Vintage Cover Art Suggests Future Laden With Guns, Space Suits For Dogs

Behold, the first-edition cover art for Fredric Brown's 1951 Space on My Hands. The classic science-fiction short-story collection contains "Knock," which begins with two of the most evocative sentences ever: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ..." » 3/29/15 10:42am Sunday 10:42am

Man Plus Has The Kookiest And Therefore Greatest Plan To Colonize Mars

Between Mars One sounding fishy and Curiosity finding nitrogen, Mars is back in the news (if it ever really left). There's still an interest in colonizing "The Angry Red Planet," but that's still a long way off from happening. I can only presume that's because the folks at NASA and the other space exploration… » 3/28/15 3:24pm Saturday 3:24pm

A Completely Clean Web Would Be So Boring

For all its wonders, the internet does have some dark sides. Trolls. YouTube comments. 4chan. But as YouTuber Tom Scott explains by showing us what a completely offence-free internet dystopia would look like, even the lowliest of bridge-dwellers are a defining feature of online life. » 3/12/15 1:00am 3/12/15 1:00am

Explore the Dark Future of Cities in These Intense, 5K Animated Shorts

Some of the best science fiction isn't set in space — it's set in an almost-recognizable future, but the near future—the liminal space between present day and a world we can barely imagine. That's the future we see in New City, a series of 5K animations and short stories by the writer and designer Liam Young. » 2/24/15 11:00am 2/24/15 11:00am

Who Would Win in an All-Out Battle: Star Wars or Star Trek?

A classic debate! Good or Evil? Chocolate or Strawberry? Star Trek or Star Wars (excluding the Death Star)? But unlike those timeless questions this one really does seem to have a compelling answer. And its not what the majority seem to think. » 12/29/14 2:20pm 12/29/14 2:20pm

11 Sci-Fi Films That Actually Deserve Reboots

Hollywood's favorite pastime is remaking movies, or at the very least, slapping on another sequel and making millions. While that's all fun and good—I'm looking forward to the new Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator like everyone else—many other sci-fi films also deserve adequate reboot/sequel attention. » 12/14/14 12:00pm 12/14/14 12:00pm

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 11/16/14 9:00pm

What Fictional Technology Will Become Real In Twenty Years?

Earlier today, I posted a video that hypothesized how Star Trek-like tractor beams and Doctor Who-ish sonic screwdrivers could actually be more realistic than you'd think. Although sound science, I grow weary of far flung promises of sci-fi tech becoming reality long after I'm dead. » 10/12/14 7:00pm 10/12/14 7:00pm

The Nexus 6 Could Be the Nexus X Because of Blade Runner

When talking about unannounced smartphones, everything is uncertain—including the name. And while it makes sequential sense that Motorola's rumored upcoming contribution to the Nexus line would be the Nexus 6, it will likely be called something else. Because the Nexus 6 already exists. » 8/25/14 11:18am 8/25/14 11:18am

Slip Into the Sweet, Ambient Sounds of Science Fiction

A specific number of variables need to be in place so I can shrug off procrastination and get some real work done. Chief among them is setting the right aural mood. » 8/10/14 8:00pm 8/10/14 8:00pm

The Fifth Element Is Starting to Come True

Earlier this week, we learned that Apple's Touch ID could be used in third party apps with iOS 8, paving the way to make your fingerprint a universal password. On a seemingly unrelated note, we also discovered a concept cigarette designed to help you quit smoking. And suddenly, it seemed apparent. We're living in The… » 6/04/14 8:00pm 6/04/14 8:00pm

All The Times Science Fiction Became Science Fact In One Chart

Not every science fiction story is meant to predict the future, but some of them have forecast future events with incredible accuracy. This timeline sketches out some of the most exciting examples of times that science fiction became fact. » 5/01/14 5:51pm 5/01/14 5:51pm

California at the End of the World

Touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking you're living in the future, and not just because of the Silicon Valley wizardry that surrounds us all. We also have to thank Hollywood's movie magic, which has turned the state into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both… » 3/05/14 7:00pm 3/05/14 7:00pm

The Original Robocop Was A Christ Allegory

The original Robocop, released in 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, was not only one of the best science fiction films of the last three decades—"a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie," as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker—it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to… » 2/16/14 3:00pm 2/16/14 3:00pm

Brutal Art Show Depicts Machines at the End of Humanity

It's hard to know where to begin describing artist Jan Manski's brutal new show forthcoming at London's BREESE LITTLE gallery. Called "Possesia" and opening to the public on February 26, it's a surreal and over the top look at "archaic instruments" turned into end-of-the-world machinery used by some unnamed conquering… » 2/14/14 6:05pm 2/14/14 6:05pm

The New RoboCop Is What RoboCop Meant to Kill

This new RoboCop movie does not care that anyone might compare it unfavorably to the original 1987 RoboCop movie. It has been programmed not to care about these things. The most readily available metaphor, which is also true, is that the new movie has killed the human mind and guts of its predecessor and kept the cold… » 2/14/14 4:54pm 2/14/14 4:54pm

The Landscapes Of Suburbia Are The Real Science Fiction

Science fiction is often charged with naïve technological optimism and historical amnesia. But for present-day Californians struggling with a wide range of environmental and social problems, science fiction might just provide the perspective we need to successfully pivot from the boom times of the twentieth century to… » 1/30/14 3:40pm 1/30/14 3:40pm

The True Literature of California Is Science Fiction

Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of many works of science fiction, including The Three Californias, a trilogy of novels about southern California; the Mars Trilogy; 2312, a novel about climate change; and his most recent novel, Shaman. » 1/28/14 2:20pm 1/28/14 2:20pm

Fraudster Busted for Selling Fake Star Trek Tricorder

What do you get when you cross Star Trek jargon, a decent knowledge of Photoshop, and Florida? Well, judging by Howard Leventhal's attempt to secure around $3 million in funding for a fake tricorder, the answer is one impressively delusional case of fraud. » 10/23/13 4:40pm 10/23/13 4:40pm

How science killed some great science fiction dreams

Science is awesome—until it crushes our dreams of planets full of incredible civilizations and turns fantastic inventions into impossible dreams. Here are nine examples on how nine scientific breakthroughs destroyed nine classic sci-fi themes. » 8/29/13 4:42pm 8/29/13 4:42pm