It’s September, and that means that kids are heading back to school. They may not be happy about it, but it could be worse—they could be going to one of these schools, where danger, physical damage, and even death stalk the classrooms. Here are 10 schools where you have an equal chance of graduating as dying.
Last week brought us Allegiant, the latest in the seemingly never-ending Divergent movies. And while the books are entertaining enough, the movies just don’t grab our attention. But when it comes to recent adaptations of Young Adult novels that have disappointed us, Divergent is hardly alone.
Everybody knows that short stories are where science fiction writers really get to experiment, and the most perfect pieces of narrative often happen at shorter lengths. But we also love to explore a world at the length of a whole book. So that makes the "fix-up" the best of both worlds, right?
You can tell a lot about a science fiction book from its first sentence. A truly great first sentence establishes a tone, sticks in your mind, and serves as a little otherworldly koan, confounding your expectations. And maybe freaking your shit a little. Here are our favorite science fiction opening sentences of all…
Sometimes, one culture's hero is another culture's villain — especially if they were on opposite sides of a conflict. Everybody always says that the winners write history, but often both sides have different versions. So which character is either a savior or a butcher, depending on whom you ask?
Most of the time, sequels are at best entertaining, and at worst an affront to the memory of the original. But once in a great while, a sequel comes along that makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about the original story. Here are 12 sequels that pull back and show you the bigger picture.
Put everything Ender on your Kindle for just $17 today, re-read over and over until you forget the movie happened, then listen to the Dashboard Confessional song.
If you watched the third season of Sherlock on PBS, you haven't seen the whole thing. The channel makes edits some for time, some for content, and some to keep people from seeing Sherlock and John enter a gay bar during his bachelor party pub crawl. Luckily, the unedited Sherlock arrives in America tomorrow!
Behold the majesty of the Formics! We've got an exclusive look at the making of Ender's Game, and it shows the film's exceptional creature design like never before. Check out this behind-the-scenes look of the creation of the bug-like aliens including concept art, maquette glimpses and explanations from the creators.
We've all seen movies bomb, but what makes them a flop? Do we just know one when we see it, or is there a way to codify what makes a movie bomb, and by how much.
Ender's Game didn't perform very well at the box office, but that's not going to stop VOD spin offs and potential TV series pitches. Producer Bob Orci even wants to pen an original "teen Ender" spinoff without Orson Scott Card's help. Spoilery talk ahead.
Everybody loves teenage heroes. Grown-ups and teens alike snarf young-adult novels. Katniss is owning the cineplex. But which kind of teen protagonist offers the most escapist bang for your buck? Here's our survey of the 10 types of teen hero, ranked by pure wish-fulfillment.
The post-apocalypse is getting chilly as the winter comes. If you manage to survive whatever vague Armageddon wrecks the world, here's a helpful tip: Make friends with the biggest nerd you can find. He may be annoying, but man, his complete run of Rom: Spaceknight and a Bic lighter will see you through many a cold…
Young-adult science fiction tackles ethics. We think of young-adult novels as a fun ride, or as a vehicle for exploring alienation. But the American Library Association has a great list of YA titles with thought-provoking ethical questions, from Ender's Game to Sherri L. Smith's Orleans.
Even though Ender's Game didn't perform as well as Lionsgate hoped it would, the franchise could get another chance on TV.
There's already speculation about what direction an Ender's Game sequel might go in. The BBC has released details and a run time for the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special. Plus, an answer to the most important question: Will Ichabod ever wear modern clothes on Sleepy Hollow? Spoilers ahead!
The on-screen adaptation of Ender's Game is already filled with enough gorgeous cinematography to get space nuts drooling, but no scene hits that space envy button quite as hard Ender's Zero-G stint in the battle school war room. Design FX for Wired talked to the film's graphic team to see what it took to make those…
"The first 45 minutes or so are quite spectacularly executed," says io9's Lauren Davis but, ultimately, the new us-vs-them space war movie Ender's Game is "not heart-breaking" and rushes the viewer to "its moral about compassion in times of war."