Why I'm Excited For DC Comics' Massive New Movie Plans

A couple weeks ago, Warner Bros. announced it was claiming release dates for nine unspecified DC Comics films, between now and 2020. This signaled that Warners is serious about building on the success of Man of Steel, and challenging Marvel's comic-book movie ascendancy. And here's why that's a good thing. » 8/19/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

Science Fiction And Fantasy Books That Will Change Your Life This Fall

Science fiction and fantasy books are seriously going to blow your mind this fall. William Gibson returns to the future. Plus there are new books by David Mitchell, Anne Rice, Michael Moorcock, Margaret Atwood and Patrick Rothfuss. Here are the 30 books you absolutely cannot afford to miss this fall. » 8/18/14 9:41am Yesterday 9:41am

Who's The Most Versatile Creator In Science Fiction And Fantasy?

Science fiction and fantasy are huge, diverse genres. They include a million different styles, tones and types of storytelling. And a few especially talented or adventurous individuals have managed to explore a lot of different approaches to science fiction and fantasy in their careers. But who's the most versatile… » 8/15/14 2:00pm Friday 2:00pm

Expendables 3 Is Your Ultimate Cure For Frozen Overload

Two years ago, io9's own Garrison Dean proved that Expendables 2 was the most important movie of summer 2012. (Yes, more important than Avengers.) Because America. And explosions. Now Dean is back, with a trailer that shows how Expendables 3 will help balance out the lingering sweetness of your Frozen addiction. » 8/14/14 6:00pm Thursday 6:00pm

Who's Your Favorite Character Who Went To Insane Lengths For Revenge?

Some great science fiction and fantasy characters are motivated by love, or greed, or a thirst for justice... but a lot of the most unforgettable characters are motivated by a desire for vengeance. What's your favorite story about a character who paid a high price to punish those who had wronged him or her? » 8/14/14 2:00pm Thursday 2:00pm

Life After Beth Fails To Inject New Life Into The "Zombie Comedy" Genre

At this point, "zombie comedy" has become a movie genre in its own right, thanks to films like Shaun of the Dead and Fido. And the latest addition is Life After Beth, about a young man whose dead girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back. Alas, Beth is not quite funny enough, or clever enough, to stand out from the zombie… » 8/14/14 1:40pm Thursday 1:40pm

The REAL Reason Why Superhero Romances Are Always Doomed

Everybody knows that superheroes can't have successful love lives. If a costumed hero does get married to his or her long-term love interest, then the multiverse winds up breaking (or Satan intervenes) to thwart it. Is this because happy relationships are boring? Or is there a more insidious reason? » 8/13/14 4:29pm 8/13/14 4:29pm

This Was Actually A Pretty Decent Episode Of Falling Skies

Falling Skies is always at its best when it's dealing with mild body horror — the show's original "hook" was the harnessed children, and since then the most compelling stuff has always involved humans being changed by contact with aliens. So it was nice to see a lot of that in last Sunday's episode. » 8/13/14 1:20pm 8/13/14 1:20pm

Fall Movie Guide: 6 Movies We're Sure Will Rock, Plus 23 Contenders

This is a great time to be a fan of science fiction and fantasy movies, and this fall is jam-packed with wonder and fascination. There are huge sequels, like Hunger Games and The Hobbit. But also some huge wild cards, like Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Ridley Scott's Exodus. Here are 29 movies to look out for… » 8/13/14 12:00pm 8/13/14 12:00pm

Lev Grossman Goes Where Other Coming-Of-Age Books Fear To Go: Adulthood

The world is full of magical coming-of-age books... and they generally don't show much of what happens after the age has come. We only glimpse thirtysomething Harry Potter. But in The Magicians Land, Lev Grossman uses his meta-fantasy world to create a thoughtful portrait of what it's like to be a functioning adult. » 8/13/14 7:30am 8/13/14 7:30am