Here's A Thirty-Year History Of Getting Closer To Comets

Rosetta's lander Philae is warming up to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in just a few hours. It will be our first-ever attempt at touching down on a dirty chunk of ice in space. But how close have we gotten to a comet before? » 11/11/14 1:16pm 11/11/14 1:16pm

10 Totally Unrealistic Happy Endings That We Can't Help Loving

We love happy endings. In fact, a big part of why we devour stories is to escape from reality, where endings are by definition unhappy. And a really wonderful happy ending can make you turn your bullshit detector all the way off. Here are 10 somewhat contrived happy endings we can't help falling in love with. » 9/03/14 9:29am 9/03/14 9:29am

Why Stardust deserves to become a movie classic

Most movie adaptations of fantasy books make disappointing changes to the source material — but over at, Emily Asher-Perrin argues that Stardust is a rare exception. And she makes a strong case that Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book deserves to become a fantasy film classic. » 8/30/13 10:30am 8/30/13 10:30am

Voyager 1 outlives the magnificent death of the sun in this mesmerizing…

Production studio PostPanic and director Mischa Rozema crafted this gorgeous bit of artificial space porn, Stardust, in memory of graphic designer Arjan Groot, who passed away in 2011. It envisions the journey of Voyager 1 as it moves ever farther from our sun and continues well beyond the lifespan of humanity. » 2/03/13 9:30am 2/03/13 9:30am

Crowdfund a zombie doc from The People Vs. George Lucas team and more

Zombie movies are a dime a dozen, and Exhibit A Pictures, the folks behind the Star Wars documentary The People Vs. George Lucas are out to find out why. If you'd like to know the answer, you can toss a few dollars their way. You can also crowdfund a gorgeous coming-of-age short film, a figurine of one of the Golden… » 11/18/12 3:00pm 11/18/12 3:00pm

Stardust probe sifts through the remains of a collision between comet…

In 2005, NASA's Deep Impact probe shot an 800-pound subsidiary probe into the comet Tempel 1. Now, six years later, the new Stardust probe has returned to the comet to see our handiwork. But this isn't just about proving humanity can leave its mark anywhere in the cosmos - the artificially created crater kicked up… » 2/16/11 5:00pm 2/16/11 5:00pm

Kick-Ass Knows Superhero Fans Are Masochists

The superheroes in Kick-Ass don't have super-powers or fantastical technology, but they're not regular people. They're psychopaths, severely damaged and mentally shredded. The same, Kick-Ass suggests, goes for the whole superhero genre and those who love it. Minor spoilers below. » 4/16/10 9:00am 4/16/10 9:00am

The 20 SF Movies We're Most Excited To See In 2010

Are you prepared for cinematic awesomeness? This year sees a number of movies we're eager to watch, from Christopher Nolan's acid trip to new Iron Man, Predator and Tron films. Here are 20 reasons not to give up on movies. » 1/06/10 2:26pm 1/06/10 2:26pm

Building Blocks of Life Found on a Comet

Score another point for exogenesis, the idea that life on Earth has extraterrestrial origins. For the first time, NASA has identified amino acids in a sample of material from a comet, suggesting a comet may have brought proteins to Earth. » 8/18/09 12:40pm 8/18/09 12:40pm

Spine-Smashing Anti-Superhero Comic Gets "Stardust" Treatment

Stardust writer/director Matthew Vaughn will write and direct the big-screen adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass, which bills itself as "The Greatest Superhero Comic Of All Time," but is actually dull, hyper-violent and devoid of superheroics. Maybe the addition of Robert DeNiro in drag will elevate Kick-Ass to its… » 3/21/08 12:05pm 3/21/08 12:05pm