What Supposedly Scary Story Made You Laugh Instead?

The line between terror and hilarity is kind of ill-defined at the best of times. There's a reason why we have so many horror comedies. But sometimes, a movie, TV show or book sets out to be scary... and just winds up making you laugh. What's the most unintentionally funny piece of horror you've ever seen? » 10/30/14 2:17pm Yesterday 2:17pm

Who's The Most Fascinatingly Self-Destructive Character Of All Time?

We love to watch heroes triumph over dreadful odds — but there's also something kind of irresistible about a hero who struggles with self-destructive impulses. Oftentimes the best characters are the ones who circle the abyss? But who's the best self-destructive character in science fiction or fantasy? » 10/28/14 2:38pm Tuesday 2:38pm

What's The Greatest Speech In Science Fiction And Fantasy History?

The best science fiction and fantasy stories capture our imaginations in all sorts of ways — with cool visuals, with neat ideas, with clever worldbuilding. But sometimes the most powerful thing of all can be just one person, speaking eloquently. What's the greatest speech in any work of science fiction or fantasy? » 10/24/14 2:37pm 10/24/14 2:37pm

Which Series Did You Love — Until It Killed Your Favorite Character?

Death adds real stakes to a fictional universe. If nobody ever dies, then nothing feels real. And yet some deaths don't just diminish us all, they just plain ruin a series. For good. Which science fiction or fantasy series lost its heart, or just became less good generally, when one character died? » 10/22/14 2:23pm 10/22/14 2:23pm

What Story Did You Recognize As An Important Work Of Art Right Away?

Sometimes, it takes decades or longer for something to be recognized as a timeless, vitally important artwork. Great art stands the test of time after all. But sometimes, you see something and just know immediately that it's a great life-changing artwork. Which science fiction or fantasy story did you recognize as… » 10/21/14 1:15pm 10/21/14 1:15pm

Which Tie-In Books Are Better Than Some Of The Series' "Real" Stories?

We're always being told that tie-in books and comics "don't count" — even when they're really terrific and take the series in great directions. Doctor Who's New Adventures, Star Wars' Expanded Universe... they're not "real." But which series has spawned tie-in books, comics or audio stories that are better than some… » 10/17/14 2:49pm 10/17/14 2:49pm

Who's Your Favorite Hero Who Kills Without Hesitation?

Everybody's always going on about how great it is that some heroes don't kill. Like Batman, for example. Not killing is what makes them so heroic. But sometimes, a hero who does kill can be pretty effective, too. Who's your favorite hero who has no hesitation about ending a life if circumstances require it? » 10/16/14 2:05pm 10/16/14 2:05pm