Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Round One: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

In this year's edition of io9 March Madness, we're on a quest to find the greatest series in all of science fiction and fantasy. On Wednesday, we kicked things off by making eight classics battle it out just to make it into the tourney. Now it's time to start voting on the round of 64! » 3/14/14 11:18am 3/14/14 11:18am

What's your favorite novel that you hated the first time you read it?

The best science fiction and fantasy books are mind-expanding — but sometimes, you can't quite get into them on the first read. Sometimes, you're too young to appreciate a novel, or it just doesn't work. And then later, you try again... and fall in love. What's your most beloved novel, that you hated when you first… » 10/02/13 2:24pm 10/02/13 2:24pm

Roland Emmerich updates us on ID4 2, Singularity and (gulp) Foundation

James Gunn addresses some (but definitely not all) of the Guardians of the Galaxy casting rumors. Brian K. Vaughan previews Under the Dome season two. Check out a Carrie TV spot. Producer Andrew Kreisberg looks ahead to the new season of Arrow. Plus Supernatural, American Horror Story, and more. Spoilers ahoy! » 9/18/13 6:00am 9/18/13 6:00am

Essential Science Fiction Novels for Understanding the Economy

Our economy is huge, incomprehensible and potentially deadly if you take a wrong step — just like space, in fact. So when it comes to understanding the fundamentals of economics, you need to read some classic and recent science fiction novels. Luckily, Paul Krugman and Noah Smith have provided a reading list. » 5/13/13 4:40pm 5/13/13 4:40pm

Will we soon be able to predict the future of civilization?

Over at the Economist, they're celebrating the rise of psychohistory from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Psychohistory is a possibly soon-to-be-real discipline that allows researchers to study the development of societies using science — in essence, it's a kind of social scientific futurism. And now, a few… » 2/25/13 4:38pm 2/25/13 4:38pm

16 Famous Science Fiction Quotes that Make Excellent Pick-Up Lines

Dating is hard. And instigating first-contact with a fellow humanoid can be the hardest part. Luckily, we geeks have our own special language, made up of quotes and in-jokes. Some of which makes for some excellent pick-up lines, that you can always resort to in an emergency situation. » 12/04/12 10:00am 12/04/12 10:00am

Paul Krugman explains what Asimov's Foundation and Jordan's Wheel of…

Even if you're not a huge fan of Paul Krugman, the trouble-making economist and New York Times columnist, you should check out his introduction to a new edition of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy (PDF). He explains pretty succinctly just why these novels are great, and why they had such a huge impact on the young… » 10/22/12 4:30pm 10/22/12 4:30pm

Do we really need more optimistic science fiction?

Noted writer Neal Stephenson has argued that contemporary science fiction is too focused on nihilism and apocalyptic scenarios. The current crop of such works, such as The Walking Dead, are compared rather unfavorably to the hopeful view of the future that was supposed to be common theme in the mid twentieth century. » 5/31/12 3:08pm 5/31/12 3:08pm

10 Science Fiction Prequels that Aren't as Bad as Phantom Menace

With Star Wars Episode I hitting theaters all over again, there's been a whole new wave of interest in George Lucas' biggest letdown. And we've been remembering some of the other prequels that have tried to fill in backstory over the years. » 2/27/12 10:36am 2/27/12 10:36am

In which a great work is finally completed: Isaac Asimov's Forward the…

Though not without its flaws, Forward the Foundation is a fascinating book, in which both author Isaac Asimov and his hero scientist Hari Seldon strive to finish the works that would define them after they were gone. » 5/15/11 7:00am 5/15/11 7:00am

In Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov delves into psychohistory's…

In the prequel Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov takes us back to see how psychohistory, the science that saved humanity, was born — and it's kind of a crazy ride. Knife fights, mustaches, and high-level math await! » 5/14/11 12:00pm 5/14/11 12:00pm

Home again, home again, in so many ways: Isaac Asimov's Foundation and…

Having determined the fate of the galaxy, our intrepid space travelers move on to the next task at hand — finding the long-lost planet where humanity was born. It's a strange trip into yesteryear, in Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Earth. » 5/13/11 3:30pm 5/13/11 3:30pm

Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov: The end is the beginning is the end

Three decades after his Foundation stories became classics, Isaac Asimov returned to that universe. In Hugo winner Foundation's Edge, he covers old ground and new, and shows how a whole galaxy can work in harmony, in more than one sense. » 5/12/11 3:00pm 5/12/11 3:00pm

Mind games and mysteries abound in Isaac Asimov's Second Foundation

The Mule has disrupted Hari Seldon's plan, and nothing can save the Foundation. Unless — yes! There's another Foundation, hidden away at Star's End. Or is there? Let's find out, as we dig into Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. » 5/11/11 3:44pm 5/11/11 3:44pm