Under the Skin Is Really Weird Sci-Fi Worth Watching

I like to think myself a connoisseur of science fiction film, or at the very least, a fan. I've seen the birth of the genre with George Méliès and Fritz Lang, enjoyed the black-and-white space tales that so often become MST3k fodder, and reveled in the several Philip K. Dick retellings. But I've never seen anything… » 11/16/14 9:00pm Sunday 9:00pm

A size comparison of the comet 67P with popular sci-fi spaceships

Christopher Becke, a high school physics teacher, made this outstanding size comparison showing what the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko would look like next to famous spacecrafts from science fiction. His images show the comet next to ships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. » 11/12/14 11:40pm 11/12/14 11:40pm

Video: A mash up of awe-inspiring scenes from awesome movies about space

There are very few things that are actually cooler in real life than in the movies. Being in space is one of them. Sure, movies might make space look more cinematic and epic but being a real astronaut who actually put on a suit and got on a shuttle to go to space trumps any movie. Movies can't beat that. » 11/06/14 9:01pm 11/06/14 9:01pm

10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality

Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are… » 10/27/14 9:20am 10/27/14 9:20am

Catch Up On The Sci-Fi Culture You're Missing With Blade Runner

I have a confession to make: despite writing stuff about tech on the internet for a couple years now, and despite making poorly-worded references to it in hastily-written ledes, I've never actually watched Blade Runner, which is (as I am informed by my incredulous friends and colleagues) the seminal sci-fi film. » 10/25/14 8:00pm 10/25/14 8:00pm

How Close Are We to Real-Life Tractor Beams and Sonic Screwdrivers?

Last May, researchers from the University of Dundee in Scotland proved that creating a tractor beam with sound was possible. This 10-minute video, recently posted by YouTube user whentheappledrops tries to simplify the science behind this discovery and suss out a definitive answer to the question: is this really… » 10/12/14 12:00pm 10/12/14 12:00pm

The teaser trailer for Tomorrowland is a mysteriously fun ride

It seems kind of silly to me to make a movie based off of Disneyland's Tomorrowland but hey, the same sort of idea worked out pretty well for Pirates of the Caribbean. And after seeing the very first teaser of the movie, the movie version of Tomorrowland looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. » 10/09/14 6:54pm 10/09/14 6:54pm

The spaceships and alien worlds of Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle is one of my favorite concept illustrators. Some of his stuff—like the landscape with a spaceship taking off above—border on abstract art. The unholy space-age son of Turner and analytical cubism Picasso, if you will. His work excites my eye because my brain has to fill the blanks. » 10/04/14 12:27am 10/04/14 12:27am

The biggest comparison of sci-fi spaceships ever is complete at last

At last, it's done. The biggest spaceship size chart ever created is now complete and fully operational. 4,268 x 5,690 pixels of technological terror that includes everything from the smaller Star War ships to EVE. According to its author, Dirk Loechel, this is the last update. It's epic. » 9/17/14 10:29am 9/17/14 10:29am

Stunning sci-fi concept sketches are actually 3D renders

I love the 3D concept art by Neil Maccormack because it doesn't look like 3D at all. His renders—which he finishes in Photoshop—feel like acrylics painted with real brushes. His palette—which sometimes reminds me of Ralph McQuarrie's—is crucial for the painterly feel of his creations. » 7/16/14 9:02pm 7/16/14 9:02pm

Watch the first minutes of Joss Whedon's new spooky movie In Your Eyes

And if you like what you see from the newest spooky supernatural flick from Joss Whedon's brilliant brain, you can watch the entire movie on demand on Vimeo for 5 bucks. A great deal for those of you who want more Whedon in your life. The tagline talks about this being a story about a girl who meets a boy but because… » 4/21/14 10:25pm 4/21/14 10:25pm