How To Start Your Own Micronation

Have you ever wanted to be king of your own nation? Do you want to test out a political experiment with a few dozen of your closest friends? Consider setting up your own micronation for fun, social experiments, and profit. » 12/26/14 11:20am 12/26/14 11:20am

Bangkok Won't Show Mockingjay After Protestors Use Katniss' Salute

The three-fingered salute used by Katniss and the other rebels in The Hunger Games have been adopted by pro-democracy activists in Thailand. And as a result, a movie chain in Bangkok has cancelled screenings of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. » 11/20/14 9:02pm 11/20/14 9:02pm

In Collier's Magazine, World War III Already Happened...In 1952

In 1951 Collier's magazine devoted an entire issue to reporting an imagined version of World War III. The magazine followed every detail of the conflict from the first attack to the eventual occupation of Russia by the United Nations. » 9/20/14 11:00am 9/20/14 11:00am

The Technological Decision That Doomed Richard Nixon

A botched burglary, lies, cover-ups, abuse of power—all of these things culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon forty years ago. But history could have turned out differently if the scandal-ridden president had not made a fateful decision years earlier. » 8/11/14 4:30pm 8/11/14 4:30pm

Should California be divided into six separate states?

California is the most populous state in the US, with more than 38 million people spread across its 163,696 square miles. A new initiative wants to split California into six states, deeming the current California "ungovernable." » 2/21/14 12:30pm 2/21/14 12:30pm

What science fiction story should be required reading for politicians?

Some of the greatest science fiction stories have a political bent to them, exploring our concerns about the present by spinning them out into the future. What tales do you wish politicians in your country and others had to read in order to lead? » 2/07/14 2:00pm 2/07/14 2:00pm

The IRS spent $60,000 making a truly awful Star Trek parody

The Internal Revenue Service will soon be deciding whether to audit your taxes — but be aware, these are the same people who spent thousands of dollars of taxpayer money creating this incredibly clunky Star Trek spoof. » 3/22/13 7:09pm 3/22/13 7:09pm

This Tea Party science fiction movie trailer is better than both Atlas…

This fake trailer for a conservative science-fiction movie just premiered at CPAC, the big right-wing confab, and... it's a thing of true beauty. It contains more awesome scenes of socialist oppression, and a few heroic people fighting back, than both Atlas Shrugged movies. And the acting is truly epic as well,… » 3/15/13 3:20pm 3/15/13 3:20pm

The White House shows us how to recover from a geek gaffe

President Obama attracted a bit of geek ire (mostly in the form of good-natured ribbing) when he mixed his pop culture metaphors yesterday while discussing the automatic spending cuts. But the White House showed us how to recover gracefully from a geeky gaffe: by owning the mistake and using it to turn attention back… » 3/02/13 7:30am 3/02/13 7:30am

The Galactic Empire Responds to the White House's Response to the Death…

Four days ago, President Obama shot down the dreams of the American people and told them in no uncertain terms that he would not be building a Death Star, despite the online petition with a whole 25,000 signatures politely requesting him to do so. Now, the Galactic Empire has given their response to the White House's… » 1/15/13 12:20pm 1/15/13 12:20pm

"If It Hadn't Been for Those Kids": Red Dawn, Rebooted

All apocalyptic stories are about wish fulfillment to some extent. But Red Dawn, opening today, is the purest jolt of wish-fulfillment I've seen in ages, about the fall of America and the rise of some plucky kids who Suck It Up and Do What Must Be Done. This is an action movie so ridiculous, it barely qualifies as… » 11/21/12 12:00pm 11/21/12 12:00pm

Science Fiction’s Presidents Of The 21st Century

Looking to get a jump on the history books? Science fiction already has a complete list of the men, women, and murderous aliens who occupy the White House in this bright new 21st century. » 11/03/12 11:00am 11/03/12 11:00am

Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Romney for president of the zombie apocalypse

With less than two weeks until the US presidential election, director Joss Whedon decides to toss in his two cents. But what starts as a Mitt Romney anti-endorsement quickly morphs into a parody of hyperbolic political ads. Which candidate will put us on the fastest path to the zombie apocalypse? And which candidate… » 10/28/12 4:15pm 10/28/12 4:15pm

9 Incredibly Nice Animals Who Ran for Public Office

Have you ever looked into a the soulful eyes of a dog or the steely, merciless peepers of a shark and thought, "I would follow you anywhere, if only you would lead." Sometimes, they've done just that. We're going to take a look at the best animals ever to hold, or run for, public office. Get ready to lay some… » 10/22/12 10:10am 10/22/12 10:10am

9 Reasons to Elect a Supervillain President

When many American citizens cast their vote this November, they'll be choosing between the lesser of two evils. But why choose the lesser evil when you can choose a supervillain as your president? After all, supervillains can be effective leaders, provided you can get past the lying, unilateral decision-making,… » 10/21/12 7:00am 10/21/12 7:00am

If you really want to read the end of David Gerrold's Chtorr series,…

Could this be the deciding factor that swings the Presidential election to Barack Obama? Over on Facebook, David Gerrold announced: » 10/15/12 1:03pm 10/15/12 1:03pm

The 8 Weirdest Real-Life Science Fiction Political Ads

Elections tend to be a surreal time, what with motormouthed candidates perpetually promising a chicken in every underfunded classroom and gasoline pumps that shoot champagne instead of petrol. Here are eight times politicians channeled the realms of science fiction, horror, and fantasy for the express purpose of… » 10/15/12 10:50am 10/15/12 10:50am

Georgia Republican: Big Bang Theory, Evolution and Embryology are "Lies…

Okay, I sort of get hating the Big Bang Theory and evolution, because they contradict the Biblical account of creation... but embryology? Really? In this video of a recent speech, obtained by Talking Points Memo, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) explains: » 10/05/12 11:17am 10/05/12 11:17am

The Black Fantastic: Highlights of Pre-World War II African and…

Africans, and those of African descent, have not been treated well by speculative fiction, both inside its texts and in real life. Anti-African racism is a fact of life in Western culture, and was even more pronounced before 1945. Not surprisingly, the number of works of speculative fiction written by black writers is… » 9/27/12 4:00pm 9/27/12 4:00pm