The Real Reason Why Endless Sequels And Remakes Are Bad For Us

These days, it often seems like the entertainment industry just wants to keep monetizing the same handful of properties over and over, instead of taking more risks. That makes for a "warmed-over meatloaf" feeling — but in Slate, Hieroglyph co-editor Ed Finn argues it's also bad for innovation. » 9/17/14 12:33pm 16 minutes ago

40 Years Ago, A Kids' Book Predicted The Reality Of Today's Drones

We're still coming to grips with the amazingly fast rise of personal drones, and it's hard to find science fiction that deals with the implications of that tech. But there is one book that explores the implications. It was published 40 years ago, and it's called Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy. » 9/16/14 10:43am Yesterday 10:43am

The Paradoxes That Define Our Relationship With Science Fiction

Science fiction is the literature of change and discovery. So there are no limits to how far a science fiction story can go... except for scientific plausibility. And yet, science fiction is created by and for human beings, with all our weird limitations. So here are eight paradoxes that shape our relationship with SF. » 9/11/14 1:53pm Thursday 1:53pm

This Wearable Lets Us See the Future Better than the Apple Watch

Like Google Glass, the Apple Watch is the beta version of a technology that might one day exist. It suggests a future of effortlessly wearable data devices, more graceful than phones. But one science fiction writer thinks Apple has it all wrong — and that future wearables will be a lot simpler than you think. » 9/11/14 11:00am 9/11/14 11:00am

Check Out DARPA's Insanely Agile 'Tank Of The Future'

DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GSV-T) program is an effort to revolutionize tank design. To that end, the advanced concepts research wing is considering designs that focus less on armor and more on mobility and speed. This wild concept video should give you a good idea of what the U.S. military is striving to… » 9/08/14 11:40am 9/08/14 11:40am

Could An Evil Mega-Corporation Ever Exist In Real Life?

Dystopian stories are full of evil corporations that rule the world. But writers seldom explain how they rose to power in the first place. Could an amoral mega-corp really exist? We talked to a couple experts to find out. The good news: It probably couldn't happen. Bad news: We may already be getting something worse. » 9/04/14 9:00am 9/04/14 9:00am