Since its publication near the turn of the 20th century, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds has seen lots of adaptations. One that didn’t happen, however, and we really wish had, was by legendary filmmaker and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. Now we can finally see what Harryhausen had in mind.
Kevin Williamson is one of the most famous, influential film and TV writers of the past several decades. From Scream and Dawson’s Creek, to The Faculty and Vampire Diaries, he’s got a knack for playing with genre conventions, and that’s exactly what he’ll attempt to do with his latest pilot.
H.G. Wells has inspired people’s imaginations for a century. There’s not an art form out there that hasn’t been touched by his brilliant, fascinating stories like The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau or, most famously, The Time Machine.
H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds has been adapted for other media before—notably for the 2005 Spielberg film, and the infamous 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast. Now a new TV version is in the works, written by Peter Harness (Doctor Who, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell).
I like writing this series. I really do. It’s rewarding in a number of respects. But some years are less enjoyable to cover than others. 1894, for example, had A Prisoner of Zenda, but not much else that was fun. 1895, on the other hand, has a splendid array of science fiction and fantasy, both in novels and short…
We all know the scenes of a devastating Martian invasion: gigantic alien tripods and fighting-machines destroying towns, killing helpless humans, abducting men, women, and children. But do you know the Brazilian painter who was responsible for bringing those images for the first time in the early 1900?
Last year, the History channel aired a mockumentary about the "Great Martian War" of 1913-1917. The real treat is the videos of the battles, which places War of the Worlds-style walkers in real footage from World War I.
There are so many competing definitions of "science fiction" that we could be here all day arguing about which one is correct. But back in 1909, a writer named Maurice Renard wrote an essay explaining the nature of the "scientific marvelous," a genre that he traced to H.G. Wells, and before him Edgar Allan Poe.
Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books.
Everyone wants to go back into time and see historical events or jump ahead to experience the future. It's human nature to wonder about tomorrow and reminisce about yesterday. We can't help it. But even though DeLoreans and Victorian open carriages and hot tubs have helped us imagine time travel, most of us are…
What science fiction writers get wrong is at least as important as what they get right, argued legendary physicist Lawrence Krauss in his talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago. In particular, H.G. Wells predicted the atomic bomb — but he made a crucial error.
Cracking open James Gunn's latest novel, Transcendental, is like finding a lost manuscript from the Golden Age of Science Fiction. And while reading it, I enjoyed the retro-stylings — but couldn't help but think this is the kind of thing science fiction has left behind for a reason.
Did you know the Criterion Collection had recently come out with a deluxe DVD/Blu-ray release of Things to Come, H.G. Wells' 1936 movie? It includes a restored print that's way better than any previous release, plus unused special effects footage. And the Criterion site includes some astonishing facts about Things to…
Tomorrow, Max Brooks' acclaimed novel World War Z becomes a movie... well, sort of. They kept the title. Actually, World War Z is just the latest in a long line of films that depart from the books so much, they're basically a brand new story. Here are 12 science fiction and fantasy movies that toss the book out the…
War changes everything. War is an apocalypse and a technological revolution and a life-changing adventure, all rolled into one. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most indelible stories are about warfare.
Thank you for purchasing CliffNotes: Wishbone - "Bark To The Future," an educational guide for those readers requiring assistance in understanding the fundamental plot points of H.G. Wells' science fiction novella The Time Machine, as depicted in the defunct 1990s PBS children's show Wishbone (ages 5-12).
Over at Cracked, there's a pretty fantastic rundown of all of the science fiction plot mainstays that came from one terrible book: Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss. Including ray guns, a spaceship with a working airlock, spacesuits, and epic space battles.
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…