What's the most believable alien in science fiction?

We've all seen tons of aliens in movies, television, comics and of course novels. But some of them seem more way more plausible than others. Both physically, in the sense of having evolved on another planet, and in terms of having a culture and society that seem fully realized. What's the most believable alien in… »7/26/13 5:11pm7/26/13 5:11pm

David Brin's Existence will make you think about the future a whole new way

David Brin has created some of the greatest classics of recent science fiction, including Startide Rising, plus the short stories "The Crystal Spheres" and "Thor Meets Captain America," the latter of which was the basis of the graphic novel The Life Eaters. So Brin's first novel in a decade is cause for celebration. »6/18/12 7:19pm6/18/12 7:19pm

Let's Put Our Worst Foot Forward With Alien Intelligences

Want to make a good impression on extraterrestrial civilization we encounter? The best bet is to showcase our dark side — our foibles, our mistakes and even our most horrifying aspects, says Douglas Vakoch, director of message for the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute. It's too bad the Voyager… »4/10/08 8:00pm4/10/08 8:00pm

False Advertising In Star Trek Movie Posters: A Complete History

Movie posters used to be simple and dignified, until marketing departments realized that the more sensational the poster, the more ticket-buyers. It's like the cover of a comic book: You might see an image of Batman riddled with bullets and dead, but that never takes place in the actual story itself. Star Trek has… »4/03/08 6:38pm4/03/08 6:38pm