Astoundingly Beautiful Concept Art from The Fifth Element

A number of brilliant artists contributed their unique vision to The Fifth Element, including Gaultier and Moebius. But one of the main influences on the film was Jean-Claude Mezieres, the comics artist whose time-travel comic director Luc Besson is adapting. Check out some of Mezieres' original Fifth Element concept… » 3/05/14 3:11pm 3/05/14 3:11pm

​12 Aliens Who Came to Earth to Save Humanity

What with wars, destroying the environment, and general imbecility, humanity is constantly getting itself into trouble. More than a few kindly aliens have come to Earth trying to help us change our ways, and for the most part, we've tried to kill them. Here are a dozen aliens that, directly or indirectly, tried to save … » 2/24/14 10:07am 2/24/14 10:07am

Superheroes in Bondage, as Photographed by Richard Kadrey [NSFW]

Lela Gwenn had a dream: cosplay as some of her favorite heroes, and then get tied up and photographed by Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey. The model and writer raised over $4000 on Kickstarter to make it happen, and here's your first look at the results, exclusively on io9. » 6/11/13 4:00pm 6/11/13 4:00pm

10 Best Gonzo Science Fiction Movies in the Whole Crazy Universe

The coolest science fiction movies are often ones which unscrew your head and then screw it back on, slightly askew. But a select few movies go even further, pouring some rainbow soup into your head while it's still semi-detached. This weekend sees the release of John Dies at the End, which is part of a proud tradition … » 1/23/13 10:00am 1/23/13 10:00am

12 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Are Just Pure Nonstop Fun

Many of our favorite movies feature quiet, introspective moments or deep philosophical discussions in between the scenes where everything is exploding and everyone is running in every possible direction. And that's great. But sometimes, you just want a movie that hits the ground running, and keeps running at top speed, … » 11/30/12 10:05am 11/30/12 10:05am

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

How a Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroach Could Save Your Life

Proving once again that this is Luc Besson's world, and we're just living in it, the world has moved one step closer to the Fifth Element. That's right, remote-controlled cockroaches. The iBionicS Lab at North Carolina State recently presented a paper at the IEEE describing a robotics system for controlling a… » 9/14/12 1:40pm 9/14/12 1:40pm

Luc Besson adapting classic time-travel comic created by Fifth Element

Will Luc Besson finally make another movie in the inimitable style of The Fifth Element? People have been wondering for years — and if the Besson-produced Lockout didn't scratch your itch, then there's cause to hope. Besson is set to write and direct an English-language adaptation of Valerian, a comic about a hero who… » 7/01/12 10:00am 7/01/12 10:00am

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

The 10 Craziest Costumes Gary Oldman Ever Wore

Gary Oldman, who plays the purple-robed, silver-fingernailed priest in Red Riding Hood, is a renowned and talented actor. And as such, has had myriad opportunities to make a fool of himself. That he has only done so sartorially is a credit to the man, but doesn't let him off the hook. Here's the craziest, silliest,… » 3/11/11 10:00am 3/11/11 10:00am