Three Tips For Creating a Brand New Alien Planet from Scratch

With Across The Universe, Beth Revis brought brand new life to the idea of a generation ship sailing through space past living memory. She also gave a new spin to all of young-adult science fiction's dystopian obsessions. But now, the third book in the trilogy, Shades of Earth, is out today — and she faces her biggest… » 1/15/13 3:10pm 1/15/13 3:10pm

Read the last thing Ray Bradbury ever wrote: An Ode to Books

Before he passed away this past June, author Ray Bradbury dictated the introduction to the 2012 volume of The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a brief essay that would turn out to be his final piece of writing. Appropriately, it's a love letter to books and the worlds that are opened up by reading. » 10/06/12 11:00am 10/06/12 11:00am

Why Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is The Ultimate White Guilt Fantasy

K. Tempest Bradford is the main writer behind the Angry Black Woman blog, and also the author of that great list of stock science fiction TV plots we linked to a few years ago. Here, she explains why Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter isn't just a weak genre mashup, but also the ultimate white guilt fantasy. » 6/26/12 7:00am 6/26/12 7:00am

The Real Secret Behind Awake's Compelling Drama

Awake is winding down in the next couple of weeks, and then we'll never see it again. But we'll be talking about it for years, because of the way it's managed to blend genres. In particular, as the season's gone on, the full weight of this show's portrayal of mental illness has begun to sink in. This is a show that's… » 5/17/12 11:37am 5/17/12 11:37am

Can The Hunger Games really capture all of Katniss Everdeen?

A lot of the writing on the Internet about The Hunger Games is snark about its derivativeness (It's Series 7 with kids! It's the Minotaur with television! It's Marathon Man meets The Long Walk plus a girl protagonist, minus Stephen King! It's Battle Royale for people who hate subtitles!). » 3/13/12 4:32pm 3/13/12 4:32pm

I wrote 100 terrible short stories that I'm glad you'll never read

Several years ago, I was getting burned out in my high-stress newspaper job, and I came across a fancy hardcover book listing science fiction publishers, agents and editors. I paged through it on my lunchbreak, until I found a part of the introduction which proclaimed: "Many writers now make a decent living just from… » 12/21/11 2:48pm 12/21/11 2:48pm

The Next 50 Years: Why I'm Optimistic Because Everything Will Be…

With everything rolling towards the abyss, our only hope for a bright future seems to be the Singularity, a technological transformation of what it means to be human. But in a talk for TEDx Brussels, science fiction and horror writer John Shirley argues that there are really two Singularities — and yes, everything will … » 11/28/11 2:31pm 11/28/11 2:31pm

Why David Yates' movie could be the best thing to happen to Doctor Who

Doctor Who has earned a place in history with its longevity and the breadth of the show's amazing creative imagination. And a big reason why the world is still delighted by the exploits of the dotty British time traveler is because Doctor Who has constantly renewed itself, jettisoning everything except the basic… » 11/14/11 4:14pm 11/14/11 4:14pm

Why We Still Love Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore

Ronald D. Moore had a huge cult following long before he relaunched Battlestar Galactica. His work on Star Trek was notably awesome, and his very public departure from Voyager, complete with spot-on critiques of the show's failings, was legendary. Whenever Moore joined the staff of a show like Carnivàle or Roswell, you… » 11/11/11 2:23pm 11/11/11 2:23pm

The Real Reason I'm Disappointed in Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card's homophobic views aren't exactly news — they've been a source of online controversy for years. It's only newsworthy when Card does something especially notable, like rewriting one of the world's greatest ghost stories into an anti-gay screed. » 9/08/11 10:40am 9/08/11 10:40am

Where would superheroes be without 9/11?

There's a meme going around lately, saying that the September 11 attacks gave rise to our current boom in superhero movies. And there's definitely some truth to it — superheroes gave us a nice escapist fantasy in the wake of a terrible tragedy, and allowed us to talk about some stuff we couldn't have addressed in… » 9/07/11 1:30pm 9/07/11 1:30pm

10 Actual Mistakes that Syfy Has Made Over the Years

We expect a lot from Syfy, because it's the only cable channel devoted to science fiction. So it's inevitable that the network formerly known as the Sci-Fi Channel will disappoint us occasionally. And sometimes people blame Syfy unfairly — like when Syfy pulls the plug on a low-rated show. » 9/01/11 10:00am 9/01/11 10:00am