10 Science Fictional Bars We'd Like to Visit

In science fiction, everybody's always running and flying and questing, and time is always running out. So that makes those occasions when our space heroes and future warriors take the time to kick back and relax in a bar that much more alluring. There's nothing like a tall cold one when you're fighting the Dark Side. » 2/10/12 10:00am 2/10/12 10:00am

10 Real Dramatic Works That Should Be Performed in Scifi Languages

We've all heard of The Klingon Hamlet, a real book that contains a Klingon translation of the text side-by-side with the English version. Some of us have even been . . . let's say 'lucky' enough to see it performed. But what other famous works would be better rendered in science fictional languages? We've got some… » 8/19/11 10:00am 8/19/11 10:00am

Finally Revealed: The 100 Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Books,…

When NPR revealed its list of finalists for its "Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books" survey, we were struck by how diverse and wide-ranging that list was. Now the actual list of the 100 greatest books has been revealed... and it's quite a bit more conservative. » 8/11/11 2:02pm 8/11/11 2:02pm

Our Alien Origins: 21 Panspermia Tales

Planet Earth might be home sweet home, but is it really humanity's birthplace? We explore science fiction stories where humans come from everywhere but Earth, be it by colonization, alien experiments, or good old-fashioned panspermia. » 2/01/09 2:00pm 2/01/09 2:00pm

The Secret Interior of a Vogon Captain's Quarters

The other day we told you about the artwork created specifically for an online version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game that was created for the new BBC editions of the Hitchhiker's radio drama that came out a few years ago. This image, featuring a cartoony version of the Vogon Captain's quarters, was part… » 4/25/08 11:40am 4/25/08 11:40am

Forget Warp Speed, Try One Of These Alternative FTL Ideas

In Star Wars and Star Trek, the main way to get around the galaxy is to use warp speed or flip on your hyperdrive, which is a bit like hitting the gas pedal as hard as you can so you'll get there a bit quicker. There's more science to it than that, involving subspace fields and hyperspace and all that jazz, but the end … » 4/22/08 3:40pm 4/22/08 3:40pm

Now You're Cooking With Tachyons: The Best Scifi Kitchen Gadgets

According to 1950s newsreels, the wonders of our age are supposed to include a dream kitchen that uses ultrasonic waves to clean our plates, automatically cooks our food for us and does all the shopping. But so far, all the best kitchen toys are still in science fiction. Check out our roundup of gadgets from the… » 2/13/08 12:55pm 2/13/08 12:55pm

The Cursor Is Your Friend In Scifi Text Adventure Games

Before video games were blasting you into 80 billion megapixels with enough raw processing power to send a human to Jupiter and back, they used to exist as mere words on the screen. Much like audiobooks, text adventure games exist halfway between reading and watching a movie. In the heyday of text games, Infocom… » 1/11/08 6:00pm 1/11/08 6:00pm