Charlie Brooker Gives You The Year's "Reasons To Be Fearful"

The media critic and creator of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker, does his own version of Ian Dury and the Blockheads' "Reasons to be Cheerful" called "Reasons to be Fearful" — it's a pretty good rundown of why everything sucked in 2014. Plus a few reasons to hope for 2015. » 12/31/14 1:21pm 12/31/14 1:21pm

The 20 Greatest Superlists That io9 Published In 2014

Every weekday, io9 has a list of strange, wonderful or ranty items. These top 10 (or 12, or 20) lists are a way to make our obsessive tendency to collect random stuff into something that can help distract other people. So here are the 20 most popular superlists that io9 published in 2014. » 12/31/14 7:00am 12/31/14 7:00am

2014 Had The Lowest Movie Ticket Sales Since 1995

Final data isn't in, but it looks as though overall U.S. box office was down in 2014 from 2013 — although the major studios still made over $10 billion domestically. Most significantly, the number of tickets sold dropped 6 percent, to the lowest amount since 1995. » 12/30/14 6:30pm 12/30/14 6:30pm

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014

This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. » 12/30/14 9:16am 12/30/14 9:16am

​Video Games Got More Beautiful This Year

Sure, you could say that video games get more beautiful every year. Graphics technology gets better, game developers get more adept, and as a result, games get more beautiful. All the same, 2014 felt like a special year for video game beauty. » 12/29/14 6:39pm 12/29/14 6:39pm

The Absolute Best Comics And Graphic Novels of 2014!

Screw the 1930s and '40s. Comics fans may call it the golden age, but any comic fan knows that we're getting infinitely better comic book than our grandparents did 80-some years ago, and more of them, too. For instance, here are just some of the most essential comics 2014 had to offer. We'll take these over War Bond… » 12/29/14 12:30pm 12/29/14 12:30pm

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the most futuristic breakthroughs and developments of the past year. This year's crop features a slew of incredible technological, scientific, and social achievements, from mind-to-mind communication to self-guiding sniper bullets. Here are 15 predictions that came… » 12/29/14 8:00am 12/29/14 8:00am

What Did We Get Stuck In Our Rectums Last Year?

It is time for a Deadspin holiday tradition like no other: our annual trawl of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's database of emergency room visits to discover the strangest, unlikeliest, and most awkwardly shaped objects America inappropriately shoved into its various holes. God bless us, everyone. » 12/26/14 1:58pm 12/26/14 1:58pm

Maps: Here Are All of the Areas That Were Hit by Tornadoes in 2014

This was a quiet yet memorable year for tornadoes in the United States. With around 900 tornadoes on the books, here are some interesting maps that show all of the areas hit by tornadoes in 2014, from the twin tornadoes in Nebraska to storms nearly a mile wide in Mississippi. » 12/24/14 3:20am 12/24/14 3:20am

The Best Surprises of 2014

2014 was a weird year for video games. Lotta ups, lotta downs, lotta what-have-yous. But while the year had its share of bummers and disappointments, it was not without some lovely surprises, too. » 12/22/14 5:53pm 12/22/14 5:53pm

Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs Of 2014

This year, humanity landed on its first comet, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, and a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture. Those are just a taste of the 20 achievements, innovations, and advances we've selected for our roundup of 2014's biggest… » 12/19/14 12:40pm 12/19/14 12:40pm

The Best And Worst Television Moments of 2014

This year's science fiction and fantasy television delivered amazing highs and some cringe-worthy lows. We've rounded up the year's best moments, along with some of the absolute worst (in no particular order) for your viewing pleasure. SPOILERS AHEAD. » 12/18/14 2:39pm 12/18/14 2:39pm

The Biggest Disappointments of 2014

2014 was a weird, wooly year for video games. The big new consoles were finding their feet, and most of the games we were expecting to play got pushed back to next year. Some of the ones that did come out were great, but others, well… weren't as great. » 12/18/14 5:22pm 12/18/14 5:22pm

The 10 Best And 10 Worst Science Fiction And Fantasy Movies Of 2014

This was a weird year for movies. The box office was weak, but also, most films didn't deserve love or hate. They were just... okay. But the genre movies that did stand out were either brilliant experiments, or horrible misfires. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst science fiction and fantasy movies of 2014. » 12/17/14 11:00am 12/17/14 11:00am

Looking Back at 2013 with io9!

Happy New Year! | Just one of the beautiful space images that artist Ron Miller contributed to io9 in 2013. Download this image as a wallpaper here. » 12/31/13 5:00pm 12/31/13 5:00pm

The Biggest Stories on io9 in 2013

We've taken a lot of strange journeys together at io9 this year. And hopefully, we've learned some stuff along the way — including some stuff you'd probably like to unlearn. Here are all of the most popular io9 posts from 2013, in science, pop culture and general weirdness. » 12/30/13 12:23pm 12/30/13 12:23pm

What Did We Get Stuck In Our Rectums Last Year?

As in past years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has created a searchable database of emergency room visits around the country. And as in past years, we have trolled the data for the finest examples of insertions showcasing extraordinarily bad luck and/or ingenuity. [Note: Headline has been updated. These… » 12/25/13 2:39pm 12/25/13 2:39pm

What's the worst movie we left off our list of the year's worst movies?

We made our choices, and now it's your turn. Last week, we posted our list of the best and worst movies of 2013, but it was especially hard to decide on the worst this year. So please tell us: Which movie should we have included on our "worst" list? » 12/23/13 10:47am 12/23/13 10:47am