The Most Brutal Endings of Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows

Last night, Breaking Bad broke us once and for all, with a fitting ending that gave us tons of closure. But many of our favorite TV shows have straight-up kicked us in the teeth on their way out. Here are the most brutal series finales of science fiction and fantasy TV shows. » 9/30/13 1:10pm 9/30/13 1:10pm

What's the most contrived twist ending in a science fiction story?

One major reason we love science fiction is for its ability to surprise us — and a great twist ending makes the whole preceding story feel better. But when a final twist feels random or silly, then there's nothing worse. What's your least favorite twist ending from science fiction or fantasy? » 7/31/13 2:06pm 7/31/13 2:06pm

NASA is getting ready to search for signs of life on Mars

The goal of NASA's Curiosity rover is to determine if Mars was ever capable of supporting life. But the Agency's next rover, set to launch in 2020, could take things one giant step further. Given recent findings, says Jack Mustard, chairman of the Agency's Science Definition Team, "past Martian life seems possible, and… » 7/10/13 12:17pm 7/10/13 12:17pm

The creator of the British Life on Mars creates a new show about the…

This actually sounds amazingly promising — Matthew Graham, best known for creating the original British Life on Mars, has a deal with Fox to create a new show called Para Time. According to Heat Vision, the show "revolves around a group that polices parallel worlds." So, sliders meets police procedural? We're in. [Heat… » 8/24/12 2:37pm 8/24/12 2:37pm

Why look for life on Mars when you can make life on Mars?

Biologists who study extremophiles are dramatically expanding our sense of just how amazingly resilient microorganisms can be — insights that have serious implications in our search for extraterrestrial life. At the same time, these hardy microbes are also inspiring synthetic biologists to create their own strains of… » 8/09/12 12:00pm 8/09/12 12:00pm

When insanity is your superpower, reality will eventually become your…

From the beginning, Awake's Michael Britten has seen his delusion about seeing two different versions of reality as a possible strength: He can learn something in one world and use it in the other. As he tells Bird in last night's episode, sometimes he knows stuff that he shouldn't be able to know. So being out of… » 5/18/12 11:40am 5/18/12 11:40am

Awake really is the best show you're not watching

Every once in a while, one TV show comes along that does it all: explore characters at a deep level, delve into major philosophical issues in a fresh, meaningful way, and keep you white-knuckled with suspense. Awake is one such show, and if you're not watching it, you're missing something extraordinary. The last two… » 4/07/12 10:44am 4/07/12 10:44am

Threequel Alert: Murray Talks Ghostbusters 3, Favreau Talks Iron Man…

Iron Man 2 reviews include enough spoilers to power an arc reactor. Ghostbusters 3 may be exorcised. Plus trailers for Toy Story and Survival of the Dead, and a Jonah Hex poster. Also: Doctor Who, Transformers, Fringe, Supernatural and Lost. » 4/28/10 6:00am 4/28/10 6:00am