We've lost another one of the greats: R.I.P. Jack Vance, 1916-2013

Jack Vance's impact on science fiction can't be overestimated. His Dying Earth series alone would be enough to make him one of the genre's most important figures. But he also gave us the Demon Princes series and several others, and he helped revitalize the planetary romance genre with Big Planet. He died over the… » 5/29/13 1:40pm 5/29/13 1:40pm

10 Decent Movies That Were Doomed by Unfair Memes

Sometimes a movie sparks everybody's imagination months before it comes out. When a film gets talked about, that's usually a good thing — and it's an even better thing when it becomes the subject of memes and ideas. Unless those memes totally misrepresent what the movie's about, and wind up killing all interest in… » 1/17/13 11:10am 1/17/13 11:10am

John Carter, As Imagined by 12-Year-Old Andrew Stanton and teenage…

Before he was winning Oscars for Wall-E and Finding Nemo, John Carter director Andrew Stanton was a teen scribbling Tharks in his personal notepads. In fact, a penchant for fan art is something that all three of the head honchoes working on John Carter share. Take a look at the childhood Barsoomian doodles from… » 3/06/12 9:20am 3/06/12 9:20am

Michael Chabon's 17-Year Quest to Write a Mars Adventure Movie

John Carter wasn't Michael Chabon's first attempt at writing about nineteenth century heroes having swashbuckling adventures on Mars. Long before he joined up with Andrew Stanton to adapt Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novels to the screen, Chabon wrote another Martian epic. Discover the saga of The Martian Agent, and… » 2/29/12 2:54pm 2/29/12 2:54pm