10 Science Fiction Prequels that Aren't as Bad as Phantom Menace

With Star Wars Episode I hitting theaters all over again, there's been a whole new wave of interest in George Lucas' biggest letdown. And we've been remembering some of the other prequels that have tried to fill in backstory over the years. » 2/27/12 10:36am 2/27/12 10:36am

R.I.P. John Christopher, the Man Who Filled Our Young Minds With…

Samuel Youd, who died yesterday at age 89, was better known under the name John Christopher, one of several pseudonyms. And under that name, he was best known for creating the fearsome Tripods, alien invaders who enslave the human race with the mind-controlling "cap." Christopher's Tripod trilogy is a wonderful adventure … » 2/07/12 10:45am 2/07/12 10:45am

Best television adaptations of science fiction and fantasy novels

Can a book really become a decent television show? Yes, and here's the proof! Here are 12 shining examples of science fiction and fantasy books that actually got turned into television series that are worth watching in their own right. » 11/03/10 3:46pm 11/03/10 3:46pm

I Love It When A Plan Totally Doesn't Come Together

Click to viewIt happens to the best dashing science fiction hero: You come up with a preternaturally clever plan to stop the bad guys, involving a totally cunning bit of MacGyvering or hustle... and it totally fails. Your super-gadget blows up. Or your allies flake. The bad guys turn out not to be total idiots. Or all… » 7/15/08 6:23pm 7/15/08 6:23pm