There are fast-paced thrill-a-minute novels where the plot twists and wild action just. Keep. Coming. And then there are introspective books about someone searching for their identity and untangling deep issues of race, sexuality and gender. And then occasionally, you get a book that manages to do both. Wake of…
Lately, the Western novel has been getting really fun again. Most of us probably think of Louis L’Amour’s, or maybe Joe Lansdale’s classic Weird West stories. But there’s a slew of new Westerns, featuring diverse characters and bracing new storylines. We talked to four authors about the new wave of Westerns.
Digging Deeper is a new video channel that goes in depth on a film topic. In their latest video, they profile Joss Whedon’s Serenity, examining how it uses a whole bunch of genres to really succeed as a film.
What happens when you mash up The Legend of Zelda with Clint Eastwood? You get Hang Em Hyrule, a short fan film of a standoff between Zelda, Link and Ganon. It’s wonderfully shot, and features some pretty fantastic costumes.
There's a lot that's unique about Ana Lily Amirpour's striking new film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. This will likely be cinema's only black-and-white feminist Western vampire movie, shot in a California ghost town but with all dialogue in Farsi ... unless Amirpour decides to make a sequel.
Just what is the link between westerns and science fiction and fantasy? Kim Harrison, author of The Hollows series, explains just how — and why — she blends features of old westerns into her books.
A Western set on Mars? Yes please! The CW is developing Red, a frontier story about the first settlement on Mars, from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. Characters include a female sheriff, a doctor and a criminal. Could be fun!
The crew behind Pirates of the Caribbean is also responsible for the new Lone Ranger movie — so it's probably not surprising that the supernatural cowboy movie is kind of a send-up. The first two trailers made the film look like kind of a serious action movie, but thankfully this new one has some silly.
In this exclusive behind the scenes clip from Cowboys & Aliens, watch John Wayne's grandson cower before the very difficult task of being thrown into the sky off a horse! Thank goodness Olivia Wilde was there.
Lately it seems like a lot of the freshest genre works are mash-ups of well-worn ideas. Whether it's "police procedural with elves" or "superhero movie with Cold War intrigue." But why do some genre mashups rule, while others fail horribly?
From the creator of Steampunk Star Wars comes a new reimagining: Western Wars. Sillof has re-imagined classic Star Wars characters as gritty Western ranchers. Which means we get R2 and C-3PO in creepy human form.
First quick glance at the alien space ship (one of three small vessels from the look of the lights).
Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig put some old timey bullets into the alien hide of a mysterious space invader in the first-ever trailer for Cowboys & Aliens. It's a first look at Jon Favreau's alien/western mashup movie.
No, that's not Kirk squaring off against his transporter duplicate: It's a scene from William Shatner's Spaghetti Western, White Comanche. A new DVD set is full of Trek stars' cowboys-and-Indians adventures, which really feel like lost Star Trek episodes.
Did you know All-Star Superman scribe Grant Morrison has written a psychedelic Western inspired in part by Red Dead Redemption? Well, now you do! io9 spoke to Morrison and director Adam Egypt Mortimer about their upcoming film, entitled Sinatoro.
The first time I ever read the word "anti-hero," it was in an article about science fiction, and it's always seemed a very science fictional type of word — like anti-matter, or anti-gravity. Science fiction has its share of one-dimensional white hats, but the characters who capture our imagination are usually the…