From Akira to Zapped: io9's Radically 80s Round-Up

Over the last week, we've covered some of our favorite moments in 1980s scifi. Whether remembering George R.R. Martin's foray into television or the impact Octavia Butler had on literature, it's patently obvious that we love the Eighties. » 12/19/10 8:40pm 12/19/10 8:40pm

The 1980s were when science fiction franchises got big

These days, every cool science fiction universe is a "franchise," meaning that it's a piece of intellectual property separate from any particular creator or even set of characters. It wasn't always that way — everything changed in the 1980s. » 12/14/10 8:30am 12/14/10 8:30am