The Most Terrible Revelation In Last Night's Person Of Interest

This season of Person of Interest has been one long philosophical tale about the dangers and benefits of all-power artificial intelligence — but last night's episode made the whole discussion alarmingly concrete. But that wasn't the most startling moment in last night's episode. Spoilers ahead... » 12/17/14 5:15pm Yesterday 5:15pm

Which Book Has Been Imitated Many Times, But Remains Unique?

Sometimes a book comes along that changes everything, and makes people revise their notions of what science fiction and fantasy are capable of. And then tons of people try to emulate that book's achievement, with mixed results. But what's your favorite book that spawned a ton of imitators, but remained one of a kind? » 12/17/14 2:29pm Yesterday 2:29pm

The 10 Best And 10 Worst Science Fiction And Fantasy Movies Of 2014

This was a weird year for movies. The box office was weak, but also, most films didn't deserve love or hate. They were just... okay. But the genre movies that did stand out were either brilliant experiments, or horrible misfires. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst science fiction and fantasy movies of 2014. » 12/17/14 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

Check Out Some Of The Earliest Concept Art For He-Man And Skeletor!

It was roughly 35 years ago that Mattel decided to do its own action-adventure toyline, to make up for its decision not to do Star Wars toys in 1977. In an exclusive excerpt from the book The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, we've got exclusive early sketches, plus the first He-Man pitch memo! » 12/16/14 1:32pm Tuesday 1:32pm

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

A Mind-Blowing Explanation Of Existentialism In The Terminator Films

It's no accident that Sarah Connor's famous dictum that there is "No fate but what we make" closely resembles Jean-Paul Sartre's first principle of existentialism, that "Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself." As philosophy grad student Ro Smith explains in the above video (and accompanying essay),… » 12/15/14 5:30pm Monday 5:30pm

In Elysium, Two People's Love Lasts Forever... But The Details Are Gone

Is love universal, or are there different types of love depending on the sort of people involved? Is brother-sister love different than mother-daughter love, or romantic love? Those are the sort of questions that come up in Jennifer Marie Brissett's ambitious new novel Elysium. Minor spoilers ahead... » 12/15/14 4:00pm Monday 4:00pm

Joe Abercrombie Shares The Secret Of Fixing Your Cruddy First Draft

It's one of the most common pieces of writing advice: Write the first draft of your novel in a hurry, just to get it down, then fix it later. It's the idea behind NaNoWriMo, too. But how do you fix that first draft? Joe Abercrombie, author of Half a King and its sequel Half the World, has some excellent advice. » 12/15/14 3:20pm Monday 3:20pm

Mila Kunis' Fake Supernatural Romance Trailer Is Too Funny For Words

The sad thing is, this fake supernatural romance MoonQuake Lake doesn't automatically look any sillier than a lot of other movies we've seen lately. And yet, the fake trailer is straight-up hilarious. Mila Kunis plays a girl who has to return to the Moon every night, and Ashton Kutcher is her lover... but what if an… » 12/15/14 2:40pm Monday 2:40pm

What's The Most Shocking Moment In Any Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book?

Television shows and movies don't have a monopoly on "holy crap, what just happened" moments. Science fiction and fantasy books are full of twists and events that make you throw the book across the room... then run to retrieve it, so you can know what happens next. What's the most shocking scene you've ever read? » 12/12/14 2:23pm Friday 2:23pm