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Archaeologists and astronomers solve the mystery of Chile's Stonehenge

Growing up on the edge of the Atacama desert in northern Chile, Jimena Cruz was often made to feel ashamed of her indigenous identity.<p>On visits to nearby petroglyphs, her father would explain their history, while her mother situated them in legend. “I always had this relationship between the …

South America

The Sci-Fi Sex Scene That Changed My Life

Before I was old enough to fully understand I was transgender, I found Asimov’s The Robots of Dawn.<p><i>Spark Notes is a recurring series about the</i> …

Science Fiction

In Ireland, drought and a drone revealed the outline of an ancient henge

A drone flight and a lingering dry spell have exposed a previously unknown monument in Ireland’s Boyne Valley, forgotten for thousands of years and …

Archaeology

The only good online fandom left is Dune

As corporations take control of nerd culture, science fiction’s most esoteric epic remains gloriously untamed.<p>Escapism in the year 2018 is a strange …

Science Fiction

Why Don't We Have a Star Trek Show From the Aliens' Point of View?

Very few <i>Star Trek</i> fans believe that the first seasons of <i>Deep Space Nine</i>—focusing on the unstable relationship between the Bajoran government, its …

Science Fiction

Amoeba Music Set to Relocate Its Los Angeles Store, Plans to Seek Dispensary Permit (EXCLUSIVE)

Amoeba Records’ Los Angeles store will move to a new location “within blocks” of its current spot on 6400 Sunset, where it’s been since first opening …

Los Angeles

Best Performances: How Cristin Milioti Became the Hero of USS Callister

<i>USS Callister (Black Mirror)</i> was the most talked about chapter of the dark anthology series' latest arc, and that was in no small part thanks to …

Fans of The Expanse May Have Annoyed Amazon Into Bringing the Show Back

Within hours of Syfy canceling <i>The Expanse</i>, diehard fans of the space opera swarmed the internet to make as much noise as they possibly could about …

New PiL Documentary Reveals How John Lydon Changed His Post-Punk Public Image

Julien Temple’s <i>The Filth And The Fury</i> previously explained why seminal punks <b>Sex Pistols</b> still matter, but now a new, in-depth PiL documentary …

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Early Emmy Plea: Black Mirror's Cristin Milioti reinvented sci-fi heroism in 'U.S.S. Callister'

<i>Black Mirror</i> won two Emmys last year for “San Junipero,” a sweetly reality-twisted love story set in a digital ’80s heaven. The Netflix anthology’s …

The 90s: The Decade That Doesn’t Fit?

In <i>A Hard Day’s Night</i>, the exceptional madcap 1964 film 1964 starring <b>The Beatles</b>, a reporter asks <b>Ringo Starr</b>, “Are you a mod or a rocker?” She’s …

It’s official: Amazon has saved The Expanse

Season 4 is coming to Amazon Prime<p>It’s official: <i>The Expanse</i> has been saved. After the Syfy Channel canceled <i>The Expanse</i> earlier this month, Alcon Entertainment has confirmed that Amazon will pick up the show for a fourth season, after after outcry from the show’s fans.<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the …

Amazon Studios

Denis Villeneuve confirms that his Dune adaptation will be two films

Following on from the critically-acclaimed <b>Arrival</b> and <b>Blade Runner 2049</b>, director Denis Villeneuve is prepping for his next sci-fi offering, an …

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Is Humanity Ignoring Our First Chance For A Mission To An Oort Cloud Object?

In 2003, scientists discovered an object beyond Neptune that was unlike any other: Sedna. While there were larger dwarf planets beyond Neptune, and comets that would travel farther from the Sun, Sedna was unique for how far it always remained from the Sun. It always remained more than twice as …

Astronomy

Here are the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards

The best science fiction and fantasy stories of 2017<p>The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend, and last night, the organization announced the winners of its prestigious Nebula Awards.<p>N.K. Jemisin’s</i> …

The Dark Forest and Its Discontents: Cixin Liu’s “Death’s End”

AT ONE POINT in Kurt Vonnegut’s <i>God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater</i>, the guilt-ridden alcoholic millionaire narrator, Eliot Rosewater, crashes a science …

The irresolvable moral dilemma at the heart of Avengers: Infinity War

Say a prayer for those who will write the sequel.<p>Superhero movies are often dismissed as teen adventure flicks writ large. But for my money, Marvel Studios has been downright daring in raising difficult, and very adult, moral dilemmas.<p>The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest entry, <i>Avengers: Infinity</i> …

The Most Important Sci-Fi Show of the '90s Hits Amazon Prime in June

The most important science fiction TV series of the Nineties wasn’t a Star Trek series or <i>The X-Files.</i> Instead, that little space station that could —</i> …

Star Trek

Anon Is a Scifi Movie That Shows How the Singularity Is Going to Screw Us All

In the alt-reality of <i>Anon</i>, everyone’s brain is hooked up to a massive shared network and authorities can see what you’re seeing whenever they want. …

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10 books to read if you love Westworld

Books to Read After Re-Entering <i>Westworld</i>

‘Rick And Morty’ Gets High Praise From The Creators Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Over ‘Pickle Rick’

The new home release for <i>Rick And Morty</i> season three will come with a special treat for <i>Game Of Thrones</i> fans. According to Entertainment Weekly, <i>GoT</i> creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss, along with star Peter Dinklage, sat down and recorded a commentary track for the “Pickle Rick” episode. While …

Netflix Will Make Sci-Fi and Fantasy Shows and Movies Its Main Focus

Netflix subscribers who love science fiction and fantasy, get ready, because the service is making those genres it's main focus from this point …

The Legendary Cult Movie Known as 'Turkish Star Wars' Now Has a Smashing New HD Scan

Back in 2016, a cult-movie miracle occurred when film historian Ed Glaser discovered the last remaining 35mm print of 1982's <i>The Man Who Saves the</i> …