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10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books—but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them.
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This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that’s both expensive and environmentally unsustainable.… » 6/15/15 2:06pm 6/15/15 2:06pm

10 Incredibly Stupid Ways That Superheroes and Villains Have Died

Superhero comics are full of death-defying action... that sometimes results in actual death. And for every epic, brilliant final stand, there's a death that's less than satisfying. There are plenty of candidates for the worst superhero and villain deaths of all time. But here are the 10 stupidest ways that… » 4/14/15 10:56am 4/14/15 10:56am

10 Practical Tips for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

When the zombie apocalypse strikes, will you be ready? How can you prepare now to survive the undead onslaught? We got the inside scoop from the Green Light Anti-Zombie Squad, a group that's dedicated to protecting you from zombie attacks. Here are 10 practical tips on how to survive an encounter with the walking dead. » 3/31/15 10:27am 3/31/15 10:27am

10 Superheroes Who Can Never Have Sex

It’s tough to be a superhero. Not only do you have to drop everything and get into a brawl at a second’s notice, but you’re frequently misunderstood. Superheroes’ personal lives are a mess — especially their sex lives. But it gets worse. Here are 10 superheroes who are physically unable to have sex. Ever. » 2/13/15 10:30am 2/13/15 10:30am

The Most Accidentally Hilarious Lines From Science Fiction And Fantasy

Sometimes our favorite movies and TV shows feature some hideously ridiculous dialogue. And this nonsensical and melodramatic speech is part of why some movies are such a guilty pleasure. Here are the 10 awesomest lines of unintentionally funny dialogue from science fiction and fantasy movies and television. » 11/27/14 11:08am 11/27/14 11:08am

Great Opening Sentences From Science Fiction Novels

You can tell a lot about a science fiction book from its first sentence. A truly great first sentence establishes a tone, sticks in your mind, and serves as a little otherworldly koan, confounding your expectations. And maybe freaking your shit a little. Here are our favorite science fiction opening sentences of all… » 11/11/14 12:24pm 11/11/14 12:24pm

Here Are 50 Spooky Songs to Make You Get Up and Dance This Halloween

Halloween music is one of the greatest gifts this time of year gives us. So we've compiled 50 of our favorite scary songs — but we're fully aware we're leaving out some of the greats. If we missed your favorite, or if you have a song that must, must, must be played today, let us know! » 10/31/14 11:30am 10/31/14 11:30am

What Is the Fastest Way to Learn a Foreign Language?

Many of us dream of going to a foreign country and learning some of the local language so we can at least make conversation. But we don't want to spend years doing it. Is there any way to learn a language in a week or two, the way those ads on the internet promise? It's hard to believe, but in some cases, the… » 7/03/14 11:15am 7/03/14 11:15am

Two Technologies that Los Angeles Needs for the Coming Rise in Quakes

In the wake of yesterday's 4.4 earthquake in the Los Angeles area, some seismologists are suggesting that this could be the first of many quakes in the region. As the city looks to a shaky future, there are two cutting-edge technologies that might keep their buildings, bridges and transit systems from crumbling. » 3/18/14 12:14pm 3/18/14 12:14pm