Just Because Magic Has Rules, Doesn't Mean It Should Be Predictable

A lot of fantasy writers and readers will tell you that magic needs to have a clear set of rules, so you don't just have a situation where magic can do whatever the author needs it to do. A system of magic. But go too far in that direction, and you end up with something too much like technology. » 10/20/14 6:00pm 10/20/14 6:00pm

Nothing On Earth Can Hold Adrien Brody In The Houdini Trailer

Adrien Brody transforms into the early 20th century escape artist Harry Houdini for the History Channel miniseries Houdini. Known for his ability to escape chains, locks, and upside-down boxes filled with water, Houdini was legend — let's just hope this miniseries lives up to the artist's reputation. » 8/12/14 7:42am 8/12/14 7:42am

Marty McFly Comes Back to The Future To Perform Magic Tricks

One of the benefits of being a time-traveler is that it would make a career as a magician pretty easy. For instance, watch Stuart Edge at Comic-Con — all he needs to do to wow a crowd is use his knowledge of future events to do card tricks, or bring back future tech like the Pepsi bottle that turns any liquid into… » 8/11/14 6:40am 8/11/14 6:40am

Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015: Full Deck-Building, But At What Cost?

The latest installment of the video game version of Magic: the Gathering, Duels of the Planeswalkers, gives players the one thing we've always wanted – the ability to build our own decks from scratch. But the addition of "premium boosters" that cost extra money might completely outweigh it. » 7/25/14 12:40pm 7/25/14 12:40pm

​The 20 Most WTF Magical Items in Dungeons & Dragons

Every Dungeons & Dragons character seeks magical items for their abilities. But some wizards aren't interested in making powerful relics; they're interested in making nonsense, because they're crazy, or things that will screw your character over, because they're jerks. The result? These ridiculous artifacts from D&D's… » 6/26/14 10:00am 6/26/14 10:00am

Did Somebody Just Explain Magic in a Way That Actually Made Sense?

A lot of fantasy and horror tales contain magic, or at least supernatural creatures, and never explain how they got there. But once in a while, we get an explanation for how magic entered our rational world — and it just works. What's your favorite example of a story that actually explains magic well? » 6/09/14 3:01pm 6/09/14 3:01pm

​Why people's problems with a female Doctor Who are wrong, wrong, wrong

Look, before we get started, let me assure you all that I know the character is called The Doctor, and not Doctor Who. But you can't just have an article headline, even on io9, that only mentions the Doctor, because many people won't realize you're referring to Doctor Who. The same is true in my time, but inevitably… » 12/11/13 8:35am 12/11/13 8:35am