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Ask Iain M. Banks anything you want about "Surface Detail"

In April, the io9 Book Club read Iain M. Banks' Surface Detail. Now Banks is coming to answer your questions about the book on Monday, May 9. He'll be popping into the comment thread on this very post Monday, May 9, between 12:00 and 1:00 Pacific Time More »

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All Hail Thor!

Remember the summer of 2008? When the one-two punch of Iron Man and The Dark Knight made it seem like superhero movies were finally becoming a serious genre in their own right? More »

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Five weird theories of what lies outside the universe

Physicists have long studied the nature of the universe. But some go a step further into the unknown (and probably unknowable), contemplating what lies outside the boundaries of our universe. More »


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The horrifying history of people who used the internet for murder

This week a man from Minnesota was convicted of aiding in the suicides of two people he met online while posing as a female nurse. He gave them advice on the most painless ways to die, and entered suicide pacts with them. And it wasn't the first time he'd done this. More »


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Why Casablanca is the future of the world

Just before the uprisings now known collectively as "Arab Spring," I took a short trip to Casablanca, the wealthiest and largest city in North Africa. More »


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Know Your Trolls: A guide to troll science from the director of TrollHunter

Norwegian horror film TrollHunter looks set to be one of the summer's coolest movies, so we were excited to learn more about the film's mythology. Director André Øvredal shared some exclusive concept art, and answered our pressing questions. More »


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A tour of an abandoned amusement park in America's heartland

Mike Petty took these shots at Wichita's Joyland Amusement park, which has struggled with bankruptcy and vandalism for the better part of the last decade. More »


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10 Great Zingers From Scientists

Just because scientists don't generally major in English doesn't mean they can't turn a phrase. Especially when that phrase is mean-spirited. Take a look at ten verbal burns that scientists have issued over the years. More »


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The Biggest Mouths In Science Fiction and Fantasy

Who has the biggest mouth in science fiction and fantasy? No, it's not Deadpool. We're talking giant mouths that can do things like eat the world. We've got a chart of the mightiest maws. Plus, there's a burning debate about two of the biggest mouths. More »


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Read an exclusive excerpt from John Scalzi's new novel Fuzzy Nation!

A new John Scalzi novel is always a cause for celebration. More »


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Incredible Earthlike planet has the density of solid lead

At first, the exoplanet 55 Cancri e didn't look all that impressive: just another large rocky planet circling its star every couple of days. But a recalculation of its orbit has revealed that it's the galaxy's densest known planet. More »


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Does the Green Lantern movie introduce too many zany creatures?

Green Lantern isn't just the story of an ordinary run-of-the-mill fighter pilot who gets a magic ring from space. It's also the saga of a whole army of aliens, each with his/her/its own magic ring. The footage we saw at Wondercon laid the early fears of cheap, crappy CG work to rest. More »


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Why this Time-Life paranormal book ad is secretly a porno

During yesterday's discussion of inexplicably frightening logos and TV intros, this bizarre 1990 commercial for Time-Life's Mysteries of the Unknown book series was mentioned. More »


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Grass-eating hominid was the primate equivalent of a cow

Although the ancient hominid Paranthropus boisei has earned the nickname "Nutcracker Man", his actual diet was quite a bit softer. Unlike any other known human ancestor, this ancient hominid's powerful jaw and huge molars were actually used to eat grass. More »


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Superman has given up his American citizenship (and we're all stupider for it)

Over the last several days, the mainstream press has latched on to the news that Superman's given up his American citizenship like a pack of feral dogs fighting over the moldy slop left in a rusty can of Hormel. More »