7 Dystopian Technologies That Would Never Exist in Real Life

Everybody loves dystopias nowadays — especially dystopias where the evil overlords have crazy unstoppable gear. But a shockingly high number of dystopian futures feature technology that makes no sense, that no engineer would ever design that way. Here are 7 dystopian technologies that could never actually happen. » 8/09/13 10:16am 8/09/13 10:16am

First footage from The Host is a dystopian thrill ride — with one huge …

After the Twilight panel at San Diego Comic Con, there was a huge surprise — the first footage from The Host, the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's alien-invasion novel directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Now). And the good news is, The Host looks like a beautifully shot movie with some lovely action sequences. There's… » 7/12/12 2:42pm 7/12/12 2:42pm

Real and fictional technologies that aim to find your perfect mate

If a computer could pair you up with a perfect mate, would you want its advice? If an artificial intelligence could train you to woo the partner of your dreams, would you seek its wisdom? What if technologies were better at finding and attracting the object of your ideal romance than you were? What if they already are? » 7/01/12 9:00am 7/01/12 9:00am

10 Great American Dystopias

In a country whose ideal of success is often called "the American dream," there are plenty of nightmares too. The United States has its own particular brand of dystopia, full of religious thuggery, class warfare, and the spectre of slavery. Here are ten of the greatest dystopian stories ever created about America. » 11/24/11 11:31am 11/24/11 11:31am

The latest dystopian movie from Gattaca's Andrew Niccol — What's it…

Andrew Niccol is the master of dystopia — he wrote The Truman Show and directed Gattaca. His latest dystopian film, Now, stars Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake. We've read a huge chunk of the juicy, twisty script. Spoilers ahead. » 11/23/10 4:30pm 11/23/10 4:30pm

Why We're Glad Gattaca's Director Is Taking On Stephenie Meyer

Gattaca director and Truman Show writer Andrew Niccol has signed up to write and direct the movie adaptation of Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer's science fiction novel. But don't panic! This could actually be a terrific movie. Book spoilers below. » 9/23/09 11:38am 9/23/09 11:38am

Shipmates In Love: The Best Real-Life Scifi Couples

Wonderful news, scifi lovers - Lisa Bonet (Life On Mars) and Jason Momoa (Ronon from Stargate Atlantis) are expecting another little bundle of joy. This will be the second child for the couple (Bonet's third), and we send those two nothing but interstellar good wishes. Their happy news got me thinking that this is a… » 10/17/08 7:30am 10/17/08 7:30am

Six Sweaty Moments of Geeky Triumph

If you watch enough high school movies, you'll begin to think that jocks and geeks are always at war. Not so, however: Science fiction is full of triumphant sports moments, and not just the ones that end in death » 10/11/08 5:00pm 10/11/08 5:00pm. From 's pyramid ball to 's Blernsball to Arthur C. Clarke's outer space sailing, this genre has a lot to…

10 Amusing Things to Do with Your Genome

Click to view » 9/21/08 2:00pm 9/21/08 2:00pmWith new — and that's Single-Molecule Real-Time, not cutespeak for "smart" — it might soon be possible to get the complete details of your own genome for the price of an iPod. At long last, you'll be able to prove to the world that you truly are a beautiful and unique snowflake. That, however, is only the…

Genetic Discrimination Banned — Gattaca Still Possible?

Yesterday the United States Congress passed the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), which bans health insurance companies and your employers from using your genetic information against you. This is a major step in the right direction, but does it go far enough to prevent a dystopian, Gattaca-style… » 4/25/08 1:40pm 4/25/08 1:40pm

New 'Gattaca' DVD Brings High Def to Genetic Fascist Dystopia

Andrew Niccol's film Gattaca seems like it's been swept under the carpet and behind the radiator lately, which is surprising given the current obsession with stem cells, in utero fetal testing, and the human genome. In fact, there's a whole generation out there who haven't even seen this film. Breathe easy, because… » 1/07/08 4:00pm 1/07/08 4:00pm