Does Anyone Really Think Star Wars Ruined Science Fiction?

The meme has been going around pretty much since Star Wars first came out in 1977: Star Wars wrecked science fiction. George Lucas' extravagant space opera messed up a genre that was fumbling towards grown-up sophistication. This idea made a bit of a come-back with the Force Awakens teaser, and it's time to kill it. » 12/09/14 11:45am 12/09/14 11:45am

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About Star Trek Season 2

No matter how much you already know about the original Star Trek, there's still undiscovered territory out there. And just like with season one, the new book series These Are The Voyages by Marc Cushman uncovers loads of surprising secrets. Here are a dozen things you probably never knew about Star Trek's second… » 11/24/14 12:34pm 11/24/14 12:34pm

The Most Indispensible Book About Star Wars You'll Read This Year

Who hasn't seen Star Wars? Chris Taylor opens his book, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, pointing out that while not everyone has seen Star Wars, most people in the United States and around the world know elements of the series. » 10/15/14 3:11pm 10/15/14 3:11pm

More Weird Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Original Star Trek

50 years ago, one of science fiction's greatest series was in development. The original Star Trek series was born out of desperation as much as inspiration, and a recent book called These Are The Voyages reveals tons of insane behind-the-scenes details. You think you know Star Trek? Here are tons of details you… » 9/16/14 3:11pm 9/16/14 3:11pm

Why Do Alien Cultures Have Just One Language Each?

Here on Earth, we speak over 7,000 living languages. But in science fiction, alien species routinely turn out to have just one language, or a few major dialects at best. Over at Slate, they ask whether this is realistic — or whether we're just lumping alien languages together, based on shared characteristics. » 9/09/14 2:53pm 9/09/14 2:53pm

Guardians Of The Galaxy Art Shows The Kick-Ass Gamora We Could Have Had

We loved the green-skinned super-tough version of Gamora we saw on screen in Guardians of the Galaxy. But now we're realizing we were robbed. Concept artist Andy Park has tweeted a ton of art he did for Gamora and Nebula, and unlike that Rocket art the other day, this would have been better. » 8/26/14 5:00pm 8/26/14 5:00pm

Top 10 Most Ridiculously Overcomplicated Doctor Who Villain Schemes

The Doctor, that time-traveling alien mad scientist, is a clever man — but his foes often outsmart themselves. We may never know the Doctor's real name, but the Master's name is clearly Rube Goldberg. Here are the 10 most ludicrously byzantine plots that Doctor Who's baddies have cooked up. » 8/20/14 10:30am 8/20/14 10:30am

Guardians Concept Art Shows Rocket Could Have Looked Way More Grizzled

Rocket Raccoon struck a pretty amazing balance between cuteness and badassery in Guardians of the Galaxy — but check out some concept art which shows a much more grizzled, war-torn version. Concept artist Justin Sweet just posted this Guardians art, along with very different versions of Groot, Gamora, Drax and… » 8/20/14 7:20am 8/20/14 7:20am

Check Out This H.R. Giger-Inspired Concept Art For The Blake's 7 Reboot

It's been over 30 years since Blake's 7, the dark and gritty show about morally compromised freedom fighters in a dystopian future, was on television. A rebooted series was supposed to appear on Syfy, and then on the Xbox Network, but remains in limbo. And now there's some concept art of the Liberator, to show us what… » 8/11/14 2:40pm 8/11/14 2:40pm