Is The "Fix-Up" The Best Kind Of Science Fiction Novel There Is?

Everybody knows that short stories are where science fiction writers really get to experiment, and the most perfect pieces of narrative often happen at shorter lengths. But we also love to explore a world at the length of a whole book. So that makes the "fix-up" the best of both worlds, right? » 3/10/15 1:30pm 3/10/15 1:30pm

10 Huge Tentpole Movies That Should Have Been Low-Budget Gonzo Films

It's the middle of summer movie season. These days, that means tons of movies, designed to bring in the broadest audience to justify their $100 million-plus budget. And sometimes, you can tell these films, deep down, want to be "B" movies. Here are 10 huge-budget movies that would have been more fun with less money. » 7/09/14 11:30am 7/09/14 11:30am

The Failed Publisher That Gave Us I, Robot And Arthur C. Clarke

We owe a huge debt to Gnome Press, a small start-up science fiction publisher that launched in the wake of World War II and failed because it couldn't pay its authors. As Andrew Liptak explains over in Kirkus Reviews, Gnome made Asimov's I, Robot possible, and gave us the first themed anthology. » 3/27/14 3:40pm 3/27/14 3:40pm

10 Hit Movies That The Fans Hated

Every year, huge movie productions go to Comic-Con and other events to court the fans, because they know fan love will help make a movie successful. But sometimes, a movie can still make a billion dollars even in the face of blistering fan hatred. Here are 10 insanely successful movies that the fans couldn't stand. » 3/12/14 10:30am 3/12/14 10:30am

DARPA's new robotic hand can lift kettlebells as well as tweezers

It can also palm a basketball, pinch a BB-pellet, manipulate a cordless power drill and withstand being cudgeled with a freaking baseball bat... which... well... most hands can only do two of those things. » 5/03/13 10:20am 5/03/13 10:20am

The petition to get Isaac Asimov a commemorative plaque at his 1940s home has already reached 2000 signatures, but it could use yours. Show that the Good Doctor still has a posse. » 4/24/13 10:40am 4/24/13 10:40am

This robotic 3D printer doesn’t need your help, thank you very much

As if 3D printers weren't mind-blowing enough, iRobot (yes, the company responsible for the Roomba) has just filed a patent for a robot-assisted all-in-one fabricator that can print, mill, drill, and finish a final product — and all without human intervention. Called the "Robotic Fabricator," the system is a… » 1/24/13 7:20am 1/24/13 7:20am

Upcoming Movie Sequels that Are More Pointless than Ghost Rider 2

This month is like exhibit A for Hollywood's propensity to churn out sequels that nobody asked for. You've got Journey 2, opening today. And then next week, there's Ghost Rider 2, in which Nic Cage tries to "improve" upon the first flaming-skull motorcycle movie. » 2/10/12 2:00pm 2/10/12 2:00pm

Alan Tudyk says if Firefly was on television today, the Internet would…

Alan Tudyk is obviously deeply attached to the character of Firefly's late, great Hoban "Wash" Washburne. He spent a lot of time coming up with his own Wash story ideas — including the big reveal that Wash has tons of tattoos from the Alliance's toughest prisons. In a terrific new interview with SFX, Tudyk talks about… » 9/26/11 5:30pm 9/26/11 5:30pm

10 Greatest Rappers Who Starred in Science Fiction and Fantasy Films

In space, nobody can hear you freestyle. But that hasn't stopped some of hip-hop's greatest legends from appearing in some classic science fiction and fantasy movies. From battling killer sharks to fighting off ghosts on Mars, some of our favorite rappers have also become some of our favorite SF heroes. » 2/17/11 10:35am 2/17/11 10:35am

Harlan Ellison is selling his rare books (and he wants you to buy them)

The venerable Harlan Ellison is cleaning out his archives and holding his third "Great Book Purge." Over the next three days, Ellison will be selling tons of rare books and screenplays, including his first edition script for I, Robot. » 7/06/10 6:50am 7/06/10 6:50am

When A Bad Movie Has One Incredibly Great Scene

Why do so many bad movies have one good scene each? All of a sudden, the awfulness goes away, and the movie starts living up to its potential. The performances click, the action is exciting. Here are 20-odd examples. » 4/12/10 2:34pm 4/12/10 2:34pm

Your Future Automotive Awesomeness: Fiction vs. Reality

The car's come a long way since Ford started mass production 100 years ago, but science fiction takes transportation even further. Here are six scenarios for the future of driving, and the real-life developments that could make them happen. » 12/10/09 10:25am 12/10/09 10:25am

A History of 16 Science Fiction Classics, Told In Book Covers

A single book can inspire a wide range of covers, and sometimes those covers can be works of art themselves. We look at some classic science fiction novels and the various covers they've worn throughout the years. » 11/17/09 2:30pm 11/17/09 2:30pm

Meet The Young, Frisky Susan Calvin, In "I, Robot" Prequel Trilogy

The Isaac Asimov estate has authorized a new trilogy in his ever-expanding Robot/Foundation universe, this time focusing on the early life of the Good Doctor's most famous robopsychologist. And it looks like there are also more I, Robot movies coming. » 10/26/09 11:50am 10/26/09 11:50am

Flesh Blob Robot Makes Its Crawly Debut

iRobot, makers of the Roomba sweeper and Packbot military robots, has just prototyped this squashy bot that can squeeze through tiny holes. They call it Chembot, for chemical robot. Now they've released a video of Chembot moving. » 10/14/09 6:40am 10/14/09 6:40am

Science Fiction's Greatest Legal Minds - Revealed!

If the countless works of science fiction can agree on one thing, it's that the future isn't perfect. And, on the rare occasion when disputes can't be solved with an epic starship battle, it's time to bring in the lawyers. » 7/12/09 10:00am 7/12/09 10:00am

The Only Good Scene In "I, Robot"

For those of us who loved Isaac Asimov's I, Robot, the Will Smith movie was a pile of confusing disappointment. But there is one scene in the movie that's worthy of the original book, and this is it. » 7/10/09 11:57pm 7/10/09 11:57pm

How Isaac Asimov's Non-Deadly Robots Got Lethal

With his elegantly simple Three Laws of Robotics, Isaac Asimov sidestepped the murderous robot cliche that had so dominated science fiction. But even the Good Doctor wasn't completely immune to the lure of killer robots. » 5/24/09 2:00pm 5/24/09 2:00pm