Science Fiction

The 2 fiction books Elon Musk says made him more successful

Before Elon Musk began launching rockets into space or boring holes underneath Los Angeles to build high-speed trains, he was a kid with an …

Elon Musk

50 Page Friday: RADIATE

Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic …

New York Times

Trailers: The '80s Inspired Sci-fi Horror Film Landing Lake

This is the trailer for the sci-fi horror film <i>Landing Lake</i>.<p>It was written and directed by Cesare P. Linardi di K., and stars Victoire Vecchierini, …

Science Fiction Movies

William Shatner separates science from fiction as our resident horse expert

William Shatner wrote the book on horses—but does he know all the facts? We tested his talents on the inaugural episode of <i>Science/Fiction</i>.

Humor

Sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor on creating an interstellar coming-of-age story

Binti: The Night Masquerade is out on January 16th, 2018<p>Nnedi Okorafor is one of the most exciting authors writing science fiction and fantasy today, and we really enjoyed her <i>Binti</i> stories when we read them earlier this year. She’s currently an associate professor of creative writing and literature …

10 Books With Positive Visions Of The Future, Because Sometimes The Real World Is Dystopian Enough

Between hip teen dystopias like <i>The Hunger Games,</i> sobering adult dystopias like <i>The Handmaid's Tale,</i> and actual real life dystopias like the current …

American Philosophy

Watch the first Chinese woman to win a Hugo Award headline an Audi commercial

The Matthew McConaughey treatment<p>Last year, Hao Jingfang, author of <i>Folding Beijing</i><i>,</i> became the first Chinese woman to win a Hugo Award. By day, she’s an economics researcher for the China Development Research Foundation. (She holds her PhD in economics, on top of a degree in astrophysics.) She’s …

Hugo Awards

Twitter Celebrates 'Hitchhiker's Guide' with Towel Day Memes

Douglas Adams, the creator of Britain’s science fiction franchise <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, died on May 11, 2001, but his fans around the …

‘The Expanse’: 7 Big Questions I Had While Watching Syfy’s Uber-Addicting Drama

I know I’m behind (a few years), but I’m really digging Syfy’s banner science fiction drama, <i>The Expanse</i>.<p>The series has the grittiness of <i>Battlestar</i> …

TV

6 Non-Authors Who Helped Make SFF What It Is Today

As most readers of sci-fi and fantasy are probably aware, there are these things called <i>tropes</i>—bits of storytelling shorthand that convey something …

RPGs

Design Team Helps Ridley Scott Realize His Scary Vision for ‘Alien: Covenant’

Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant,” released by Fox on May 19, marks a return to the sheer terror of the sci-fi franchise’s roots, which started 38 …

Alien: Covenant

The genius of Alien and Alien: Covenant: Turning body horror on men

The genius of Alien and Alien: Covenant: Turning body horror on men<p>Facebook/ @Alien Covenant<p>By the time <i>Alien</i> came out in 1979, visceral body horror …

Alien: Covenant

Star Wars will pick its third anthology movie next month

Official word from Lucasfilm.<p>Fans across galaxies far, far away and right here on earth are on the verge of learning what <i>Star Wars</i> has planned for …

Lucasfilm

We Play Mix and Match with Our Favorite Authors and Genres

Genre is a funny thing. It acts as a signifier, label, and shorthand, telling readers what kind of book they’re holding in only a few words, and …

Books

A great look back at Soviet futurism

This summer, the Barbican is mounting <i>Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction</i>. As part of that, they will be displaying some rare …

Great Job, Internet!: Arrival’s mysteries are still worth exploring

<i>Arrival</i> remains a rare case of a critically acclaimed, successful sci-fi movie that shirked action or horror in favor of the genre’s headier pleasures. It’s a dreamy, philosophical, sometimes melancholy film, known as much for the mood created by its elliptical editing as the twist ending that …

Blade Runner 2049

This Scifi Horror Short Contains One of the Creepiest Space Monsters We've Ever Seen

Jerónimo Rocha’s scifi horror short <i>Dédalo</i> is reminiscent of <i>Alien</i> in both visuals and story. It follows a woman who appears to be the lone survivor of …

Cool Stuff

The new Valerian trailer plunges Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne into a wild, sci-fi fantasy

The mind behind <i>The Fifth Element</i> and <i>Lucy</i>, Luc Besson, has returned with a wild new fantasy.<p><i>Valerian</i>, full title <i>Valerian and the City of a Thousand</i> …

Cara Delevingne

Luc Besson and Dane DeHaan on Valerian

If you’ve never heard of the French sci-fi comic Valerian and Laureline, then you’ve missed out on the stories that have proven to be influential on …

Comics

Valerian trailer promises to be even more lavish than The Fifth Element

It’s just as strange, but far more beautiful<p>STX Entertainment has released the final trailer for Luc Besson’s <i>Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets</i><i>,</i> the director’s movie that’s been in the making for years.<p>If Besson is known for the creativity and oddity he brought to <i>The Fifth Element</i> in 1997,</i> …

Comics

Alien: Covenant leaves much better lingering questions than Prometheus

Instead of ‘Why are these people so stupid?’ the new film leaves us asking ‘What do we still need to know?’<p>In 2012, the science-fiction / horror film <i>Prometheus</i> brought Ridley Scott back to the film franchise he launched in 1979 with <i>Alien</i>. There have been many <i>Alien</i> sequels, spinoffs, and multimedia …

Alien: Covenant

5 Ways STAR WARS Created Modern Nerd Culture

Modern nerd culture can be divided into two eras: before May 25th, 1977, and after. <i>Star Wars</i> changed everything.<p>Of course, there was geek culture …

Star Wars

‘Arrival’ Video Essay Examines How the Script Helps Us Further Understand Ourselves — Watch

The latest Lessons from the Screenplay video looks at Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi film.<p>In his latest Lessons from the Screenplay video, YouTube user …

Harlan Ellison: He’s Not Dead Yet, and He’s Not Done Either

<i>Image via Skyboat Media, Inc.</i><p>In a 1994 <i>Babylon 5</i> episode “TKO,” a character in the year 2258 is seen reading, and laughing, at a book titled <i>Working</i> …

“Prey” Charts Own Course Through Sci-Fi Horror Genre

There was a moment about four hours into "Prey," the new sci-fi game from Bethesda and Arkane Studios, in which I realized I had no idea what to do …

Alien: Covenant

Alien Covenant returns to the theme that made the original so terrifying: men giving birth

There is something inside of you that has to come out<p>There is a simple truth at the heart of the <i>Alien</i> movie franchise: being chased by a monster is terrifying. Nobody likes being eaten alive. But the real terror of the series isn’t the prospect of being murdered by a runaway xenomorph. It’s the …

Alien: Covenant

Star Wars at 40: It's 2017, and these aren't the droids you're looking for

40 years after the premiere of Star Wars, we're much closer to HAL and The Terminator than we are Artoo and Threepio.<p><i>Which is better: Star Trek or</i> …

Star Trek

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets final trailer breakdown: aliens galore!

For his epic sci-fi adventure, Luc Besson told us he was shooting for 85 percent aliens, 15 percent humans -- if this new trailer is indicative, it …

Cities

Why Do We Want Robots to Destroy Us So Badly?

The best part about science fiction, besides the explosions, space explorations, and psychotic aliens is the fact that it reveals our most human …

Robots

‘Alien: Covenant’: How the VFX Team Engineered Those Terrifying Xenomorph and Neomorph Creatures

VFX studio MPC helped Ridley Scott redefine the iconic Xenomorph and create the new Neomorph in the latest "Alien" installment.<p>For “Alien: Covenant,” …

Alien: Covenant