1960s Retrofuture Short Film Inspired By The Oldest Story About Robots

Karel Čapek's seminal 1919 play R.U.R. coined the term "robot" and was set 50 years in the future, making it 1969. Chase Masterson of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine stars in R.U.R.: Genesis, set in a flirty 1960s retrofuture where artificials conspire against humans. » 4/29/14 12:30pm 4/29/14 12:30pm

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Who Never Wrote Sequels or…

Sometimes it seems like science fiction, and especially fantasy, are genres that lend themselves exclusively to trilogies and long-running series. But some of the greatest writers in speculative fiction have only written standalone novels, not series or trilogies. » 1/30/12 2:46pm 1/30/12 2:46pm

10 Satirical Novels that Could Teach You To Survive the Future

There's only one thing we know for sure about the future: It'll be weird, and you can't really prepare for it. Just imagine trying to tell someone in 2000 how to prepare for life in 2011. But luckily, there's one surefire way to brace yourself for another round of future shock: by reading a slew of great satires,… » 12/13/11 10:48am 12/13/11 10:48am

Beware of the Fish People!

Too long has our monster-obsessed world lazily depended on vampires and werewolves to fill their creature quota. NO MORE! New concept art for the Czech monster movie War With The Newts, based on the novel Valka S Mloky by Karel Capek, will usher in the year of the fish monster. Behold the glorious beauty! » 2/01/11 12:03pm 2/01/11 12:03pm

Kraftwerk's Robotic Journey Into An Oppressive Past's Future

Kraftwerk's 1977 single "The Robots" is anchored in 1930s ideas of futurism - both Soviet and Nazi - and it illuminates something about our relationship with artificial life forms, argues blogger Justin E.H. Smith. » 1/20/10 11:32am 1/20/10 11:32am

A Story About Computer Failure Came Before The First Robot Conquest…

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first story about the Internet going wrong. E.M. Forster (better known for A Passage To India) wrote "The Machine Stops" in 1909, and you can read it online. » 11/18/09 8:30am 11/18/09 8:30am

The Robot Uprising Turns 70 Today

Today is the 70th anniversary of science fiction on television. On Feb. 11, 1938, the BBC broadcast its adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., about androids that rise up against their human creators. Capek's play is the origin of the word "robot," which comes from the Slovak work "robota," meaning… » 2/11/08 1:00pm 2/11/08 1:00pm