At last! A use for those pesky tachyons!

If you've spent any time watching science fiction shows, you've probably heard of tachyon rays, a tachyon matrix, or just free-floating tachyons. Tachyons are particles that travel faster than light. And one professor finally came up with a use for them. Sort of. » 12/27/13 12:45pm 12/27/13 12:45pm

This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive… » 8/23/12 1:57pm 8/23/12 1:57pm

"The fuel tank is half full": Gregory Benford on why the dream of space…

Reason Magazine just posted a must-read article from its February 2012 issue by Timescape author Gregory Benford, in which he examines the expansive dream of space exploration propounded in the early 1950s by Wernher Von Braun. And he concludes that even though NASA seems to be scaling back and our dreams of… » 1/25/12 2:49pm 1/25/12 2:49pm

Why We Love "Big Dumb Object" Science Fiction Stories

Science fiction critic Peter Nicholls, speaking in 1997, explained the enduring love for novels about a "Big Dumb Object" in space, how this helps us to achieve a Sense of Wonder, and why we would want to. Novelist Gregory Benford just posted the text of Nicholls' speech on his own blog, and economist Robin Hanson… » 11/17/11 1:57pm 11/17/11 1:57pm

How many definitions of science fiction are there?

Science fiction is the literature of our times, the fuel of our imaginations and the source of our favorite imaginary worlds. But what do we mean when we talk about "science fiction?" Here are some of the many definitions. » 8/27/10 7:30am 8/27/10 7:30am

Celebrate Popular Mechanics' most glorious visions of the future past

A new book by Gregory Benford will celebrate the amazing innovations that Popular Mechanics promised us over the first seven decades of the 20th century — but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite Popular Mechanics whizbang moments. » 5/19/10 2:53pm 5/19/10 2:53pm

Rage, Rage Against The Heat Death Of The Universe?

Are you missing the era of cosmic SF, trippy epics about huge godlike entities and vast eras? Check out "The Final Now" by Gregory Benford, in which twin deities confront their mortal creation as the universe itself winds down. [] » 3/05/10 11:25am 3/05/10 11:25am

What Really Wiped Out The Dinosaurs?

In the wake of our asteroid near-miss, people keep claiming that an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. But we all know it was the Cybermen. Or time-traveling hunters. Here are science fiction's best dinosaur-extinction theories. » 3/10/09 4:00pm 3/10/09 4:00pm