It's Been A Busy Year For A Tiny Planet Whirling Through Space

It's the one-year io9iversary of Earth & Space, the physical sciences subsite for all your astronomy, geology, and planetary science needs. » 3/01/15 8:00pm 3/01/15 8:00pm

What Kinds of Stories Would You Like to See on io9?

You come to io9 for a lot of reasons. You want to escape with science fiction and fantasy, but you also want to learn about what's possible in the real world using science and technology. You want to know what's coming next, and what it will take to get there. What other stories do you want to see? » 7/23/14 10:03am 7/23/14 10:03am

Nick Offerman Is An All-Powerful Narrator In This Meta Western Comedy

In Stranger Than Fiction, Will Ferrell finds his life controlled by a narrator he hears in his head. In the short film The Gunfighter, an Old West gunslinger also finds himself pursued by a voice (belonging to Parks & Rec's Nick Offerman). The bigger problem? Everyone else can hear it, too. » 6/23/14 7:00pm 6/23/14 7:00pm

From Metaphysics to Teen Wolf Meta: The Evolution of a Word

If you follow genre television, internet fandom, or literary criticism, you've probably heard the word "meta" used to describe everything from a narrative form, to intensive analysis of character backstories in Harry Potter. How did this Greek prefix meaning "beyond" come to mean so much to so many of us? » 6/02/14 1:12pm 6/02/14 1:12pm

Sleepy Hollow: The Politics of Presenting the Present to the Past

I absolutely apologize for the alliterative awkwardness. So sorry, stopping soon. Ok, now. Anyway, does no one else view SH as (among other things) a satire of (mostly rightwing) American politics? No? Just me? Because I think it's a rather fun one, too. » 1/24/14 7:06am 1/24/14 7:06am

I Like The Big Bang Theory, Because Communism

TBBT is not a happy show. Whether it's funny is an open question, but I can find no way of looking that makes it happy. Accepting that I was essentially watching a slowly unfolding tragedy rooted in a very unsentimental and perfectly materialist worldview, it made much more sense...and became rather brilliant. » 1/11/14 8:30am 1/11/14 8:30am

10 Geeky Lists That Will Suck You in and Destroy Your Productivity

You're about to fall into the Internet's most dangerous trap. No, not malware — lists. The Internet is crammed with information, organized into handy lists, which will devour your brain. Here are the 10 most addictive and time-wasting lists for geeks online. » 11/20/13 10:25am 11/20/13 10:25am

What happened when a fictional character penned an autobiography

When Yankee Lawyer: The Autobiography of Ephraim Tutt came out in 1943, a lot of readers were confused. After all, Tutt was a fictional person, the hero of a series of legal novels. Or was he? Many fans became convinced that Tutt was a flesh-and-blood human being. » 8/25/13 7:00am 8/25/13 7:00am

Google Glass is only "Stage One" in a three-stage evolution

Human beings are headed to a Matrix-like future, according to one neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur named Meron Gribetz. And Google Glass is just "Stage One." Apparently, he's already invented the final stage. » 6/06/13 12:20pm 6/06/13 12:20pm

Try Out Some New io9 Commenter Forums!

Last week, we introduced forums on io9. They were pretty buggy, but we've unleashed a bunch of Jedi knights who killed the bugs. Now we've got some functioning forums for you to try. Or make your own! » 10/22/09 1:00pm 10/22/09 1:00pm

Apparently, Vampires Aren't Sexy. Or Interesting.

Who would've thought? Annalee does a post about why vampires have a reputation for being sex machines, and the comments get filled with people who eagerly begged to differ. And not one mentioned James Brown! » 1/11/09 3:00pm 1/11/09 3:00pm

The 10 Most Talked About io9 Posts Of The Year

During the first year of io9, we've reported stories both close to our hearts and far out in the universe, but one thing has remained constant: You always wrote. Here are our most commented posts. » 12/28/08 2:00pm 12/28/08 2:00pm

Six Writers Speculate on Science Fiction's Future

Astronomer Marcus Chown wonders if science fiction is dying. With technology and scientific discovery advancing so quickly, it's unclear what will become of a genre based largely on predicting the future. Charles Stross has gone so far as to say that it’s no longer possible to write near-future science fiction. Six… » 11/14/08 8:40am 11/14/08 8:40am

Be Kind Rewind Opens A Hole In The Space-Time Continuum

By now you've probably seen a few commercials for Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, where Jack Black accidentally magnetizes the movies in buddy Mos Def's store. They decide to create fanfilm versions of movies like Ghostbusters, Robocop, and 2001: A Space Odyssey and pass them off to unsuspecting customers. However,… » 1/29/08 4:30pm 1/29/08 4:30pm