George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984 occupied the number one spot on Amazon’s best-selling books list yesterday, where it remains today. A cautionary tale about a brutal, amoral dictator has evidently felt relevant to people lately. But as of today, Amazon—the world’s largest bookseller—is unable to keep up with…
Set a century after George Orwell’s chilling portrait of a dystopian future, scifi short 2084 works perfectly thanks to the twin powers of simplicity (it was filmed in director Taz Goldstein’s living room) and hilarity (the “annoyed computer voice” has seldom been so well-executed).
George Orwell had a known penchant for borrowing from other authors—his dystopian novel 1984 owes a clear debt to a number of works, including We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, for example. But did his other famous work, Animal Farm, also owe a huge debt to a Russian author?
Now that we're living in a world of pervasive surveillance, and Big Brother really is watching you, the D.C. Public Library is hosting a live reading of George Orwell's 1984 in its entirety. "Special guest readers" will take part, but you can also sign up to read — or watch the whole thing streaming on YouTube.
Sony's setting up another adaptation of George Orwell's classic, this time with Paul Greengrass in the director's chair. Well, it's not like it's a book that gets less relevant as time goes on.
For the first year of his life, George Orwell lived on a farm in India, very much like the place he eventually described in his famous parable Animal Farm. Now the place is being turned into a museum to honor the author — but not in a way that Orwell would have liked.
In 1995, artist Ralph Steadman lent his iconic style to a special edition of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Over on Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has curated a selection of the book's illustrations. It's almost uncanny, how exquisitely Steadman's freewheeling genius dovetails with Orwell's controversial masterpiece. You…
This year's edition of io9 March Madness is dedicated to finding the greatest, most classic work from all of science fiction and fantasy. Today we wrap up the Round of 64 with the likes of George Orwell, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and the Dread Lord Cthulhu. The competition is fierce!
This map shows the global superpowers described in George Orwell's 1984, but does this map truly reflect the political state of the world in the novel or is it just another form of Party propaganda?
David Bowie's 100 favorite books include George Orwell's 1984, Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus, Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor, Don DeLillo's White Noise... and Viz, the satirical comics magazine known for characters like "Buster Gonad and his Unfeasibly Large Testicles." Awesome.
Yep. Self-appointed guardians of morality aren't trying to protect our kids from To Kill a Mockingbird nearly as often as the Captain Underpants books, which to be fair have "underpants" in their title. That's the shocking revelation from this year's Banned Books Week.
Too often, we hear that a science fiction story has "succeeded" if it predicts the future accurately. But that's the wrong measure of success. The most powerful works of SF don't describe the future — they change it.
It's not just paranoia. They really are watching you. The world we're living in is getting weirder and more dangerous all the time. So it's a good thing science fiction has been stockpiling dark mind-fraks for decades, full of smart survival strategies. Here are 10 paranoid science fiction tales that could keep you…
A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we can see how these scenes might have appeared in person.
Penguin is releasing new editions of five of books by George Orwell, with covers by designer David Pearson. Perhaps the best of the new designs is Pearson's simple but brilliant idea for 1984, with the title and author's name apparently censored with black foiling.
Andy Serkis' stunning grasp of motion capture acting is one of the reasons Peter Jackson made him a second unit director on The Hobbit. Now the Gollum actor plans to apply those directing skills to a motion-capture project of his own: a new adaptation of George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm.
Educators thought Orwell's 1984 was promoting Communism. They thought Huxley's Brave New World made promiscuous sex "look like fun," and the book is "centered around negative activity." They thought the point of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5 was to promote "deviant sexual behavior." People burned Tolkien's Lord of the…
Science fiction and fantasy are all about reaching beyond the horizon — so it's not surprising that many of the greatest speculative fiction authors have broadened their own horizons. And you can see it in their writing, because the experience of negotiating a very different culture and learning another language…