Friday Celebration: Janelle Monae Turns Bullied Kids Into Superheroes

Check out the video for Janelle Monae's cover of David Bowie's "Heroes," which came out the other day. In which Monae is a comic-book superhero who inspires bullied kids to become their own made-up heroes. This is the soundtrack to your Friday evening celebration, right here. » 5/16/14 5:00pm 5/16/14 5:00pm

SNL gives Wes Anderson the quirkiest home invasion movie ever

Last night's Saturday Night Live asked the question, "What if Wes Anderson directed a horror movie?" The result, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, is naturally an offbeat and delightful little gorefest. » 10/27/13 8:30am 10/27/13 8:30am

Black Kirby and Janelle Monae: The New Cutting Edge of Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism, the movement that puts people of African descent at the center of futuristic and science-fictional ideals, has gotten a new avatar in the form of singer Janelle Monae. But there's also a new book coming out, two new art shows, an Octavia Butler graphic novel, and much, much more. » 10/01/13 11:42am 10/01/13 11:42am

Are Janelle Monae's science-fictional lyrics keeping her off the radio?

That's what a new article in Radio.com claims. Monae's first full-length album was lukewarm on radio, with the song "Tightrope" barely getting much airplay. Monae wants her new album The Electric Lady to get more radio play, but the science-fiction imagery is turning off programmers. » 9/13/13 1:51pm 9/13/13 1:51pm

The android who inspires us

Musician Janelle Monae gave a fantastic interview to Elle magazine about how science fiction has influenced her work, and why she identifies with androids. » 8/30/13 12:21pm 8/30/13 12:21pm

What's the cutting edge of feminist science fiction today? Your chance…

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology is having a special issue devoted to "feminist science fiction," edited by Alexis Lothian. The call for papers is here, and it reads in part: » 2/04/13 2:54pm 2/04/13 2:54pm

Top 10 Albums Every Self-Respecting Science Fiction Fan Should Own

Science fiction changed music. And music saved science fiction. Most of our favorite flights of fancy and epic adventures are bound up in our minds with amazing musical scores, or epic theme songs. But some of the greatest pieces of music ever created were also inspired by science fiction and fantasy. » 4/30/12 10:00am 4/30/12 10:00am

15 melodious and magnificent musical fembots

Science fiction, pop music, and reality are chock full o' artificial intelligences that can carry a tune. Here's an entire roster of fantastic singing she-bots who can croon circles around The Rock-A-Fire Explosion.
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In this iconic video by music video director Chris Cunningham, Iceland's de facto ambassador goes…

The kinds of slaves that robots will become

Either you've already seen this video from a recent, deeply scary robot demo in Japan, or you need to watch it now. It reveals that robot slavery may not look the way you think it will. » 10/19/10 4:01pm 10/19/10 4:01pm

The 9 Greatest Dystopian Music Videos

Musicians love to buck conformity. And what better metaphor for fighting social pressure than a good dystopian music video? Here are 9 of our favorites. » 7/23/10 7:00am 7/23/10 7:00am

Janelle Monae turns rhythm and blues into science fiction

She's deep into futurist Ray Kurzweil and loves Octavia Butler's writing. But her science fiction stories play out over itchy beats, under a James Brown cape. io9 interviews the unclassifiable musician about her influences and dreams for the future. » 7/21/10 9:00am 7/21/10 9:00am