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

This Call Of Duty Teaser Is The Power Suit Rampage Every Friday Needs

Taylor Kitsch — John Carter of Mars himself — is the greatest sidekick/mentor ever, in this teaser for the new game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This is basically two minutes of power-suit mayhem, with Kitsch saying the weirdest quips ever. » 10/31/14 4:40pm 10/31/14 4:40pm

John Carter Of Mars Rights Revert Back to Edgar Rice Burroughs

Disney's rights to the John Carter series of stories have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. But does anyone want to buy it? » 10/21/14 2:00pm 10/21/14 2:00pm

Andrew Stanton Teases The John Carter Sequel We'll Never See

Perhaps it was all the recent "John Carter 2 could have been awesome" reports, but for reasons unknown, Andrew Stanton has tweeted the title cards to the John Carter movies we'll never see. » 6/10/14 7:50am 6/10/14 7:50am

The John Carter Sequel We're Never Getting Would've Been "Awesome"

Just in case you're forgotten how sad it is that Disney's first John Carter movie bombed — thanks to a horrific ad campaign more than any fault of the movie's own — star Taylor Kitsch told Variety "the second script was fucking awesome." Sigh. » 5/28/14 11:50am 5/28/14 11:50am

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Round One: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

In this year's edition of io9 March Madness, we're on a quest to find the greatest series in all of science fiction and fantasy. On Wednesday, we kicked things off by making eight classics battle it out just to make it into the tourney. Now it's time to start voting on the round of 64! » 3/14/14 11:18am 3/14/14 11:18am

Great Concept Art for the Science Fiction Museum We Desperately Want

We've told you before about the Museum of Science Fiction in Washington, DC, which is currently trying to raise money to open in 2017. But now Wired has posted some fantastic concept art, showing just how astonishing the exhibitions could be. » 12/17/13 1:46pm 12/17/13 1:46pm

What ever happened to the "advanced civilization gone barbaric" story?

It used to be a mainstay of science fiction: the story where we visit a barbarian society that turns out to have been highly technologically advanced in the past. You saw this story all the time on Doctor Who and Star Trek, and in the pulps. And now, it's more or less vanished. What happened? » 10/09/13 4:10pm 10/09/13 4:10pm

What's the best movie that failed at the box office?

We were depressed to hear early predictions that Pacific Rim would be a box office bomb. Let's hope it's not true — but there have been plenty of decent or great movies that underperformed in theaters. What's YOUR candidate for the best movie that audiences just didn't show up for? » 6/25/13 2:18pm 6/25/13 2:18pm

The Real Reason Why Science Fiction Westerns Are Such a Hard Sell

On Monday, Syfy launches its $100 million show Defiance, which is full of Wild West tropes, and this summer we're getting the fantasy-oriented Lone Ranger. Lately, tons of people have tried to combine the rollicking Western with the wider expanses of science fiction and fantasy. And they've failed financially. For one… » 4/12/13 8:00am 4/12/13 8:00am

10 Decent Movies That Were Doomed by Unfair Memes

Sometimes a movie sparks everybody's imagination months before it comes out. When a film gets talked about, that's usually a good thing — and it's an even better thing when it becomes the subject of memes and ideas. Unless those memes totally misrepresent what the movie's about, and wind up killing all interest in… » 1/17/13 11:10am 1/17/13 11:10am

The Most Baffling Pop Culture Moments of 2012

Whether you feel 2012 has been a good year or a bad year, we can all probably agree that it's been a confusing year. A lot of weird things happened over the last 12 months — things we still can't quite believe occurred (and/or got approved by actual human beings). Here's eight things that happened in 2012 that we're… » 12/31/12 8:00am 12/31/12 8:00am

Side-by-Side Comparisons Reveal The Magic of Motion Capture

From Beowulf to Avatar, motion capture technology has come a very long way. Did you know Andy Serkis was originally hired as just a voice actor for the role of Gollum? Only to have his performance re-recorded months later, on a mocap stage. Today the little monster from records his expressions on The Hobbit's set,… » 12/05/12 12:41pm 12/05/12 12:41pm

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 1:48pm 8/10/12 1:48pm

An amazing behind-the-scenes look at the animation behind John Carter

John Carter may not have conquered the box office, but this groovy animator's-eye-view of the special effects workflow shows just how much effort it took to bring Mars to life. Watch as Blue Sky Studios animator Patrick Giusiano pushes around (folks who I'm assuming are) his family members to give the Tharks' baby… » 7/06/12 10:15am 7/06/12 10:15am

Watch the alternate opening sequence of John Carter. Could it have…

John Carter of Mars was sadly complicated and did not take any breaks to let the audience catch up with the complicated backstory of Barsoom. But in its defense, this movie had a hefty load of source material to adapt. Would it all have been easier to follow if Andrew Stanton had used this original introduction? Is… » 6/01/12 3:30pm 6/01/12 3:30pm

Retro Science Fiction Movies that Everybody Should See

The greatest science fiction movies don't just have cool ideas or an unforgettable story — they also have a distinctive visual style. And a lot of our favorite films reach back into the past, for retro visions of the future that look even cooler than ever, because they've become classic. » 5/09/12 4:26pm 5/09/12 4:26pm

Exclusive Excerpt from the Gender-Swapped John Carter Novel!

John Carter was a blast — but you might be waiting a long, long time for the next movie in the series, sadly. But you can help fill the gaping hole in your life by reading a new Burroughs-inspired novel, Jane Carver of Waar by Nathan Long. We've got an exclusive excerpt, in which Jane Carver tangles with a big purple… » 5/02/12 6:30am 5/02/12 6:30am

Now this is the trailer Disney should have used to market John Carter

We've poked and prodded at the baffling marketing campaign for Disney's John Carter, which did little to tout the rich history and alien setting behind Andrew Stanton's movie. The team at the John Carter Files goes several steps further, creating a fan-cut trailer that explains just why anyone should care about… » 3/24/12 2:00pm 3/24/12 2:00pm

The fact The Lorax is a hit and John Carter is a flop makes me want to…

Sometimes you can fool yourself there's some justice to box office results. Movies like Green Lantern crash and movies like Inception rake in the bucks, and it feels like maybe there's a supreme being out there, looking out for us. And then something like this happens: The Lorax is the year's biggest hit thus far, and… » 3/19/12 1:13pm 3/19/12 1:13pm