Science fiction has a pretty good track record of telling us what kinds of technologies (submarines, credit cards, cellphones) we should be expecting years, sometimes many decades, before they actually show up. But some technologies never make it out of our imaginations. »
The monsters in George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones are magically badass. But could dragons, direwolves and lizard-lions be scientifically plausible, on some level? Today we’re going to try to answer that question — with the help of some biology experts.
Whether exploring the difficulties of setting up a surprise party for a hivemind or sending us to a future where debt collectors have gotten deadly serious about the whole payment plan issue, these stories have plenty to say about life beyond Earth — and they do it all in just six words.
It's time for those six little words you've all been waiting for: Write us some science fiction, please! »
George R.R. Martin isn't writing for seasons five or six of Game of Thrones — but that doesn't mean we won't see more stuff from him on HBO. In a new interview, Martin reveals he's developing a new show called Captain Cosmos. But he also revealed that a major twist could be coming in the Song of Ice and Fire books. »
The year is 2047, the place is Neptune’s orbit, and the psychological mindfuck factor is off the charts, for the rescue crew aboard the Lewis & Clark. The film is Event Horizon, named for a long-lost space ship which has maybe been to HELL and back — and it’s one of the most underrated space-horror flicks ever.
Behold, the first-edition cover art for Fredric Brown's 1951 Space on My Hands. The classic science-fiction short-story collection contains "Knock," which begins with two of the most evocative sentences ever: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ..." »
Between Mars One sounding fishy and Curiosity finding nitrogen, Mars is back in the news (if it ever really left). There's still an interest in colonizing "The Angry Red Planet," but that's still a long way off from happening. I can only presume that's because the folks at NASA and the other space exploration… »
Whether taking us to a very, very ancient Martian surface, giving us the chance to play detective with some found clues dropped by future travelers, or just warning us about the worst of the future's entry-level jobs, these stories present us with some very complicated timelines. And they do it all in just six words. »
Sometimes, just a few words are enough to build a universe. So take six words of your own, and tell us some science fiction stories! »
I love Science Fiction and Fantasy for many reasons, but one of them is that it makes the impossible, possible. I love seeing and imagining the creative architecture and worlds such as Gotham City from the Burton films: »
Science fiction is filled with both incredible inventions that became reality and incredible inventions that we hope will become reality at some point in the future. But, then, there is also a third category of inventions that, while amazing, have some unexpectedly troubling implications. »
Randall Munroe has really outdone himself with today's xkcd. The infographic shows when a certain story was published and then compares that date to the length of time — either in the future or past — to when the story actually took or will take place. »
How's your day going? Pretty well? No strange and unsettling stories from the perilous emptiness of space or the mysterious machinations of alien exploration have come along to unsettle you yet? Well, I regret to inform you that streak is at its end. »
There's been a lot of debate lately over whether science fiction needs accurate science — or whether it's even worth discussing the accuracy of science in science fiction. What kind of person expects a science textbook instead of just a fun romp? But as a new essay points out, this is really a matter of suspension of… »
Science fiction epics can stretch onwards through hundreds of thousands of words, but you can spin one for us in just six? We want to hear your very best (but also very, very brief) science fiction stories! »
A bellicose enemy attacks a complacent country and institutes martial law until a ragtag group of unbroken patriots rally and re-take their country. It sounds like Red Dawn, but actually it's The Invasion of 1910. And due to some editing, it was widely popular in the country of both the rebels and the invaders. »
What do you get when you combine a planetarium projector and footage of dung beetles? If you're video artist Diana Thater, you get a science lesson as well as a meditation on how humans disrupt other forms of life on this planet without even meaning to. »
What's it like to write science fiction novels in China? Novelist Cixin Liu, author of The Three Body Problem takes us through the history, present, and the possible future of science fiction in China. »