Daniel Suarez's Influx Shows The Paranoid Side of Techno-Optimism

I was prepared to be annoyed by Daniel Suarez's novel Influx. This techno-thriller, which has already been optioned as a movie, has the feel (and logic) of a blockbuster movie on paper. But then I realized: Influx is science fiction as Hugo Gernsback would have written it if he lived today, a thriller packed with… » 3/20/14 1:01pm 3/20/14 1:01pm

Astounding Spaceship Designs From Before The Space Age

Long before we were building spacecraft, we were dreaming of them. And some of our earliest ideas about space vehicles were pretty fanciful, or even downright bizarre. Here are the most astonishing and baffling spaceship designs from before we had spaceships. » 8/15/13 3:08pm 8/15/13 3:08pm

Will we ever chow down on kibble made for humans?

Twice a day, I pour my dog a bowl full of kibble, a specially formulated blend of barley, lamb, herring, and few other goodies I'm told will fully meet his nutritional needs. Sorting out my own nutritional needs is a bit more complicated. As much as I appreciate the variety afforded me by the bounty of fruits,… » 2/24/13 7:00am 2/24/13 7:00am

How do you end racism? Transform black people into white people!

Science fiction pioneer and futurist Hugo Gernsback was a man who dared to dream big. And making big predictions meant that he was going to whiff huge every now and again. » 10/04/12 8:40am 10/04/12 8:40am

The ultimate invention for telling your coworkers to screw themselves

Science fiction pioneer Hugo Gernsback wasn't simply the founder of Amazing Stories, the first scifi periodical — he was also a prolific inventor and futurist who regaled past generations with zany visions of Dalek-like killing machines and computer-mandated marriage examinations. » 8/28/12 9:25am 8/28/12 9:25am

Tremble before the Daleks of 1918

In the October 1918 issue of Electrical Experimenter magazine, science fiction pioneer Hugo Gernsback revealed his vision for a nigh indestructible war engine. Gernsback — who also devised such retrotech killing machines as the riot control droid and the anti-gangster sky bobsled — regaled readers with the automatic… » 4/05/12 6:50am 4/05/12 6:50am

Robots, Mad Scientists and Damsels: Astounding Pulp Cover Art

Last week, we talked about how science fiction cover art evolved into the colorful, pulpy art we love today. Now, here's our look at the evolution of cover art from 1930 to 1955, as pulp styles exploded into awesomeness. » 8/26/11 2:00pm 8/26/11 2:00pm

, Shadow Out of Time, cover by Howard Brown, 1936 Amazing Stories, Adam Link …

In the future, we'll undergo tests to avoid marrying frigid hubbies and …

Hugo Gernsback is famous for being a science fiction publishing titan, being the namesake of the Hugo Awards, and his no-holds-barred futurism. He was less renowned for his Clockwork Orange-style views on marriage, which are equal parts horrifying and gut-busting. » 2/28/11 7:51pm 2/28/11 7:51pm

Hugo Awards namesake suggested chasing criminals using…

This invention is such a unabashedly terrible idea, but if I were a criminal, its sheer awesomeness would cow me into surrendering. Witness the apocryphal adventures of the Dieselpunk Deputies and their patented Anti-Gangster Gondola™ (by Hugo Gernsback)! This article by the godfather of science fiction comes courtesy… » 11/24/10 8:25am 11/24/10 8:25am