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 a… » 12/25/12 6:00am 12/25/12 6:00am

Amazing Last-Minute Gifts That You Can Buy Or Make Right Now

Still haven't finished your Holiday shopping list? Here is a list of items you can purchase online right here, in the stores of make in your home right now. Don't get deflated by "sold out" signs, this is a list of goodies we promise will please your geekiest loved ones. » 12/21/12 1:38pm 12/21/12 1:38pm

You can own a perfect replica of River Song's sonic screwdriver and…

This is no ordinary collectible. This handmade replica of River Song's own personal sonic screwdriver was constructed personally by Nick Robatto, the man who's made all the sonic screwdrivers for Doctor Who. There are no prefab parts here, and he's only making 15 of them for Quantum Mechanix. » 12/20/12 11:59am 12/20/12 11:59am

Feast your eyes on a jaw-dropping "Cosmic Holiday Ornament," courtesy of …

Yesterday, NASA's Cassini imaging team brought us a rare view of a backlit Saturn to commemorate the holidays. Today, the Agency's Hubble Space Telescope celebrates the season with a gorgeous "cosmic holiday ornament." » 12/19/12 1:40pm 12/19/12 1:40pm

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 5:07pm 12/17/12 5:07pm

"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 several… » 12/17/12 7:40am 12/17/12 7:40am

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

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 best … » 12/14/12 8:00am 12/14/12 8:00am

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Holiday Specials Ever

You may be vaguely aware that it's the holidays. Christmas music blares from every speaker, every store is full of red and green, and all our TV has been pre-empted with the same old holiday specials. Obviously, some of them are classics, but we've still seem them a 100 times. That's why you need to shut out the world … » 12/10/12 11:15am 12/10/12 11:15am

Dynamite t-shirts you can wear for the holidays

You're supposed to dress up in your classiest duds for the holidays, which is why we're here to help you find the season's swankest t-shirts. You know you want them — and you want to give them to your friends, too. Here are 16 gorgeous, silly, and just plain awesome tees that will impress everybody this holiday… » 11/29/12 3:53pm 11/29/12 3:53pm

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 1:00pm 11/25/12 1:00pm

The Best Black Friday Deals for Science Fiction and Fantasy Schwag

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, which means one thing: crazy consumer rampages, and mall crowd scenes that will make Dawn of the Dead look mellow by comparison. Luckily, you can score some amazing Black Friday deals for science fiction and fantasy merch, without leaving your home. » 11/22/12 2:01pm 11/22/12 2:01pm

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 2:25pm 11/21/12 2:25pm

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 1:30pm 11/21/12 1:30pm