That Time A '70s Cult Scifi Movie Got An Oscar (For A Different Movie)

The movie Starcrash, is remembered mostly as a lesson in how not to do space opera. What most people don't remember it as is Oscar-winning. But it was. Except, the award was given seven years after its release and was issued in the name of a different movie. How did it happen? Here's the story. » 11/28/14 4:40pm 11/28/14 4:40pm

A Statistical Analysis That Reveals Why Aspiring Screenwriters Fail

The data-crunching fiends over at Five Thirty Eight examined the data from thousands of script evaluations of screenplays by newbie writers, submitted to the Black List of unproduced screenplays. And they found that science fiction and comedies have the worst ratings of all — as well as the reasons why these scripts… » 11/14/14 9:45am 11/14/14 9:45am

These Six-Word Stories Are Dispatches From A Strange Alternate Reality

Drawn from the stories you submitted to us today, these tales rewrite The Sound of Music as a horror flick, give us some etiquette tips for how to behave in front of a black hole (hint! VERY WELL), and, most alarmingly, show a timeline where our attempts to land a comet turned out very differently indeed. » 11/13/14 4:20pm 11/13/14 4:20pm

Marching Band Forms Real and Fictional Space Ships for Space-Themed Show

The Ohio State University Marching Band is at it again. While you might deduct points for relying too heavily on the music from the Abrams' Star Trek films, they more than make up for it in their formations and their skill. Plus, they give special tribute to NASA, which is just awesome. » 11/02/14 11:00pm 11/02/14 11:00pm

​The Tragic Demise of Science Fiction's Greatest Idea

The matter transmitter is one of science fiction's greatest inventions. It's been in hundreds of SF stories, perhaps most famously in Star Trek as the transporter. And yet writers keep trying to turn this incredibly useful, flexible idea into nothing more than a fancy system of transit. Which is all wrong. » 10/16/14 10:25am 10/16/14 10:25am

How Laline Paull Brought Real Science into Her Novel The Bees

Science fiction has a celebrated role in inspiring real scientific advancements. But, the relationship also works in the opposite direction, with science inspiring stories to go to new places. Here, author Laline Paull explains just how scientific facts sent her novel The Bees into an unexpected direction. » 9/24/14 4:20pm 9/24/14 4:20pm