The Bitchin Fantasy Artist You Didn't Know You Already Admired

You may not know Ian Miller's name, but you've definitely marveled at his ornate, harrowing art before. His work has adorned everything from H.P. Lovecraft book covers to Warhammer 40K concept art. And at last, 300 of his best pieces are being collected in a book, The Art of Ian Miller. We've got an exclusive peek,… » 4/10/14 12:51pm 4/10/14 12:51pm

io9 March Madness Final Four: Harry Potter vs. Lord of the Rings!

We're down to our last four competitors in our quest to find the greatest work of science fiction and fantasy ever! Star Wars and Doctor Who are battling it out to represent science fiction in our championship game, while Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are locked in combat to raise the fantasy banner. So vote now! » 3/26/14 10:37am 3/26/14 10:37am

io9 March Madness Elite Eight: Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones!

We're down to our last eight competitors in our search for the greatest work in all of science fiction and fantasy. So now it's time for you to vote on today's batch of titanic match-ups, as Star Wars takes on Firefly, Doctor Who battles the X-Men, Lord of the Rings crosses swords with Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter … » 3/24/14 11:50am 3/24/14 11:50am

Watch Gandalf Battle The Balrog In This Found Lord of the Rings Footage

More than 35 years after the film's original release, two clips of lost footage that were cut from Ralph Bakshi's animated Lord of the Rings have been restored "from the cutting room floor," thanks to the work of Bakshi's son, Eddie Bakshi. » 3/22/14 12:30pm 3/22/14 12:30pm

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Round One: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

In this year's edition of io9 March Madness, we're on a quest to find the greatest series in all of science fiction and fantasy. On Wednesday, we kicked things off by making eight classics battle it out just to make it into the tourney. Now it's time to start voting on the round of 64! » 3/14/14 11:18am 3/14/14 11:18am

This small Netherlands town has streets named after Tolkien characters

In the little Dutch town of Geldrop there is a neighborhood with streets named after characters from the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien. You'll find the names of hobbits, dwarves, wizards and elves – but there's at least one name that's conspicuously absent. » 2/16/14 9:30am 2/16/14 9:30am

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

This gigantic amazing Lego recreation of Rivendell will blow your mind

Damn. This fantastic piece measures 10 x 5 feet, uses over 200,000 Lego bricks, and was created by David Frank and Alice Finch, the latter of which you might remember for making that tremendous (and even bigger) Lego Hogwarts. You won't believe what they've managed to achieve. » 12/13/13 12:30pm 12/13/13 12:30pm

Martin Freeman on how The Hobbit was really made: "Cocaine."

Martin Freeman: Talented actor, serial middle-finger flipper, and awesome interviewee answered a few questions for Showbiz 411, and his answers may surprise you. Unless, of course, you already know that Martin Freeman answers most interview questions as ridiculously as possible. » 12/11/13 9:40am 12/11/13 9:40am

Sesame Street's Lord of the Rings parody was, in a word, precious

I don't know how Sesame Street managed to make it this far without doing a Lords of the Rings spoof before — presumably they know a little something about delayed gratification — but man, was it worth the wait. I don't know what's better, Cookie Monster screaming "ME PRECIOUS!" over and over again or the fact that… » 12/09/13 11:24am 12/09/13 11:24am

First scientific paper to be released in Elvish, Dwarvish and English

University of Bristol climate scientist Dan Lunt, writing under the name Radagast the Brown, released a paper today where he used powerful supercomputers to model the climate of Middle Earth. So of course he had to release it in Dwarvish, Elvish and English. He made some fascinating scientific observations, too. » 12/06/13 4:24pm 12/06/13 4:24pm