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Why It Took 40 Years to See a Gay Character on Star Trek

Matt Baume | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Star Trek, when it worked, showed us humanity at its best. And that the show never considered gays and lesbians to be a part of that best, even after all these years, is worse than disappointing.

How Our Urge To Play Invented The Future

Singularity University | Steven Kotler | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

One of the most interesting things about writing books is the macroscopic picture that emerges when you’re done. Larger patterns begin to reveal the...

Maureen Ryan

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' And 'Other Space' Take Off As Comedy's Center Of Gravity Shifts

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Entertainment

It’s hard not to feel both concerned and excited about the state of comedy on TV right now. Comedy Central alone boasts a murderer’s row of ste...

Could X-Wings Fly in Real Life?

Quora | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

First let's assume you mean could it fly here on Earth in our atmosphere. Anything can fly in space in zero gravity with the right propulsion on it, even a brick.

Ten Reasons Why Sci Fest L.A. Is the Coolest Theatre Festival on Earth

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Never in my lifetime have I heard of a science fiction theatre festival -- perhaps because they never existed until actor/writer David Dean Bottrell came up with the idea in 2013 after reading The Wife's Story, a dark and unusual short piece by the great Ursula LeGuin.

The Top 10 Science-Themed Movies From The Past 10 Years

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.07.2015 | Science

From dystopian futures in space to documentaries about real-life breakthroughs, we saw a lot of great science movies come out in the past decade. ...

Original 'War Of The World' Drawings Expected To Fetch Huge Sum

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science

What would it be like if bloodthirsty Martians came to Earth and laid waste to everyone and everything in their path? If the drawings created for ...

Why Are the Star Wars Prequels So Hated?

Quora | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Some stories are better left untold. I didn't need to know that the Force is the cause and effect of midichlorians. I didn't need to know that Anakin Skywalker was actually a pretty whiny and annoying kid and adolescent.

Militarily Speaking, How Incompetent Is the Empire in Star Wars?

Quora | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

It depends on what you're considering to be "Star Wars." If you're just considering the canon movies, you get a very different picture of the Empire's competence than you do in the Expanded Universe.

Across the Whoniverse

Roz Warren | Posted 04.22.2015 | Fifty
Roz Warren

I first got hooked on "Doctor Who" as a teenager in the '70s, but stopped watching as I got older. When I recently checked the 2010 season out of the library, I quickly got sucked right back in. I've got plenty of catching up to do, since the show has been running for decades.

Could We Build a Starship Enterprise in the Next Decade?

Quora | Posted 04.23.2015 | Technology
Quora

Let's ignore the technologies that might be impossible (e.g. warp drive, dilithium crystals, and transporters). Let's ignore the technologies that we have no idea how to reproduce in a similar way (artificial gravity). Let's just focus on trying to build a space-worthy scale replica of the USS Enterprise that uses existing structural and propulsion capabilities.

What's It Like Working on a Film in Sub-Zero Temps Without Cell Phone Access?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 04.17.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Call these actors crazy or call them troopers - either way, their bravery in treading through harsh weather and barely any internet or cell phone access is what helped make Astraea come to life.

'The Reconstruction of William Zero' Is a Film That Will Make You Think

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

There has been a recent spate of mindless sci-f/horror movies that have been barely worth your time, much less the price of admission. To save the day comes The Reconstruction of William Zero, a well made movie of this type that actually makes you think.

ReThink Review: Ex Machina -- Our Androids, Ourselves

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

There are so many questions we don't seem to be asking right now about the arrival of these potentially intelligent machines. And that is the genius of Alex Garland's film Ex Machina, a must-see that is one of the best, smartest, and most elegant films about artificial intelligence ever made.

Kyra Zagorsky of Helix Loves Guac -- Who Knew?!

Ilana Rapp | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Oh Helix fans! You know who you are. No hiding. Especially if you want to see what Kyra Zagorsky just told me! Is Kyra the hottest doctor or what?!

Why We Haven't Gotten To Mars

Chris Carberry | Posted 03.30.2015 | Science
Chris Carberry

Much of the opposition to Mars exploration is based on disinformation and distraction tactics that imply or even claim outright that Mars would bust the budget or endanger Social Security, which, given actual budgetary facts and context, is preposterous.

'The Divergent Series: Insurgent'

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The Divergent Series: Insurgent doesn't change that dynamic much, but during its final minutes, it ups the visuals to a level that almost compensates for a weak beginning.

The Resurrection According to SciFi: Part 1 Avatar

Ronda Lee | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

he premise of Avatar sounds so reminiscent of the book of Genesis that it is hardly a stretch of the imagination to see the similarities and symbolism. Although Jake Sully initially starts out as an agent for evil, in the end he finds redemption to save the Na'vi tribe and HomeTree.

Why the Earth Will Never Be Invaded

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 05.17.2015 | Weird News
Robert Lanza, M.D.

Cosmologists propose that the universe was until recently a lifeless collection of particles. But they have ignored a critical component of the cosmos because they don't know what to do with it. This component, consciousness, is an utter mystery. How did inert, random bits of matter ever morph into Obama or Lady Gaga?

Oh No She Didn't: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.08.2015 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

That this category continues to thrive, and to spawn essays and blog posts -- including this one! -- points directly to the underlying problem: We are issuing prescriptive dos and don'ts about the depiction of women as if they are a separate, exotic species.

The Final Farewell

Shan Wells | Posted 05.04.2015 | Denver
Shan Wells

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Beards and Armpits: The Silly Sexism of 'The Walking Dead'

Olivia Cole | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Olivia Cole

We're so used to its erasure in advertising, film and television that its absence is somewhat realistic: women don't have body hair, we're told. So when it's missing -- even in the most unlikely scenarios -- we don't even notice.

Surviving Mars and Surviving Loss Are Not So Different

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Tracey Cleantis

Let me just start off by saying that I am decidedly NOT a science-fiction fan. Klingons and Trekkies and books and films involving planets, wormhole...

What Is 'Hard' Science Fiction?

Ben Bova | Posted 04.04.2015 | Books
Ben Bova

The rule of thumb for a writer of "hard" science fiction is that the writer is free to use anything his or her imagination can invent and depict -- so long as no one can show that it contradicts the tenets of known science.

If You Upload Your Mind To A Computer, Are You Still You?

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

One of the most mind-bending far future predictions you'll hear from some futurists is this: Eventually, the technology will exist to copy your brain ...