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Why We Need Utopian Fiction Now More Than Ever

From the neon-drenched noir of Altered Carbon to the technophobic Black Mirror, dystopia is all over mainstream entertainment these days—and considering the current political climate, it’s easy to see why. But when was the last time you watched a utopian show or movie? Unless, like me, you’re watching Star Trek on repeat forever, it’s probably been a while since your imagination took a trip into a better world. Read More >>

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Read an Exclusive Excerpt From the Star-Studded Sci-Fi Anthology Resist 

The world is a mess. That’s one fact we can all agree on. And when reality is hard to talk about or to understand, sometimes fiction is the best way to express what’s really going on. Read More >>

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N.K Jemisin Makes Hugo Awards History With Latest Best Novel Win

The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards are here. It might have been the first year for Worldcon’s new rules, designed to curb voting slates that haunted previous years, but it didn’t change the actual results. That’s because, for the third year in a row, women dominated the awards—including another Best Novel win for N.K. Jemisin, making her the first author in Hugo history to win the award three times in a row. Read More >>

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Staircases in Space: Why Are Places in Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?

Space, as we all know, is the final frontier. It’s the star-spangled playground in which our imaginations run amok, and the setting for stories that made us fall in love with sci-fi. Some of us spent hours pretending we were the Doctor’s companions, helping him find Gallifrey from the TARDIS. Some of us imagined the Millennium Falcon jumping to hyperspace when we shouted, “Punch it, Chewie!” Some of us swore we could hear the communicator beeping when we asked our favourite Federation starship to beam us aboard. The characters that roam space have built homes in our hearts and allowed those of us who are trapped in Earth’s gravity-well to fulfil some of our wildest fantasies. Space remains a vast, untamed place, penned in only by the limits of our own imaginations. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>