Which Character Is A Hero To Us, But A War Criminal To The Other Side?

Sometimes, one culture's hero is another culture's villain — especially if they were on opposite sides of a conflict. Everybody always says that the winners write history, but often both sides have different versions. So which character is either a savior or a butcher, depending on whom you ask? » 8/20/14 3:30pm Wednesday 3:30pm

Alien Sexuality Should Be More Diverse Than Human Sexuality, Not Less

In response to a Star Trek writer's excellent rebuttal to a homophobic reader, we've had a lot of discussions in the last 24 hours about diversity in science fiction, how Star Trek should show a wider ranger of sexualities onscreen, and why alien sexuality and reproduction shouldn't necessarily resemble that of humans. » 8/12/14 4:20pm 8/12/14 4:20pm

Star Trek Writer's Defense of Diversity in Sci-Fi Is Damn Near Perfect

When a reader wrote in to say that a recent plotline in David Mack's Star Trek books — one where a Vulcan had an affair with a Klingon spy, and they both happened to be women — meant that they wouldn't be reading his books anymore, they didn't expect a response. But they got one. Oh boy, did they get one. » 8/12/14 4:45am 8/12/14 4:45am

10 Alternates That Should Have Replaced Their Originals Permanently

Science fiction loves itself some doppelgangers: Clones, alternate universes, robot replacements, possession... It's hard to come up with anything that hasn't resulted in new versions of familiar characters. Sometimes, they're a little too interesting, and they leave us wanting more. Here are the ten that should… » 8/08/14 3:15am 8/08/14 3:15am

The Greatest Friendships From Science Fiction And Fantasy Television

What keeps us coming back to television shows, week after week? It's not the fantastic worlds, or the cool plots, or the mystery arcs. It's the characters, and their relationships. A lot of the best TV shows feature characters who are friends, and you want to be part of it. But what are the best friendships from… » 8/06/14 2:14pm 8/06/14 2:14pm

The Forrest Gump Syndrome: Soft History, Full Of Famous People

We tend to idealize the past. We file off a lot of the rough edges, imagine everybody having better teeth, and generally tone down a lot of the ugliness. This can be problematic — especially when we soften the depiction of past atrocities. And science fiction and fantasy contribute to this. » 8/05/14 4:00pm 8/05/14 4:00pm

Watching Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Like Getting Back Part Of Your Soul

Guardians of the Galaxy isn't just one of the year's best movies. It's also a really interesting experiment with form — it blends hilarious comedy, utterly sincere classic-rock corniness, and massive hold-onto-yourself cosmic adventure. The result might make you look at classic adventures a new way. NO SPOILERS… » 8/01/14 9:00am 8/01/14 9:00am

12 Sequels That Completely Change How You View The Original Story

Most of the time, sequels are at best entertaining, and at worst an affront to the memory of the original. But once in a great while, a sequel comes along that makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about the original story. Here are 12 sequels that pull back and show you the bigger picture. » 7/31/14 10:00am 7/31/14 10:00am

NASA's New Spacecraft Will Have A Star Trek-Like Cockpit

The new Enterprise bridge on Star Trek: TNG replaced buttons and switches with backlit touch panels. This "prophetic" technology was created because production designers didn't have the budget to create and install individually lighted buttons. But, aboard the Orion spacecraft, sci-fi has once again become sci-fact. » 7/31/14 8:01am 7/31/14 8:01am

Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar has been released

I've embedded the trailer, but you can watch the full 21 minute prelude to the feature length film about the first major Federation/Klingon war, staring Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, Michael Hogan, Richard Hatch, J.G. Hertzler, Gary Graham, Alec Peters & *Update* Garrett Wang on Kickstarter. If you like Star Trek you should » 7/31/14 3:37am 7/31/14 3:37am

The 13 Greatest Science Fiction Comedies Of All Time

On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters, with its unique blend of space-opera and insane comedy. Which classic films must Guardians defeat to take its place among the greatest science fiction comedies? Here are the 13 greatest (live-action) science fiction comedies of all time. » 7/30/14 10:46am 7/30/14 10:46am