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 2:11pm 7/26/13 2:11pm

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

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 4:19pm 6/18/12 4:19pm

Why Haven't Alien Intelligences Contacted Us Yet?

Experts say any spacefaring alien races we meet must be vastly more advanced than we are. That's because the odds of an alien race, within a reasonable traveling distance, developing spaceflight at the exact same moment as humanity are virtually nil. So any other space-traveling cultures in our patch of the galaxy… » 6/03/08 12:57pm 6/03/08 12:57pm

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 5:00pm 4/10/08 5:00pm

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 been … » 4/03/08 3:38pm 4/03/08 3:38pm

Terminator, The Queen Borg In The Shell Chronicles

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles starts its two-night premiere next Sunday, and you may have seen some of the new posters promoting the show, including with one with a topless (and bottomless) Summer Glau hanging from cables with all of her, uh... cybernetics exposed. But it turns out the old android babe with… » 1/07/08 8:40am 1/07/08 8:40am