Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How it Changed Their Work

So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the… »1/30/13 4:15pm1/30/13 4:15pm

Why Haldeman's Forever War is One of the All-Time Great Novels: "Transcending is ultimately the point"

Over at the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about having just read Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, which he now considers one of his top ten novels of all time. In singing the praises of Haldeman's classic war novel, Coates also advances an idea that the best works in any genre are ones that transcend that genre, or… »12/10/12 7:30pm12/10/12 7:30pm

Some Key Signs that You Might Have Misunderstood an Alien's Intentions

Communication with aliens is going to be a tricky business — and it could easily turn violent. When we meet extraterrestrial intelligences, we'll have to be careful not to jump to conclusions. Luckily, science fiction is full of examples of miscommunication between humans and aliens, which we can learn from. »8/14/12 6:06pm8/14/12 6:06pm

100 Wonderful and Terrible Movies That Never Existed

For every movie that makes it to your local cineplex, there are dozens that never come into existence. In another universe, Mel Gibson directed Fahrenheit 451, Terry Gilliam directed Watchmen, and Batman fought Godzilla. The history of movies is crammed full of weird almost-weres and could-have-beens. A lot of people… »8/10/12 4:48pm8/10/12 4:48pm