Has A New Producer Ruined Your Favorite TV Show? That's Nothing New

Once upon a time, most fans of genre television series were blissfully unaware of who was working on those shows from behind the scenes. But nowadays, fans are hyper-conscious of who produces their favorite shows, and quick to blame newcomers for any missteps. What changed? Here's the history of fan backlashes… » 10/14/14 12:43pm 10/14/14 12:43pm

Was Star Trek Ever Really Intelligent, Grown-Up Science Fiction?

Star Trek fans proclaim their favorite series to have been sophisticated and mature — and, above all, brimming with huge philosophical questions. But was Star Trek ever really that smart? A Trek fan asked over at TrekBBS, and the responses are illuminating. » 4/15/14 6:00pm 4/15/14 6:00pm

Space Station 76 Is The Greatest Space Comedy Since Galaxy Quest

There's no way to prepare you for the insanity of Space Station 76. It's a comedy set in a mid-1970s version of the future that looks like Space: 1999. But it's also a surprisingly dark character study of people who are slowly falling apart, which owes a lot to The Ice Storm. Here's our nearly spoiler-free first… » 3/28/14 3:20pm 3/28/14 3:20pm

Starlog Magazine is available for free online!

It's still one of the greatest magazines about science fiction of all time, and you can read Starlog for free over at the Internet Archive. The first issue includes a great look at Star Trek from the perspective of a mid-1970s fan, plus a look at how Space: 1999 is changing in its second season. » 2/25/14 6:05pm 2/25/14 6:05pm

A Space 1999 spoof from the producers of Honey Boo Boo wants your money

It's one of those sentences you never expect to read: the producers of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are creating a spoof of Space 1999, the classic 1970s moonbase drama, and they want you to kick in $350,000. Oh, and did I mention it features bikini-wearing reality TV stars on the Moon? » 12/18/13 3:30pm 12/18/13 3:30pm

Top 25 Scariest Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Episodes of All Time

Science fiction and fantasy take us into the unknown, which is inherently somewhat scary — but sometimes, they go way further. Last week, we shared part one of our list of the top 50 scariest science fiction and fantasy TV episodes. But now, here are the 25 scariest television episodes of all time! » 10/23/13 10:07am 10/23/13 10:07am

R.I.P. Gerry Anderson, Creator of Space: 1999 and Thunderbirds

Some of the coolest spaceships ever filmed came from Gerry Anderson, who died today after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Anderson did more for space opera on television than almost any other single creator, launching space show after space show from the 1960s to the 1990s. From Fireball XL5 in 1962 to Space… » 12/26/12 9:20am 12/26/12 9:20am

Why Space: 1999 is Still Retro Cool

People sometimes dismiss Space: 1999 as a fatally kitschy space adventure, full of unconvincing aliens and wah-wah guitar histrionics. But many of the design elements of Space: 1999 still look incredibly cool today. Like the above lamp, the Sorella Lamp created by Studio Tecnico Harvey, which is now considered a prime… » 5/09/12 7:30am 5/09/12 7:30am

R.I.P. Philip Madoc, the Man Whose Growl Animated British Science…

If you watch a lot of British science fiction from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, you'll notice the same faces (and voices) turning up again and again, almost as if SF TV and movies were a repertory company. And few other actors were as indispensible, among that crew, as Philip Madoc, whose deep voice and dark eyes… » 3/05/12 2:37pm 3/05/12 2:37pm

Why Space: 2099 Won't Be a "Dark and Gritty" Reboot of Space: 1999

Space: 1999 occupies a special place in many of our memories — so when we heard that a reboot called Space: 2099 was in development, many people had mixed feelings. How would this show handle the original show's mixture of horror and kitschiness, not to mention the somewhat nonsensical premise? » 2/13/12 7:00am 2/13/12 7:00am

Space: 1999 remake will be called Space: 2099

We've often wondered what you would call a remake of Space: 1999, the 1970s series about a Moonbase on the loose, and now we know. The show is being remade by a team that includes the same studio that brought you the V remake, and they're calling it Space: 2099. » 2/09/12 4:37pm 2/09/12 4:37pm

The 10 Most Mortifying Seasons of Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows

Television shows are like sports teams: Sometimes they just have an off season. (And sometimes they just dive down a terrible hole and get trapped forever.) When a science fiction or fantasy show has a terrible no-good year, it's especially noticeable, because the fantastical plot devices get dumber and the… » 11/01/11 10:00am 11/01/11 10:00am

Vote for the greatest science fiction theme song of all time

Welcome to the first io9 music smackdown! We're putting together the ultimate science fiction (and fantasy) playlist — all the music that everyone should have on his or her iPod. » 8/31/11 4:26pm 8/31/11 4:26pm

The most iconic, stylish, and just plain wacky opening credits on…

A good opening credit sequence can be more memorable than the TV program it introduces. Luckily, science fiction shows are rife with sleek, quirky, and flat-out bizarre show intros. Here are over 30 of the best. » 1/24/11 8:40am 1/24/11 8:40am

30 DVD sets that'll make the new year bright

When it comes to the "gift that keeps on giving," there's nothing like a great DVD set that people will want to watch over and over. Here's the motherlode of Blu-rays and DVDs with fantastic adventures, amazing extras and more. » 12/02/10 9:00am 12/02/10 9:00am

Flying-car noir: A rainy night above the mean streets of Gerry…

An air-limousine glides through a rainy night in the alien Demeter City, unaware that it's got a tail. Check out an exclusive look at a beautiful bit of composition from Gerry Anderson's Space Precinct, directed by Bond-movie veteran John Glen. » 11/23/10 6:40am 11/23/10 6:40am

First look at Space: 1999 Blu-Ray shows an eye-popping improvement

People sometimes put down Space: 1999 for looking cheap and nasty — but after you see how much cooler it looks in a restored HD version, you'll want to watch it all over again. More comparisons below. » 11/03/10 7:00am 11/03/10 7:00am

The high-flying alternate reality of Sci-Fi Air Show

At Sci-Fi Air Show, the spacecraft of yesteryear are refurbished and displayed for awed audiences. The catch? The site is from an alternate dimension in which these spaceships existed. In other words, Stanley Kubrick really filmed 2001 in deep space. » 6/22/10 1:49pm 6/22/10 1:49pm

10 Characters/Things You Might Not Know Were Cyborgs

Cyborgs are everywhere in science fiction — including some that nobody ever thinks of as cyborgs. Many of your favorite heroes — and spaceships! — have biological and mechanical components. Here's a list of the cyborgs you might not remember. » 5/04/10 5:30pm 5/04/10 5:30pm

Fan Reboot "Space 2099" Is The Best Way To Watch "Space 1999"

Want to re-watch 1970s classic Space 1999, but afraid to slog through those gooey plots full of woo-woo and aliens with eyeliner on their foreheads? Now you can see the show's best bits, with updated effects, in Space 2099. » 1/12/10 7:00am 1/12/10 7:00am