Tasked with finding a planet capable of sustaining life, a pair of robots ramble around unexplored terrain, conducting experiments. All is routine on their latest sojourn in Planet Unknown ... until their environment takes an unexpected turn. Good thing they’ve got each other to see the mission through.
Hulu’s new series, Freakish, was created by AwesomenessTV, which means its cast is filled with young social media stars you’ve never heard of. Still, the premise—high schoolers are menaced by mutants spawned after an accident at the local chemical plant—sounds pleasingly like a retro monster movie.
The woods are dark, deep, and maybe harboring otherworldly visitors in Ian Clark’s experimental science fiction thriller A Morning Light. This is definitely not a movie for audiences who require lot of exposition and special effects to find enjoyment. Fans of Shane Carruth, however, will want to take note.
Elements of Total Recall, Ghost in the Shell, and, uh, Face/Off pepper the trailer for Restoration, a noirish thriller about a man who is horrified to awaken from a memory-upload procedure to find he’s been zapped into the wrong body. Even worse, his old self is still out there—but occupied by someone else’s mind.
It goes without saying that Alien’s xenomorph is just plain cool. But why exactly do we love this grotesque monster so much? YouTube’s kaptainkristian explores that exact question, delving into the delightfully creepy mind of Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger and exploring the nuanced cinematic genius behind this…
Science fiction has always drawn inspiration from real-world fears. Since the news in 2016 is dominated by doom, the year’s scifi movies and TV shows have been doing their part to reflect our nightmarish times—and to dream up the worst-case scenarios we might face in the future. Such as these...
Extremely infrequent Instagram user Neill Blomkamp took to social media this week to share an enigmatic image, with the vaguest of descriptions: “Working on new things. Currently not alien.” So what might the next project on the Chappie and District 9 director’s slate possibly be?
You may have noticed that io9 loves Star Trek. A lot. And we’ve had a lot to say about it this week—as well as over the past several years. Straight from the io9 archives, here are some of our favorite pieces written about the iconic science fiction series, and its related movies.
Star Trek isn’t really known as a comedy, and on its face, neither is The Voyage Home. It’s about the Earth being threatened by mysterious aliens, and Kirk discovering the only hope of communicating with them is via humpback whales, which are long since extinct. But somehow, combining the two results in a fish…
In Movie Mind Machine, a pair of buddies who love re-watching their favorite movies create a device that wipes their memories clean—so each time they watch, say, Jurassic Park, it feels like it’s for the first time. It’s so much fun they don’t want to spend their time doing anything else.
There’s a snazzy new Blu-ray of John Carpenter’s monster classic The Thing coming out in October. One of its new features is a commentary track with cinematographer Dean Cundey—who reveals a sly lighting technique used throughout the film to indicate when a character has become no longer human.
A new anthology is working to give geeky Muslims a bigger voice in science fiction with a collection of short stories both based on and inspired by Islamic culture.
Body-snatchers from the future seems like a can’t-lose concept for a movie, but that’s not the case with Freejack, which somehow manages to be both utterly silly and yet nearly devoid of fun. But there is one big reason it’s worth a rewatch: Mick Jagger’s intensely insane performance.
Great news for fans of Syfy’s space operas Killjoys and Dark Matter: both shows will be returning for third seasons. This news comes just ahead of bounty-hunter drama Killjoys’ season finale on Friday; mystery thriller Dark Matter wraps up Sept. 16.
The first trailer for Orphan Black writer Tony Elliott’s feature debut, ARQ, is here, and it looks to have a thing or two in common with Edge of Tomorrow (or at least a much more dystopian Groundhog Day). Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Rachael Taylor (Jessica Jones) star as the couple re-living the worst day ever over…
September’s new books feature aliens, superheroes, time travel, and what sounds like a wonderfully genre-busting new novel from Alan Moore. This list includes our picks from last week’s fall preview, as well as plenty of additional titles to add to your exponentially growing reading list.
A tale of scientists creating a monster isn’t quite a tale as old as time, but it is a familiar one. Director Luke Scott— second-unit director on father Ridley’s The Martian and Exodus: Gods and Kings—uses his expertise to turn Morgan into a gorgeously shot film, but unfortunately it’s one that doesn’t break much new…
Time-traveling problem-solver Dr. Sam Beckett experienced plenty of bizarre situations over five seasons of Quantum Leap, but certain episodes stand out as pushing the boundaries of weirdness to the extreme. They are, of course, our very favorite QL episodes, and with a little help from Ziggy, we’ve gathered them here.
The weeks between September and mid-November are a bountiful time for book releases, with new works from Alan Moore, Connie Willis, Christopher Priest, Ken Liu, Margaret Atwood, and Fran Wilde, to name just a few. Clear some space in your schedule, and on your shelves—you’re going to need it.
The Hugo Awards proved once again that progress trumps nostalgia, as women, especially women of color, were the top winners of the night.