10 Questions From Science Fiction That We're Glad Were Never Answered

We tend to think of science fiction and fantasy as being like mystery novels — the story is over when you solve the case. So we obsess over questions that have no answers. But here are 10 questions that are better unanswered, either because the possibilities are fascinating or because the answers would be terrible. » 4/29/14 12:00pm 4/29/14 12:00pm

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

A Memory of Light delivers a better ending than Robert Jordan's Wheel…

Let's start with a spoiler-free review, shall we? A Memory of Light is an incredibly fitting end to Robert Jordan's sprawling, immersive and often aggravating Wheel of Time saga. It's both epic and weirdly perfunctory, as Brandon Sanderson — who of course took over for Robert Jordan when he died in 2007 — manages to… » 1/14/13 1:00pm 1/14/13 1:00pm

Paul Krugman explains what Asimov's Foundation and Jordan's Wheel of…

Even if you're not a huge fan of Paul Krugman, the trouble-making economist and New York Times columnist, you should check out his introduction to a new edition of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy (PDF). He explains pretty succinctly just why these novels are great, and why they had such a huge impact on the young… » 10/22/12 4:30pm 10/22/12 4:30pm

Win The Most Awesome Wheel of Time Swag Ever

If you're a fan of the intensely epic Wheel of Time series, we've got a special treat for you to celebrate the fourteenth and final book in the series, A Memory of Light. Later today, we're going to be giving away five backpacks emblazoned with a logo that will tell the world that Robert Jordan is your homie — and… » 8/15/12 7:20am 8/15/12 7:20am