8 Reasons Future Generations Will Consider Us Barbarians

Long ago, people were dirty and mean and ignorant. They would crap in a bucket and throw it in the river. They would burn people alive if they wanted them to die, and tell them swallow mercury if they wanted them to live. They were barbarians, in other words. Here are eight reasons why future generations will see us… » 4/24/15 1:13pm Friday 1:13pm

10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 4:30pm 4/01/15 4:30pm

8 Things People Say In Interviews That Usually Mean A Movie Will Suck

We constantly get our hopes up for upcoming movies... and then they let us down. It's easy to get sucked into the hype cycle, as people talk up their projects — but sometimes, you can tell just from the way people talk about a film that it's probably not going to work. Here are eight key phrases that usually indicate… » 3/26/15 8:30pm 3/26/15 8:30pm

The 9 Weirdest Implications Of The Many Worlds Interpretation

According to the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines. It's a serious claim that carries some rather serious scientific, philosophical, and existential baggage. And here are the nine weirdest possible implications. » 3/23/15 1:36pm 3/23/15 1:36pm

Top 10 Greatest Giant Robots Of All Time

Ah, Giant Robots. Who doesn't love giant mechanical creations stomping around and kicking butt? Over the years there have been many badass robots and mechs that have wormed their way into our hearts, but some are just especially great. So here are our picks for the 10 greatest giant robots, ranked. » 3/20/15 1:27pm 3/20/15 1:27pm

7 Ways That People Died Trying To Become Immortal

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Would you risk your life if you thought it might mean extending it? Would you die now if you thought you could be revived at some point in the future? Here are cases of people who went to extremes for immortality or their very own fountains of youth — and killed themselves in the process. » 3/17/15 2:19pm 3/17/15 2:19pm

5 Game Of Thrones Book Plots We're Glad The TV Show Is Skipping

The Game of Thrones TV series has been a remarkably faithful adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series so far, but that will change when season 5 debuts on April 12th. But not every alteration from the books is a bad thing! Here are five storylines from the novels we won't miss at all. » 3/16/15 2:52pm 3/16/15 2:52pm

10 Terrible Movies That Absolutely Everyone Should See

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Sometimes you can learn more from a bad movie than a good one. And certain atrocious films have become cultural touchstones, influencing generations of creators and spawning endless memes. So here are 10 really awful science fiction and fantasy movies that everybody should watch at least once. » 3/10/15 2:31am 3/10/15 2:31am

The 16 Strangest Dragons In Dungeons & Dragons

As the role-playing game's name hints, dragons abound in the many worlds of D&D, but of course they can't all be red, evil, and hungry for heroes. There are dozens of species with different abilities, agendas, and alignments a wandering adventurer may encounter; these just happen to be the weirdest. » 2/27/15 11:58pm 2/27/15 11:58pm

10 Time Travel Books That Need To Be Movies Right Now (If Not Sooner)

Time travel is huge at the movies right now. This Friday sees Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Terminator 5 is coming soon. But as Predestination recently proved, the smartest movies about time warps are often based on literary sources. So here are 10 time-travel books that would make bloody amazing movies. » 2/18/15 1:39pm 2/18/15 1:39pm

10 Lesser-Known Egyptian Gods That Are Absolutely Terrifying

Egyptian mythology has a lot of gods. Some of them have loomed large in pop culture and the public imagination: Ra, Apophis, Anubis, Isis, Bast, Osiris, etc. Some are far more obscure. But that in no way diminishes how scary they are. Here are 10 absolutely terrifying Egyptian gods that you might not have heard of. » 2/17/15 2:43pm 2/17/15 2:43pm

The 13 Most Ridiculous Types Of Stormtroopers

The Galactic Empire employs countless Stormtroopers to rule the galaxy. Not all of these are regular soldiers — there are many specialized 'Troopers with specific skills and/or weapons. Unfortunately, some of these guys are more useful than others. Here are the Stormtroopers the Empire can probably let go. » 2/16/15 1:29pm 2/16/15 1:29pm