Non-Comic Book Characters Who Survived Being Killed Off "For Good"

Everybody knows that death is a revolving door. Especially in the comics, where everybody dies and comes back. But even in other media, death is seldom final. Here are a dozen characters whose creators did everything in their power to kill them once and for all — and they still came back, by popular demand. » 7/17/14 1:24pm 7/17/14 1:24pm

The World's Most Fascinating Places, As Seen In Science Fiction Books

It's the middle of summer — the time of year when wanderlust takes over our brains. You want to leave your home and your job and explore what the world has to offer. But here's the next best thing — 15 books that take place in science fiction and fantasy versions of the most fascinating places on Earth. » 7/11/14 1:15pm 7/11/14 1:15pm

Totally Brilliant Movies That The Studio Tried To Bury

This weekend, the acclaimed movie Snowpiercer comes out in the United States at last... in a handful of theaters, with almost no publicity. And Snowpiercer isn't the first beloved movie to get this treatment. Here are some movies that almost everybody agrees are brilliant — but which were released in a vacuum. » 6/26/14 12:28pm 6/26/14 12:28pm

A History of Our Obsession with the Disease Apocalypse

The "plague plot" is a subgenre of horror that's become as common as zombie movies. But over half a century ago, Hollywood wasn't churning out tales of the disease apocalypse and deadly black goo viruses. Where did our love for pandemic panic come from? A look back at the history of the subgenre provides some clues. » 6/24/14 9:11am 6/24/14 9:11am

​The Many, Many People Who Know Batman's "Secret" Identity

It's a mystery worthy of the world's Greatest Detective — why on Earth does Batman bother wearing a cowl? It's not like he tries that hard to keep his identity secret — there are literally dozens and dozens of people, good, evil, dumb, and random, who know Wayne is traipsing about in a bat costume. Here's a just a… » 6/16/14 12:15pm 6/16/14 12:15pm

Stunt Casting That Actually Made Everything Better

Stunt casting is a long tradition in science fiction and fantasy, but it's only gotten more common lately. Films and TV shows will cast a famous actor — or someone who used to be in a Joss Whedon show — to spark interest. Sometimes, it's just unnecessary. But here are a bunch of cases where it was the perfect casting. » 6/05/14 9:00am 6/05/14 9:00am

The Weirdest And Silliest Virtual Reality Sex Scenes Of All Time [NSFW]

The moment we get immersive virtual reality, you know what people are going to use it for: the same thing we've used every other new technology for. And as long as movies have depicted virtual environments, there have been ridiculous VR sex scenes. Here are the most bizarre and hilarious VR hookups of all time. » 5/30/14 1:00pm 5/30/14 1:00pm

These Are The Most Bad-Ass Women In All Of Animation

The world of animation is full of women who kick-ass for reasons ranging from their strong will to their fighting prowess — and sometimes it's just nice to recognize them. This is far from a complete list, but below (in no particular order) are a smattering of the most awesome female characters in animated shows and… » 5/22/14 2:39am 5/22/14 2:39am

"Loners" Who Can't Stop Joining Teams All The Time

Everybody loves a cool loner. A lone wolf. A man or woman who doesn't play well with others, and who spouts off phrases like "I work alone" and "Other people just slow me down." But for some reason, those cool loners just can't quit joining teams. Here are the "loners" who can't seem to do anything on their own. Like,… » 5/21/14 12:00pm 5/21/14 12:00pm

Major Landmarks In The History Of Dark Fantasy

Dark fantasy is more popular than ever. Game of Thrones is rocking our TV sets. Tons of authors have moved to the genre. We're obsessed with bloody tales of morally gray people and supernatural forces. But where does dark fantasy come from? And how did it become so huge? Here's a brief history of dark fantasy's… » 4/25/14 1:05pm 4/25/14 1:05pm

All The Ways You Can Screw Up Your Own Timeline

Time travel and temporal anomalies can be messy and unpleasant. When time starts getting out of whack, anything can happen. People can be born over and over, meet themselves, relive the same day, or just screw up all their relationships. Here are all the ways people get tangled in their own timelines in science… » 4/14/14 10:00am 4/14/14 10:00am

All the People Who Were Frozen and Woke Up In the Future

Captain America, the hottest member of the Greatest Generation, is returning to the big screen this Friday. Steve Rogers may feel all alone in the modern world, but he's not alone in fiction. Here's a list of the greatest fictional characters who have been frozen, and woke to a strange new world. » 4/02/14 12:30pm 4/02/14 12:30pm

You Can't Appreciate These Movies Fully Without A Great Sound System

Science fiction movies are known for their amazing visuals, from majestic spaceships to desolate landscapes. But many of the best science fiction films use sound just as much as picture to tell their stories. Here are 22 films that you'll appreciate way more if you have a great speaker system to go with that… » 3/17/14 1:24pm 3/17/14 1:24pm

The Most Disappointing Final Battles in All Science Fiction and Fantasy

It's all been leading up to this. Hundreds of pages, or hours, of buildup, leading up to the final confrontation between the forces of excellent and the forces of not-excellent. And then... it's kind of a bust. The bad guys kind of fold. Or the fight lasts 30 seconds. Or it's just thumb-wrestling. Here are the most… » 2/27/14 12:23pm 2/27/14 12:23pm