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

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