War Of The Worlds' Martian Tripods Invade Actual World War I Footage

Last year, the History channel aired a mockumentary about the "Great Martian War" of 1913-1917. The real treat is the videos of the battles, which places War of the Worlds-style walkers in real footage from World War I. » 10/03/14 9:40am 10/03/14 9:40am

Back In 1909, They Were Already Trying To Define Science Fiction

There are so many competing definitions of "science fiction" that we could be here all day arguing about which one is correct. But back in 1909, a writer named Maurice Renard wrote an essay explaining the nature of the "scientific marvelous," a genre that he traced to H.G. Wells, and before him Edgar Allan Poe. » 8/07/14 3:30pm 8/07/14 3:30pm

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. » 7/25/14 10:00am 7/25/14 10:00am

What Was The First Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book You Ever Read?

We endlessly debate which science fiction and fantasy books make great entry-level reads for newcomers to the genre. But what was the first book you ever read? What book brought you into science fiction and fantasy, and helped to hook you for life? » 6/02/14 2:07pm 6/02/14 2:07pm

What H.G. Wells Got Wrong When He Predicted the Atomic Bomb

What science fiction writers get wrong is at least as important as what they get right, argued legendary physicist Lawrence Krauss in his talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago. In particular, H.G. Wells predicted the atomic bomb — but he made a crucial error. » 2/17/14 3:29pm 2/17/14 3:29pm

Great Concept Art for the Science Fiction Museum We Desperately Want

We've told you before about the Museum of Science Fiction in Washington, DC, which is currently trying to raise money to open in 2017. But now Wired has posted some fantastic concept art, showing just how astonishing the exhibitions could be. » 12/17/13 1:46pm 12/17/13 1:46pm

James Gunn's Transcendental feels like a lost Golden Age classic

Cracking open James Gunn's latest novel, Transcendental, is like finding a lost manuscript from the Golden Age of Science Fiction. And while reading it, I enjoyed the retro-stylings — but couldn't help but think this is the kind of thing science fiction has left behind for a reason. » 10/22/13 3:48pm 10/22/13 3:48pm

Weird Facts You Never Knew About H.G. Wells' Movie, Things to Come

Did you know the Criterion Collection had recently come out with a deluxe DVD/Blu-ray release of Things to Come, H.G. Wells' 1936 movie? It includes a restored print that's way better than any previous release, plus unused special effects footage. And the Criterion site includes some astonishing facts about Things to… » 8/09/13 4:00pm 8/09/13 4:00pm

12 Most Unfaithful Movie Versions of Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Tomorrow, Max Brooks' acclaimed novel World War Z becomes a movie... well, sort of. They kept the title. Actually, World War Z is just the latest in a long line of films that depart from the books so much, they're basically a brand new story. Here are 12 science fiction and fantasy movies that toss the book out the… » 6/20/13 10:13am 6/20/13 10:13am

12 Greatest Science Fiction War Stories

War changes everything. War is an apocalypse and a technological revolution and a life-changing adventure, all rolled into one. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most indelible stories are about warfare. » 9/10/12 10:00am 9/10/12 10:00am

A CliffNotes Guide To The Wishbone Episode About H.G. Wells' The Time…

Thank you for purchasing CliffNotes: Wishbone - "Bark To The Future," an educational guide for those readers requiring assistance in understanding the fundamental plot points of H.G. Wells' science fiction novella The Time Machine, as depicted in the defunct 1990s PBS children's show Wishbone (ages 5-12). » 8/01/12 9:20am 8/01/12 9:20am

How a Crappy Unauthorized Sequel Created All of Science Fiction's Main…

Over at Cracked, there's a pretty fantastic rundown of all of the science fiction plot mainstays that came from one terrible book: Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss. Including ray guns, a spaceship with a working airlock, spacesuits, and epic space battles. » 7/31/12 1:26pm 7/31/12 1:26pm

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

In the webcomic Dawn of Time, a time traveler and a barbarian team up…

If paleontologists had access to time machines, they could solve innumerable mysteries about the terrible lizards who once walked the Earth. But if the past is anything like Michael Stearns' webcomic Dawn of Time, the age of dinosaurs may not be quite what they expected. Last I checked, few scientific theories… » 5/26/12 8:30am 5/26/12 8:30am

Drugs that Give People Awesome Superpowers

Where would we be without drugs? Half the great musical performances of the 20th century wouldn't exist. There would be no Mork and Mindy. Walter Bishop would have nothing to inspire his research. » 2/15/12 4:08pm 2/15/12 4:08pm

The 10 Most Unnecessary Giant Monster Movies Of All Time

Not every scifi film can star a Brobdingnagian shark or lizard. Some movies must make due with giant livestock, vermin, and apes who aren't named King Kong. Here are 10 of the most superfluous creature features ever made. » 2/08/12 10:50am 2/08/12 10:50am

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Who Never Wrote Sequels or…

Sometimes it seems like science fiction, and especially fantasy, are genres that lend themselves exclusively to trilogies and long-running series. But some of the greatest writers in speculative fiction have only written standalone novels, not series or trilogies. » 1/30/12 2:46pm 1/30/12 2:46pm

Wild 1969 Japanese magazine art imagines the hellhole at Earth's core

Here's something that should appeal to fans of Gōjin Ishihara's profoundly weird children's art. In 1969. a Japanese magazine published these exceedingly intense depictions of life at the center of our planet. Taking cues from Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Lost World, these drawings and diagrams are the… » 1/30/12 2:25pm 1/30/12 2:25pm

Did H.G. Wells do a better job predicting the future of warfare than…

H.G. Wells gave us many of our most beloved science fiction conceits — but did he also foresee how war would develop in the era of airplanes and advanced weaponry? And were his predictions more prescient than some of the Pentagon's attempts to forecast the changing nature of war have been? » 12/28/11 4:09pm 12/28/11 4:09pm

io9's Field Guide to Martians

Science fiction is overrun with Martians, from monstrous invaders to shapeshifting superheroes to Santa-kidnapping buffoons. To make sense of over a century's worth of Martians, we present this grid ranking scifi Martians on their goodness and just how alien they are (click to expand). » 11/23/11 1:05pm 11/23/11 1:05pm