Was Star Trek: First Contact really the best Star Trek movie? Ta-Nehisi Coates thinks so, and he’s making a really strong case for it on Twitter right now, in response to our unfortunate oversight in leaving it off our list of time-travel movies. His thoughts on Picard’s arc are well worth reading. »
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. »
Star Trek 3, likely to be called Star Trek Beyond, starts production this week aimed at its July 8, 2016 release date. But before that film is even a few days old, Paramount is already setting the table for part four.
I have a confession to make. I, James Whitbrook, io9 writer and Star Trek fan, have never seen a single, entire episode of The Next Generation. Not one.
“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. »
Humanity’s future in space is very much in the planning stages. Will we float among the stars in crazy spaceships? Will we set up small camps that sprawl into townships that grow into cities, or is an orbital mothership more human friendly?
The USS Enterprise is where the Star Trek Federation’s best and brightest want to get stationed, but not every job involves working as a celebrated diplomat or experimenting with the cutting edge of warp technology. With everything that goes on aboard the flagship, what jobs are bound to suck? »
Science fiction is filled with kids in space. This makes sense; if the future has us in space, children will be there, too. But if there are children in a spaceship, a number of things can go very wrong, both for the characters and the audience. »
And we might know the final choice this week. George R. R. Martin has even more shows planned for HBO. Get a fresh look at the Fantastic Four in action. Plus, Dean Cain talks Supergirl, Michael Dorn offers another update on his Star Trek spinoff, and more Terminator Genisys footage. Spoilers Now!
What is the second Star Wars spinoff about? Two female writers join the new Transformers creative team. Get a load of some new Ant-Man footage. Michael Dorn reveals details from his proposed Star Trek spin-off show. Plus, Robert Buckley talks iZombie, and casting news for Outlander. To me, my Spoilers! »
Sometimes when a will-the-or-won’t-they couple gets together, it turns out that they shouldn’t have. Which fictional romantic pair would have been better off keeping their relationship platonic?
Since 2009, Disney has dominated summer blockbusters with their Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, their project isn’t the first to play with stories across television and film: television shows such as Star Trek and Stargate helped to pave the way for complicated worlds with multiple ongoing narratives. »
Remember that bit in The Voyage Home where Spock swims with some Whales because he’s goddamn Spock and he’ll do as he pleases? Well, the maddening merchandising glory that is San Diego Comic Con will never let you forget, because said scene is now a Bobblehead that you can buy at the con. What a world. »
And, look, to be honest, we can’t blame them. If you had the money and the inclination, wouldn’t you do the same thing? »
Industrial Light and Magic has a proud heritage stretching back to the original Star Wars. And to celebrate, they’ve put together a one-minute video that sums up 40 years of visual effects wizardry. How many of these movies can you name? »
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. »
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? »