Terry Gilliam's Work Is Way More Influential Than You Probably Realized

Terry Gilliam isn't just one of the weirdest directors ever to reach mainstream attention. Or one of the most prolific Monty Python alumni. He's also an incredibly influential director, who doesn't get the props he deserves. We talked to a bunch of people, including Looper director Rian Johnson, about Gilliam's… »9/18/14 4:11pm

10 Questions From Science Fiction That We're Glad Were Never Answered

We tend to think of science fiction and fantasy as being like mystery novels — the story is over when you solve the case. So we obsess over questions that have no answers. But here are 10 questions that are better unanswered, either because the possibilities are fascinating or because the answers would be terrible. »4/29/14 3:00pm

​10 Scientists Who Played God (And Didn't Get Punished)

Fictional mad scientists usually meet a dreadful fate: destroyed by their own creation, or by villagers with torches. After all, we can't send the message that dabbling in the universe's secrets is okay. But sometimes, a scientist is just too clever, or lucky, to get burned. Here are 10 mad scientists who didn't get… »11/14/13 1:07pm

Sleepy Hollow’s “Sin Eater” is an Everytrope Gift Basket

You're probably familiar by now with the madcap trope-deployment rate of the magic-cop show Sleepy Hollow. Turns out if you leave the show unattended for three weeks, those tropes back up — and when you turn the TV back on, it's a cross-dimensional guest-star-heavy hyper-flashback Masonic suicide pact with sin-eater… »11/05/13 2:48pm

How Almost Human does for robots what Fringe did for mad science

Welcome to Fall TV Week at io9, where we'll be giving you the inside scoop on some of the upcoming TV shows. First up: Almost Human, the new show from Fringe's Joel Wyman and J.J. Abrams. We talked to stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy about how the show makes you root for androids the way Fringe did for mad scientists. »9/03/13 4:05pm