Space Heroes Who Should Get Movies if Guardians of the Galaxy is a Hit

Will Guardians of the Galaxy be the next Avengers, or the next Green Lantern? Or something in between? Only time will tell — but everybody's dying to see whether Marvel's huge, ambitious bet pays off. And if it does, here are a dozen other space heroes who could rock their own movies. » 2/24/14 12:17pm 2/24/14 12:17pm

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

Start your holiday shopping now with the giftsets of This Week’s DVDs

It’s November, and the holiday season has officially begun. If your local stores aren’t blaring Christmas carols yet, then you can still tell by the plethora of high-end collectors DVD and Blu-rays arriving on November 5th. Might as well start going down your shopping list — and maybe adding a few idea for yourself. » 11/04/13 3:20pm 11/04/13 3:20pm

The Most Absurd Courtroom Scenes from Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

There's a reason so many science fiction and fantasy shows feature trials. Legal battles can be used as an allegory, or a way to expose important issues. But sometimes, these stories just go off the deep end. Here are the most ridiculous trials from science fiction and fantasy television. » 9/26/13 12:19pm 9/26/13 12:19pm

15 Scifi Mockumentaries That Will Leave You Questioning Reality

Yes, we're still disappointed that we didn't get a World War Z mockumentary. After all, science fiction and horror lend themselves quite well to the faux-documentary format. So we're kicking back with 15 speculative mockumentaries, from a silly Star Wars lark to an earnest look at Britain on the eve of nuclear war. » 6/30/13 7:00am 6/30/13 7:00am

Supercut: "Dragged to the Altar" Scenes from Science Fiction & Fantasy

Weddings are magical and transformative — except when you're being forced to marry someone against your will. Just the other day one of our favorite shows featured a shotgun wedding. To celebrate, here's our collection of scenes where an unwilling bride or groom is tying the knot. With no recent spoilers. » 5/22/13 10:00am 5/22/13 10:00am

io9's March TV Madness: Vote for the 16 Greatest Scifi Shows of All…

The first round of our tournament to determine the best sci-fi and fantasy show of them all is now in the books, and 32 teams are left to battle it out for the title. Vote now and decide the bracket fates of Doctor Who, The X-Files, Twilight Zone, Fringe, Lost, Game of Thrones, both Battlestar Galacticas, three Star… » 3/18/13 12:30pm 3/18/13 12:30pm

io9's March TV Madness: Vote Now for the Greatest Sci-Fi Shows Ever!

On Tuesday, you voted on the first 32 of the shows in our tournament, and now it's time to decide the rest of the first round. You determine the fates of Doctor Who, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lost, Babylon 5, Farscape, both Battlestar Galacticas, and many more! The polls are open until midnight Pacific time… » 3/14/13 12:00pm 3/14/13 12:00pm

10 Most Incompetent Space Captains in the Universe

Space is an unforgiving medium. Out there, in the tractless depths, the slightest mistake can be fatal for everybody. And that goes a hundredfold for mistakes by commanding officers. A single mistake can mean the death of hundreds, if not millions, of people. And there are plenty of commanders and captains who've… » 2/06/13 10:08am 2/06/13 10:08am

10 Awesome Female Engineers from Science Fiction

Everybody knows that the engineers are the ones who keep everything going in a science fiction story. They're the ones who make the ship fly. They build the megastructures. They make the spinning things spin and the jumping things jump. And some of the coolest engineers and designers in science fiction just happen to… » 1/08/13 10:25am 1/08/13 10:25am

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 Black Friday Deals for Science Fiction and Fantasy Schwag

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, which means one thing: crazy consumer rampages, and mall crowd scenes that will make Dawn of the Dead look mellow by comparison. Luckily, you can score some amazing Black Friday deals for science fiction and fantasy merch, without leaving your home. » 11/22/12 2:01pm 11/22/12 2:01pm

The 20 Best Cliffhangers Ever Shown on Science Fiction or Fantasy TV

The best science fiction and fantasy television hooks you with endless suspense... including hair-raising cliffhangers. But only the greatest cliffhangers can make you throw your remote at the screen, and keep you wondering for weeks. Here are the 20 awesomest. » 11/22/12 10:00am 11/22/12 10:00am

Why doesn't Syfy have a show like Battlestar Galactica any more?

Last week, the first two episodes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome went online, and we all remembered our love affair with BSG. This show was thought-provoking, powerful, and obsessively mysterious. And we can't help wondering: Why hasn't Syfy had a show like that since? » 11/12/12 2:47pm 11/12/12 2:47pm

The Gorgeous Matte Paintings that Made Lord of the Rings and Fifth…

You've seen the work of matte painter Wayne Haag in Lord of the Rings, Farscape and The Fifth Element, among many other works. His matte paintings have given a sense of depth and reality to the fantastical worlds in your favorite movies and television shows — and here, he gives us an inside look at just how these… » 5/23/12 3:00pm 5/23/12 3:00pm

10 Epic Villains Who Were Supposed to be One-Offs

When it comes to supervillains, it's all about survival of the fittest. Sometimes a villain is introduced who's supposed to be a new Big Bad — but turns out to be a short-lived Little Awful instead. And sometimes, a villain who's supposed to appear once and then never be seen again catches fire and becomes the all-time … » 5/22/12 10:00am 5/22/12 10:00am