Scotland Yard Worried That Star Trek Would Cause a Doomsday Cult

New documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request show that Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on various science fiction shows and movies out of a fear that they would cause rioting and cyber attacks. On the list of worrying imports were Star Trek, The X-Files, Roswell, Dark Skies, and Lawnmower Man. » 5/20/15 12:00am Wednesday 12:00am

Simon Pegg Worries The Love Of Science Fiction Is Making Us "Childish"

In a new interview with the Radio Times, Simon Pegg says that the genre that he’s spent pretty much his entire career celebrating could actually be causing society to become “infantilized.” And he might want to “retire from geekdom.” Is he trolling, or has he really gotten so little out of years of science fiction? » 5/18/15 9:55pm Monday 9:55pm

Watch Adam Savage Build A Perfect Replica Of Kirk's Chair From Star Trek

When Adam Savage ordered a replica of Captain Kirk’s Star Trek chair off eBay, he found it to be “totally sad and not accurate.” What’s a fanboy who also happens to be capable of building practically anything to do? Watch the (long, but entertaining and Shatner-approved) video below to find out. » 5/16/15 10:50am 5/16/15 10:50am

The 12 Deadliest Living Weapons Ever Created

What makes a living weapon? Well, first of all, living, obviously. But like normal weapons, living weapons are designed solely to hurt and kill others. They aren’t soldiers, who can take a variety of orders, or assassins, who may choose to kill in secret. Living weapons use their powers for one reason: destroying… » 5/13/15 10:00am 5/13/15 10:00am

See The Best Star Wars Vs. Star Trek Movie 1985 Never Made

I know you can’t swing a dead cat GIF on the internet without hitting some kind of Star Wars/Star Trek mash-up. But still, I highly recommend you take 80 seconds of your life to watch this trailer for The Carbonite Maneuver, which is not only exceedingly well done but actually looks... well, kind of real. » 5/12/15 10:57am 5/12/15 10:57am

Which Science Fiction Story Could Have Gone In A Much Darker Direction?

Lots of science fiction and fantasy stories like to flirt with real darkness — showing heroes who cross the line occasionally, or situations that have no right or wrong answer. But then they usually return to the path of lightness. Which story missed out on the potential to go to a really dark place? » 4/21/15 3:00pm 4/21/15 3:00pm

From Metropolis To Ex Machina: Why Are So Many Robots Female?

The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female? » 4/21/15 1:15pm 4/21/15 1:15pm

7 TV Episodes That Resolved Age-Old Philosophical Questions

Philosophers, scientists and metaphysicians have spent thousands of years trying to untangle the mysteries of human existence. Questions like “nature vs. nurture,” or “fate vs. free will” have no easy answer — unless you watch television, that is. Here are 7 TV episodes that sorted out questions that the great minds… » 4/20/15 11:47am 4/20/15 11:47am

Overthinking the Star Trek: Enterprise Episode “In a Mirror, Darkly”

I watched Star Trek: Enterprise intermittently when it aired and missed the two parter "In a Mirror, Darkly" until I watched it recently on a whim. It ties together two episodes from the original series and fleshes out a particular corner of Star Trek. It also raises questions if you think about it. » 4/17/15 2:00am 4/17/15 2:00am