On April 20, 2017, NASA released this photo from the Cassini-Huygens probe.
April is National Poetry Month, and that leads to a really fun thought experiment: What great poets are the best analogues for great comic book artists, and vice versa? I began with a simple question—Who are some of the most awesome, recognizable comic book artists? You know, creators with legendary portfolios that…
I heard a broadcast on NPR discussing President-Elect Trump’s rhetoric and speculating about his inaugural address. So, I decided to write the speech I wish I would hear from him when he takes the Oath of Office as our 45th President. I tried to express the things that he did throughout his campaign in a way that…
Maybe you don’t like Christmas comic books. “Bah! Humbug!” you say, when creators try to mesh superheroes with yuletide cheer. Here’s one that has a ghost of a chance of changing your mind.
If you check Google today, you’ll find that April 6 is the 120th anniversary of the modern Olympic games. In 1896, under the direction of Baron de Coubertin, the first games were held in Athens, Greece. But April is also National Poetry Month—and there’s an interesting poetical footnote to the Olympics. What does…
April is National Poetry Month. OK, so “poetry” doesn’t seem to fit well with io9. Science—and its cognate, science fiction—seems to run counter to poetry in many ways. Oh, geek culture loves its prose fiction, but poetry about spaceships and superheroes and video games doesn’t often get its due.
America, I thought you were better than this.
We ramped up with last week’s episode, but this episode failed to achieve take-off velocity. And the biggest drag was that the characters stopped making sense. Spoilers, obviously.
Chemists at Rice University have developed a new process that may be used to keep helicopter rotors ice-free, even in sub-zero temps, without glycol-based chemicals.
You didn’t blow me away, Legends. But you did just enough—I think—to make me tag along on your journey.
Which is sort of ironic, since that’s one of the weakest aspects of the show: the characters’ motivations for getting on board Rip Hunter’s Timeship. Oh, sorry: was that a spoiler? Travel back in the past to avoid…
Twenty-Fifteen’s finally done,
I know what you’re thinking: Harrison Ford. And, if we adjust for inflation, you’re right: Ford has appeared in five of the fifty highest-grossing films of all time, if we take into account how the dollar has shifted over time: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and …
The excitement that greeted the announcement of a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access didn’t quite reach Star Wars sequel levels, but fans are definitely talking. Of course, just like the reaction that accompanied The Force Awakens, enthusiasm is tempered by fear: what if the new series fails to meet expectations?
When the idea of a sequel to Pixar’s The Incredibles first showed up on io9, I made the following pitch for what I’d like to see. I’m posting it here, again, now so that I can file copyright infringement charges against Brad Bird when he creates his film—which I’m certain will follow my outline.
Bleak cousin, with your empty sands of red,
Your once-canals now dried-up, mocking scars:
How could you now be anything but dead?
The Vikings told us: there’s no life on Mars.
We watched you still: we sent our rovers there
To raid your rills and analyze your dust
In hopes of finding any life you’d bear
Or moisture flowing…
“Steve Austin...Astronaut...A man barely alive.” And so one of the most popular TV shows of the 1970s would begin. And it certainly seemed reasonable, based on the archival footage of the aircraft disaster in the opening credits, that anyone in that plane would be, at best, “barely alive.”
Anyone, that is, except test…
The Florida Bonneted Bat (Eumops floridanus) is critically endangered. Only known to exist in four South Florida counties, the large, high-flying, speedy bat is running out of room. A portion of its habitat is becoming a Walmart. Worse, because it’s a mysterious creature of the night, it doesn’t get a lot of love or…
A new film with Alexander Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson is slated for release next year. Skarsgard plays a Englishman called back to investigate trouble in the part of Africa where he grew up. The Englishman’s name? Lord Greystoke—but you can call him Tarzan!
As DC Comics’ Convergence event wraps up—essentially re-establishing the multiple worlds they once demolished, it’s a good time to look back at the man who established the principle of untold numbers of Earths.