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We Want To Hear Your Six-Word Science Fiction Tales!

What kind of story can you tell in only six words? Will you send us the text from the off-world signage of the future ("EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS BEFORE TERRAFORMING" / tarrkid), go through the ship's log of a strange vessel ("The ship's unsalvageable." - my body's pilot / csmason04), or something else entirely? » 8/05/14 7:00am 8/05/14 7:00am

Study the Fonts in the Movie Moon, To Discover Something Wonderful

There are a million reasons to love Duncan Jones' incredible indie flick Moon, starring Sam Rockwell as an abused Lunar Industries worker who discovers his life is not what it seems. Still, you'll be surprised how amazing the movie looks when you read Dave Addy's essay about fonts in the movie, which reveals a lot… » 7/08/14 3:40pm 7/08/14 3:40pm

A History of Our Obsession with the Disease Apocalypse

The "plague plot" is a subgenre of horror that's become as common as zombie movies. But over half a century ago, Hollywood wasn't churning out tales of the disease apocalypse and deadly black goo viruses. Where did our love for pandemic panic come from? A look back at the history of the subgenre provides some clues. » 6/24/14 9:11am 6/24/14 9:11am

This Is a Movie You Have to Watch Twice to Catch the Important Stuff

Some movies are gloriously obvious and perfect for one viewing. But other movies must be watched a second time to be appreciated, because you pick up on all the little snatches of dialogue and narrative hints that make the story feel complete. What's your favorite watch-it-twice scifi movie? » 6/13/14 4:00pm 6/13/14 4:00pm

Did Somebody Just Explain Magic in a Way That Actually Made Sense?

A lot of fantasy and horror tales contain magic, or at least supernatural creatures, and never explain how they got there. But once in a while, we get an explanation for how magic entered our rational world — and it just works. What's your favorite example of a story that actually explains magic well? » 6/09/14 3:01pm 6/09/14 3:01pm