Why Nobody Ever Asks If Irony Has Ruined Science Fiction

Every few years, there's another essay insisting that irony is ruining culture. Hipsters and postmodernism have created an insincere world where nothing means anything. But you never hear anybody insisting that irony has ruined science fiction. That's because irony is part of the creative life-force of the genre. » 9/29/14 2:55pm Today 2:55pm

Which Story Went Terribly Wrong, But Then Managed A Beautiful Ending?

The world is full of stories that stoked up your excitement, only to deliver a weak ending. But sometimes, the opposite happens — sometimes you get a disastrous middle, and then a story randomly pulls out a beautiful ending. What's the most wonderful ending to a weak story you've ever seen? » 9/29/14 2:10pm Today 2:10pm

Why Twisted Fairy Tales Are The Kind We Deserve

Fairy tales are more popular ever, inspiring hit movies, huge TV shows, and a flood of books. But aren't fairy tales also kind of… regressive? They always feature princesses in trouble, and the dashing princess who rescue them, right? Wrong. Poison author Sarah Pinborough argues that fairy tales should be subversive. » 9/26/14 3:30pm Friday 3:30pm

Vintage Zine Art Is Like Staring Into The Dreams Of A Lost Subculture

Lenny Kaye, the long-time guitarist for the Patti Smith Group, amassed a collection of 1500 mimeographed science fiction zines from the 1940s to the 1970s, and they're on display this weekend at the New York Art Book Fair. These zine covers are wild and in some cases kind of alarming. » 9/25/14 12:20pm Thursday 12:20pm

Dystopian Fashion Comes with Special Signal-Blocking Pocket for Phones

British company The Affair has created a number of science fiction themed fashion lines, but their latest is a masterpiece. The clothing is all modeled on what people wore in George Orwell's 1984, and comes with a shielded phone pocket made from material can effectively pull you off the grid. » 9/25/14 11:29am Thursday 11:29am

An Amazing Excerpt from Ancillary Sword, Sequel to Ancillary Justice

This year Ann Leckie's debut novel Ancillary Justice swept the science fiction awards, taking home Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards for best novel. Now the sequel, Ancillary Sword, is about to hit bookstores, and we've got an exclusive excerpt for you! » 9/25/14 11:00am Thursday 11:00am

The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning. » 9/25/14 10:18am Thursday 10:18am

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman Takes Superheroes Where They've Never Gone

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman is a funny, original and very human novel about a man who puts on a costume and rights wrongs. It's also an echt superhero novel - it gives us a new take on superheroics, different from either superhero comics or films, by showing them through the lens of literary prose. » 9/24/14 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm

Which Character Was Better When They Were The Only One Of Their Kind?

Sometimes you have a character who's really cool and unique... and then someone comes along and decides that if one of those characters is good, then a whole bunch of them would be even better. Who's the best example of a character who was way better when he or she was the only one around? » 9/24/14 2:21pm Wednesday 2:21pm

Is There Any Plausible Reason Why Aliens Would Evolve To Look Like Us?

In science fiction movies and TV shows, intelligent aliens are usually the same basic shape as humans: two arms, two legs and a head. But why would creatures that evolved on a completely different planet look so similar to us? We asked some experts, and they told us the most likely explanations for humanoid aliens. » 9/23/14 12:49pm 9/23/14 12:49pm

One Of My Favorite "Doctor-ish" Moments On Doctor Who

Classic Doctor Who producer Barry Letts had a very unique spin on the Doctor — one informed by his Buddhism and his environmentalism. And when Letts wrote the extra-long novelization of his own story "The Daemons," he included one of my favorite moments of the Doctor being kind of magical. » 9/23/14 2:20am 9/23/14 2:20am