On The Originals, You Can Choose Your Family... But The Choices Suck

It's a cliché to say that you get to choose your family when you're an adult, no matter how you may feel about the family you grew up with. But as The Originals has been showing in its typically soap-operatic fashion, you don't necessarily get the best options to choose among. Spoilers ahead... » 11/25/14 5:40pm Yesterday 5:40pm

Sheldon From Big Bang Theory Is An Alien Who Learns To Dance, In Home

Here's the brand new trailer for Home, the Dreamworks Animation version of that super-popular kids' book, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. And this film is looking pretty adorable thus far. Jim Parsons is a dorky alien who hides out on Earth, and befriends a human girl (Rihanna). » 11/25/14 4:36pm Yesterday 4:36pm

"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. » 11/25/14 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

Why Tonight's Person Of Interest Will Make You Sympathize With Elias

One of the most fascinating characters on Person of Interest is the erudite crime boss, Elias, and he takes center stage in tonight's gut-wrenching episode. We talked to actor Enrico Colantoni, and he told us what Elias has been doing since he was busted out of prison. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/25/14 10:44am Yesterday 10:44am

Doctor Who Is Finally Getting Its First Female Writer In 7 Years

Doctor Who's been bringing in a lot of new writers in the past couple years, with some excellent results (notably Jamie Matheson and Neil Cross). But as Neil Gaiman recently pointed out, the show hasn't had any female writers since 2008. Luckily, it looks like Torchwood veteran Catherine Tregenna is writing for season… » 11/24/14 6:52pm Monday 6:52pm

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About Star Trek Season 2

No matter how much you already know about the original Star Trek, there's still undiscovered territory out there. And just like with season one, the new book series These Are The Voyages by Marc Cushman uncovers loads of surprising secrets. Here are a dozen things you probably never knew about Star Trek's second… » 11/24/14 12:34pm Monday 12:34pm

Why Enrico Colantoni Hopes They Never Make A Galaxy Quest Sequel

Before Enrico Colantoni played Veronica Mars' dad and Elias on Person of Interest, he was the alien Mathesar in the classiccomedy Galaxy Quest. So when we were interviewing him about tomorrow night's earth-shattering Person of Interest episode, we had to ask him if he thought Galaxy Quest would ever get a continuation. » 11/24/14 9:30am Monday 9:30am

New Yorker Reminds You To Keep Installing The Patches For Your Bible

If the Bible was a piece of software, the constant version updates and theological revisions would probably result in something as buggy as heck. The New Yorker's Megan Amram gives a pretty hilarious look at the version-control challenges in the Good Book, and it's enough to make Windows 8 look good. » 11/21/14 7:12pm Friday 7:12pm

Vampire Diaries Finally Acquires A Plot... And It's A Pretty Decent One

Only eight episodes into the season, The Vampire Diaries has finally spun up its might plot engine to give us some actual stakes, beyond just whether Damon and Elena will be together. And the good news is? It's actually a pretty good plot, that justifies a lot of the slow buildup. Spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 4:50pm Friday 4:50pm

Why Doesn't Robert Wise Get More Props As A Science Fiction Director?

When people talk about the great directors in science fiction, names like Kubrick and Spielberg get bandied about... but Robert Wise seldom gets enough love. The director of The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Andromeda Strain and Star Trek: The Motion Picture deserves more attention, argues Den of Geek. » 11/21/14 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm

In The Brilliant New Hunger Games Film, Katniss Can't Escape The Arena

The third movie in the Hunger Games series is supposed to be the one where the frame pulls back and reveals a bigger world than the teen arena of the first two. Instead, Mockingjay Part 1 does something more daring: it shows how all of the dystopian land of Panem is just the Arena writ large. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 9:00am Friday 9:00am

Will Uber's Latest Scandal Finally Make People Worry About Big Data?

For years, people have warned about corporations collecting your personal data. But no matter how much people insist that Google knows too much about you, we're willing to sacrifice privacy for convenience. Could the latest revelations about Uber finally get people angry enough to do something about rampant data… » 11/20/14 4:41pm Thursday 4:41pm