The Unexpected Similarities Between Alien And Neuromancer

You probably already knew that William Gibson wrote an unused screenplay for the third Alien movie. But did you realize how much the first couple of Alien films have in common with Gibson's work, and in particular his Sprawl trilogy? Find out where alien parasites and a cyberpunk classic connect. » 3/03/15 4:20pm 3/03/15 4:20pm

Great Opening Sentences From Science Fiction Novels

You can tell a lot about a science fiction book from its first sentence. A truly great first sentence establishes a tone, sticks in your mind, and serves as a little otherworldly koan, confounding your expectations. And maybe freaking your shit a little. Here are our favorite science fiction opening sentences of all… » 11/11/14 12:24pm 11/11/14 12:24pm

3D printed nails let you look like Molly from Neuromancer

In William Gibson's Neuromancer, the mercenary Molly Millions has a lot of enhancements — including retractable razor blades beneath her fingernails. These 3D printed nails from The Laser Girls are how I imagine Molly's nails would look from the outside, when the razors are withdrawn. » 1/27/14 5:00pm 1/27/14 5:00pm

How to measure the power of a science fiction story

Too often, we hear that a science fiction story has "succeeded" if it predicts the future accurately. But that's the wrong measure of success. The most powerful works of SF don't describe the future — they change it. » 9/17/13 12:00pm 9/17/13 12:00pm

9 Scientific Breakthroughs That Killed Science Fiction Subgenres

Science fiction looks to the future — but sometimes the future catches up to you. Sometimes, an idea generates tons of great science fiction stories — until science reveals the truth, and kills it dead. Or technology surpasses it. Here are nine scientific breakthroughs that destroyed science fiction subgenres. » 8/29/13 10:29am 8/29/13 10:29am

How did William Gibson really feel about Blade Runner?

A couple of years ago, Paris Review did a fascinating and comprehensive interview with author William Gibson. At last, the entire thing is online for you to read. There's an especially great section where he talks about what his cyberpunk classic Neuromancer shares with Blade Runner. » 7/24/13 1:20pm 7/24/13 1:20pm

The first Neuromancer poster is just pure cyberpunk awesome

Here it is, the fist "official" glimpse into Vincenzo Natali's vision of William Gibson's Neuromancer world. And it's just great. Sure it's not much to go on, but it's a gritty-looking finger, with an invitation to jack in. Sold. » 11/06/12 3:36pm 11/06/12 3:36pm

Would you plug your brain into the internet?

So we've done an interview with the great William Gibson, author of Neuromancer. His book anticipated the internet, except plugged directly into a person's brain instead of into their computer. People were inspired by this then, and they're inspired now. But would you do it? » 9/16/12 8:00am 9/16/12 8:00am

100 Wonderful and Terrible Movies That Never Existed

For every movie that makes it to your local cineplex, there are dozens that never come into existence. In another universe, Mel Gibson directed Fahrenheit 451, Terry Gilliam directed Watchmen, and Batman fought Godzilla. The history of movies is crammed full of weird almost-weres and could-have-beens. A lot of people… » 8/10/12 1:48pm 8/10/12 1:48pm

First Concept Art for the Neuromancer Movie!

The movie version of William Gibson's ground-breaking book Neuromancer is apparently moving forward — the production company GFM Films put up a page devoted to the film, including this piece of new concept art. » 8/06/12 8:44pm 8/06/12 8:44pm

Has the Neuromancer adaptation found two major stars for its most…

Karl Urban reveals where a Dredd sequel could go. Check out new TV spots for Total Recall and Skyfall. The cast and crew reveal what's next on season three of The Walking Dead. Plus some American Horror Story casting updates! » 7/30/12 6:00am 7/30/12 6:00am

Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Aren't Remakes,…

They're rebooting Spider-Man. They're remaking Total Recall. Sometimes, when you're in the middle of summer movie craziness, it can seem like every movie is based on an already-existing movie. But that's not really true — there are actually tons of genre movies in development that are new concepts, at least as far as… » 6/27/12 11:15am 6/27/12 11:15am

Police composite software makes realistic portraits of literary…

We all use the physical descriptions of literary characters to form an image of how that character might look, but what if you translated these portraits using police software? In his portrait series The Composites, Brian Joseph Davis uses law enforcement composite software to see determine how these characters… » 3/18/12 1:00pm 3/18/12 1:00pm

Will a surprising villain appear in The Hobbit?

Besides playing Smaug in The Hobbit, Benedict Cumberbatch says he'll also voice another familiar villain. Plus Karen Gillan talks abpit leaving Doctor Who, J.J. Abrams explains Star Trek's 3D conversion, and Sam Neill hints at his Alcatraz role. » 1/09/12 6:00am 1/09/12 6:00am

Does Newt Gingrich want to make Neuromancer come true?

U.S. Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich calls himself a futurist, and never tires of prognosticating. Beloved of Future Shock author Alvin Toffler, who coined the term "futurist," Gingrich co-authored a "conservative futurist" book in 2006 called The Art of Transformation (available in paperback for $70.00 on Amazon » 12/07/11 11:40am 12/07/11 11:40am

Storyboards make the abandoned Neuromancer movie look like a…

People have been trying to make a movie of William Gibson's Neuromancer since the mid-1980s, and now Splice/Cube director Vincenzo Natali is trying to make it happen. But for a few years, Joseph Kahn, the director of tons of music videos plus Torque and Detention, was hard at work on a Neuromancer film. » 11/18/11 6:40am 11/18/11 6:40am

The long-awaited Neuromancer is courting a major star... but for which…

Aaron Eckhart's post-apocalyptic Frankenstein movie chooses a location. Director Bill Condon says something shocking about Breaking Dawn's special effects. Army reservists reveal secrets of being an Avengers extra. Plus showrunner Jeff Pinkner explains why Peter had to disappear on Fringe! » 11/10/11 6:00am 11/10/11 6:00am

The 1986 infomercial for the Neuromancer movie that never was

And now, something completely different. Commenting gladiator LightningLouie has alerted us to this downright amazing promotional video from the late Eighties that was filmed to sell potential investors on a Neuromancer movie. This is the godhead of weird ephemera. » 11/06/11 1:30pm 11/06/11 1:30pm

10 Debut Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels That Took the World by Storm

This month, many of us are trying to pound out a novel. The ultimate dream is to break into the publishing world with a debut that makes people sit up and take notice. And there's some good news on that front — some of science fiction and fantasy's most beloved writers have made a splash with their very first… » 11/03/11 10:08am 11/03/11 10:08am

An iconic Batman location returns for The Dark Knight Rises! And just…

Emma Stone explains why Gwen Stacy loves Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man. Edgar Wright is making progress on Ant-Man, and an iconic Batman location returns for The Dark Knight Rises. Plus official descriptions for Battleship and the Oz prequel! » 7/27/11 6:00am 7/27/11 6:00am