The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning. » 9/25/14 10:18am 9/25/14 10:18am

All The Ways You Can Screw Up Your Own Timeline

Time travel and temporal anomalies can be messy and unpleasant. When time starts getting out of whack, anything can happen. People can be born over and over, meet themselves, relive the same day, or just screw up all their relationships. Here are all the ways people get tangled in their own timelines in science… » 4/14/14 10:00am 4/14/14 10:00am

Could Charlie Kaufman be adapting Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five?

And Guillermo del Toro wants to direct. The villains of Guardians of the Galaxy may have been confirmed. The Luna Brothers' The Sword is being adapted by David Hayter. Is Grimlock in Transformers 4? Another Star Wars actor wants to return. Watch Edgar Wright talk about The World’s End. Spoilers ahead! » 7/09/13 6:00am 7/09/13 6:00am

Here Are the 1960s Science Fiction Novels Everyone Should Read

First they tried to drag us back to the 1960s with Austin Powers. Now they're doing it again with Men in Black III, whose plot time-jumps to the 1969 Apollo launch. But why go back to this world-changing decade with bad science fiction when you could mainline the good stuff? Here is a book list that will introduce… » 5/24/12 12:30pm 5/24/12 12:30pm

Watch Kurt Vonnegut recall the bombing of Dresden in his final years

In 2005, for the sixtieth anniversary of the Allied bombing of Dresden, the BBC interviewed author Kurt Vonnegut about his experience as a P.O.W. and Dresden survivor. » 3/20/12 2:45pm 3/20/12 2:45pm

Read the rejection letter Kurt Vonnegut received for his account of the…

Here's something to galvanize you as NaNoWriMo 2011 rolls to a close. On August 29, 1949, The Atlantic Monthly sent this rejection letter to a 27-year-old Kurt Vonnegut, who had submitted his account of surviving the Allied bombing of Dresden (plus two other articles) to the magazine. » 11/20/11 11:25am 11/20/11 11:25am

School bans Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5, so Vonnegut Library gives…

Most of us regard Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five as a masterpiece of thought-provoking science fiction, but the School Board of Republic High School in Missouri felt differently. They decided to ban the novel. » 8/09/11 8:00am 8/09/11 8:00am

If Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five had come out a few years later,…

Charles J. Shields has written the first real biography of Kurt Vonnegut, due out in November. And he's been blogging about Vonnegut for a while over at his Writing Kurt Vonnegut blog, which is well worth adding to your RSS. » 4/28/11 7:30am 4/28/11 7:30am

What's Your Scifi Blind Spot?

Never seen an episode of Star Trek? Never read any Philip K. Dick? What's the one hallowed piece of the science fiction firmament you've never seen or heard or read? Don't be embarrassed; we've all got one. At least. » 3/29/10 7:30am 3/29/10 7:30am

Is This The Secret Behind Captain America's Rebirth?

With Captain America: Reborn due in comic stores on Wednesday, we ask: Have Marvel Comics kept the secret to the star-spangled Avenger's resurrection in plain sight all along? We look at our suspecting method of resurrection. Potential-spoilery speculation ahead. » 6/28/09 12:00pm 6/28/09 12:00pm

Can You Escape Your Fate? Science Fiction Has The Answer!

When science fiction decides to get all deep and philosophical, it always comes down to questions of free will. Do we choose our actions, or are they already totally predictable to someone who could glimpse the future? For example, Terminator 3 caused a lot of controversy with an ending that suggests John Connor can't… » 1/31/08 12:00pm 1/31/08 12:00pm