How Ghost Fleet Nails The Perfect Vision of World War III

Set in the near future, Ghost Fleet dares to imagine what the next global war might actually look like. We talked to P.W. Singer to learn how he and his co-author August Cole managed to produce a futuristic techno-thriller that’s as plausible as it is entertaining. We were also given an exclusive excerpt from the… » 6/25/15 2:40pm 6/25/15 2:40pm

Hacker Drama Mr. Robot Is Scary, Paranoia-Inducing, and Awesome

If you could hack into an evil corporation’s bank account and shuffle its wealth to the 99%, would you? That’s the Anonymous-era quandary a young, brilliant hacker grapples with in the new USA drama, Mr. Robot, which premiers tonight at 10 p.m. I got a chance to hang out with the cast as they were filming in New York. » 6/24/15 12:00pm 6/24/15 12:00pm

How Pixar Came Up With A Whole New Way Of Showing A Child's Mind

Even for Pixar, Inside Out is an ambitious film. After all, it’s largely set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, and tries to metaphorically explain all of the wonderful, frustrating, and confusing things that go on inside the human head while exploring a sort of emotional truth. So how on Earth did it all come… » 6/16/15 1:58pm 6/16/15 1:58pm

How The BBC Brought The "Unfilmable" Strange & Norrell To TV

The much-anticipated adaptation of Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is finally coming to US shores this weekend. But how hard was it to bring this Regency world of magic and moral ambiguity to television? We sat down with series writer Peter Harness to learn more about making Strange & Norrell. » 6/10/15 8:00am 6/10/15 8:00am

Cat Eyes and Other Radical Ideas to Re-Engineer Humans for the Future

If we don’t do something about climate change, humanity is screwed. But do what? Carbon emissions keep creeping up, geoengineering is potentially dangerous, and we continue to stew in endless political debates. One bioethicist has a radical idea: Re-engineer humans for a better planet. » 5/16/15 3:30pm 5/16/15 3:30pm

Meet the Expert Witness Who Goes Inside the Minds of Young Killers

Imagine spending time with murderers, digging into their childhoods to figure out what made them violent — and then convincing skeptical juries to take your conclusions into account. In his book Listening to Killers, Dr. James Garbarino reflects on 20 years spent serving as an expert witness. He told us what it’s like… » 5/07/15 2:15pm 5/07/15 2:15pm

Bruce Timm Reacts To Suicide Squad's Live-Action Harley Quinn

Just yesterday, you saw the new look for the Suicide Squad movie’s Harley Quinn. And today, we’ve asked Harley Quinn co-creator Bruce Timm for his thoughts on the lady who loves Mr. J and got some additional information on his new web series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles on Machinima. » 5/04/15 7:15pm 5/04/15 7:15pm

I'm Warren Ellis, and This Is How I Work

Warren Ellis is a writer. You may know him from Transmetropolitan, his acclaimed cyberpunk comic book series about a gonzo journalist, or from his novels like Gun Machine. And then there are the television shows, film projects, and magazine columns, many of which comment on our relationship with technology and the… » 4/14/15 6:50pm 4/14/15 6:50pm

Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk Return To Fandom In New Series Con Man

Firefly stars Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk have rejoined forces on Con Man, a new Indigogo-funded project about a struggling actor living in the science fiction convention world. io9 sat down both actors to discuss the show, their careers, and the Mexican restaurant that first brought them together. » 3/11/15 8:00am 3/11/15 8:00am

Chris Miller And Phil Lord Discuss Last Man On Earth's Inevitable Incest

The Last Man on Earth launched this week, sparking a national discussion on the psychological link between isolationism and self-destruction, along with toilet pools and incest. We took our questions straight to series producers and directors (the Lego Movie guys), Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Spoilers ahead... » 3/05/15 8:20am 3/05/15 8:20am

The Truth Behind The POWER/RANGERS Short, And How You Helped Save It

Last week, director Joseph Kahn dropped his "dark as f*ck" POWER/RANGERS short. Soon, it was pulled from the internet, but now it's back in full NSFW glory. So what happened? In an exclusive interview, Kahn explains how the internet saved his short. Plus why he doesn't think the real Power Rangers show should be this… » 3/02/15 10:00am 3/02/15 10:00am