A 1/109 Scale Model of the Saturn V Rocket, Made of Gingerbread

It's a rocket. Made of cookies. Gingerbread engineer Matt Baker sent io9 this incredible picture of his 1/109 scale model of the Saturn V rocket (here you can see a side-by-side comparison — click to enlarge). "I'm a big NASA fan," he explained via email. "Now if I could just find some tiny gingernauts." Even without… »12/25/12 9:00am12/25/12 9:00am

Two futuristic ways to give classic SF novels for the holidays

What do you get the person who has every scifi TV series in a DVD box set, all the latest scifi hardbacks, plus every gorgeous comic book collection and all the action figures you've ever heard of (plus probably like 20 more)? There is an actual answer to this question. You get them the books that helped create the… »12/17/12 8:07pm12/17/12 8:07pm

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth" and other Cthulhu-ian Christmas songs

Okay, admittedly, there's only one other Cthulhu-ian Christmas carol besides "I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth" here, and that's "Freddy the Red-Brained Mi-Ho," below. But I knew you guys wouldn't want to miss these two fantastic holiday tunes by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (who happen to have composed… »12/17/12 10:40am12/17/12 10:40am

The theologically confusing nightmare that is the He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special

We all know the worst Christmas special of all time is the Star Wars Holiday Special, but what's the second worst? The 1985 He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special makes for a strong candidate. Trying to discuss a religious holiday with muscle-bound heathen barbarians from another planet would pose a challenge in the… »12/14/12 11:00am12/14/12 11:00am

Webcomic Gift Ideas for People Who Don't Read Webcomics

Every year, I try to buy a few of my Christmas gifts from webcomic creators. It's a great way to support independent artists and you can end up with some cool and unusual gifts to dole out. But what do you do if the people in your life don't read and love the same webcomics you do—or any webcomics at all? Fortunately,… »11/25/12 4:00pm11/25/12 4:00pm

Amazing, Experimental Science Gifts that You Can Make or Buy

Giving science gifts is relatively hard. There are some gifts which are fun enough, but have no educational or scientific value whatsoever. Other gifts are so soaked in pure education that they're as joyless as study guides. Here, we've got the best of both worlds — the most awesomely fun and educational science gifts… »11/21/12 5:25pm11/21/12 5:25pm

The Best Gifts for Action Figure Addicts and Collectors of Collectibles

Buying gifts for toy collectors is always hard. Even if you can decipher what they want - never easy when the tiniest of variations can turn one toy into trash, and another into treasure - their choices are sometimes impossible to find. Still, there is hope! Here are 20 toys that will make awesome gifts for the… »11/21/12 4:30pm11/21/12 4:30pm