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10 Great Novels That Aren't About What You Heard They Were About

Science fiction and fantasy novels become famous for all sorts of reasons. Maybe they catch the zeitgeist, or maybe they have one idea that everybody falls in love with. But sometimes, we all fixate on something that's not the actual point of the book. Here are 10 great novels that aren't about what everybody thinks. » 1/16/15 11:05am 1/16/15 11:05am

Which "guilty pleasure" do you feel absolutely zero guilt for liking?

You're not supposed to hold your head up high when you admit to liking certain movies, TV shows or books. Certain things are "guilty pleasures," because "everybody" knows they're not really good or respectable. But screw guilt — which "guilty pleasure" do you proudly proclaim your love for? » 3/03/14 2:44pm 3/03/14 2:44pm

What great novel sounds really dumb if you try to sum it up quickly?

A lot of the greatest science fiction movies and TV shows have concepts you can sum up in a sentence, and it will make total sense. But books? Many of the greatest novels just sound ridiculous if you try to explain them in a single breath. What's your favorite science fiction or fantasy novel that can't be summed up… » 1/31/14 2:14pm 1/31/14 2:14pm

Who Would Be in a Modern League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?

Summer is giving us one last heat wave before turning into fall, and your humble post-apocalyptic fake mailman couldn’t be more ready for some cool weather. You know what the truest mark of civilization is? It’s not buildings, language, community, or even social justice. It’s goddamned air conditioning. » 8/28/13 8:00am 8/28/13 8:00am

9 Deadly Vacations (That We'd Still Like to Take)

It's summer time, which means we're going on vacation! Too bad all the places we want to visit are fictional... and would probably kill us. But who cares? We'd rather die in the claws of a T-Rex, or listening to an alien Diva sing, than in Florida (sorry, Florida). Here are the nine deadliest vacation spots we'd love… » 6/26/13 10:00am 6/26/13 10:00am

12 Most Unfaithful Movie Versions of Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Tomorrow, Max Brooks' acclaimed novel World War Z becomes a movie... well, sort of. They kept the title. Actually, World War Z is just the latest in a long line of films that depart from the books so much, they're basically a brand new story. Here are 12 science fiction and fantasy movies that toss the book out the… » 6/20/13 10:13am 6/20/13 10:13am

When Defiance isn't copying other scifi series, it's enjoyably insane

Well. “The Devil in the Dark” summed up Defiance pretty well there, didn’t it? We have about 50% straight-up copying of basic tropes and specific scifi series, about 40% of nonsense bordering on stupidity, and then 10% of inspired weirdness that may be brilliant, but it’s so mired in everything else it’s tough to tell. » 4/30/13 7:00am 4/30/13 7:00am

A Provocative Theory: Heinlein turned to satire halfway through his career

People tend to divide Robert A. Heinlein's career into three different eras, with the "juveniles," the "slick" science fiction stories, and the bigger, more opnionated novels. But over in Locus Magazine, Gary Westfahl has a theory that's sure to be controversial: Heinlein's career actually divides into a slew of… » 11/26/12 4:30pm 11/26/12 4:30pm

10 Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Movie Remakes (and Why They May Not Suck)

Hollywood loves remakes. After all, old movies have instant name recognition, and material that's already been proved to work on the screen before. When remaking a book adaptation, you can draw on the previous movie as well as the source material. Of course, remakes are hit and miss — as witness the trail of films… » 7/31/12 10:00am 7/31/12 10:00am