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Trouble Ahead: William Gibson Brings Us Another Report From the Future

John Branch | Posted 10.21.2014 | Books
John Branch

In a move that seems remarkably well timed, Gibson has returned to the future in The Peripheral, and what he finds there isn't likely to please those hoping for bright, shining visions.

ReThink Review: Young Ones -- Praying for Rain in the Sci-Fi West

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.

It's Time to End The Cliché of the 'Strong Female Character,' and Just Write Women

Bustle | Posted 10.13.2014 | Women
Bustle

What does the "strong female character" imply? It gives a special category to women who are nuanced, who are capable of embodying contradictions. But that is the human condition, and to imply that such a woman is not the norm strips all females of their essential humanity

Instagramming Comic Con

Tom Falco | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Falco

I posted about New York Comic Con the other day, giving an insight into one of the largest Comic Cons in the world. This is a slide show of photos taken with my iPhone - just some of the antics that occurred this weekend in New York.

There's Nothing Weird About Being A Comic Con Geek

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.09.2014 | Science

Comic Con will descend on New York this weekend, and we're here to set the record straight about the sci-fi geeks who will show up for the event. I...

10 Twilight Zone Episodes That Will Give You Chills

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment
Alexandra Rosas

This week marks the 55th anniversary of The Twilight Zone series. It's not easy to pick from my favorite TZ episodes, but if carnivorous Martians landed on earth and forced me to choose under threat of human extinction, I'd have to name these.

Here's What Star Wars Gets Wrong About Physics

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.29.2014 | Science

Just how would they power the Death Star? And why are X-wing pilots always firing their afterburners, even when they're traveling in a straight line i...

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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

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

Advice to Authors on Characters

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 10.18.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 09.26.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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.

Maureen Ryan

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.