Estranged siblings reconnect in Chris Osborn’s abstract scifi drama Sisters, and the reunion shifts from shaky to tense when the more rootless of the two blames her prolonged absence on an alien abduction. Is her wild story true, or is something far more earthbound (like mental illness) to blame?
As Elton John once sang, it’s lonely out in space—so it helps if you have a close family member around to help you get the job done. However, it’s also way scarier when something goes wrong, as it does for the mother-and-son team stationed on Mars in Tom Teller’s suspenseful short Icarus.
Post-apocalyptic tales tend to be set in deserted wastelands—but Brazilian short Lunatique, which takes place in the ash-strewn ruins of what was once a great city, is an oddly gorgeous example of this. It looks like a tinted black-and-white photograph come to life, except maybe “come to death” is more accurate.
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Andy Weir’s follow-up to The Martian, the moon-heist thriller Artemis, is finally here, but that’s just one of dozens of new scifi and fantasy books out this month. The days are shorter, it’s cold and rainy outside, and there’s no better time to pick out a new book or five to stay home and read. We’ve got you covered.
Andrew Finch’s Others Will Follow is about a mission to Mars gone awry, but this isn’t The Martian. There are no alien potatoes, and no jokes about space pirates—just a lonely astronaut reflecting on his fate, and deciding to risk it all to send one last inspirational message back to Earth.
Out for a solo stroll alongside a gorgeous coastline, a woman pauses to take in the view at a lighthouse when she’s suddenly wrestled into the back of a car. Her ordeal gets even worse when she realizes she’s been abducted into a time-travel experiment that she can’t escape from—or can she?
I’ve never actually met Seth MacFarlane, so saying I don’t like the guy isn’t a personal dig. I’ve just never been a fan of his style of comedy, especially Family Guy (hate it) and the Ted movies (ugh). And yet somehow I’m enjoying the hell out of The Orville, his new live-action Star Trek homage.
We’re all waiting for the new Last Jedi trailer to drop tonight, but here’s something fun and unexpected to admire as well. It’s the first teaser for the animated version of “Shada,” the legendary Douglas Adams-penned Doctor Who serial that never made it to the screen, thanks to a BBC strike in the late 1970s.
Writer-director Pablo Calvillo’s The Inksect is set in a dark future where books are burned as one of the planet’s few remaining energy sources. But hope is not totally lost—as one lonely survivor discovers, there are still some valuable fragments of the past lingering in this bleak dystopia.
The fourth episode of Star Trek: Discovery further explored the differences between Captain Lorca and scientist Stamets—and how Burnham’s figuring out how to work with them both. We also caught up with the Klingons, and learned more about the strange creature the crew found on the Glenn.
October is here, and our list of new scifi and fantasy books is as overstuffed as a trick-or-treat bag carried by a kid who walked the same candy-rich route three times in three different costumes. In honor of the season, there’s even some horror on this month’s round-up.
Short fantasy film Imaginapped is set in a world where every kid has a superpowered imaginary friend—which sounds totally awesome, until you realize that not everybody is in it for fun. There are some little villains out there who are willing to use dark magic to get as much power as possible.
Scifi comedy short Brian and Charles unfolds on an isolated farm in England, where a desperately lonely man builds a robot companion for himself—and soon finds that his new relationship, even though it’s with an artificial human who looks like elderly men but acts like a child, is nothing but work.
The news broke last week that Linda Hamilton would reunite with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new Terminator film, to be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) with James Cameron producing. The stars are aligned for the first great Terminator film in decades—but what will it take to get it right?
In David Holechek’s scifi short Cradle, a man haunted by the worst day of his life frantically tries to figure out a way to time-travel using precise calculations and, ultimately, his mind—think Somewhere in Time, but with a tragedy driving the narrative instead of a corny romance.
Hey, did you hear there’s a new Star Trek show starting September 24? Anticipation is mighty high here at io9—but for everyone who hasn’t been cataloguing every bit of info that CBS has revealed about Star Trek: Discovery on the long road to its debut, we’ve assembled this handy guide to get you up to speed.
We’ve known since May that Syfy was circling an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s 1980 scifi horror novella Nightflyers—and now comes word that the project is moving forward at a rapid pace. Multiple sources are reporting that a straight-to-series order is very close to being announced.
In Tristram Geary’s Echo/Back, a strange virus strikes that enables the infected to time travel, but only in very short bursts—mere seconds into the past or future. The results are mostly chaotic, both for the world at large and the film’s protagonist, a thief who uses his strange ability to outmaneuver police in an…
Later this week, genre-focused streaming network Shudder will be releasing all four chapters of Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, short-film adaptations of strange and twisted tales by the author of American Gods and Coraline.