21 Pictures that Sum Up the Whole History of Science Fiction

Science fiction is the genre of ideas — but it's also given us some unforgettable pictures along the way. Every era in science fiction's history has shown us a new vision of the strange and futuristic, and one image can spawn a million reflections in your mind's eye. » 11/20/12 10:29am 11/20/12 10:29am

Ten plotlines you'll find in science fiction - over and over again

Science fiction is a genre of limitless possibilities, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few ideas writers keep coming back to as trusty old standbys. Here are ten of science fiction's most common tropes...and how they've evolved. » 12/26/11 10:17am 12/26/11 10:17am

How to get into 20 classic science fiction shows: The ultimate guide

Even if you're a massive science fiction fan, there are probably still some great shows you've yet to discover. But for massively long-running shows, where to begin? Here's our guide to how to start watching twenty classic science fiction shows. » 9/03/10 4:00pm 9/03/10 4:00pm

Ten tropes you'll find in science fiction - over and over again

Science fiction is a genre of limitless possibilities, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few ideas writers keep coming back to as trusty old standbys. Here are ten of science fiction's most common tropes...and how they've evolved. » 9/02/10 5:45pm 9/02/10 5:45pm

A syllabus and book list for novice students of science fiction…

Want to start reading some science fiction, but aren't sure where to begin? We've put together an introductory scifi lit syllabus just for you. » 9/01/10 1:31pm 9/01/10 1:31pm

Fantastic scifi graphic novels (that will get you hooked for life)

Comic books can be a difficult to get into, what with their years of serial storytelling and convoluted continuity. Luckily, there are plenty of one-and-done graphic novels out there. Here are some of the best four-color gateway drugs. » 8/29/10 11:55pm 8/29/10 11:55pm

10 awesome science fiction stories for gamers

Ever since ET for the Atari 2600 wowed gamers worldwide, science fiction and video games have been natural bedfellows. Here are 10 great scifi tales that embrace the aesthetics, technology, and popular tropes of the gaming world. » 8/28/10 9:05pm 8/28/10 9:05pm

Robert Heinlein's Hugo Award-winning novel popularized so many ubiquitous scifi…

Heroes and villains of imaginary worlds: A quick primer

Why does science fiction have so many heroes and villains? Why are some heroes so much cooler than others, and why can't villains be ruthless and competent? Here's our introductory guide to the eternal struggle of good versus evil. » 8/27/10 4:06pm 8/27/10 4:06pm

How many definitions of science fiction are there?

Science fiction is the literature of our times, the fuel of our imaginations and the source of our favorite imaginary worlds. But what do we mean when we talk about "science fiction?" Here are some of the many definitions. » 8/27/10 7:30am 8/27/10 7:30am

The top 20 essential science fiction TV shows

Science fiction has ruled television for over 50 years, but some shows have brightened our screens and supercharged our brains more than others. Here are the 20 science fiction shows that everybody interested in the genre should see. » 8/26/10 12:49pm 8/26/10 12:49pm

25 classic science fiction movies that everybody must watch

Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 25 must-watch science fiction films. » 8/25/10 12:00pm 8/25/10 12:00pm

Fictional Science 101: Important scientific ideas that inform science…

Though science fiction often mangles scientific truths, it is nevertheless a genre that is highly influenced by the latest trends in scientific thought and research. Here are some of the scientific (and semi-scientific) ideas that have influenced SF the most. » 8/25/10 11:32am 8/25/10 11:32am

Art Appreciation 101: The two rules of awesome SF/fantasy art

Where would science fiction and fantasy be without their awesome visuals? Orbit Books Creative Director Lauren Panepinto gives us a crash course in appreciating speculative artwork, and reveals the two unshakable rules of science fiction and fantasy art. » 8/24/10 4:00pm 8/24/10 4:00pm

Want to get into science fiction? Here's where to start.

It's time to start packing your bags for school and buying the latest educational brain implants. We're celebrating back-to-school season this week with some introductory courses on science fiction. » 8/24/10 3:06pm 8/24/10 3:06pm