It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning.
Archaeological analysis of human remains can illuminate incredible truths about our ancient ancestors, revealing hidden truths about their daily lives that we wouldn't necessarily be able to find in written records. Other times, it can just be a damn tattletale.
Left alone for years at the beginning of the 19th Century, French soldiers taken captive during the Napoleonic Wars found an unusually hobby — fashioning ornate replicas of British ships, out of beef and human bone.
The somewhat unexpected success of Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes means we'll see more of Andy Serkis's ape revolutionary, Caesar. But will the super-intelligent chimp try to make peace with humanity, or continue his rebellion?
At Comic-Con, io9 had the opportunity to catch up with Jeff Smith, the creator of beloved fantasy epic Bone and the scifi noir comic RASL. Smith reflected on Bone's auspicious beginnings and gave us updates on the pending cinematic adaptations of both comics.
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There are European cave paintings that are 30000 years old, but the art of the ancient Americas remains a mystery. This bone fragment features an engraving of either a mammoth or a mastodon, and is at least 13000 years old.
Hollywood has gone into a science fiction feeding frenzy in the past week, with several new scifi movies getting greenlit. The success of Battle: Los Angeles, on top of Avatar, Star Trek and others, put dollar signs in everyone's eyes.
While a feature adaptation of Jeff Smith's wonderful, enduring graphic odyssey is in the works, it'll be an entirely computer-generated affair — and it won't have half the hand-hewn charm of this fan-created short.
Blending Sliders and The Pink Panther, cartoonist Jeff Smith's next project RASL (it's pronounced "razzle") gives the world a dimension-jumping art thief out for everything he can get. Following on his award-winning, Scholastic- and Disney-friendly Bone fantasy series, it's a bit of a dimension jump for Smith…