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33 science fiction and fantasy books that everyone will be talking about in 2017

Better make some space on your shelves<p>We’ve already taken a look at what novels are hitting bookshelves this month, but 2017 promises to be a huge year for science fiction and fantasy literature as a whole. There’s going to be some great reads from debut authors, while some of the best names in the …

Science Fiction

Arms and equipment guide: Gadgets and gear from Gen Con 2016 | Polygon

Gen Con

In Scythe, my buffalo fights for the people

Gen Con’s best new strategy game is also one of the most bizarre<p>This majestic creature is my war buffalo. His name is Mox, and he served as a companion through my first session of the bizarre new strategy game called <i>Scythe.</i> Fresh off a $1.8 million Kickstarter campaign, it was the game on …

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An adorable robot called Cozmo is one of the coolest leaps in toy technology since baby dolls starting soiling their own diapers.<p>Read more: …

Reality Sucks (With Good Reason) for Futuristic Gamers in Short Pandora's Box

<i>Virtual,</i> or <i>La Caja de Pandora</i> (translation: <i>Pandora’s Box</i>)<i>,</i> packs an awful lot of video-game theatrics, grimy real-world atmospherics, and fiery …

Netflix Series Stranger Things Looks Like It Owes a Major Debt to Spielberg's 1980s Thrillers

Kids on BMX bikes cruising misty suburban streets at night, Hazmat suit-clad figures with flashlights, a pigtailed blonde moppet, a wide-eyed boy, a …

Eye in the Sky director Gavin Hood on the trauma of drone warfare

Plus, what it was like working with the late Alan Rickman<p><i>Eye in the Sky</i> director Gavin Hood (<i>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</i>, <i>Ender's Game</i>) knows a thing or two about working with tense situations to give audiences a heart-pounding movie experience.<p>The man behind the new modern warfare movie, which stars …

Drones

Jakub Rozalski's Art is an Exercise In Alternate History Contrasts

Giant mechanical men lumber through a winter forest while War machines watch over farmland. Jakub Rozalski’s artwork is a study in contrasts: the …

This Asian Time Travel Thriller Could Be Next Year's Breakout Action Movie

Asia is becoming an increasingly important market for science fiction and fantasy movies, but we’re still waiting for countries like China to produce …

Evolution review – eerie body horror with a tender undercurrent

Gaspar Noé’s partner Lucile Hadžihalilović delivers shocks of her own in this surreal, otherwordly headscrambler<p>Lucile Hadžihalilović’s strong second feature is set in a closed-off world of medical horrors and unspoken social and sexual secrets: maybe the distant future, maybe another planet, maybe …

Horror

Sweden Goes Post-Apocalyptic In This Suspenseful Short Film

In Andrée Wallin’s debut short film <i>State Zero,</i> four soldiers are deployed to a post-apocalyptic Sweden on a routine mission. Once they’re on the …

Framing

Hollywood, Make This Alien Whale Hunting Short A Full-Length Movie ASAP

Ruairí Robinson directed the critically panned <i>Last Days of Mars</i> and was once attached to direct the live-action <i>Akira</i> movie, but he's best known for …

Animation

This Gritty 'Power Rangers' Fan Film Stars James Van Der Beek, Katee Sackhoff, and Nudity

Lionsgate may be working on a "Power Rangers" reboot, but we bet it's nothing like this super-gritty fan film, directed by Joseph Kahn ("Torque") and featuring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff.<p>The short film, "Power/Rangers," which clocks in at around 12 minutes, picks up years after our …

Entertainment

Crock Pot Sweet and Spicy Sticky Wings

Place ginger, garlic, 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper in a food …

The 15 Best New TV Characters of 2014

TV characters, more than film characters, are tricky to get right. Viewers who fall in love with a show will spend significant time, week in and week out, with these people. They’re in our homes. They’re familiar. And we know familiarity breeds. But there are a few characters, whether perfectly …

Remember When Ashton Kutcher Mistook Slain Girlfriend's Blood for Wine?

Ashton Kutcher, new papa, ham-fisted tweeter, adulterer, tech mogul, Bears fan, has lived quite a life in his 36 years. His biography is full of …

Ashton Kutcher

Trailer for Indie Space Adventure Sci-Fi Movie - THE LAST SCOUT

A Girl's Teddy Bear Fights A Monster In This Trio Of Short Horror Films

<i>Brent Sims' Grave Shivers</i> is an anthology of short horror films surrounding children at bedtime, with plenty of monsters and gore—and in one case, a …

Horror

A Gorgeous Short Film About a Magician Who Builds Solar Systems

With a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets, spinning them in …

European Space Agency

'John Wick' brings A game to violent business of revenge

As weaponized mayhem of the most disreputably electrifying kind, the sleek and eccentric revenge tale "John Wick" jabs far above its weight class thanks to the panther physicality of 50-year-old headliner<p>Keanu Reevesand a tightly pitched mix of humor and expertly choreographed hyper-violence from …

Young Ones Is A Bleak, Lovely Movie About A Terribly Plausible Future

We're used to seeing dark, depressing visions of the world after the collapse of civilization. But few recent post-apocalyptic visions have been as …

Science Fiction

After Humanity Has Been Destroyed, Robots Keep Fighting Our Final War

War manages to outlive humanity in this frightening short film. Even after humans have gone extinct, our automated war machines keep on fighting, …

Lauren Davis

The Army Messes With The Wrong Robot Alien In This Great Short Film

Part <i>E.T.</i>, part <i>Iron Giant</i>, and part just really good, "Envoy" is an excellent 10-minute short film by David Weinstein, which he hopes will work as a …

Short Films

A Cyborg Veteran Heads To His Final Battle—But It's Not What He Expects

A weary soldier in the distant future contemplates what he's made of his life—the path that he's chosen, the lives he's taken. But as he steps into …

Lauren Davis

“Coherence” puts a strange, sci-fi twist on the dinner party movie

In this ingenious improvised indie, a passing comet flings a bourgeois California dinner party into quantum chaos<p>It’s always useful to have areas of scientific knowledge, or at least scientific speculation, which few of us understand and which most people view as mystical or magical. For most of …

Cannes 2014 review: Maps to the Stars - Hollywood dreams turn queasy in David Cronenberg's brilliant nightmare

Julianne Moore feasts on a diseased peach of a part as a flagging star in this icy satire, which also features Robert Pattinson as a limo driver and Mia Wasikowska as Moore's exploited PA<p>David Cronenberg's new film here at Cannes is a gripping and exquisitely horrible movie about contemporary …

The Ultimate Guide To This Summer's Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

Tons of brand new science fiction, fantasy and horror television is coming to get you through the hot, hot months of summer. And we've got the …