Today, NASA pays homage to its fallen astronauts with an Agency-wide "Day of Remembrance." This week marks the anniversaries of three NASA tragedies: the Apollo 1 fire of 1967, the Challenger disaster of 1986 and the Columbia disaster of 2003. Read more about the ceremony on » 1/31/14 2:40pm 1/31/14 2:40pm

Peter O'Toole Dies at Age 81

Peter O'Toole, one of the best stage and screen actors ever, has died at the age of 81, according to his agent. Though he was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, O'Toole never received one, which is so absurd that it deserves its own Monty Python sketch. For some good Sunday reading, check out Gay Talese's 1963 … » 12/15/13 2:00pm 12/15/13 2:00pm

11 Rules of Good Writing That Iain M. Banks Left as His Legacy

Over the weekend, author Iain M. Banks died of cancer — just two months after announcing that he had less than a year to live. He left behind some of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. Here are eleven Banksian rules of good SF writing, that we would do well to remember long into the future. » 6/10/13 11:03am 6/10/13 11:03am

Family Man Made Great Chili, Discovered Relativity

This weekend, The New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill that began with praise for the acclaimed rocket scientist's "mean beef stroganoff." (An intro that was later removed, without mention.) Today at Last Word on Nothing, Jennie Dusheck responds by imagining how Einstein's obit might have read had it… » 4/01/13 2:40pm 4/01/13 2:40pm

R.I.P. Carlo Rambaldi, the Special Effects Wizard Who Brought E.T. and …

This week, we reflected on movies that gave us a sense of wonder, and Carlo Rambaldi was a big part of creating science fiction movie wonder. The practical special effects artist, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86, brought E.T., the original Alien xenomorph, the Close Encounters of the Third Kind Greys, and… » 8/11/12 8:00am 8/11/12 8:00am

Where The Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak passes away at 83

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak — who crafted so many of our childhoods with such books as Where The Wild Things Are, Outside Over There, and In The Night Kitchen — has passed away at the age of 83. Sendak's most recent book, 2011's Bumble-Ardy, began its life as a Sesame Street short. » 5/08/12 6:00am 5/08/12 6:00am

Legendary French artist Moebius, the man who made The Abyss, Alien,…

Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud, who provided some of the most stunning scifi and fantasy art ever to grace a page, has succumbed to illness at the age of 73. » 3/10/12 7:35am 3/10/12 7:35am

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RIP Steve Jobs, who made the world more science fictional

Today Steve Jobs' death has us all reflecting on how a technology entrepreneur could have changed our lives so much, leaving us a world where we can't imagine daily life without Apple products. Partly that was because Jobs was never just a technologist. He always seemed to start with a social or cultural question,… » 10/05/11 6:28pm 10/05/11 6:28pm