10 Most Brilliant Con Artists In Science Fiction And Fantasy

Great cons belong to that special category — along with heists — of things that are very fun in fiction but not something you want happening to you. And con artists in fiction are usually charming, smart, and have an abhorrence of violence. Here are the 10 greatest con artists in science fiction and fantasy » 5/25/15 9:00am Monday 9:00am

9 Great Science Fiction Books For People Who Don't Like Science Fiction

So there’s someone in your life who doesn’t like science fiction. Nobody’s perfect. But the good news is, genre is expansive, and there’s almost always a little corner of it where even the most science fiction-averse person can curl up and enjoy themselves. Here are 10 science fiction books for people who don’t like… » 5/21/15 10:00am 5/21/15 10:00am

8 D-List Characters Who Tried And Failed To Replace A-List Superheroes

With a woman taking on the mantle of Thor and a new, heavily armored Batman in Gotham, the idea of a “replacement hero” — where a new character is introduced to take up a legacy hero’s name — is back in style. But more often than not, these shake-ups don’t workout. Here’s eight of the weirdest and worst replacements. » 5/20/15 10:00am 5/20/15 10:00am

The 10 Weirdest Things That People Once Used As Status Symbols

A visitor from 100 years ago would be confused by our selfies and our strange toys — but they would understand the need to show off. Throughout history, people have had status symbols. Sometimes, these things have been gold and jewels. But sometimes, they’re a bit weirder. Here are 10 bizarre status symbols from the… » 5/19/15 10:04am 5/19/15 10:04am

8 Great Comedies That Brilliantly Deconstruct The Action Movie Genre

We love action movies, the tropes, the cliches, all of it and roll with it well. But in some cases, we get to see films or the occasional TV show that wonderfully deconstructs the action movie. They’re not straight-out parodies like Naked Gun — but here are eight comedies that play with the motifs in a way that… » 5/17/15 9:10am 5/17/15 9:10am

Top 10 Prehistoric Mammals That Were Way Cooler Than Dinosaurs

As much as I’m looking forward to Jurassic Park, I will never quite forgive dinosaurs for the sin of being birdlike. How can I fear something that I eat in nugget form? Now prehistoric mammals — that’s where the action is. Here are the top 10 mammals that ruled more than any dinosaur ever. » 5/14/15 10:00am 5/14/15 10:00am

10 Most Messed-Up Versions Of The Hero's Journey

Everybody knows the hero’s journey by heart at this point. The chosen one gets called to adventure, refuses, accepts, goes on trials, loses a mentor, faces darkness, defeats evil. But sometimes the hero’s journey takes a major detour. Here are 10 hero’s journeys go went to a dark, terrible place. » 5/12/15 10:00am 5/12/15 10:00am

Top Ten Spider-Man Villains to Adapt to Live Action

Spider-Man has one of the deepest benches of adversaries, but out of five movies thus far, three of them have featured Norman or Harry Osborn as the antagonist. Spidey is so much better than that. Who else could we see if Marvel and Sony really delves deeper into the line-up of Spidey’s rogues? Here’s my picks for the… » 5/09/15 12:20pm 5/09/15 12:20pm

Every Masters of the Universe Action Figure, Ranked

The most powerful man in the universe was also part of the greatest toyline in the universe. MotU’s giant, wildly varied assortment of heroes and villains set it apart from its ‘80s counterparts — admittedly, some more so than others. So here are all 60 original action figures, scientifically ranked by awesomeness. » 5/08/15 10:20am 5/08/15 10:20am

10 Real-Life Animal Husbandry Techniques That Alien Zoos Will Use On Us

So you ‘ve been abducted and placed in an alien zoo, put on display for other aliens to gawk at. The good news is that you’ll probably get free food; the bad news is they’ll probably try the same tricks on you that our zoos play on Earth animals. Here’s all the ways these zoos will mess with you in the name of animal… » 5/06/15 10:00am 5/06/15 10:00am

9 Dumbest Ways To Reboot The Marvel Movie Universe

Avengers: Age of Ultron launches Phase 3 of Marvel’s movie universe. Which means even more interconnected stories, and brings us closer to the inevitable time when the universe is crushed under its own weight and has to restart from scratch. Here are the nine absolute worst ways that Marvel could reboot its movies. » 5/05/15 11:24am 5/05/15 11:24am