The 12 Best Cops of Science Fiction

They are the peacekeepers. They uphold the law. They protect us from those who would do us harm. And they do it all with nothing more than a badge… and a robot… or perhaps a spaceship… or maybe even superpowers. These are the dozen best fictional police officers in the universe, and we appreciate them for their… » 10/08/13 10:15am 10/08/13 10:15am

The 10 Most Unbelievable Alien Races in Science Fiction

Chances are when we meet actual extraterrestrials, they'll be so different, our minds will be blown. But science fiction has to make do, which is why we get so many humans with wacky foreheads. Sometimes, though, we meet an alien race that could never have evolved, no matter what. Here are the 10 most unbelievable… » 9/06/13 10:38am 9/06/13 10:38am

10 Classic SF and Fantasy Books That Were Originally Considered…

Some of science fiction/fantasy's classic books failed to win over readers at first. And the publishers of some of SF's most beloved works were convinced they had a disaster on their hands. Here are 10 masterpieces that were deemed failures. » 7/05/11 10:00am 7/05/11 10:00am

10 classic SF books that were originally considered failures

Some of science fiction/fantasy's classic books failed to win over readers at first. And the publishers of some of SF's most beloved works were convinced they had a disaster on their hands. Here are 10 masterpieces that were deemed failures. » 10/13/10 2:19pm 10/13/10 2:19pm

Can You Update Pulp Science Fiction Without Being F-ed Up?

The pulp science fiction renaissance has begun. Edgar Rice Burroughs and E.E. "Doc" Smith both have Hollywood blockbusters in the pipeline. The Burroughs-inspired Avatar broke DVD sales records. But can today's creators update pulp storylines without including the cultural baggage? » 4/30/10 6:22pm 4/30/10 6:22pm

Don't Remake These 21 Movies, Film These Books Instead!

There's only one thing Hollywood loves than a movie based on a toy: remakes. Dozens of science-fiction classics are slated for do-overs. But instead of remaking films that were fine the first time, here are 20 books Hollywood should film. » 3/05/10 1:17pm 3/05/10 1:17pm

Will I Evolve Into a Being of Pure Energy?

Welcome back to Ask a Biogeek, a column where biology researcher Terry Johnson answers questions about biology — no matter how weird. » 9/18/08 9:00am 9/18/08 9:00am Back when I discussed our as a species, one commenter added to the list of improbabilities our eventual transcendence into a non-corporeal form. That's hardly the only evolutionary myth …