The Purge: Anarchy Is Basically Idiocracy, Starring The Punisher

In the Purge franchise, America has turned brutally stupid. Once a year, we have a day where "all crime is legal" — which translates into "let's kill poor people." The good news is, where the first Purge was a dull home-invasion flick, the second is a pretty zany action movie, with Frank Grillo as the Punisher. » 7/18/14 9:00am 7/18/14 9:00am

A Dystopian Romance Where Single People Become Animals

The Lobster, the dystopian romance movie where single people risk being turned into wild animals, just got a lot more interesting. John C. Reilly joined the cast of this English-language film from Oscar-winning Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. » 3/31/14 3:39pm 3/31/14 3:39pm

A Strong Contender for Weirdest and Most Subversive 80s Movie

It's the 25th anniversary of Split, a 1989 movie written and directed by a professional mathematician named Chris Shaw who was best known for writing textbooks. And by all accounts, it's a transcendently weird joyride through the heart of nonconformity. » 2/27/14 4:56pm 2/27/14 4:56pm

Designing Elysium: All The Secrets of Neill Blomkamp's Stark Future

Neill Blomkamp blew our minds with District 9, and now he's back with Elysium. We talked to concept artists and the movie's VFX producer to find out how they imagined a future space station, with the help of legendary designer Syd Mead. Here's our exclusive look inside the design of Neill Blomkamp's Elysium! » 8/08/13 12:33pm 8/08/13 12:33pm

The Weirdest Urban Ecosystems On Earth

Cities are havens for weirdness. From communities built around garbage to dogs that ride the subway, urban environments have fostered all manner of weird patterns. Here are the 10 freakiest urban ecosystems on the planet. » 6/30/13 2:00pm 6/30/13 2:00pm

Wow, a Dystopian Coming-of-Age Novel With Actual Real Science

At this point the glut of novels about a young person growing up in a fearsome dystopia has become kind of insane, especially as the dystopias have gotten more and more far-fetched. So it's refreshing to read a novel like Jane Rogers' Testament of Jessie Lamb, where the dark future involves actual science. And real… » 5/23/13 4:43pm 5/23/13 4:43pm

Time to get excited about Fringe season 5

There's just one short season of Fringe left, and it sounds like this show is going to hit the ground running. In a new interview at the Critics' Choice Awards, Walter Bishop actor John Noble said some stuff about season five that made it sound like a highly promising return to form. » 6/19/12 3:40pm 6/19/12 3:40pm

10 Weirdest Urban Ecosystems On Earth

Cities are havens for weirdness. From communities built around garbage to dogs that ride the subway, urban environments have fostered all manner of weird patterns. Here are the 10 freakiest urban ecosystems on the planet. » 6/14/12 10:00am 6/14/12 10:00am

Now at last we know why Peter and Olivia are important on Fringe

Fringe has been teasing us for ages with hints that Peter Bishop and Olivia Dunham are super important — and that their romance could have universe-shattering (or saving) consequences. Now, with last night's episode, we finally get to see the reason why these two lovebirds matter so doggone much. » 4/21/12 9:00am 4/21/12 9:00am

A Decisive Solution to Internet Spammers

Arctic Rising author Tobias Buckell has a new story in the first issue of a "multigenre fiction and comics magazine" called Fireside — and you can read the whole thing online at Wired. In "Press Enter to Execute," a hired gun is taking a very radical approach to the people who flood your email inbox with spam. Until… » 4/17/12 1:57pm 4/17/12 1:57pm

A New Dystopian Novella by Margaret Atwood

When Margaret Atwood isn't quibbling over the definition of science fiction, she's creating some of the most fascinating visions of the near future out there. And she's just published a new short novella, published as a Kindle Single, called "I'm Starved for You." » 3/22/12 1:40pm 3/22/12 1:40pm

The Most Frequently Banned or Challenged Science Fiction and Fantasy…

It's Banned Books Week, and the American Library Association has a list of the most frequently "banned or challenged" books of each year, from 2001 to 2010. And the list is pretty interesting reading — the Harry Potter books were on top of the list in 2001 and 2002, then dropped to number two in 2003, only to vanish… » 9/28/11 6:40am 9/28/11 6:40am

Read the first 100 pages of a dystopian young adult thriller by a…

The market is being flooded with dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels aimed at tweens and teens, thanks to the success of Hunger Games and similar books. But Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick seems to stand out from the pack, by virtue of its weird premise and its author's background: Bick is a former Air Force Major and child… » 8/30/11 1:30pm 8/30/11 1:30pm

New In Time trailer shows why it's the year's most political movie

Want to see why we're excited about Andrew "Gattaca" Niccol's In Time? Check out this international trailer, which shows just how harsh a critique this futuristic thriller is of the gap between rich and poor. » 8/26/11 3:32pm 8/26/11 3:32pm

Amazing Concept Art of a Blade Runner-ified Paris

There's something so thrilling and electrifying about dystopian cityscapes — and this concept art of cyberpunk Paris totally hits our sweet spot. » 8/17/11 10:20am 8/17/11 10:20am

Read the first 6 chapters of Catherine Fisher's Relic Master

If you loved the post-apocalyptic prison saga of Incarceron, then you'll be excited to know Catherine Fisher has a new series, publishing monthly. We've got an exclusive excerpt for you: the first six chapters of Fisher's Relic Master Book One. » 5/17/11 8:30am 5/17/11 8:30am

Gorgeous book trailer for Paolo Bacigalupi's "Ship Breaker"

Concept artist Diego Gonzalez created tons of art based on Paolo Bacigalupi's dystopian young adult novel Ship Breaker, and now he's edited it together into a harrowing, intense trailer. It will make the novel's environmental collapse feel all too real. » 4/05/11 8:30am 4/05/11 8:30am

What would it take for grownups to love dystopian fiction as much as…

Our teens are living in horrible oppressive conditions — in their imaginations, at least. Dystopian fiction, which has never been more than a minor sub-genre in the past, has become a runaway success in young-adult publishing. » 2/22/11 1:22pm 2/22/11 1:22pm

Disney gets into the dystopian YA novel game

We're just guessing that the bioengineered paradise where a teenage girl and her clone fight over the same guy will turn out to be less than perfect once the truth is revealed, in the new young adult novel Beta by Rachel Cohn. Beta, coming Fall 2012 from Disney-Hyperion, will be the first of four books in a new series… » 2/07/11 8:00am 2/07/11 8:00am

In the dystopian future, the worst punishment is being impaled on a…

This is the greatest scene in cinematic history. A dystopian overlord is getting his face whacked with a flogger by his personal dominatrix, when a hapless underling interrupts him. So the dominatrix teaches him a lesson... with fists and nipples. » 1/26/11 7:24pm 1/26/11 7:24pm