Celebrity endorsements have been around for a long time, but it’s usually actors, wrestlers, or athletes who are enduring a photoshoot with a random product. That said, every now and again, it’s a science fiction author who’s promoting something.
This 1982 roundtable discussion on science fiction is amazing. Watch Isaac Asimov, Gene Wolfe and Harlan Ellison talk to Studs Terkel and Calvin Trillin about the randomness of genre distinctions and the difference between “science fiction” and “science fantasy.”
For just $12, you can get 11 science fiction books right now, by authors including Alan Dean Foster, Barbara Hambly, Harlan Ellison, Greg Bear and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. But you better move fast: the Humble Sci-Fi eBook Bundle won't last forever.
Short stories are the lifeblood of science fiction and fantasy — novels get all the buzz and the parties, but short fiction is where the wildest ideas and coolest characters come out. And here are 15 or so anthologies that will show you just how superb science fiction and fantasy storytelling can get.
You may have read scifi author Harlan Ellison's original teleplay for the classic Star Trek episode "City of the Edge of Forever," but you've never seen it. That changes in June, when IDW releases a 5-part comic miniseries based on the original, unedited script, supervised by Ellison himself.
One of the most influential and beloved short stories penned by the great Harlan Ellison is coming to the big screen, via Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. But can a film do it justice?
Famed science fiction writer Harlan Ellison has written many Batman stories over the years, and he cut his Bat-teeth not in the comics, but on a treatment for the 1960s Batman TV series. Now he has released that treatment, featuring the villain Two-Face, in a new book.
Horse women, walking upright, take advantage of our already beleaguered education system. It sounds like a horrifying social commentary, but in fact it’s just the plot of the new My Little Pony movie Equestria Girls. Plus Oblivion, some Disney, Swamp Thing and more, all in this week's DVDs!
James Cameron was recently sued yet again for Avatar, the latest in a long line of plagiarism accusations against the director stretching back to Terminator. But is Cameron a serial plagiarist, or just a popular target for copyright lawsuits?
Look. There are other DVDs coming out this week. Indeed, some of them are pretty cool. But the fact remains that there is a DVD out tomorrow that contains beloved/cranky scifi author Harlan Ellison teaming up with the original Scooby gang to fight ancient evil. What more do you really need?
Whether you know it or not, you've admired the work of Leo Dillon and his wife Diane, whose artworks adorned many of science fiction and fantasy's most famous books. Leo Dillon, who died of cancer the other day, was the first African American artist to win a Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration — and then…
We've seen plenty of proper screwball depictions of Kris Kringle previously, but history is ripe with examples of magical pensioners who trespass down strangers' flues. Here are 10 of the more egregious examples to throw on this Yuletide bonfire of weirdness.
Harlan Ellison famously sued James Cameron over The Terminator and won — and now he's going after Andrew "Gattaca" Niccol's new film In Time. Ellison claims In Time is too similar to his story "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman." And he's not just seeking a payout — he's trying to stop the October 28 release…
Today's the day when we celebrate the life of visionary leader Martin Luther King, Jr. But the civil-rights legend is also an important figure in science fiction... as an influence, and an occasional character.
Over at Lazy Self-Indulgent Book Reviews, Nicole Cliffe sort of, kind of, not really reviews books. Here are her tongue-in-cheek reviews of Ellison, Delany, and a prehistoric giant shark.
Ever since ET for the Atari 2600 wowed gamers worldwide, science fiction and video games have been natural bedfellows. Here are 10 great scifi tales that embrace the aesthetics, technology, and popular tropes of the gaming world.
It should have been the greatest television show ever: conceived by Harlan Ellison, with science advisor Ben Bova and scripts by Dick, Le Guin, Herbert and Van Vogt. A new comic based on The Starlost shows what could have been.
Three neat series are coming to an end this Wednesday, and we're sad to see them go. Let's have a moment of silence for Star Wars Legacy, Air, and Ex Machina.
The history of science fiction is full of unforgettable characters. So it's no surprise that famous writers often appear in fiction themselves — either by name, or wearing the thinnest of disguises. Here are our 10 favorite science-fiction writer cameos.