Community vs Big Bang Theory vs SFF : A Dialectical Approach

Genre and anti-genre, satisfaction and subversion. Why Community is so much fun for me as a geek, why TBBT isn't, and why I'm actually into that, (but you don't have to be.) I'm going to try and defend TBBT too, but defending TBBT turns out to look a lot like trashing TBBT, so something here for everyone.

I don't want… » 1/31/14 12:49pm 1/31/14 12:49pm

Which mainstream shows are scifi and fantasy in disguise?

As much as we love science fiction and fantasy here, we have to admit they have a limited range. Or do they? Mainstream shows don’t have aliens or gnomes, but sometimes they capture the feelings of otherworldliness and outrageousness better than scifi and fantasy. What are your favorite stealth genre shows? » 4/26/13 4:00pm 4/26/13 4:00pm

Six Writers Speculate on Science Fiction's Future

Astronomer Marcus Chown wonders if science fiction is dying. With technology and scientific discovery advancing so quickly, it's unclear what will become of a genre based largely on predicting the future. Charles Stross has gone so far as to say that it’s no longer possible to write near-future science fiction. Six… » 11/14/08 8:40am 11/14/08 8:40am

The Spacesuit-Ripping Sexcapades of Science Fiction Romance Novels

The final frontier of pulp literature is the romance novel, which is also the biggst selling book genre. So it's not surprising that a growing subset of romance novels also feature lovelorn spacemen (and women.) After all, astronauts need loving too. As the handful of romance books featuring spaceship battles and… » 11/10/08 8:40am 11/10/08 8:40am

Three Kinds of Mindwipes that Are Popular in Hollywood This Year

Click to viewCall it the year of mindwipe chic. Coming up on TV in midseason, we've got Joss Whedon's new show Dollhouse, about "actives" whose personalities are wiped and replaced for each job they do. And in the fall we've got the debut of My Own Worst Enemy, where Christian Slater plays a nice guy who finds out he… » 7/30/08 10:12am 7/30/08 10:12am