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 10 most regrettable Eighties scifi and fantasy villains on film

The 1980s gave audiences plenty of timeless bad guys like the Terminator, Boba Fett, and Vigo the Carpathian. The decade also dished out plenty of incompetent and ill-conceived villains. Let's explore the 1980s wing of the Annals of Mediocre Villainy. » 12/19/10 6:15pm 12/19/10 6:15pm

Totally Radical: A Microhistory of 1980s Science Fiction

In the 1980s, science fiction ruled over everything. Most of the biggest movies and books of the decade were scifi, and cyberpunk became the era's pop aesthetic. Here's how the 1980s changed the genre forever. » 12/17/10 3:18pm 12/17/10 3:18pm

Back To Our Future: How the 1980s Explain The World We Live In Now

In this exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book, culture critic David Sirota explains how everything in our world - from the culture wars to political strife - can be traced back to the 1980s. » 12/17/10 1:14pm 12/17/10 1:14pm

The 10 greatest paranormal teen comedies of the 1980s

The 1980s wasn't just the golden age of Star Trek movies β€” it was also the heydey of teen comedies, from Porkys to Molly Ringwald. And what could be better than teenage hijinks with scientific craziness or bizarre supernatural powers? » 12/16/10 1:26pm 12/16/10 1:26pm

"Game of Thrones" isn't George R.R. Martin's first fantasy saga on…

We're all dying to see Game of Thrones brought to our television screens next year β€” but it's not George R.R. Martin's first foray into televised fantasy. In the late 1980s, he was a producer/writer on Beauty and the Beast. » 12/16/10 8:30am 12/16/10 8:30am

The ultimate 1980s scifi and fantasy movie mixtape

Science fiction and fantasy films of the 1980s were filled with a ton of memorable, iconic, and patently ridiculous music. Here are 30+ of the decade's finest (and most painful) movie tunes for your listening pleasure. » 12/15/10 12:37pm 12/15/10 12:37pm

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 β€” everything changed in the 1980s. » 12/14/10 8:30am 12/14/10 8:30am