You Can Watch A Live Reading Of Orwell's 1984 Via Your Computer

Now that we're living in a world of pervasive surveillance, and Big Brother really is watching you, the D.C. Public Library is hosting a live reading of George Orwell's 1984 in its entirety. "Special guest readers" will take part, but you can also sign up to read — or watch the whole thing streaming on YouTube. » 1/05/15 6:00pm 1/05/15 6:00pm

Paul Greengrass Will Bring Orwell's 1984 Back to the Big Screen

Sony's setting up another adaptation of George Orwell's classic, this time with Paul Greengrass in the director's chair. Well, it's not like it's a book that gets less relevant as time goes on. » 11/20/14 3:00am 11/20/14 3:00am

George Orwell Was Actually Born on This Animal Farm in India

For the first year of his life, George Orwell lived on a farm in India, very much like the place he eventually described in his famous parable Animal Farm. Now the place is being turned into a museum to honor the author — but not in a way that Orwell would have liked. » 8/12/14 4:40pm 8/12/14 4:40pm

Jenner Sisters or George Orwell? Guess the Dystopian Fiction Author

If you wish to be a highly cultured and truly well-rounded individual, you've got to know your modern classics. » 6/30/14 4:47pm 6/30/14 4:47pm

In 1995, artist Ralph Steadman lent his iconic style to a special edition of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Over on Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has curated a selection of the book's illustrations. It's almost uncanny, how exquisitely Steadman's freewheeling genius dovetails with Orwell's controversial masterpiece. You… » 4/27/14 5:30pm 4/27/14 5:30pm

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy: Dystopia, Mad Science and Magic!

This year's edition of io9 March Madness is dedicated to finding the greatest, most classic work from all of science fiction and fantasy. Today we wrap up the Round of 64 with the likes of George Orwell, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and the Dread Lord Cthulhu. The competition is fierce! » 3/17/14 11:48am 3/17/14 11:48am

This map describes the world of George Orwell's 1984—or does it?

This map shows the global superpowers described in George Orwell's 1984, but does this map truly reflect the political state of the world in the novel or is it just another form of Party propaganda? » 3/11/14 3:10pm 3/11/14 3:10pm

Science Fiction Book Cover Redesigns We Wish We Could Put on the Shelf

Over at Artsy Musings, there's a great roundup of science fiction book cover reimaginings that ought to be actual book covers. Including this beautiful design by Luke James. Check out a few more of our favorites below. » 11/13/13 12:55pm 11/13/13 12:55pm

David Bowie's 100 favorite books include George Orwell's 1984, Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus, Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor, Don DeLillo's White Noise... and Viz, the satirical comics magazine known for characters like "Buster Gonad and his Unfeasibly Large Testicles." Awesome. » 10/02/13 4:40pm 10/02/13 4:40pm

The Most Frequently Banned Book of 2012: Captain Underpants?

Yep. Self-appointed guardians of morality aren't trying to protect our kids from To Kill a Mockingbird nearly as often as the Captain Underpants books, which to be fair have "underpants" in their title. That's the shocking revelation from this year's Banned Books Week. » 9/24/13 5:40pm 9/24/13 5:40pm

How to measure the power of a science fiction story

Too often, we hear that a science fiction story has "succeeded" if it predicts the future accurately. But that's the wrong measure of success. The most powerful works of SF don't describe the future — they change it. » 9/17/13 12:00pm 9/17/13 12:00pm

10 Paranoid Science Fiction Stories That Could Help You Survive

It's not just paranoia. They really are watching you. The world we're living in is getting weirder and more dangerous all the time. So it's a good thing science fiction has been stockpiling dark mind-fraks for decades, full of smart survival strategies. Here are 10 paranoid science fiction tales that could keep you… » 8/01/13 10:18am 8/01/13 10:18am

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we can see how these scenes might have appeared in person. » 7/27/13 3:00pm 7/27/13 3:00pm

Amazon Sales of George Orwell's 1984 Shot Up 7,000% This Week

In the aftermath of recent revelations concerning a top secret government surveillance program aimed at monitoring the personal and private interactions of mostly innocent civilians, many Americans are naturally concerned with what the future might hold for a country being run by an All-Seeing Eye. » 6/13/13 3:57pm 6/13/13 3:57pm

New edition of 1984 will feature a "censored" blacked out cover

Penguin is releasing new editions of five of books by George Orwell, with covers by designer David Pearson. Perhaps the best of the new designs is Pearson's simple but brilliant idea for 1984, with the title and author's name apparently censored with black foiling. » 1/05/13 1:00pm 1/05/13 1:00pm

Andy Serkis is directing a family-friendly, motion-capture version of …

Andy Serkis' stunning grasp of motion capture acting is one of the reasons Peter Jackson made him a second unit director on The Hobbit. Now the Gollum actor plans to apply those directing skills to a motion-capture project of his own: a new adaptation of George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm. » 10/20/12 9:00am 10/20/12 9:00am

The 'Banned Books' list is a hilariously depressing history of people…

Educators thought Orwell's 1984 was promoting Communism. They thought Huxley's Brave New World made promiscuous sex "look like fun," and the book is "centered around negative activity." They thought the point of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5 was to promote "deviant sexual behavior." People burned Tolkien's Lord of the… » 10/01/12 3:14pm 10/01/12 3:14pm

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Lived Abroad

Science fiction and fantasy are all about reaching beyond the horizon — so it's not surprising that many of the greatest speculative fiction authors have broadened their own horizons. And you can see it in their writing, because the experience of negotiating a very different culture and learning another language… » 6/21/12 3:23pm 6/21/12 3:23pm

Street Artist Shepard Fairey Convinces Hollywood to make another 1984

Break out your overalls — there's a new adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 on the horizon. The world's most famous dystopian narrative is coming back to the big screen. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's production company (Imagine Entertainment) is teaming up with LBI Entertainment to bring back the Ministry of Truth.… » 3/22/12 11:55am 3/22/12 11:55am

Read Aldous Huxley's review of 1984 he sent to George Orwell

Several months after George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 was published in 1949, Aldous Huxley sent a letter to his former French pupil. The Brave New World author had received a copy of 1984 from the publisher at Orwell's behest, but his poor eyesight prevented him from finishing the book for several months. » 3/06/12 8:15am 3/06/12 8:15am