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

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

This gallery proves Frank R. Paul still rules science fiction art

Frank R. Paul did more than almost any other artist to shape the images that light up our collective dreams. He provided the bright, eye-popping imagery for Hugo Gernsback's vision of science fiction, and his art from the 1920s still feels fresher than a lot of the stuff being created today. » 1/30/13 11:20am 1/30/13 11:20am

Hugo Awards namesake suggested chasing criminals using airplane-mounted…

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