The Only Known Footage Of Mark Twain Just Got Way Better

Mark Twain was one of the most famous Americans who ever lived, yet the iconic film of him walking around his home in Connecticut is the only footage we have of him. Now, thanks to the restoration efforts of TFG Film & Tape, this invaluable footage has finally been given the treatment it deserves. » 9/30/14 2:30pm 9/30/14 2:30pm

7 Scifi Literary and Journalistic Hoaxes that Readers Believed

The idea of sophisticated life on the moon might seem absurd today, but when a story about lunary civilization appeared in newspapers in 1835, many wondered if it could be true. And that's hardly the only scifi story readers have found credible enough to believe. » 8/18/13 7:00am 8/18/13 7:00am

Watch Val Kilmer morph into Mark Twain -- YIKES

Val Kilmer gave the world an inside look into his makeup-heavy transformation for his one-man play Citizen Twain. Which we then turned into a fairly terrifying gif. Watch as Batman becomes the be-joweled Samuel Clemens. » 8/16/13 1:40pm 8/16/13 1:40pm

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we can see how these scenes might have appeared in person. » 7/27/13 3:00pm 7/27/13 3:00pm

The books Mark Twain "dictated" from beyond the grave

There are always folks trying to exploit the success of authors long after those authors have died. Whether it's capitalizing on a famous ancestor (see Dacre Stoker) or continuing to publish under a deceased writer's pen name, some writers and publishers refuse to let celebrity novelists rest in peace. But few tales… » 11/04/12 1:00pm 11/04/12 1:00pm

ABC is developing the steampunk adventures of Tom Sawyer and…

With one set of public domain heroes already settling in comfortably at Once Upon a Time, ABC is ready to give a pair of classic American characters a modern update. The network has announced that it is developing Finn & Sawyer, a detective TV series about Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn set in a… » 8/18/12 3:00pm 8/18/12 3:00pm

The only existing video footage of Mark Twain, as filmed by Thomas…

What happens when the father of American literature and the pioneer of American cinematography meet up for a little video shoot? Silent movie magic, that's what, starring the one and only Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) as himself. » 8/04/12 11:00am 8/04/12 11:00am

Behold, Dr. Zaius as Mark Twain, courtesy of John Hodgman

A while back, comedian/erstwhile Four Loko taste-tester John Hodgman saw a photo of actor Maurice Evans in full Dr. Zaius make-up on the set of The Planet of The Apes reading a biography of Mark Twain. Judging from the evidence, Hodgman wondered if Evans had secretly been planning a Zaius-centric performance of Hal… » 2/10/12 4:00pm 2/10/12 4:00pm

10 SF authors who became fictional characters

The history of science fiction is full of unforgettable characters. So it's no surprise that famous writers often appear in fiction themselves — either by name, or wearing the thinnest of disguises. Here are our 10 favorite science-fiction writer cameos. » 8/05/10 1:30pm 8/05/10 1:30pm

Six or so degrees of great geniuses...and Kevin Bacon.

How is Mary Shelley linked to Buckminister Fuller? What tied Mark Twain to Pablo Picasso? What's Kevin "Hollow Man" Bacon's connection to Samuel Beckett? Consult this chart. (Say what you will, but Tremors was transcendent). [Lapham's Quarterly via GOOD] » 6/13/10 4:19pm 6/13/10 4:19pm

"Riverworld" Adaptation Braces for Sea of Angry Readers

A faithful adaptation of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld novels would be nigh impossible, but the Syfy Channel's upcoming Riverworld miniseries plans to veer off into such uncharted waters that readers may not recognize it. » 6/08/09 2:20pm 6/08/09 2:20pm

Everything You Need to Know About the Madness of Nikola Tesla

When you hear the name Nikola Tesla, chances are you think of the Tesla coil or the 80s metal hair band. Tesla was the first real mad scientist of the twentieth century: Not only did he invent that coil and alternating-current electricity (which you're probably using right now to read this), but he also researched… » 1/28/08 11:00am 1/28/08 11:00am