The Congress Is Your New Favorite Acid Trip

Sometimes the most exhilarating science fiction movies feel kind of hallucinogenic, or logic-resistant. And if you enjoy a trippy journey into wackness, then you should definitely check out The Congress, in theaters today and already available on demand. Spoilers ahead... » 8/29/14 9:00am 8/29/14 9:00am

The Best Science Fiction Books, According To Real-Life Scientists

We've all seen lists of the worst science fiction books and movies, according to scientists — but what are the best? HuffPost Science reached out to 15 great scientists and asked them to name their favorite science fiction stories — and the results were pretty interesting. » 8/15/14 3:40pm 8/15/14 3:40pm

Once, She Was Princess Buttercup. Now, She's Only Fit To Be Digitized.

What happens to Robin Wright from The Princess Bride when she gets too old to be an ingenue? Find out, in this wonderfully sardonic clip from The Congress, the new movie from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman — exclusively at io9. » 7/11/14 10:56am 7/11/14 10:56am

10 Great Authors Who Disowned Their Own Books

Science fiction and fantasy publishing is a tough game. Even the best novels get rejected by publishers who don't understand their brave new worlds. But some authors wind up rejecting their own books. Here are 10 great authors who disowned their own creations after they'd already seen the light of day. » 5/05/14 10:22am 5/05/14 10:22am

Stanisaw Lem's Summa Technologiae portrays a grim and sober singularity

Stanislaw Lem's Summa Technologiae was first published in 1964 in Poland. Now, some 50 years later, the publication of the English translation by Joanna Zylinska is finally making Lem's thoughts about science, technology, and the future accessible to Western readers. » 1/10/14 8:40am 1/10/14 8:40am

7 Real Natural Events that Inspired Works of Science Fiction

Science fiction is filled with tales that pit humanity against the natural world: earthquakes, meteor strikes, Sharknados. While some of those stories are birthed from abstract (or entirely made-up) fears, others are inspired by specific occurrences—comets, catastrophes, and climate events. » 8/04/13 7:00am 8/04/13 7:00am

Can't Stop Staring at these Trippy Norwegian Book Covers

Science fiction book covers in the 1960s and 1970s were often wild and psychedelic — but these Norwegian book covers, from the science fiction imprint Lanterne, are astounding. Designed by Peter Haars, they are like a wild drug frenzy in book-cover form. » 5/29/13 3:25pm 5/29/13 3:25pm

First trailer for Stanislaw Lem's The Congress is wild

Loosely based on Stanislaw Lem's The Futurological Congress, here's your first look at the wild and weird movie The Congress. Just watch for yourself. » 5/13/13 3:57pm 5/13/13 3:57pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Creators Who Became Their Own Genres

Some people don't just create new worlds and super-memorable characters — they give life to their own genres. There are some creators of fantastical stories whose work is so distinctive, you have a pretty good sense what's going to happen when you pick up their work — and you're excited, because it's going to be a… » 4/18/12 9:00am 4/18/12 9:00am

Some Excellent Recommendations for 1960s Science Fiction Books Everyone…

Our favorite meme today is the one where people list their top 11 science fiction novels from the 1960s. It started over on Science Fiction Ruminations and then spread to Yellow and Creased. And there are some great, great recommendations in there. I'm struck by the diversity, with the two lists I've seen thus far… » 4/09/12 2:40pm 4/09/12 2:40pm

10 Weirdest Science Fiction Novels That You've Never Read

Science fiction is great when it's weird. Really bizarre science fiction takes you on a wild ride, blowing past genre conventions and depositing you someplace miles from where you started. But where can you find the truly odd stuff? » 2/28/12 10:28am 2/28/12 10:28am

Anybody who loves Stanislaw Lem (or demented science fiction art)…

The Google Doodle at is some kind of Thanksgiving turkey thing — but if you go over to right now, you're treated to a totally demented black-and-white animation in honor of the 60th anniversary of Stanislaw Lem's first publication. It's based on The Cyberiad illustrations by Daniel Mróz, and it… » 11/23/11 12:38am 11/23/11 12:38am

Solaris Gets A New, More Accurate Translation into English

Stanislaw Lem's cult classic novel Solaris is finally getting a direct-to-English translation, reports the Guardian, restoring much of the author's original words. » 6/17/11 7:20am 6/17/11 7:20am

Best television adaptations of science fiction and fantasy novels

Can a book really become a decent television show? Yes, and here's the proof! Here are 12 shining examples of science fiction and fantasy books that actually got turned into television series that are worth watching in their own right. » 11/03/10 3:46pm 11/03/10 3:46pm

Masters of science and science fiction pick the genre's greatest…

New Scientist asked ten scientists and fiction writers, including William Gibson, Kim Stanley Robinson and Margaret Atwood, to name their favorite "lost scifi classics." And to celebrate, New Scientist's having a fiction contest, judged by Neil Gaiman. » 11/02/10 4:16pm 11/02/10 4:16pm

What science fiction writers can learn from the flood of SF lit novels

We're in the middle of a flood of literary novels that play with science fiction ideas right now. What's causing it? And how can science fiction benefit from all of this fresh energy? » 9/02/10 4:41pm 9/02/10 4:41pm

Seeing the truth of the world via science fiction

Science fiction takes us out of our own time and place, and confronts us with alien objects as well as incomprehensible future artifacts. By doing this, argues Daniel Rourke, SF brings us closer to seeing things as they really are. » 8/09/10 4:43pm 8/09/10 4:43pm

Words to live by: advice from 34 science fiction/fantasy authors

Great science fiction and fantasy novels don't just expose us to other worlds and alternate timelines — they expand our minds and give us compass to steer by. Here are our favorite bits of advice and maxims from SF books. » 7/22/10 8:30am 7/22/10 8:30am

10 Ways To Rescue The Climate, According To Science Fiction

Hot enough for ya? Our crazy fossil-fuel orgy is driving the planet's temperatures through the roof. Good thing science fiction books and movies have come up with 10 can't-fail solutions (well, maybe they'd work) for stopping global warming. » 9/04/09 12:37pm 9/04/09 12:37pm

Do Androids Pray to Electric Gods?

The final episodes of Battlestar Galactica promise to reveal everything about the Cylon religion. But those toasters didn't invent robo-faith — here's a list of all the religions which robots have founded over the years. » 1/16/09 1:00pm 1/16/09 1:00pm