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Two Of Saturn's Moons Play Hide-And-Seek In This Stunning Image

6 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Ever get the feeling that someone is staring over your shoulder? The Cassini spacecraft captured this rare view of Saturn's moon Tethys peeking out from behind its sibling, Rhea. Tethys appears brighter because its surface is covered in ice, which gives it a higher albedo, or reflectivity. Read more...

What Does The End Of Last Night's Doctor Who Mean For Season Nine?

7 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

There's some new confirmation that even DC's wildest film will still share the same universe as Batman v. Superman. Plus wild speculation about who will be the next big villain on The Walking Dead. And also, sneak peeks at the next seasons of Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful. Spoilers now! Read more...

Doctor Who Offers Us A Joyous Celebration Of Reusing Old Story Ideas

18 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Doctor Who's head writer, Steven Moffat, has sometimes been accused of having a few main story ideas that he trots out again and again. Today's Doctor Who Christmas special, "Last Christmas," feels like a hilarious, spirited defense: A story made entirely out of old stories, which just has fun with it. Spoilers ahead... Read more...

This Supercut Of Super Sentai Heroine Transformations Is My Happy Place

19 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Japan's insanely long-running Super Sentai series has produced a lot of really amazing female heroes and villains — including one who blows explosive kisses at people. (In the U.S., we know Super Sentai as Power Rangers, sort of.) Here's a lovely reel of Super Sentai Heroines transforming. Warning: highly addictive. Read more...

Why Is This Nebula So Perfectly Symmetrical?

19 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This is one of the most symmetrical nebulae we've ever seen. It was discovered in the mid-2000s by astronomer Peter Tuthill, who named it the Red Square. Its unusual shape hints at a possibly violent future for the star at its center. Read more...

Rogue White Cobra Finds New Home

20 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Even if you have a snake phobia (like we do), you gotta admit that this venomous white cobra is a marvel to behold. Read more...

The Interview: Only a Bad Movie Could Start This Culture War 

20 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Interview begins with a thought experiment. What if, tomorrow, North Korea demonstrated that it had nuclear missiles that could destroy the US from across the Pacific? The resulting movie is a mess, but as a political satire it obviously hit its mark. Here's why such a terrible flick started a culture war. Read more...

Which Classic Science Fiction Do You Not Understand The Nostalgia For?

22 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Science fiction looks to the future, but its past is also full of riches and wonders. There are so many movies, books, TV shows, games and comics to love. And then there are some things that it's hard to believe anyone remembers fondly. Which SF or fantasy story do you not understand the nostalgia for? Read more...

A Franchise Dream Deferred

22 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

I watched chunks of RIPD and Amazing Spider-Man 2 on cable tonight, and I could almost tell that the filmmakers realized, on an instinctual level, that the audience just wasn't going to give a crap. There's just the sense that they understood...Show More Summary

We're All The Questing Robot In This Beautifully Bleak Existential Film

23 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A robot's quest for meaning unfolds with beautiful despair in the short film We Were Not Made for This World. Let the stark and lovely visuals wash over you as you listen to the tale of the robot's search for the beings who created him. Read more...

Comic Book Heroes Celebrate Hanukkah In This Delightful Jon Morris Art

23 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

December 24th marks the end of Hanukkah for Jewish people across the world - and to celebrate the festivities Jon Morris has been posting daily sketches throughout the holiday highlighting prominent Jewish heroes in and out of the pages of Comic books. Read more...

The Book Of Strange New Things Will Blow You Away

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Michael Faber's new novel The Book of Strange New Things pulls a neat trick. At first, you think it's going to be a story about a human trying to explain our culture — and specifically Christianity — to aliens on the planet Oasis. But at some point, you realize it's about the fate of humanity, instead. And that's when it gets really powerful. Read more...

This 1.2 million-year-old stone tool found in Turkey shows that the ancestors of humans, Homo erectu

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This 1.2 million-year-old stone tool found in Turkey shows that the ancestors of humans, Homo erectus, were hanging around in Turkey long before we evolved. Something about the region has long been attractive to us. Over a million years after this tool was made, humans built some of the world's first cities in the same area. Read more...

Fly Swarms Reveal Something Profound About the Human Brain

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

We think of our brains as single, unified organs. But a new set of experiments with flies reveals that certain brain cells in these insects respond exclusively to crowd behavior. And that leads to an interesting question: Did cells in the animal brain evolve to think using something akin to the wisdom of fly swarms? Read more...

It's Snowing in the Grand Canyon Right Now, and It Looks Beautiful

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Thanks to the wonderful Twitter feed from the park rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park, we have this incredible shot of a light dusting of snow that fell over the Grand Canyon today. Read more...

No Matter How Great Your Christmas Tree...

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

...this mall in Japan has you beat.

Building the Force: When L.A.

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Building the Force: When L.A.-based Westside UrbanForum handed out its annual architecture awards, it bestowed cheeky "Darth Vader Awards" on a pair of memorable structures: Peter Zumthor's "foreboding, jet black LACMA expansion," and Renzo Piano's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum, which has a "helmet-looking theater." Read more...

The 10 Most Bone-Chillingly Inappropriate Christmas Movies

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Yeah, there's a soft spot in our coal-black hearts for the uplifting likes of A Christmas Story and It's A Wonderful Life. But sometimes, the holidays call for a little more darkness. A little more mayhem. A little more murder. Inappropriate? Maybe. But that's the way we like it. Read more...

The Marvel Movie Universe, In Completely Chronological Order

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Comics blogger Michael Furth, editor of The Comic Archive, decided he needed a new way to appreciate the Marvel cinematic universe. So he painstakingly edited all the movies (and some Agents of SHIELD episodes) into chronological order to create the Marvel Omnibus Phase 1, a 12-hour extravaganza. Read more...

Watch The 2001 Intro With The Original Score That Kubrick Rejected

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

It's hard to imagine that 2001: A Space Odyssey would have its incredible cinematic impact without that classical soundtrack. But director Stanley Kubrick originally hired a composer to score the film, only to abandon the score in postproduction. Read more...

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