io9's Field Guide to Martians

Science fiction is overrun with Martians, from monstrous invaders to shapeshifting superheroes to Santa-kidnapping buffoons. To make sense of over a century's worth of Martians, we present this grid ranking scifi Martians on their goodness and just how alien they are (click to expand). » 11/23/11 1:05pm 11/23/11 1:05pm

The makers of Real Steel explain why robot boxing really is the future!

Real Steel takes a quirky Richard Matheson story about robot boxing and turns it into a thrilling tale of robots beating each other to scrap metal. We caught up with the stars and creative team behind this film, and they explained how they went about creating a world nine years into the future. » 10/06/11 2:40pm 10/06/11 2:40pm

General Zod reveals the new Superman movie is going to some surprising…

New General Zod actor Michael Shannon reveals that Man of Steel is his first trip to an actual alien planet. Does this mean a return to Superman's homeworld? Plus Shannon explains just what sort of Kryptonian General Zod really is. » 10/03/11 6:00am 10/03/11 6:00am

Why aren't we in a golden age of genre television?

We are, most people would agree, in the midst of a Golden Age of Television. Since the late-1990s, the programming that's been pumped into our homes has been as good as it's ever been — and, in many respects, better than the movies that have long sat atop the Pop Cultural Quality Pile. But why aren't we also in a… » 9/19/11 3:00pm 9/19/11 3:00pm

Doctor Who explains why your kids need a good scare

For a good chunk of tonight's Doctor Who episode, I was wondering if it was a bit of a retort to the people who claim the BBC's time-traveling horror-comedy is too scary for little kids. After all, the episode seemed to be saying, over-protecting children from what scares them can perversely have the opposite effect,… » 9/03/11 9:00pm 9/03/11 9:00pm

The ten most frightening TV horror series ever made

One of the upcoming TV shows we're most excited by is The River, a found footage horror outing created by the minds behind Paranormal Activity. Straight-up horror is rare on television, and we're hopeful this show will make its mark. » 5/19/11 10:56am 5/19/11 10:56am

The most iconic, stylish, and just plain wacky opening credits on…

A good opening credit sequence can be more memorable than the TV program it introduces. Luckily, science fiction shows are rife with sleek, quirky, and flat-out bizarre show intros. Here are over 30 of the best. » 1/24/11 8:40am 1/24/11 8:40am

Brace yourself for a Twilight Zone marathon. Plus Primeval begins and…

This week, we have the season finale of Tower Prep and the season premiere of Primeval, and marathons of Doctor Who, Twilight Zone, and assorted other classics. Plus Rufus Sewell meets a mermaid, and Alec "Obi-Wan" Guinness pioneers science-fiction comedy. » 12/27/10 9:00am 12/27/10 9:00am

Coolest Shakespeare Riffs in Science Fiction and Fantasy

With The Tempest, opening tomorrow, Julie Taymor and Helen Mirren bring a splashy fantasy vibe to the Bard. But science fiction and fantasy have been playing with Shakespeare forever. Here are the greatest Shakespeare homages and cover versions in SF. » 12/09/10 5:10pm 12/09/10 5:10pm

Old Twilight Zone comic demonstrates why cryonic life expansion is a…

We've made our love of Gold Key Twilight Zone comics abundantly clear. The comics' twists were abrupt and frequently deranged. In this deliciously absurd strip from 1973's Twilight Zone 50, a rich old codger buys immortality for approximately 15 minutes. » 11/08/10 8:40am 11/08/10 8:40am

This Twilight Zone comic is one of the funniest examples of first…

Gold Key Twilight Zone comics ruled. Their covers were confounding, and the plots were nuggets o' weirdness narrated by a snarky illustrated Rod Serling. In this gem from 1972, a blind, whiny alien turns some schmo into his "seeing-eye man!" » 10/25/10 8:45am 10/25/10 8:45am

Leonardo DiCaprio producing a new Twilight Zone series, and Will Smith…

America is getting ready to take one more trip back into the Twilight Zone. Warner Bros. is developing a Twilight Zone TV series from writer Joseph Rothenberg and producer Leonardo DiCaprio. » 10/20/10 3:35pm 10/20/10 3:35pm

Bring back The Twilight Zone right now!

The Twilight Zone left an indelible mark on pop culture, but it's been years since we made a new journey to that dimension of sight and sound. Peter Hall argues that we need Rod Serling's vision now more than ever. » 9/15/10 3:30pm 9/15/10 3:30pm

How to get into 20 classic science fiction shows: The ultimate guide

Even if you're a massive science fiction fan, there are probably still some great shows you've yet to discover. But for massively long-running shows, where to begin? Here's our guide to how to start watching twenty classic science fiction shows. » 9/03/10 4:00pm 9/03/10 4:00pm

Rod Serling on the Twilight Zone: We failed frequently, but we created…

A never-before-seen interview with Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling is hypnotic viewing, as he talks honestly about the show's successes and failures in that deep, reflective voice that narrated your childhood. » 8/30/10 1:30pm 8/30/10 1:30pm

The top 20 essential science fiction TV shows

Science fiction has ruled television for over 50 years, but some shows have brightened our screens and supercharged our brains more than others. Here are the 20 science fiction shows that everybody interested in the genre should see. » 8/26/10 12:49pm 8/26/10 12:49pm

25 collectibles to covet at Comic-Con

Comic-Con 2010 is chock full of limited edition toys, comics, and collectibles that are available in ridiculously small amounts. Here are 25 gee-whiz exclusives you may want to check out before they're pillaged by the fan horde. » 7/11/10 4:30pm 7/11/10 4:30pm

Harlan Ellison is selling his rare books (and he wants you to buy them)

The venerable Harlan Ellison is cleaning out his archives and holding his third "Great Book Purge." Over the next three days, Ellison will be selling tons of rare books and screenplays, including his first edition script for I, Robot. » 7/06/10 6:50am 7/06/10 6:50am

Learn The ABCs Of The Twilight Zone

You're traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of painting and sculpture but of mind-bending imagery. Gallery 1988 is readying its latest geek-themed art show, and this promises to take us into The Twilight Zone. » 5/08/10 10:00am 5/08/10 10:00am

Why Great Horror is Heartbreaking

We've spent this week talking about horror in all its myriad forms: scary sex scenes, terrible monsters, and mental horrors. But some of the most haunting and terrifying horror stories aren't merely terrifying; they're also terribly sad. » 10/31/09 2:00pm 10/31/09 2:00pm