The Moment When Science Fiction Split off From Competence Porn

Science fiction used to be almost synonymous with "competence porn," stories about smart people who solve challenges by knowing what they're doing. But lately when it comes to movies and TV, it seems like Americans love competence porn, and they love science fiction... they just don't love them together. What happened? » 8/12/13 1:00pm 8/12/13 1:00pm

Now that everybody's already copied The X-Files, is Chris Carter…

It's hard to imagine what television would look like without The X-Files to borrow from. Tons and tons of television shows have lifted pieces of the classic show's format, about FBI agents and mysterious, sinister events. So it's kind of sad to see that Chris Carter is creating a new show that, at first blush, sounds… » 10/07/12 8:30am 10/07/12 8:30am

Worst television versions of science fiction and fantasy books

The Walking Dead carried all our dreams on its undead shoulders. We're all hoping HBO's Game of Thrones will also rule. But sadly, television has an even worse record of adapting books than movies. Here are 10 book-to-television embarrassments. » 11/01/10 3:34pm 11/01/10 3:34pm

Recap of the damned: the last episode of FlashForward, ever

Last week, FlashForward protagonist Mark Benford barged into my home, soused to the gills and absolutely livid that ABC axed his show for Fall 2010. Since then, we've reached a shaky rapprochement, had some bro-chat, and wrote FlashForward's ending. » 5/30/10 6:40pm 5/30/10 6:40pm