new episodes of Haphead every week. In episode 3, we start to see the results of all Maxine's haptic brain interface gaming — she's become a serious ninja. But at home, she's still fighting with her old-school punk dad about being a wage slave. » 2/03/15 11:09pm 2/03/15 11:09pm

Watch the First Two Installments of Haphead, a VR Gamer Dystopia


For the first time ever, io9 has teamed up with indie filmmakers to bring you a science fiction web series. Created by Jim Munroe (Ghosts with Shit Jobs, Infest Wisely), Haphead is the tale of a gamer who is willing to do anything to get her hands on a new "haptic" VR system for games. » 1/27/15 8:16pm 1/27/15 8:16pm

The CIA Explains How to Avoid a Secondary Search in Airports

Worried you'll be singled out for the hassle and humiliation of a secondary screening at the airport when traveling to another country? Wikileaks has published a leaked document from the CIA that explains what makes agents give travelers a hard time — and how you can prevent it. » 12/22/14 10:21am 12/22/14 10:21am

Is This "Privacy Bag" a Sign that We Are Living in Dystopia?

Imagine a world so crowded that the only way you can hope to get some private space is by encasing yourself in a fabric cocoon. That's the premise behind Nutshell, a collapsable privacy shield for people suffering from social claustrophobia who just need a few minutes of peace. » 11/14/14 1:37pm 11/14/14 1:37pm

Why We Love To Watch The World Burn

Whether by sweeping pandemic, by natural disasters of biblical proportions, by a horde of zombies, or by some unspecified slowly-unfolding environmental destruction, world-destroying fiction is having a moment. But what is it that makes it so appealing to see the world fall down around us? » 10/21/14 4:20pm 10/21/14 4:20pm

The Food Crisis Is Coming -- Are You Ready for It?

A geography professor who specializes in food security and an artist have teamed up to create one of the most interesting dystopian comics we've seen in a while. Welcome to the world of #foodcrisis, set in a famine-plagued future that is all too believable. » 10/16/14 12:00pm 10/16/14 12:00pm

Dystopian Fashion Comes with Special Signal-Blocking Pocket for Phones

British company The Affair has created a number of science fiction themed fashion lines, but their latest is a masterpiece. The clothing is all modeled on what people wore in George Orwell's 1984, and comes with a shielded phone pocket made from material can effectively pull you off the grid. » 9/25/14 11:29am 9/25/14 11:29am

Dystopian science fiction can teach us a lot about the future of cities. In an article published today on Slate, I talk about the history of dystopian cities in SF, and how they're connected to urban policies and changes in the real world. » 9/24/14 2:31pm 9/24/14 2:31pm

Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem Is a Grim Facebook Dystopia

In movies like Brazil and 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam established himself as a master of the dystopian. With his new film The Zero Theorem, he's created a garish, repulsive social media future full of "happy" surveillance and overworked techies. It's a compelling vision, but the movie never quite lives up to its own… » 9/17/14 2:23pm 9/17/14 2:23pm

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. » 9/15/14 10:11am 9/15/14 10:11am

Why Do the Anarcho-Primitivists Want to Abolish Civilization?

Anarcho-primitivists are the ultimate Luddites — ideologues who favor complete technological relinquishment and a return to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. We spoke to a leading proponent to learn more about this idea and why he believes civilization was our worst mistake. » 9/11/14 11:28am 9/11/14 11:28am

The 10 Dark, Gritty Rules of Dystopian Science Fiction

Everybody loves a good dystopia, where the world of today has turned into a nightmare of decay, hopelessness and gelatinous food cubes. But to do them right, you need to follow these ten rules. » 8/21/14 10:43am 8/21/14 10:43am

A High School Student's Remarkable Letter To George Orwell

A Library of Congress contest invites young people to write letters to authors (living or deceased). The latest prize goes to Devi Acharya, who tells Orwell, "You shouldn't have published those books of yours under the guise of fiction — how could fiction be what's happening outside my very doorstep?" » 8/01/14 9:20am 8/01/14 9:20am

At Comic-Con? Put On Your Mask for the Surveillance Camera Network

In the TV series Person of Interest, an AI can access virtually every surveillance camera across New York City. So the question is: do cities really create networks of interconnected private and public security cameras? Yes, they do. Including in San Diego, right in the heart of Comic-Con. » 7/25/14 10:10am 7/25/14 10:10am

Which Dystopias Are Too Realistic to be Enjoyable?

Everybody likes to watch civilization crushed by flaming alien weapons from space, or eaten from the inside out by zombies. But sometimes a dystopia goes too far, getting so bleakly realistic that you can no longer enjoy the carnage. What dystopian stories were like that for you? » 7/21/14 2:45pm 7/21/14 2:45pm

Trailer For Dystopian Flick Young Ones Features The Real Robot BigDog

We did NOT expect to get this excited about another dusty dystopian flick, but there's something about Young Ones that hits us right in the "near future" sweet spot. First up, the cast is stellar — it has Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and BigDog! We're so glad BigDog is getting its big screen debut. » 7/14/14 11:09am 7/14/14 11:09am

It's not about ideology. It's about thirst. Analysts in Baghdad say that the outcome of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq may come down to who controls the water supply. The water wars may be just beginning. » 7/04/14 2:04pm 7/04/14 2:04pm

The Internet Is About to Become Worse Than Television

Last week, an obscure but potentially internet-transforming document was leaked from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. It revealed that government regulators are considering rules that would give big companies a chance to make their online services run faster than smaller ones. » 4/29/14 4:17pm 4/29/14 4:17pm