On Game Of Thrones, All The Oath-Breakers Debate The Meaning Of Faith

Many of our favorite Game of Thrones characters have broken sacred vows at this point. Jon Snow slept with a Wildling girl. Cersei made a mockery of her wedding vows. Roose Bolton stabbed his liege lord. But last night, we got to see them solemnly debating the meaning of religion, and what it means to be faithful. » 4/27/15 11:33am Today 11:33am

From Metropolis To Ex Machina: Why Are So Many Robots Female?

The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female? » 4/21/15 4:25pm 4/21/15 4:25pm

On Game Of Thrones, Too Much Loyalty Can Be More Dangerous Than Betrayal

Game of Thrones keeps delving into murkier and murkier territory, as we sift through the ashes of war and the show adapts George R.R. Martin’s most morally ambiguous books. So maybe it’s not a surprise that too much loyalty poses as much danger as betrayal. Spoilers...
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HBO Now Review: It Passed the Game of Thrones Test, But Is That Enough?

I still remember that terrible night in 2011 when millions of fans screamed in agony as Game of Thrones started, stuttered, and died on HBO Go. We all felt burned by HBO’s crappy internet service. But HBO Now, launched just in time for last night’s GOT premiere, promised to be better. Was it? Yes. » 4/13/15 5:00pm 4/13/15 5:00pm

Silicon Valley Season Premiere: Negging Three-Foot Cocks 

HBO’s second-most-popular returning show about shifting alliances and desperate, bold power plays in an unpredictable and vicious world on the brink of howling collapse came back last night. The second season premiere of Silicon Valley had 4000% fewer dragons than Game of Thrones and exactly two (2) fewer bare butt… » 4/13/15 4:14pm 4/13/15 4:14pm

On Game Of Thrones, It Turns Out You Win AND You Die

Back in season one of Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister told us that when you play the game of thrones, "you win or you die." But by now, it's become clear to Cersei (and everyone else) that this isn't an either/or proposition. You can win the game, and still be toast. Just ask Tywin Lannister. » 4/13/15 11:51am 4/13/15 11:51am

Why the Hell Can't I Watch Murphy Brown Online?

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says that without the 1990s TV series Murphy Brown to inspire her, she wouldn’t have gotten where she is today. The show was so influential that Vice President Dan Quayle turned the main character, played by Candice Bergen, into a political meme. And yet this series isn’t available anywhere… » 4/10/15 3:04pm 4/10/15 3:04pm

Forget Where Tyrion Is? Get Caught Up On Game of Thrones In Two Minutes


Having trouble remembering where all your favorite (surviving) Starks and least favorite (surviving) Lannisters ended up last season on Game of Thrones? We've got you covered with our exclusive video, revealing where each main character is, where they're going and most importantly, what they're doing. » 4/08/15 12:55pm 4/08/15 12:55pm

Here's Why Roku Has A Chance To Win The Streaming Wars

The single best reason to buy a Roku? You’re looking at it. Roku is the only streaming media box that does all the comparison shopping for you. Why pay $3 to rent a movie when you can stream it with your existing Netflix plan, or on Crackle for free? And soon, Roku’s comparison shopping will become more powerful than… » 4/06/15 9:33pm 4/06/15 9:33pm

The io9 Guide To Star Wars

Star Wars occupies a huge place in the history of science fiction and fantasy. The first movie, in 1977, changed the genre forever. And this year marks the first new Star Wars film in a decade, with revamped continuity. So now's the perfect time for a refresher course. Here's io9's easy-to-read guide to Star Wars. » 4/06/15 9:05pm 4/06/15 9:05pm

Here's A Map That Shows All The Future Megacities From Science Fiction

The cities of the future are massive, sprawling, beautiful monsters, covering entire coastlines — and in some cases, entire continents. Whether it's Judge Dredd's Mega-Cities or William Gibson's "Sprawl," future cities always devour land. Here's a map of future megalopolises. » 4/03/15 4:38pm 4/03/15 4:38pm

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

The Most Astonishing Cosplay From Emerald City Comicon... Part 2!

They sure know how to party in Seattle. Yesterday, we brought you a batch of incredible cosplay pics from Emerald City Comicon — but today's photos are way more stunning. Including some costumes we've never, ever seen done before. Check out best of ECCC's cosplay, day two! » 3/29/15 3:42pm 3/29/15 3:42pm

Too Bad, That Rumor About A New Star Trek TV Show Is Absolutely False

We'd all love to see a brand new Star Trek TV series, as the show warps towards its 50th anniversary. Almost everyone agrees Trek belongs on television, where thoughtful stories and optimism can flourish. But the latest rumor about a Star Trek TV show in the works? Is absolutely 100 percent false. » 3/28/15 5:57pm 3/28/15 5:57pm