The Spaceship Game With Firefly-Sized Ambitions

"The TV show Firefly is a big inspiration for us," Dreadnought project director Peter Holzapfel was saying to me recently during a San Francisco preview event. "So is Sid Meier's Pirates." And then, for just a moment, that ceased to matter as a ship ten times the size of mine warped right in front of me. » 8/29/14 5:02pm 8/29/14 5:02pm

The Greatest Friendships From Science Fiction And Fantasy Television

What keeps us coming back to television shows, week after week? It's not the fantastic worlds, or the cool plots, or the mystery arcs. It's the characters, and their relationships. A lot of the best TV shows feature characters who are friends, and you want to be part of it. But what are the best friendships from… » 8/06/14 2:14pm 8/06/14 2:14pm

The Real Reason Why Joss Whedon Named His Space Western Show Firefly

Nathan Fillion auditioned unsuccessfully for the part of Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And years later, he had five troubled auditions for the role of Mal on Firefly, before he finally clicked. That's just one of the amazing facts from a new biography of Joss Whedon. Read an exclusive excerpt below. » 7/31/14 4:00pm 7/31/14 4:00pm

Stunt Casting That Actually Made Everything Better

Stunt casting is a long tradition in science fiction and fantasy, but it's only gotten more common lately. Films and TV shows will cast a famous actor — or someone who used to be in a Joss Whedon show — to spark interest. Sometimes, it's just unnecessary. But here are a bunch of cases where it was the perfect casting. » 6/05/14 9:00am 6/05/14 9:00am

9 Famous Zombies (That Aren't Actually Zombies)

Zombies are everywhere in pop culture right now — but not all "zombies" are actually zombies. A traditional zombie is a corpse that rises from the grave and mindlessly hunts the living (to eat our braaaaaains). But that can get old after a while. So here are nine popular "zombies" that are actually something else… » 5/23/14 10:20am 5/23/14 10:20am

With Honor's Knight, Rachel Bach's Space-Opera Trilogy Gets Truly Epic

We enjoyed Rachel Bach's first military-science fiction adventure, Fortune's Pawn, immensely — but with the second volume in the trilogy, Honor's Knight, she really hits her stride. This is starting to feel like a really epic story that covers some ground that military SF hasn't trodden too much before. Spoilers… » 5/01/14 4:00pm 5/01/14 4:00pm

The First Instagram From Space Is Of An Astronaut In A Firefly T-Shirt

Last week, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson sent the first Instagram from space. It was a selfie, naturally, taken before the ISS cupola. But what caught our eye wasn't Swanson's handsome mug or the view of Earth. It was Swanson's shirt, which features a familiar spacecraft and the words: "Shipping & Logistics:… » 4/16/14 7:20am 4/16/14 7:20am

"This Isn't Just A Movie Or TV Show, It's A Whole Philosophy Of Life"

Some movies and TV shows (and books and comics) are thrilling and engaging and let you lose yourself in an adventure. But some stories do more than move you — they speak to you. Which book, movie, comic or TV show is more than just a story, but a whole philosophy and way of life to you? » 4/10/14 2:03pm 4/10/14 2:03pm

io9 March Madness Elite Eight: Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones!

We're down to our last eight competitors in our search for the greatest work in all of science fiction and fantasy. So now it's time for you to vote on today's batch of titanic match-ups, as Star Wars takes on Firefly, Doctor Who battles the X-Men, Lord of the Rings crosses swords with Game of Thrones, and Harry… » 3/24/14 11:50am 3/24/14 11:50am

Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy Round Two: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

We've reached the Second Round in our quest to find the ultimate work of science fiction and fantasy, and we've got some brutal match-ups for you to decide. Blade Runner vs. Back to the Future! Star Trek vs. Firefly! Game of Thrones vs. A Wrinkle in Time! Sandman vs. Buffy! Dune vs. Ender's Game! » 3/19/14 12:25pm 3/19/14 12:25pm

It's a full-blown Whedon-palooza at Amazon this weekend

Just a heads up: Amazon's got a nice lineup of stuff on sale this week from Joss Whedon's television oeuvre, with box sets of Buffy, Firefly, and more available in DVD and Blu-Ray offerings. (Firefly and Dollhouse season 1 Blu-rays are region-free, too, which is always nice.) Fans looking to flesh out their… » 3/09/14 11:27am 3/09/14 11:27am