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10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books—but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them.
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9 Movies That Were Greenlit Because Something Went Viral On The Internet

Adam Sandler’s new movie Pixels will leave a lot of people wondering how this movie even exists. What kind of a universe allows such a travesty to happen? But Pixels came about because a short film went super-viral. And here are nine other films that were greenlit purely thanks to internet manias. » 7/24/15 1:27pm 7/24/15 1:27pm

The Five Best and Five Worst Demons to Get Possessed By

Getting possessed by a demon sounds horrible—all that contortionism probably leads to awful back problems. But some demonic possessions aren’t all that bad. A possession doesn’t have to be all spooky voices, matted hair and projectile vomiting, after all. Here are the five best and five worst demons to be possessed by. » 7/23/15 1:09pm 7/23/15 1:09pm

15 Toys And Action Figures That Have Consistently Gone Down In Value

This weekend, toy collectors will swarm to the Convention Center in San Diego, in search of rare and limited edition toys. Because we all know toys are a fantastic investment! Right? Not always. Here are 15 toys and action figures that have gotten more and more worthless. » 7/09/15 12:08pm 7/09/15 12:08pm

Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awards Snafu

This year’s Hugo Awards controversy is confusing. There are two kinds of puppies! Are the puppies against diversity, or literary snobbery? And so on. But really, this is all about books, and particularly what kind of books we’re supposed to celebrate. So here are eight books that can help you understand the Hugo mess. » 6/30/15 7:25pm 6/30/15 7:25pm

15 TV Shows That Reinvented Science Fiction In The Past Decade

The conventional wisdom says that the past 10 years have been a bad time for science fiction on television. Fantasy has been on the upswing. Space opera all but disappeared. Science fiction shows get canceled all the time. But a ton of great science fiction has been created since 2005. Here are 15 shows that changed… » 6/29/15 1:37pm 6/29/15 1:37pm

The 7 Stages of Falling Out of Love With Your Fandom

What happens when you stop loving a piece of entertainment that once could do no wrong? It’s one of the nastiest kinds of break-ups there is. Your love was pure and true. And then it was gone, and you were a wreck of yourself. How did it come to this? Here are the seven stages of a fandom break-up. » 6/25/15 2:04pm 6/25/15 2:04pm

11 Incredible Secrets About The Making Of Back To The Future

Back To The Future turns 30 this year — and this fall, Marty McFly arrives from the past. And a new book travels back and reveals a wealth of info about this legendary film. We read We Don’t Need Roads by Caseen Gaines and dug up 11 things you never knew about Back to the Future. » 6/17/15 1:41pm 6/17/15 1:41pm

Spielberg Finds A Way: 9 Uncanny Facts About The Making Of Jurassic Park

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Jurassic Park changed movies forever, with its utterly believable computer-generated dinosaurs. But did you know they were originally going to use claymation instead? Just in time for Jurassic World, we’ve dug up nine fascinating facts about the making of the original Jurassic Park. » 6/11/15 3:00pm 6/11/15 3:00pm

9 Great Science Fiction Books For People Who Don't Like Science Fiction

So there’s someone in your life who doesn’t like science fiction. Nobody’s perfect. But the good news is, genre is expansive, and there’s almost always a little corner of it where even the most science fiction-averse person can curl up and enjoy themselves. Here are 10 science fiction books for people who don’t like… » 5/21/15 1:57pm 5/21/15 1:57pm

8 Great Comedies That Brilliantly Deconstruct The Action Movie Genre

We love action movies, the tropes, the cliches, all of it and roll with it well. But in some cases, we get to see films or the occasional TV show that wonderfully deconstructs the action movie. They’re not straight-out parodies like Naked Gun — but here are eight comedies that play with the motifs in a way that… » 5/17/15 1:46pm 5/17/15 1:46pm

10 Utterly Brilliant Novels That Have One Fatal Flaw

There’s no such thing as a perfect book — but some books feel as though they could be just about perfect, if they didn’t have one nagging problem. And sometimes, the most wonderful books have the most glaring shortfalls. Here are 10 amazing novels that are each marred by a fatal flaw. » 5/07/15 1:42pm 5/07/15 1:42pm

10 Real-Life Animal Husbandry Techniques That Alien Zoos Will Use On Us

So you ‘ve been abducted and placed in an alien zoo, put on display for other aliens to gawk at. The good news is that you’ll probably get free food; the bad news is they’ll probably try the same tricks on you that our zoos play on Earth animals. Here’s all the ways these zoos will mess with you in the name of animal… » 5/06/15 1:48pm 5/06/15 1:48pm

9 Dumbest Ways To Reboot The Marvel Movie Universe

Avengers: Age of Ultron launches Phase 3 of Marvel’s movie universe. Which means even more interconnected stories, and brings us closer to the inevitable time when the universe is crushed under its own weight and has to restart from scratch. Here are the nine absolute worst ways that Marvel could reboot its movies. » 5/05/15 2:54pm 5/05/15 2:54pm

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 4/24/15 1:13pm