How science fiction helped me through my grief

During the second to last episode of Battlestar Galactica, we learned that, before the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin lost her father and her sisters in a car accident. How horrible, I remember thinking. This explains so much about her emotional armor, how slow she is to grow close to anyone. It also… » 6/16/13 7:00am 6/16/13 7:00am

10 of Science Fiction's Most Depressing Futuristic Retirement Scenarios

The UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimates that, by the year 2100, life expectancy in developed countries will hover around 97 years and around 106 years by 2300. But will the quality of life for the elderly and retired increase with that increased lifespan? While many science fiction stories promise… » 9/15/12 10:00am 9/15/12 10:00am

Will Hollywood sentimentalize Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a…

We're mostly thrilled that Charles Yu's awesome novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is getting a big Hollywood movie deal. We're a bit concerned, though, that it's being spearheaded by Chris Columbus, maker of the first two Harry Potter movies and Percy Jackson, among many other things. Will the… » 12/02/11 10:30am 12/02/11 10:30am