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Ursula K. Le Guin, Fyodor Dovstoevsky, and the Snuggly Comfort of Evil

Ursula K. Le Guin’s most famous short story is probably “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” It’s a modified version of a thought experiment from Fyodor Dovstoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and in turn it’s helped inspire a raft of similar stories. But “Omelas” isn’t just an interesting idea—it’s a provocation. » 7/24/15 2:56pm Friday 2:56pm

The Green Lanterns Team Up With Captain Kirk in This Week's Comics

The worlds of DC and Star Trek combine this week, but it’s not all that’s going on in the latest new comics. Marvel goes to the Wild West in a new batch of Secret Wars miniseries, DC takes on Max himself in another Mad Max tie-in, Boy scouts take on the apocalypse, Time cops solve time crimes, and much, much, more! » 7/07/15 2:30pm 7/07/15 2:30pm

First Look At Axanar, The Star Trek War Movie We've Waited Decades For

Star Trek fans have been curious for years about the Battle of Axanar, the decisive turning point in the war against the Klingon Empire. And now, a new unofficial movie will show what really happened at Axanar, and how Captain Garth triumphed. Here’s your first image from Star Trek: Axanar, exclusively at io9! » 7/06/15 12:00pm 7/06/15 12:00pm

There Are Too Many Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books In July!

Seriously, cut it out, publishers. Are you trying to ruin us? There are so many incredible books coming out this month, it’s unreal. China Mieville, Charles Stross, Austin Grossman, Jesse Ball, William T Vollmann... it’s all happening. Here are July’s must-read science fiction and fantasy books. » 7/02/15 4:25pm 7/02/15 4:25pm

Which Future Are We Heading Towards: Mad Max Or Star Trek?

“As the 21st century unfolds, science fiction increasingly comes to seem like a realist rather than a speculative genre,” says one essay/book review in the L.A. Review of Books. It’s just one of a few great pieces up at the LARB site right now, about the choice of futures we face: Mad Max versus Star Trek. » 6/25/15 10:43am 6/25/15 10:43am