LOOKING BACK | Here's our roundup of all the coolest and weirdest stuff we saw this past year, in the worlds of science, entertainment and culture. Top image via William Smith.
2011 gave us a wealth of great new comics, which ranged from tales of moss monsters to feral school headmasters to martial artists with the power to make their limbs fly off. But what comic book debuts tickled our fancy the most? Here are our picks, in no particular order.
This was a sexy year. We discovered strange fetishes and alien mating rituals. We explored undiscovered outposts of sensuality. And we delved into some of the most extreme visions of human connection you could possibly imagine. Plus, True Blood and Game of Thrones kind of shredded the envelope.
Everyday, we sift through all the crazy rumors and speculation to bring you the morning's spoilers. In the past year, we've found some gems of real information...as well as some truly magnificent loads of nonsense. Here are the year's best. Warning: Some of these things are still spoilers!
In 2011, many up-and-comers in the fantasy and science fiction publishing world finally got the widespread recognition they deserved, and established writers tried their hands at new genres. Our picks for the year's best books come from writers all over the globe, and from publishers both large and small. Here are…
What are the most amazing moments this new golden era of television gave us? We've rounded up the very best bits from a whole year of TV watching — and some of the very worst.
From law-violating subatomic particles to entirely new, earth-like worlds, 2011 was an incredible year for scientific discovery. In the past 12 months, scientific breakthroughs in fields ranging from archaeology to structural biochemistry have allowed humanity to rewrite history, and enabled us to open to brand new…
Every year, it's easy to come up with a long list of the year's worst science fiction and fantasy movies. Reels and reels of garbage arrive in cinemas with shocking regularity. But it's a good year when you can think of half a dozen great genre films off the top of your head. By that standard, 2011 was a good year.
Science fiction and fantasy devoured our hearts and minds in 2011. The year's hit movies, bestselling books and buzzed-about television shows were dominated by genre fare — and a handful of people played a key part in making it happen.
Over at UFO Disclosure Countdown Clock, the UFO experts have put together an end-of-year feature about why 2011 was the year of the Orb. Above, you can see one of several videos they've posted to illustrate their point. This particular video was filmed by an "Orb caller," whose commentary track must be heard to get…
This year has been a wild ride for lovers of science fiction and fantasy. Some hugely expensive, massively hyped projects have failed, but also some new mega-hits have been born. Hollywood is struggling with sagging movie ticket sales and TV ratings, and book publishers are facing a rapidly changing world. It's a…
Put away your grandpa-style indie rock sweaters and salute the year's most futuristic music. By that I don't just mean music that sounds like it comes from the future (though there's quite a bit of that); I also mean music that is indicative of larger future trends. Shall we begin?
The Scientist magazine has helpfully gathered together all the weirdest and worst science scandals of 2011, as well as bringing us updates on some ongoing science trainwrecks that started way back in 2010. Here are a few highlights.