Why Brave New World is No Longer the Terrifying Dystopia it Used to Be

Brave New World used to be one of the most terrifying stories about a false utopia. It gave us the concept of “test tube babies,” and its name became synonymous with technological progress run wild. But many of the things Aldous Huxley predicted are coming true, and it turns out they’re not so scary. »9/21/15 2:57pm9/21/15 2:57pm

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Is Our Children of Men Moment

We often use old sci-fi movies as reference points for our own hopes and fears about our present reality. That computer interface is so Minority Report, we might say. That food is something out of Soylent Green. That building is so Jetsons. It’s imperfect, but it’s a shorthand to talk about the way that the world is… »9/04/15 5:05pm9/04/15 5:05pm

Ask the Press Start to Play Authors Anything You Want about Videogames In Science Fiction

Authors Daniel H. Wilson, Chris Kluwe, Rhianna Pratchett, Austin Grossman, Chris Avellone, and John Joseph Adams are all here to answer your questions about the future of videogames, gaming in science fiction, and their new short story collection, Press Start to Play.
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How To Find The Best Fanfiction On the Internet

Fanfiction is one of the internet’s most reviled and beloved genres. Its authors write tales set in their favorite pop culture worlds, from Star Trek and X-Files, to Hogwarts and boy band concerts. For every fic that’s embarrassingly bad, there are thousands more that are brilliant and well-written. Here’s how to hunt… »8/18/15 2:45pm8/18/15 2:45pm

Meet Eight New Afrofuturism Artists Creating a Future of Color

This stunning gallery on Blavity showcases eight up-and-coming visual artists influenced by Afrofuturism, science fiction that explores the experiences and culture of people of color. They’re amazingly diverse not just in their sci-fi visions, but the media they use to express them. Painting, comics, illustration,… »8/11/15 8:25pm8/11/15 8:25pm

Which of Our Favorite Sci Fi Gadgets is the Most Powerful?

San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, so naturally, we’re seeing a lot of iconic scifi gadgets this weekend. But as a faithful Giz reader, if you’re in the market for a fantastical new weapon to defeat your sworn enemies, you’re gonna want specs. How much energy can Thor’s hammer or a Jedi lightsaber actually produce? »7/11/15 11:00am7/11/15 11:00am

This 3D Printed Violin Looks Like A Klingon Weapon 

It looks straight out of science fiction, but this terrifying contraption is actually one very modern string instrument. The “Piezoelectric Violin,” brainchild of architects at Miami’s MONAD Studio, has got only two strings, and it’s 3D printed, but according to the designers, it still plays and sounds like its… »4/11/15 12:00pm4/11/15 12:00pm

Short film: A strange hole in the ground that duplicates organic life

This great short film—written and directed by Ray Wong—tells the story of a young couple that one day finds out there is a hole in their backyard with awesome powers: It duplicates any organic life that falls into it. That uncanny discovery ends up affecting their life and, of course, their relationship. »4/03/15 10:15pm4/03/15 10:15pm

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 10:42am3/29/15 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 3:24pm3/28/15 3:24pm