Scientists Didn’t Invent a Star Trek ‘Cloaking Device,’ But What They Did is Still Neat

Several news outlets have claimed that scientists have created a “cloaking device” like those seen on Star Trek, but that’s not quite what happened. The cloaking devices on Star Trek bend light to render an object invisible, and the new device merely deflects sound. The technology also isn’t so new, as others are working on devices like these. It’s still cool, though. Read More >>

Intrepid Reporters Catch ‘Snowflake Students’ Correctly Surmising the Moral of Frankenstein

Monsters are bad and that’s just the way that it is, with no exceptions ever. Read More >>

How Scientifically Plausible Is the ‘Simian Flu’ in Planet of the Apes?

The Planet of the Apes prequels did much to explain how humans lost their status as the dominant species on the planet—a cataclysmic set of events fueled by a global pandemic known as the “Simian Flu.” This virus, the product of a medical experiment gone horribly wrong, wiped out the vast majority of humans, but it boosted the brains of apes. And in the latest installment of the franchise, the virus has mutated into an insidious new form, affecting humans in some disturbing new ways. That’s a lot for a single virus to do, prompting the inevitable question: How feasible is the Simian Flu from a scientific perspective? Read More >>

Ridiculous Rat-Grown Mouse Organ Transplant Cures Diabetic Mice

It’s a beautiful tale of graciousness and sacrifice. Hopeless, drug-addled mice, suddenly stricken with diabetes, are offered a cure at the mercy of their all-knowing scientist overlords. Their rat-tailed comrades miraculously grew functioning mouse pancreases and the higher power, blessed be, healed the mice with the bounty. Amen! Read More >>

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How to Make Your Own Sonic Tractor Beam at Home

We’ve all been there: building a scale model of the Death Star in our basement and thinking, “I just wish this had a tractor beam to grab onto my tiny styrofoam Millennium Falcon.” Now, thanks to a team of scientists, you can put the finishing touches on that model with your very own sonic tractor beam. Okay, maybe we haven’t all been there, but I’m sure someone has been there. Read More >>

11 Most Blatantly Evil Presidents in Scifi Movies, TV, and Comics

Today is the day many have been anticipating/dreading for over a year, and given that we say you should consider these examples of evil presidents from the annals of science fiction. Read More >>

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All the New Scifi and Fantasy Books You Absolutely Must Read This Autumn

The weeks between September and mid-November are a bountiful time for book releases, with new works from Alan Moore, Connie Willis, Christopher Priest, Ken Liu, Margaret Atwood, and Fran Wilde, to name just a few. Clear some space in your schedule, and on your shelves—you’re going to need it. Read More >>

Morgan Continues Sci-Fi Trend of the Artificially Perfect Woman

The latest trailer for the Ridley Scott-produced horror Morgan quadruples down on one of the biggest current trends in science fiction: Trying, and failing, to create the perfect woman. Read More >>

10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books — but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s easier to fake it. We asked some of our favourite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them. Read More >>

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Afford to Miss in April

Spring is here, and so are some great reads! What does April have in store? Two Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry Turtledove and M.R. Carey. Wish-granting moonshine! New space opera! And much, much more. Here are the most essential science fiction and fantasy books in April. Read More >>

How Many Lego Bricks Would it Take to Build Famous Sci-Fi Structures and Vehicles

It’s hard to truly grasp the size of famous science fiction megastructures like the Death Star or the Halo ring and basically impossible to understand how big the Millennium Falcon or Starship Enterprise is because they all exist in different universes, which sadly isn’t the same one we exist in. If only we could look up and see the Borge cube or something. Luckily, we can translate the size of sci-fi to something we all understand: the little Lego brick. That 15.8 mm x 3.2 mm piece we’ve all played with. Read More >>

Allen M. Steele on Arkwright, Science Fiction’s History and Space Travel

We really liked Allen M. Steele’s Arkwright, a novel that spans centuries, and explains exactly how science fiction can inspire scientists to change the world. Read More >>

The US Wants To Use Science Fiction To Settle The Solar System

Earlier this month, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology assembled a strange gathering: scientists, artists, engineers, and policy-makers, for a workshop designed to imagine how humanity could settle the solar system. Read More >>

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How Science Fiction Helps Predict the Future

When people imagine the future, it’s always coloured and limited by the constraints of their reality. Hundreds of years ago the smartest person alive could not imagine the things we have now, because what is science to us was essentially magic to them back then. The understanding just wasn’t there yet. That’s where science fiction steps in. Read More >>

Star Trek Phaser and Tricorder Pillows Keep the Aliens Under Your Bed at Bay

Star Trek fans who refuse to acknowledge the superiority of The Next Generation, or the fact that there aren’t really any monsters under their beds, will want to upgrade their bedroom pillows to these plush phasers and tricorders that help ensure a better — and safer — night’s sleep. Read More >>