What if the cost of uploading your brain is giving up your body? Forever? That's just one of the thought-provoking questions raised by Erin Biba's piece on the ethics of uploading yourself, over at Tested. » 10/14/13 3:53pm 10/14/13 3:53pm

Read 2 more chapters of Daniel H. Wilson's Amped!

Yesterday, we brought you the first three chapters of Daniel H. Wilson's Amped. But how much worse can it get for Owen, the cybernetically enhanced main character in a world that hates and fears cyborgs? Much, much worse, as it turns out. Check out chapters four and five — where Owen is not only on the run, but a… » 6/01/12 1:41pm 6/01/12 1:41pm

The First 3 Chapters from Daniel H. Wilson's Thrilling New Novel Amped

First he gave us helpful advice for the robot uprising, then he wrote the robot war novel Robopocalypse. Now Daniel H. Wilson is turning his attention to the plight of cyborgs and posthumans, with his dystopian new novel Amped. And we've got the first three chapters right here! Come back tomorrow for chapters four and… » 5/31/12 4:29pm 5/31/12 4:29pm

Rudy Rucker explains why the quest for immortality is a waste of your…

Over at Boing Boing, there's a must-read interview with rebel author Rudy Rucker, in which he reflects on weird physics and his various storytelling inspirations. And he delivers this gem, about the widespread obsession with living forever: » 2/20/12 6:20am 2/20/12 6:20am

One of the best comic books of the 1990s is coming back at last

The mid-1990s was the heyday of Vertigo Comics, DC's trippy, grown-up imprint. But one of the best Vertigo-esque comics appeared instead, almost unnoticed, on DC's Milestone Imprint. And after 14 years, the unsettling supernatural nanotechnology tale XOMBI is coming back. » 10/15/10 7:30am 10/15/10 7:30am

Cyborg astronauts will be needed to colonize outer space

Humans are built to thrive on Earth, but even a yearlong round-trip mission to Mars could pose major medical risks. If we want humans to colonize the solar system, we may have to fundamentally alter our biology and become cyborgs. » 9/17/10 7:00am 9/17/10 7:00am

We Salute The Superhumans

They may be powered by midichlorans, genetically-modified, or even just crossing over into our reality, but there's no mistaking the lure of those adorable superhumans. And, in this week's comics more than ever, they're everywhere. » 1/27/09 9:00am 1/27/09 9:00am

Five Future Lawsuits We’re Already Working On

This fall's Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica » 8/02/08 11:00am 8/02/08 11:00am, will plunge civil rights attorney Joseph Adama into unfamiliar legal and ethical depths when he encounters the first member of the Cylonic species. Fortunately, lawyers on our planet are already considering the legal consequences of the future, toaster-laden or…

Cool and Crap Awards of the Week

At least two things happened in the worlds of science and fiction last week: one was cool and the other was crap.

Coolest attempt to make fun of venture capitalists while also making fun of Florida and telling an awesome story about human enhancement technologies: Issue number two of Jonathan Hickman's snarky,… » 5/17/08 11:06am 5/17/08 11:06am

Transhumans Go On Quests for Doom In This Week's Comics

If there was ever a contest for "most perfect new comic for io9 readers," Jonathan Hickman and JM Ringuet may have come up with a winner with their new series Transhuman. Add in a new anthology of SF and fantasy for kids, some collections of classic and... well, less than classic material and a new comic based on… » 3/25/08 9:00am 3/25/08 9:00am

This Time Next Year, You Could Be Posthuman

Pundits from Bill McKibben to Susan Greenfield have written scare manifestos about the horrors of a posthuman future where everybody has souped-up DNA and can change their sexes like changing clothes. But here at io9, we are all about the posthuman future: we want to download data directly into our brains, grow a new… » 3/21/08 1:18pm 3/21/08 1:18pm