10 Bad Movies (That Could Have Been Good With Just One Change)

By Charlie Jane Anders and Katharine Trendacosta. Netflix is a crapshoot. Your local movie theater is a garbage scow. Most movies barely manage to be so bad they're good. But what's really annoying is when you can just see how a movie could have been decent. Here are 10 films that really could have been good, if you… » 3/21/13 10:21am 3/21/13 10:21am

10 great science fiction novels that have been banned

In honor of Banned Books Week, Geekosystem's Susana Polo looks at 10 great science fiction novels that have been banned, or at least threatened with removal from libraries and schools. Including some major classics of the genre! » 10/01/10 2:34pm 10/01/10 2:34pm

What It Means To Live In A World Without Censorship

This week Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series, gracefully answered a question he's asked often (and I paraphrase): Why must he insist on offending people with books that attack the Christian Church? » 3/30/10 4:05pm 3/30/10 4:05pm

Philip Pullman Sets Aside His Dark Materials For His Dark Messiahs

He raised the ire of readers all over the world with his sideways glance at the Catholic Church in the series "His Dark Materials." With his new novel, Philip Pullman imagines a Jesus that had, yes, an evil twin brother. » 3/29/10 3:00pm 3/29/10 3:00pm

Celebrate Controversial Science Fiction — Read a Banned Book

The last week in September is the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, when the ALA highlights books that have been banned and challenged in bookstores, libraries, and schools across the United States. You can check out our list of the most frequently banned science fiction books of the 21st Century, or… » 9/28/09 4:30pm 9/28/09 4:30pm

Golden Compass May Be Solo Dark Material

If you were one of the many unsatisfied with last year's movie version of Philip Pullman's parallel universe parable The Golden Compass, here's some cold comfort - At least you're unlikely to face similar disappointment from movies based upon the later two books in the His Dark Materials trilogy, given that it's… » 7/20/08 8:00am 7/20/08 8:00am

Science Fiction Angels Who Are Really Aliens in Disguise

The Left Behind books (and movies) are one of the most popular edge-cases in the science fiction world. They're shunned by many SF fans as too cheesily religious, yet embraced by zillions of Christians who made this many-volumed tale of the Rapture and Armageddon into bestsellers. They're an odd anomaly hovering… » 1/15/08 10:30am 1/15/08 10:30am