All the cyberkiddies are wearing 3D-printed 18th century military styles this season. They sew LEDs into strips of soft spikes, turn them into epaulets, and power them with their nuke batteries.
In certain parts of the world, there are few natural threats quite as frightening as a tornado. A single storm can still level an entire town, scattering homes, businesses, and schools across the plains. But what if your house could protect itself from a tornado by retreating underground?
Is the future of housing round? The Elkinoid Project envisions a future where housing shortages are solved with sustainable, off-the-grid towns made up of thousands of orb-shaped houses. And each structure would take less than a week to build.
Syd Mead didn't just work on Blade Runner's dirty-neon future L.A., he also designed Tron's original lightcycles — check out this original concept art. So a new Mead book, full of concept art, is a cause for major celebration.
A passenger vessel the size of a whale and packed with gardens, the concept ship Physalia is also designed to purify every river it floats in. Keep the Physalia in your river for long enough, and it will create drinkable water.
John Berkey is famous for doing concept design for the original Star Wars movie, including a breathtaking poster of the Death Star. When he wasn't imagining space battles, he designed cities of the future - on Earth and in space.
Library music is something you hear all the time in science fiction movies and TV without realizing it. These weird, ambient tunes are created cheaply by talented session musicians, often working anonymously, and many of them are beautifully futuristic.
Ubernerd Martin Anderson argues in a surprisingly persuasive essay that corridors - from trippy to utilitarian - are crucial to great scifi concept design. Check out these famous scifi corridors and tell us which corridor rules them all.
This space-saving concept chills your food, makes your coffee, and checks your email all from a single piece of furniture, ensuring that you are never more than a few feet away from your snacks or your screen.
Environmentalists worry about piles of non-recyclable e-waste, or discarded high-tech equipment. And somehow that's led to an explosion of ethernet cable fashion, as you can see in this recent fashion show in Medellin, Colombia.
Though the upstanding citizens of Orange County, CA, tried to defend themselves against this crystalline molecule entity, their weapons were no use. Its translucent hulk dominated the skyline for years.
These flowers dangle delicately, but you cannot pluck them. They're made of precision-etched metal, and contain an electrified light source.
Man, I just love a good monster-on-monster wrestling match. Thinking about Hellboy 2 coming out next week is getting me all excited about cool monster fights, and that's why this crazy-ass painting by William B. Hand is just the ticket. Hand does concept design work in New York, and his strange blend of monsters and…
This device looks like a mechanical war chariot crossed with some kind of backflipped sexbot. Dubbed "Triceratops" by designer Kazuhiko Nakamura, this steampunk kaiju is just one of the artist's many fantastical creations. Check out his haunting citiscape, below, which he calls "Requiem for Industry."
One of the most widely-read science fiction novels across the globe, H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds has been in print continuously since the late nineteenth century. And it's had a lot of book covers: artistic, fancy, pulpy, and just plain strange. Now, over at Chez Zeus, there's a collection of over 100 (and growing)…
Welcome to The Jewels of Aptor, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's biweekly column on art and the fantastic. Ian Miller would've been cool even if he hadn't worked on Ralph Bakshi's underrated movie Cool World. The UK native has produced a distinctive body of SF artwork over the last thirty years, sometimes pulling collage and…
Here's an amazing image from the pre-history of 1990s political space opera Babylon 5, when the set for the space station's main corridor had first been built and the techs were testing out stage lighting in it. This just got posted by Mojo, a visual effects artist who works on Battlestar Galactica and used to work…