Entire Planes Come to Life In The Newest Magic: The Gathering Artwork

A new Magic: The Gathering set, Magic 2015, was released this week, and the artwork is simply stunning. Check out this gallery of hi-res artwork from the new set—filled with Planeswalkers, weird creatures, and the souls of Magic's most popular planes brought to glorious illustrated life. » 7/22/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

​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

10 stories where technology is indistinguishable from magic

Arthur C. Clarke's third law of prediction holds that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." The magical space-age design of Asgard in the new Thor movie seems to have taken its cue from this idea in a major way. Here are ten other stories where machinery seems to have merged with… » 11/08/13 9:59am 11/08/13 9:59am

6 Pieces of Real-Life Cursed Jewelry that Could Destroy You

They're beautiful but deadly. Here is a collection of terrifying accessories that have killed their owners, or driven them mad — at least according to legend. From the Hope Diamond, to a stone that was almost worn to a recent Academy Awards, here's our list of the most cursed pieces of real-life jewelry. » 10/21/13 11:58am 10/21/13 11:58am