All The Best Shows That Were Cancelled Despite Being Awesome

It's the very last episode of the io9 show, We Come from the Future. Yep, we got cancelled. So we're celebrating by setting off our biggest explosion yet — and talking about all the best shows that got cancelled despite being awesome. Well, I still think it's debatable whether Dollhouse was awesome. But anyway. » 11/16/12 10:27am 11/16/12 10:27am

Harry Potter, Sherlock, and The Greatest Scandals in Fandom

This week on We Come From the Future, we talk about what happens when scandal rips through the heart of fandom. Along with our special guests, Daily Dot fandom reporter Aja Romano, and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia Tan, we delve into all the wank that makes fans on the internet lose their shit. From Sherlock… » 10/26/12 10:43am 10/26/12 10:43am

5 Tricks to Convince People Your Fake Horror Story Really Happened

What are the five secrets to making a great "true" horror story? We reveal them all to you . . . and then something terrifying happens! Will Esther survive? Will the studio where we shoot this show ever be the same? Is it dangerous to get glowing green goo on your hands? Find out . . . in this completely real… » 10/19/12 10:59am 10/19/12 10:59am

The Guiltiest Pleasures, from Big Bang Theory to Twilight

On this episode of the io9 show, Esther and I confess our guilty pleasures — the things we are completely embarrassed to admit that we love. Like bad vampire stories and even worse sitcoms.* Plus, Esther shows you a scientific guilty pleasure: making soap explode in the microwave. Finally, we respond to a viewer's… » 10/15/12 9:34am 10/15/12 9:34am

Can dinosaurs still be badass with feathers?

This week on the io9 show, we debate whether you can still be scared of dinosaurs now that we believe they were covered with proto-feathers or "dino-fuzz." And we talk about all the other ways that science has shattered our science fiction dreams, including telling us that ray guns and blasters could never work.… » 8/24/12 11:01am 8/24/12 11:01am

The Weird Truth About Shark Evolution

On this episode of the io9 show, we're all about the wonders of shark evolution — in fiction and real life. We have a heated debate about whether shark movies are science fiction or just monster movies. Then we talk to biologist and shark expert David Shiffman about how sharks evolved to be a vital part of our… » 8/17/12 11:05am 8/17/12 11:05am

Proof That Futurama Is the Smartest Show on Television

Good news, everyone! It's the Futurama appreciation episode. We pay tribute to our favorite moments in the series, and talk about other scifi comedy TV shows you can watch when you've watched every Futurama episode twelve times. Bay Area Science Festival director Kishore Hari helps us (and several volunteers) act… » 8/03/12 11:23am 8/03/12 11:23am

Explore the World's Great Lost Cities!

This week on the io9 show, we explore the Lost City of Z in Brazil, and the ancient city of Catalhoyuk in Turkey! Genetic engineer and How to Defeat Your Own Clone author Terry Johnson shows us how fluids like corn syrup have memory thanks to laminar flow! And finally, help us find a mysterious 1980s novel about a… » 7/27/12 10:30am 7/27/12 10:30am

The Scariest Food Items Science Has Ever Created

This week on the io9 show, we discuss the creepiest foods science has ever produced — from synthetic potato chips, to meat synthesized from human feces. » 7/20/12 10:37am 7/20/12 10:37am

Learn to lightsaber duel like a real Jedi!

This week on the io9 show, we play with swords — and find out just how realistic movie sword fights are. We talk to sword experts, plus Esther lives out her childhood fantasy and gets schooled in the art of light saber dueling. For good measure, we list the best sword fights ever committed to film. » 7/13/12 11:19am 7/13/12 11:19am

The Autism Vaccination Hoax and Other Science Scams

In this week's io9 show, we take a look at the shady side of science, and talk about some of our favorite scientist con artists. We discover how the "vaccines cause autism" hoax was perpetrated, and how inter-species cross-breeding among mice turned out to be a fake. But are online genetic testing services a scam,… » 7/06/12 10:34am 7/06/12 10:34am

Make Your Own Laser Microscope!

This week on the io9 show, we explore the microbiome with a homemade laser microscope in Esther Gets Experimental. Plus, scientists with the Human Microbiome Project have identified more than 5 million different microbial genes from 18 areas of the human body — what does this mean for science fiction? We also ponder… » 6/29/12 10:34am 6/29/12 10:34am

Our Summer Must-Read Book List, Plus Kim Stanley Robinson Tells All

This week on the io9 show, we share our summer science fiction must-read list — so you can escape to other worlds when you hit the beach. We also interview Kim Stanley Robinson about his brand new book, 2312. » 6/22/12 10:32am 6/22/12 10:32am

What's more likely: a robot uprising, or humans becoming cyborgs?

Are you about to become a cyborg, or will you be crushed by robot overlords? This week's io9 show looks at our future relationships with machines — and you'll never be the same again. » 6/15/12 10:30am 6/15/12 10:30am

The Science of Ghosts

In this week's io9 show, we delve into the science of ghosts — and the results may haunt you. We talk to author Mary Roach (Spook) about the environmental factors that could explain ghost sightings. We discuss why so many io9 readers think ghosts might exist. And we show how you can create a real-life ghost… » 6/08/12 10:30am 6/08/12 10:30am

The Webcomics You Should Be Reading

In this week's io9 show, we discuss some of our favorite web comics, urban dystopia, and the difference between the art in Alien and its forthcoming prequel, Prometheus. Plus, use science to blow up your breakfast and annoy your friends! Why do we have a hammer on the table in front of us? You decide. » 6/01/12 10:36am 6/01/12 10:36am

Movie Science That Fails

I'm at WisCon this week, so we got special guest host Veronica Belmont from Tekzilla to co-host We Come from the Future! We look at the top movie tropes that get a F in science. Plus, in this week's Esther Gets Experimental we show you how to create plasma using a humble grape and your microwave. And can you help… » 5/25/12 10:35am 5/25/12 10:35am

We Set Off Homemade Smoke Bombs — and Survive!

Does it give you pleasure to watch things burn? In this week's episode of the io9 show We Come from the Future, we set off homemade smoke bombs without burning ourselves or getting arrested. We also explain why we're disappointed by the new Dark Knight Rises trailer, and bring you the latest news from the future. » 5/18/12 10:59am 5/18/12 10:59am

io9 Show: DIY Science Fiction!

This week on the io9 show We Come From The Future, geek author extraordinaire Bonnie Burton joins us, as we celebrate the world of DIY science ficiton! We give our picks for the best DIY movie, get crafty with action figures and snow globes, and talk to a trio of amazing cosplayers about the craft, their… » 5/11/12 10:33am 5/11/12 10:33am

io9 Show: The Science of The Avengers!

This week on the io9 show We Come From The Future, it's all about The Avengers! We discuss the hotly anticipated team-up movie, check in with a genetic biologist, and see if we already have the science to create a real life-team of superheroes. Plus, we share our picks for superheroes that should get their own… » 5/04/12 10:20am 5/04/12 10:20am