Who's The Worst Student In All Of Science Fiction And Fantasy?

You can't enter into uncanny worlds without studying the secrets of the masters. Science fiction and fantasy are full of academies, schools, apprenticeships and other places of learning. And they're also full of awful students, who skip classes, don't listen and muck everything up. But who's the worst student of them… » 4/07/14 2:04pm 4/07/14 2:04pm

io9 March Madness Final Four: Harry Potter vs. Lord of the Rings!

We're down to our last four competitors in our quest to find the greatest work of science fiction and fantasy ever! Star Wars and Doctor Who are battling it out to represent science fiction in our championship game, while Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are locked in combat to raise the fantasy banner. So vote now! » 3/26/14 10:37am 3/26/14 10:37am

io9 March Madness Elite Eight: Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones!

We're down to our last eight competitors in our search for the greatest work in all of science fiction and fantasy. So now it's time for you to vote on today's batch of titanic match-ups, as Star Wars takes on Firefly, Doctor Who battles the X-Men, Lord of the Rings crosses swords with Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter … » 3/24/14 11:50am 3/24/14 11:50am

io9 March Madness Sweet 16: Star Wars vs. Dune! Buffy vs. Cthulhu!

We've reached the Sweet Sixteen in our hunt to find the greatest work of science fiction and fantasy ever. Just four competitors are left from each of our regionals, which means you've got some tough choices ahead: Doctor Who or Blade Runner? Harry Potter or Hellboy? Terminator or X-Men? Vote now! » 3/21/14 12:00pm 3/21/14 12:00pm

Is The "Young Adult" Boom Dwindling In Books As Well As Movies?

There's a lot riding on Divergent, which comes out this Friday. Studios are hoping it'll show there are still audiences for young-adult films other than Hunger Games, after the dismal performance of several other films. But also, says the Wall Street Journal, there's hope it'll rescue the struggling young-adult book… » 3/17/14 3:46pm 3/17/14 3:46pm

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

The awesome Harry Potter ending J.K. Rowling didn't even know she had

Someone had an idea about how the Harry Potter books should have ended and it's fantastic. And when I say fantastic I mean this is truly, objectively what Harry Potter's final fate should have been in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and J.K. Rowling screwed it up. Call your editor, J,K. You have some work to do. » 2/28/14 8:30pm 2/28/14 8:30pm

The Most Disappointing Final Battles in All Science Fiction and Fantasy

It's all been leading up to this. Hundreds of pages, or hours, of buildup, leading up to the final confrontation between the forces of excellent and the forces of not-excellent. And then... it's kind of a bust. The bad guys kind of fold. Or the fight lasts 30 seconds. Or it's just thumb-wrestling. Here are the most… » 2/27/14 12:23pm 2/27/14 12:23pm

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm