The best part about science fiction, besides the explosions, space explorations, and psychotic aliens is the fact that it reveals our most human fears. While they’re not flesh and bone, robots are arguably most emblematic of our anxieties: besides being smarter, faster, and (sometimes) shinier than us, “bad robots”…
Not heroine. Hero, period. While it’s rad that Ellen Ripley happens to be a woman, that doesn’t at all impact her level of badassery—though it does inform her character in ways that make her much more interesting than virtually any other cinematic hero. She’s complicated, she feels real, and I have total confidence the…
Shawn Levy is busy as hell. He’s one of the producers behind the highly-anticipated second season of Stranger Things, plus he has the Uncharted adaptation and the Starman remake on his directorial slate. But he’s also got his eye on an original movie that is, as it happens, also scifi: The Fall.
Putting the tantalizing mixture of scifi and fantasy with stylish, gritty crime and intrigue on movie screens is nothing new. In fact, it’s been a tradition practically since film noir came into fashion, and the combination has resulted in some truly great films. Here are our favorites.
May brings M.R. Carey’s new tale set in the same zombified world as The Girl With All the Gifts, a surreal new short-story collection from Haruki Murakami, a posthumous novel about dinosaurs from Michael Crichton—and many more. Dig in!
Only, not how Welles described them on October 30, 1938 to thousands of petrified radio listeners. These peaceful aliens—blessed with a majestic sense of timing—touch down in a much quieter place, and are seen by just a handful of witnesses, chiefly a small boy whose curiosity overtakes any fear he might feel. That’s…
In Hollywood, there are certain projects that have been spinning their wheels for years. They still have promise, but the right elements just haven’t come together to actually push them into production. One such title is scifi thriller Gemini Man—which has new life thanks to an A-list director.
In 2015, John Carpenter called They Live “a documentary.” Though his cult classic is nearly 30 years old, its themes of surveillance, income inequality, and the sinking suspicion that the people in charge are way more sinister than we ever realized still feel very potent. A new short doc examines why.
Earth can be shitty. Sometimes, being whisked away by a passing starship sounds like a pretty good idea. However—it completely depends on who’s behind the controls. Hanging with the Arrival heptapods would be pretty chill. Being shanghaied by any of the following kidnap-happy aliens, however, would not.
Writer-director Luke Jaden uses the vacant lots and abandoned buildings of his Detroit hometown to provide the setting for King Ripple—a sinister fairy tale about a young man whose desire to be left alone has turned him into a mass-murdering deity of sorts. Despite that, curious kids just can’t stay away.
In Tom Webb’s Hyper Jump, an astronaut prepares for a historic jump into hyperspace with cool, laser-like precision—until he realizes that the entire world will be tuning in hear his pre-flight speech. Panic, self-doubt, half-remembered movie quotes, and Schwarzenegger imitations soon follow.
Starting today, you can stream the first three episodes of Hulu’s new scifi anthology, Dimension 404. While the show wears its many influences rather prominently—The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror are the most obvious—it does so in an enjoyable way, with great casting that makes a huge difference.
When parallel universes begin collapsing on each other, there are suddenly multiple versions of every person on Earth. While a certain amount of panic ensues, the situation enables one man—a self-described “sad sack”—to finally get the chance to woo his office crush. Or one version of her, anyway.
With the release of Alien: Covenant coming up on May 19, director Ridley Scott has been doing a lot of press discussing the future of the franchise. But there’s always room to share some fun facts about its past—or not-so-fun, as in the case of the ending he originally planned for 1979's Alien.
SFF Net, the online community where authors, publishers, editors, and fans shared their love of science fiction and fantasy for two decades, officially shuttered its doors on Friday.
Feast your eyes on this huge list of April releases, and maybe consider dabbling in weird science to grow an extra pair of peepers. There are tons of amazing new scifi and fantasy books on the way, including a dystopian tale from Cory Doctorow and a very highly anticipated Star Wars novel.
From 1953's Cat-Women of the Moon to Futurama’s “Amazon Women in the Mood,” there’s long been a sub-genre of science fiction about planets full of women. Long touted as examples of female autonomy, most of them wind up being nothing more than male power fantasies, as one video essay shows.
Major Mira Killian doesn’t remember who she was before. Now the character played by Scarlett Johansson is living inside a different kind of body about to start a different kind of life. She effortlessly leaps and shoots across a deliriously oversaturated cityscape with power and purpose. There’s something wrong at the…
Gary Roberts’ The Problemless Anonymous imagines a world where anyone deemed too perfect is forced to accept a carefully-chosen flaw. Ivan dutifully heads in for his appointment, where he encounters a fellow patient whose “fault” is not what it seems. As for Ivan’s new problem? You’ll have to see it to believe it.
Luc Besson’s upcoming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like it’s going to be one of the trippiest sci-fi movies to come around since, well, The Fifth Element. A new trailer for the film shows off new aliens and more over-the-top spectacle than is probably healthy for early morning viewing.