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Russia, Ukraine, and the Fantasies of War

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Eliot Borenstein

As the subject of constantly contested media narratives, the war in Ukraine has had a local reality that has somehow failed to take on a global scope.

Space Station 76: Jack Plotnick's Refreshing Take on Sci-Fi

Wes Hurley | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Wes Hurley

Fresh, unique and thoroughly entertaining, the film was directed by the prolific film and TV actor, Jack Plotnick and is undoubtedly one of the most surprising and original movies in recent memory -- a dark, brooding comedy disguised as an homage to 1970s sci-fi.

No Book Is an Island: On the Dual Identity of Art

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 09.05.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

No work of art exists in a vacuum. No work of art is an unbreachable creation with a purity that defines it as one thing in and of itself. No work of art is its own Platonic form.

Disability Today and John Scalzi's Great, New Novel 'Lock In'

David M. Perry | Posted 09.05.2014 | Books
David M. Perry

One of the advantages of fiction, however, is that it can leap ahead of the complicated, messy, process of technological innovation and speculate about the cultural consequences of change. That's very much the case with Lock In.

'A Better World' Is an Interim Book

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The story reads like science fiction and is constantly introducing themes and premises that are hard to comprehend. The Marcus Sakey who authored this story is not the same Marcus Sakey who charmed us with earlier stories such as GOOD PEOPLE and THE AMATEURS.

ReThink Review: The One I Love -- A Strained Relationship Gets Strange

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.22.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The One I Love is one of those perfect indie gems you feel lucky for finding, and it's yet another example of how an interesting premise, real emotion, and a few great actors will trump big budgets, special effects, and star power every time.

I, Robot... Will Kill You?

Seriously Skewed | Posted 08.20.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

There could, of course, be benefits to having a robot army.

Advice to Authors on Characters

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

We want authors to write characters who take us on a journey and present us with questions that challenge our own beliefs and perceptions. And we as writers want to write the next Willy Loman, or even Harry Potter.

21st Century Marine vs. Space Commando -- Who Wins? A Real Marine Breaks Down the Battle

Quora | Posted 08.14.2014 | Weird News
Quora

The most important question, in keeping with the spirit of this briefing, is if the Space Commando's cybernetic and genetic augmentations count as weaponry?

15 Top Scientists Share Their Science Fiction Favorites

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.14.2014 | Science

There's a big difference between science and science fiction, but there's abundant evidence to suggest that sci-fi books and movies can spark a lifelo...

@TheGiverMovie Joins #AOLBUILD

AOL BUILD | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD A best-selling novel and 1994 Newbery Medal winner written by Lois Lowry, The Giver is making the jump from the school cu...

Enjoy the Show: Learn More After 'Sharknado 2'

Dr. Ellen Prager | Posted 07.28.2014 | Science
Dr. Ellen Prager

Hollywood blockbusters are not science documentaries nor do they pretend to be, they are pure entertainment that recognizes the interest and fascination people have with nature, natural disasters, and the Earth.

Dear Progressives, We're Not Doing It Right

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Jamie McGonnigal

When a science fiction convention is more affirming, less body-shaming, more welcoming and less sneering than a conference with 3,000 plus "progressives," we're doing something wrong. I loved Netroots Nation in Detroit this year, but we need to do better as a community.

Peter Tieryas Liu and His Bald New World

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"I was so honored to be included in that Buzzfeed list as there were some amazing books in that group. I hope readers will be intrigued by the premise: what if everyone in the world lost their hair?"

Strange Seattle: An Offbeat Road Trip Through the Emerald City

Roadtrippers | Posted 09.14.2014 | Travel
Roadtrippers

Seattle is home to some wonderfully quirky stops that make for a thrilling day trip though the city.

Apes with Machine Guns, the Doom of Mankind

Jordan Hart | Posted 09.09.2014 | Comedy
Jordan Hart

Last week something crazy happened. I saw a poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that was so mind-blowing I had to do a double take to make sure I wasn't hallucinating.

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Cage Match: 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Versus 'Penny Dreadful' And 'Defiance'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Entertainment

"Extant" is a big-name, high-profile production that is solid and acceptable in a number of ways. The storytelling is briskly paced, Halle Berry i...

When Science Fiction Gets Real

Robert Weiss | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science
Robert Weiss

Many science fiction writers have rather accurately predicted future technologies, including the rise of the Internet and the demise of quality television. In doing so, they have given us language and ideas that have shaped the digital age in which we live.

Edge of Tomorrow

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Day after day. Over and over again. He can see his demise. But no on else can see theirs. Until....

TechFuture: Hold On! Paul Moller's Skycar Is Coming

Bill_Robinson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

If you are feeling dejected and gloomy, never fear; there's a flying car coming right at you in the near future. A "Jetsons-like" transportation mode is just around the corner.

Screenwriter of Earth to Echo Talks About Losing His Fear of Aliens

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 07.21.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

Recently, I was able to interview Henry Gayden, the screenwriter and creator of the concept for Relativity's Earth to Echo, which opens in theaters on...

Must We Worry About Artificial Intelligence?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Nigel Barber

There are many reasons why artificial intelligence can be threatening, but I would put accidents far above malice. Some futurists worry that tiny self-replicating entities could envelop the world causing ecological collapse -- a nanotechnology apocalypse known as the "grey goo hypothesis."

Farewell to Syfy's 'Warehouse 13' -- A Chat With Showrunner Jack Kenny

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.13.2014 | TV
Xaque Gruber

After five seasons, The Syfy Network's Warehouse 13, one of TV's most inventive science fiction series -- a smart, entertaining mix of drama, humor, the supernatural and time travel -- will air its final episode this Monday night, May 19. And I am thrilled to report it's going out on a high note.

The Kill Switch: A Talk With James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, California.

Sci-Fest Chills and Thrills at LA's Acme Theatre

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Unfolding like exquisite, lost Twilight Zone episodes, Sci-Fest is a theatre festival unafraid to journey into the bleakest, most gut-wrenching corners of human nature to the sheer delight of the thoroughly mind-bended audience.