Welcome To The Soft Apocalypse

By now, the apocalypse story – which goes back at least as far as the ancient Hebrews – has fractured into numerous sub-genres. Our favorite, these days, is the soft apocalypse, where the end has come but life goes on. » 1/29/10 4:29pm 1/29/10 4:29pm

The Iraq War Was A Turning Point For Robot Armies

An old trope of science fiction, from Asimov to the Teminator series, is the robot uprising. But robots have already started taking over - at least in the US military, where robots now carry out 33,000 missions per year. » 1/29/10 2:35pm 1/29/10 2:35pm

Important Robert Silverberg Novel, Back in Print

A classic population explosion novel, Robert Silverberg's The World Inside, with a contrarian point of view and lots of sex, will soon return to print — and could be the subject of an upcoming HBO series. » 1/29/10 12:30pm 1/29/10 12:30pm

"Utopia" Comes to Sundance [NSFW]

This week an intriguing new film, Utopia in Four Movements, screened at Sundance. It explores the way people in the past imagined the future. We can't wait for it to bust out of the festival circuit. » 1/29/10 10:44am 1/29/10 10:44am

Sneak Peek at Upcoming Philip K. Dick Movie

A new film based on Philip K. Dick's posthumous, roughly autobiographical novel, Radio Free Albemuth, has begun some informal screenings around Los Angeles. We saw the film, and spoke to writer/director John Alan Simon about representing the author's ambivalent life. » 1/29/10 6:30am 1/29/10 6:30am

Amazingly, a Good — and Frightening — SF Play

Any theories on why science-fiction theater tends to be so lame? Does the naturalism of the stage thwart suspension of disbelief? In any case, a good one, called The Assember Dilator, seems to've just finished brewing in the East Village. » 1/28/10 3:00pm 1/28/10 3:00pm

The Mystery Of The Glowing Jellyfish In The Sky

Was this giant glowing aerial presence just a satellite — or a sign of intelligent life in the universe? That's what scientists are asking when a strange, eerily familiar shape showed up in a photo of Norway's Northern Lights. » 1/28/10 2:00pm 1/28/10 2:00pm

Population Surge Leads to Micro-Apartments

We've seen it in science-fiction books and movies before — the urban dystopia where living space has shrunk to almost nothing to house a teeming humanity. Now it seems to be here... or at least scheduled for 2011. » 1/28/10 11:34am 1/28/10 11:34am

Kim Stanley Robinson Goes to Jupiter

Kim Stanley Robinson's new novel, Galileo's Dream, takes the titanic astronomer-mathematician from Renaissance Italy to the moons of Jupiter in the 31st century to assist in a political battle pitting science against religion. We talked to him about creating worlds. » 1/28/10 10:19am 1/28/10 10:19am

Philip K. Dick's Estate Now Rep'd by Uber-Agency

The long rise of Philip K. Dick's reputation, from out-of-print obscurity during much of the '70s and '80s to celebrated film projects and literary respectability, is well known to io9 readers. But the author has just taken another step uptown. » 1/28/10 7:30am 1/28/10 7:30am

Bizarre Mer-men and Mermaids From Scifi History

Though mermaids and mermen are usually found in fantasies and fairy tales, they make a fair number of appearances in science fiction too. Peggy Kolm compiles a great list of undersea humans from SF books. » 1/27/10 4:00pm 1/27/10 4:00pm

New Evidence That Frank Herbert Loved David Lynch's Version of Dune

A 1983 promotional interview with Frank Herbert and David Lynch, freshly posted on YouTube, features Dune author Herbert explaining in unambiguous terms his fondness for the Lynch Dune film that polarized his readers. » 1/27/10 2:24pm 1/27/10 2:24pm

How SF Crushes Highbrow Fiction

Over at Conceptual Fiction, music writer Ted Gioia asks, "Did sci-fi writers from the 1940s and 1950s anticipate the future of serious literature better than the so-called serous writers?" » 1/27/10 12:19pm 1/27/10 12:19pm

Research Shows Two Gay Parents Are Better Than A Single Straight One

Anti-gay marriage activists have argued vigorously that children need a mother and father. Now a new research study shows that kids do need two parents — but that gender doesn't matter. » 1/27/10 11:45am 1/27/10 11:45am

Cult Scifi Film's Secret Christian Connection?

A Boy and His Dog, a rarely-screened, trippy post-apocalyptic film based on a novella by Harlan Ellison, will be shown in Los Angeles as part of a double feature with Christian documentary Waiting for Armageddon. Why the odd pairing? » 1/26/10 4:06pm 1/26/10 4:06pm

California Embraces Nukes At Last

Despite its long opposition to nuclear power, the Golden State may soon be building several nuclear power plants - because they are environmentally friendly. » 1/26/10 8:30am 1/26/10 8:30am