21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. » 7/25/14 10:00am 7/25/14 10:00am

The World's Most Fascinating Places, As Seen In Science Fiction Books

It's the middle of summer — the time of year when wanderlust takes over our brains. You want to leave your home and your job and explore what the world has to offer. But here's the next best thing — 15 books that take place in science fiction and fantasy versions of the most fascinating places on Earth. » 7/11/14 1:15pm 7/11/14 1:15pm

How Jules Verne Invented Astronautics

A lot is made of how prophetic SciFi is supposed to be. And it certainly has seemed to hit the mark pretty often and pretty remarkably. But some of its most impressive hits depend on just what you mean by "prophecy." » 5/24/14 8:00am 5/24/14 8:00am

Which Real-Life Victorian Sub Inspired Jules Verne's Nautilus?

When Jules Verne wrote about the fantastic submersible ship Nautilus in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, there had already been several very successful submarines built and tested. And Verne, who always did his homework, was certainly aware of these. Which was his inspiration? » 3/27/14 7:20am 3/27/14 7:20am

The 20,000 Leagues Remake That Almost Was

There have been two or three attempts to reboot Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea since Disney's classic 1954 version, none of them very successful. In 1984 Dino DeLaurentiis briefly considered filming an adaptation of the Verne novel. I was commissioned to create concept art meant to help sell the project. » 3/07/14 7:00am 3/07/14 7:00am

12 Incredibly Strange Underground Realms from Science Fiction

Don't judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. There are countless aphorisms about looking below the surface of things, because you never know what you might find — for instance, if you looked below the surface of the Earth, you might find lost civilizations, underground empires, and/or lots and lots of… » 1/02/14 10:00am 1/02/14 10:00am

Great Lost Manuscripts of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Some of the greatest authors of science fiction and fantasy have put words on paper — only to see those words lost or destroyed. Before there were computers, manuscripts got burned or lost in the mail all the time. Here are the famous authors whose books were lost, destroyed, misplaced or erased. » 12/23/13 12:30pm 12/23/13 12:30pm

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

That Time Jules Verne Caused a UFO Scare

For a brief period during the late 1890s, a wave of UFO sightings swept across the United States. Dozens of strange objects were seen sailing through the skies from coast-to-coast. » 11/21/13 9:00am 11/21/13 9:00am

What Are Science Fiction's Best and Worst Predictions?

Sometimes scifi foreshadows the future with incredible accuracy (the fiction of Jules Verne, for instance, predicted the moon landing and the electric submarine) and sometimes not (he also imagined an Earth that had a core full of mastodons.) Today, we want to know your picks for the best and the worst predictions… » 10/25/13 7:00am 10/25/13 7:00am

Everything You Know About Jules Verne is Probably Wrong

Jules Verne is one of the best-known authors who ever lived. A record 300 movies, TV shows and plays have been based on his work and more are on their way. But although everyone knows Jules Verne much of what they know is wrong. » 6/17/13 11:57am 6/17/13 11:57am

Will we ever chow down on kibble made for humans?

Twice a day, I pour my dog a bowl full of kibble, a specially formulated blend of barley, lamb, herring, and few other goodies I'm told will fully meet his nutritional needs. Sorting out my own nutritional needs is a bit more complicated. As much as I appreciate the variety afforded me by the bounty of fruits,… » 2/24/13 7:00am 2/24/13 7:00am

A single image covers 67 years of Penguin science fiction book covers

Check out this weird timeline of book covers, showing which colors dominated on their Penguin book covers over the years. It looks like War of the Worlds had a long yellow period, while Journey to the Center of the Earth was cream-colored for decades. Arthur Buxton created this graphic to honor Jules Verne's 185th… » 1/23/13 3:20pm 1/23/13 3:20pm

This 1880s photo is from the greatest Jules Verne-themed prom that…

In the 1880s, famed French actress Sarah Bernhardt posed for what is quite possibly the world's most awkward photograph never to be taken at a high school dance. This picture is one of two notable nautical portraits Bernhardt posed for, both of which are catalogued by the Library of Congress. » 8/15/12 2:45pm 8/15/12 2:45pm

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A space squid battle to remember . . . on a t-shirt!

It's a space squid vs. a retro rocket! And it's a luminous, beautiful, funny tee designed by Kevlar51 to add to your collection. If you're in the States, your excuse is that it's Memorial Day, and you should have this shirt to honor the brave souls who gave their lives in the deadly space battles during the early… » 5/28/12 8:36am 5/28/12 8:36am

Alan Moore announces new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic,…

Over the weekend, Alan Moore engaged in a 2.5-hour webchat as a fundraiser for Cleveland's Harvey Pekar Library Statue. During this frank conversation, the Bearded Master addressed questions about his feud with Grant Morrison (short answer: there isn't one), why he wrote Neonomicon ("Because I had a massive, massive… » 2/06/12 9:10am 2/06/12 9:10am

The Long, Strange Search for Earth's Second Moon(s)

For some people, one moon just isn't good enough. The quest to find a second Moon has roped in Jules Verne, the man who discovered Pluto, and a pair of deluded astronomers. But here's the thing: there really is a second moon... sort of. » 12/28/11 9:13am 12/28/11 9:13am

The Rock invades Jules Verne's Mysterious Island with tiny elephants…

Journey to the Center of the Earth's sequel is minus one Brendan Fraser but plus one Dwayne Johnson. The Rock, who has teamed up with the boy from the first movie because he's his new Step-Dad (did Fraser die in the first movie?!), is trying to find Jules Verne's Mysterious Island (yes from the story). Long story… » 11/10/11 8:44am 11/10/11 8:44am

What's it like to write a webcomic about Jules Verne and Sexy Batman? …

If you've spent any time perusing webcomics, chances are you've encountered cartoonist Kate Beaton's historically inclined series Hark! A Vagrant. » 9/27/11 9:05am 9/27/11 9:05am