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

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

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

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