10 Science Fiction Prequels that Aren't as Bad as Phantom Menace

With Star Wars Episode I hitting theaters all over again, there's been a whole new wave of interest in George Lucas' biggest letdown. And we've been remembering some of the other prequels that have tried to fill in backstory over the years. » 2/27/12 10:36am 2/27/12 10:36am

R.I.P. John Christopher, the Man Who Filled Our Young Minds With…

Samuel Youd, who died yesterday at age 89, was better known under the name John Christopher, one of several pseudonyms. And under that name, he was best known for creating the fearsome Tripods, alien invaders who enslave the human race with the mind-controlling "cap." Christopher's Tripod trilogy is a wonderful… » 2/07/12 10:45am 2/07/12 10:45am

The Coolest Scene of Alien-Fighting from Last Night's Falling Skies

Steven Spielberg's new show Falling Skies launched last night on TNT, and the good news is, it got gangbuster ratings for a basic cable show: 5.9 million viewers, more than The Walking Dead's first episode on AMC. » 6/20/11 5:35pm 6/20/11 5:35pm

Best television adaptations of science fiction and fantasy novels

Can a book really become a decent television show? Yes, and here's the proof! Here are 12 shining examples of science fiction and fantasy books that actually got turned into television series that are worth watching in their own right. » 11/03/10 3:46pm 11/03/10 3:46pm

Tripods Movie Gunning For More $$ For More Explosions

Tripod adapter and screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine talked about the current film process for Alex Proyas's adaptation of John Christopher's hostile alien takeover book series Tripods. And they're looking for the big money, to afford bigger explosions. » 10/13/09 10:30am 10/13/09 10:30am

What If War of the Worlds' Tripods Looked Like iPods?

In this album art from Jeff Wayne's musical version of War of the Worlds, artist Geoff Taylor has recast the menacing tripods as robots who look like giant, horrifying iPods ravaging the Earth. » 4/10/09 8:30am 4/10/09 8:30am

Alex Proyas Spills About Tripods

Even as his current movie tops the weekend box office, director Alex Proyas is talking about his next project, a big-screen version of SF classic novel series, The Tripods... including which character gets Starbucked. » 3/23/09 7:30am 3/23/09 7:30am

Proyas' Tripod Invasion Is Closer Than We Thought

Alex Proyas, director of aliens, robots and a poorly coiffed Nic Cage, is readying for his adaptation of John Christopher's Tripods trilogy. » 2/25/09 8:00am 2/25/09 8:00am

Strap On Your Mind Control Caps — The Tripods Are Coming

John Christopher's amazing Tripods book series is getting its big-screen debut, thanks to director Alex Proyas. So teens, ready yourself for the rebellion of your lifetimes, against evil alien overlords. » 1/30/09 8:00am 1/30/09 8:00am

Science Fiction TV Classics You're Not Allowed To Own On DVD

Click to view » 9/22/08 11:53pm 9/22/08 11:53pmSometimes it seems like every little dreg of geek culture from your youth is out on DVD - but it's not true! Weirdly, there are gaps in the archives of science fiction TV shows that Hollywood is willing to sell you. Think about this the next time you invite over that hottie from work and fail to get…

I Love It When A Plan Totally Doesn't Come Together

Click to viewIt happens to the best dashing science fiction hero: You come up with a preternaturally clever plan to stop the bad guys, involving a totally cunning bit of MacGyvering or hustle... and it totally fails. Your super-gadget blows up. Or your allies flake. The bad guys turn out not to be total idiots. Or all… » 7/15/08 6:23pm 7/15/08 6:23pm

New Proof That Every Scifi Epic Is Based On Joseph Campbell

Why do so many adventure movies seem to have the same story? A lot of the blame goes to the Hero's Journey, a cookie-cutter spiritual-ish adventure recipe concocted by Joseph Campbell in 1949. Star Wars and many fantasy sagas famously follow this treasure map step by step, but how do other science fiction stories… » 1/14/08 10:00am 1/14/08 10:00am