Vintage Cover Art Suggests Future Laden With Guns, Space Suits For Dogs

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 ..." » 3/28/15 4:45pm Saturday 4:45pm

Man Plus Has The Kookiest And Therefore Greatest Plan To Colonize Mars

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… » 3/28/15 11:15am Saturday 11:15am

These Six-Word Scifi Stories Have Some Pretty Tangled Timelines

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. » 3/09/15 4:20pm 3/09/15 4:20pm

In Sci-Fi, Accurate/Inaccurate Science Doesn't Have To Be Everything

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: » 3/08/15 2:52pm 3/08/15 2:52pm

The Greatest Science Fiction Inventions That We Hope Never Become Real

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. » 3/02/15 4:20pm 3/02/15 4:20pm

A Chart Comparing Publication Dates To When A Story Takes Place

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. » 2/25/15 1:20pm 2/25/15 1:20pm

An Eerie Collection Of Short Off-World Tales For You To Read

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. » 2/10/15 4:20pm 2/10/15 4:20pm

Yes, It Matters If The Science In Your Science Fiction Story Is Accurate

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… » 2/10/15 12:44pm 2/10/15 12:44pm

Tell Us Some Six-Word Science Fiction Stories!

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! » 2/10/15 7:00am 2/10/15 7:00am

Red Dawn Was An Accidental Remake—In More Ways Than One

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. » 2/09/15 2:10pm 2/09/15 2:10pm

This Weird Video Installation Shows How Cosmic Dung Beetles Really Are

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. » 1/30/15 11:30am 1/30/15 11:30am

This Is What It's Like To Write Science Fiction Novels In China

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. » 1/14/15 4:20pm 1/14/15 4:20pm

Who Would Win in an All-Out Battle: Star Wars or Star Trek?


A classic debate! Good or Evil? Chocolate or Strawberry? Star Trek or Star Wars (excluding the Death Star)? But unlike those timeless questions this one really does seem to have a compelling answer. And its not what the majority seem to think. » 12/29/14 4:15pm 12/29/14 4:15pm

Can We Spot Rocky, Sun-Squished Planets?

In 1954, a high school physics teacher wrote a science fiction story set on a highly oblate exoplanet, one so squished the gravity varied dramatically from equator to pole. Now researchers are contemplating how to detect such bizarre, alien worlds in our ever-expanding search for exoplanets. » 12/15/14 7:34pm 12/15/14 7:34pm

Write A Six-Word Science Fiction Story For Us!

Six words is all you've got, and six words is all you need, to enthrall, spook, surprise, and delight us with your ultra-short science fiction tales! » 12/10/14 7:00am 12/10/14 7:00am

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

How Many Scifi References Can You Catch At The Nerd Poetry Slam?

On January 15, the Vancouver Poetry House Society held its annual Nerd Poetry Slam. Matt Loeb's came in fifth, but I really feel like "Sci Lingo We Ride" deserves a ton of accolades. The references fly thick and fast in this poem. » 11/26/14 11:15pm 11/26/14 11:15pm

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