The best way to stop a hive mind from killing you

The great ships were hive minds, concatenations of thousands of smaller ships that swarmed together so closely you couldn't tell where one ended and another began. They were supposed to be unstoppable, but they had one vulnerability: internal dissent. If you could talk a few ships into separating from the whole, you… » 11/06/13 5:54pm 11/06/13 5:54pm

The Secret of Creating Mindblowing Concept Art of Alien Worlds

Chances are, you've already marveled at Emmanuel Shiu's stunning concept art before. We've featured his stunning movie and game art before — he's worked on everything from Star Trek to Lost Planet 3. Above is a brand new piece of concept art, which he's premiering at io9. And below is Shiu's explanation of how to… » 9/16/13 4:00pm 9/16/13 4:00pm