Why does every story have to be an Earth-shattering epic?

Lately, it seems like every story has to be massive, or nobody cares. Every Doctor Who story is about saving the entire universe. The latest Hobbit movie seemed to be trying to be a Lord of the Rings-style saga. Every action movie needs global stakes. Can we talk about our epic epidemic? » 12/24/13 8:00am 12/24/13 8:00am

10 Reasons Why Le Guin's Earthsea Books Can Still Change Your Life

We live in a time of riches, as far as fantasy book series go — tons of sprawling sagas are being told, by authors with a huge diversity of styles. But if you want a life-changing visit to a fantasy world, you can't do any better than Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea. Here are ten reasons Le Guin's fantasy series still… » 11/06/13 10:00am 11/06/13 10:00am

What's the famous science fiction novel you pretend to have read?

Come on, admit it. We all have at least one famous science fiction or fantasy novel that we've never actually read, but we've looked at the Cliff's Notes, or scanned the Wikipedia entry, so we can fake it. Now it's time to come clean — what's the novel you most often pretend to have read? (For me, this is a long list — … » 1/19/12 11:20am 1/19/12 11:20am

Lovely Dawn Treader concept art will send you home on a dream ship

Whatever you may think of the Narnia movies, you have to bask in the loveliness of this Voyage of the Dawn Treader concept art. Eustace the Dragon! The sea people! The epic battles! The giant orange sun, which looks like something out of 1970s book cover art. This is the perfect art to end the week with, setting a… » 1/13/12 4:30pm 1/13/12 4:30pm

Fall movie preview: 10 movies we're sure will rule, and 10 that might…

It's been a mostly underwhelming movie summer. But fear not, moviegoers! There are still 10 movies left in 2010 that look set to rock your worlds, including Monsters, Skyline and Tron. And there are 10 more that, well...could surprise us. » 8/18/10 3:41pm 8/18/10 3:41pm