Last week, word broke that Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5 was being put on hold due to ongoing work while Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 is being developed. That’s a shame, but if Fox looks at what Marvel’s been doing, they can probably have their cake and eat it too.
Season 2 of True Detective wrapped up last Sunday with a less-than-stellar finale: the various story lines mostly came together, but this season lacked much of the impact and focus of the HBO show’s first season. Allow me to suggest one change that should help the show get back on track: Take the story out of the…
Over at Tor.com, there's a super-comprehensive list of all of the stuff you can learn by watching the director's commentary on The Avengers. Including director Joss Whedon pointing out some of the weaknesses and plot holes in his own script, the fact that Mark Ruffalo kept telling Whedon it wasn't too late to recast…
Widely recognized as one of the best superhero movies of the past decade, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is also much more than an action movie. It's a brooding allegory about power, personal responsibility, and the politics of urban life.
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has created some of the series' most frightening monsters, including the Weeping Angel aliens in "Blink" who creep up when you glance away. This season, the Edvard Munch-inspired aliens called The Silence have a strange but potent superpower: the instant they leave the frame of…
From earthquakes to slime molds, from zombies to the romance of decay, here are the manga you'll want to read to prepare for the End of Days.This grueling survival manga by Minetaro Mochizuki (published in English by Tokyopop) never shows us any crowd scenes or news reports or gives us a full…
I've never read the Rapturey Left Behind series, but from what I understand, a whole bunch of nice, pious people are abducted by God and the rest of us grubbers have to slum it on Earth with Kirk Cameron.
The early success of AMC series Walking Dead confirms it: Though zombies have been hot for a while, they are now officially the new vampires. Why do Americans love zombies, and what does it say about us?
King Kong's monstrous motivations aren't the same as Dracula's — one wants a castle made of bananas, the other a swimming pool full of hemoglobin — but, on a psychological level, their motivations differ too. Here's Chris Braak's monster taxonomy.
A lot of movies advertise themselves as scary. So why are the most frightening movies often the ones that aren't marketed as horror?
I've been interested in superheroes for a long time, and not only because I think telekinesis would be useful. No, what really intrigues me is that your average superhero story is a fantasy dressed up as science fiction.
There's nothing like a movie about a giant killer ape to relax you after a really stressful day. Here are five reasons why a monster movie can be the most soothing thing in the world.
I don't believe in the Singularity for the same reason I don't believe in Heaven.
The presence of a black US president in a summer blockbuster used to mean that the film occurred in The Future. But in 2010, we need a new signifier. I think I know the one: the openly gay general.
Find out why Mark Millar's comic book Wanted really should have had singing mice and a pumpkin coach.
The allure of the cyborg is so widely-accepted that it's become a cliche in science fiction, but people rarely ask why. Doesn't it seem a little strange that humans are so powerfully attracted to synthetic versions of themselves?
Science fiction creators need to stop making self-aware machines into a metaphor for our society.
Military action has provided fodder for science fiction since the birth of the genre. But just what is military science fiction?
Literary scifi authors from Vonda McIntyre to Jeff VanderMeer and Thomas Disch have written "works for hire" - tie-ins to movie, TV, or game franchises. Now authors tell io9 why they did it - and no, it wasn't for money.