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 Thursday 10:43am

Are Any of These Fictional Space Habitats Actually Possible?

Humanity’s future in space 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 question is, could any of these really be possible? Or do they deserve to be… » 6/19/15 5:30pm 6/19/15 5:30pm

How Stargate and Star Trek Paved the Way for the Marvel Movie Universe

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. » 5/30/15 10:15am 5/30/15 10:15am

Star Trek IV's Whales Are Now A Bobblehead, Because Why The Hell Not

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. » 5/28/15 8:30pm 5/28/15 8:30pm

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 5/20/15 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 5/18/15 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