The Wacky Science Fiction Titles of LucasArts

LucasArts is best-known for its endless supply of Star Wars games, but the company really hit a peak in the adventure game genre from 1986 to 2002 when they combined elements of interactive fiction with graphics and a new interface. Check out LucasArts' colorful past with games like Day of the Tentacle and Maniac… » 4/25/08 3:53pm 4/25/08 3:53pm

The Secret Interior of a Vogon Captain's Quarters

The other day we told you about the artwork created specifically for an online version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game that was created for the new BBC editions of the Hitchhiker's radio drama that came out a few years ago. This image, featuring a cartoony version of the Vogon Captain's quarters, was part… » 4/25/08 11:40am 4/25/08 11:40am

Jules Verne Wants You To Shoot The Moon

Jules Verne first published From The Earth to the Moon, or De la Terre à la Lune, in 1865, pre-dating our first real visit to our lunar neighbor by over 100 years. It involves a post -American Civil War group called The Baltimore Gun Club firing a three-person capsule from an enormous gun. The goal: to get them to the… » 4/24/08 3:07pm 4/24/08 3:07pm

What If The Moon Crashed Into The Earth?

Well, we'd be screwed for one thing. Plus it's doubtful that the chunks of the moon would remain identifiable and intact like they are in this piece of concept art... but it's still haunting and beautiful. It's strange to imagine something that's been hanging in the sky your whole life plummeting into your world, but… » 4/24/08 12:00pm 4/24/08 12:00pm

The Science Fiction Gadgets That Make You Go... Wha?!

We have a serious love affair with the cool gadgets of science fiction, but every now and then one will come along that will make you scratch your head and say "What!?" Yes, even in the world of scifi, you can sometimes go a bit too far. Check out our list of beyond-the-pale gadgets. » 4/23/08 3:18pm 4/23/08 3:18pm

Murakami Tells io9 About His Secret Love For J.J. Abrams

We had a chance to see the amazingly eye-blistering @ Murakami exhibit in Los Angeles a couple of months ago before they packed everything up and headed to Brooklyn. The same exhibit is now on display at the Brooklyn Museum until July 13th, and is definitely worth checking out. We nabbed a few moments with Takashi… » 4/23/08 2:30pm 4/23/08 2:30pm

Inside the Heart of Gold That You Never Saw

If you haven't seen the BBC television version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then you need to get off your lazy duff and give it a whirl. It's extremely different from the movie version, and much closer to the novels and radio drama. Probably the best thing about it is the Guide itself, complete with… » 4/23/08 11:50am 4/23/08 11:50am

Forget Warp Speed, Try One Of These Alternative FTL Ideas

In Star Wars and Star Trek, the main way to get around the galaxy is to use warp speed or flip on your hyperdrive, which is a bit like hitting the gas pedal as hard as you can so you'll get there a bit quicker. There's more science to it than that, involving subspace fields and hyperspace and all that jazz, but the… » 4/22/08 3:40pm 4/22/08 3:40pm

Raiders of the Lost Saucer!

What would have happened if Raiders of the Lost Ark met Sid and Marty Krotfft's Lost Saucer? It might have looked a little something like this. Of course, you might have a chance to see this scene for real if the rumors about extraterrestrials in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are to be believed. » 4/22/08 7:00am 4/22/08 7:00am

Going Halfsies With the Best SciFi Half Breeds

Human-alien hybrids are everywhere in scifi. Whether they come from interplanetary love or mutant genes quietly sneaking into our DNA, we're all about hooking up the Human factor with anything else out there. Just ask Captain Kirk, who tried to dock with every alien woman he encountered. Check out our list below of… » 4/21/08 3:30pm 4/21/08 3:30pm

The Victorian-Era Supercomputer And The Genius Who Created It

The London Science Museum finally completed work on the Victorian era's greatest supercomputer, the Difference Engine No. 2, 120 years after the death of inventor Charles Babbage. This five-ton machine is currently traveling across the pond to San Francisco, and will go on display in America for the first time… » 4/18/08 3:30pm 4/18/08 3:30pm

The Massive Solar-Orbiting Electro-Mechanical Analytic Engine, Mark 6

In some circles of the steampunk Star Wars universe this is known as the "Death Star," and it generates billions of calculations all day long in an effort to work with Arcane Mathematics and find a "Unified Force Theory" that can destroy entire planets. » 4/18/08 2:55pm 4/18/08 2:55pm

It sure looks a lot more threatening than the real thing, and…

The Most Badass Robot Army Dream Team

We've talked about the toughest scifi soldiers, but those were made out of blood, muscle and bone. What about their robotic counterparts? It's goes without saying that if the Bot Army met the Meat Popsicle Army, the robots would clean house. If you had access to unlimited funds and a lot of time-traveling doohickeys,… » 4/17/08 3:30pm 4/17/08 3:30pm

Damn Kids Joyriding Again in their Flying Cars

Once we finally have flying cars, authorities are going to have a bitch of a time keeping people from doing what these two hotshot pilots are planning: scaring the ever-living shit out of a pleasure boater. Granted, these are minijets with funky wings and not flying cars, but it makes you think about what might start… » 4/16/08 1:00pm 4/16/08 1:00pm

It's 1980, And You're Commanding A Tank On Another Planet

Ever wanted to pilot a tank on an alien world while blasting enemies and flying saucers to bits? Well, once upon a time in 1980, that was possible. And when Battlezone comes out on Xbox Live tomorrow, you can do it all over again. The new game will include both the updated online multiplayer version, and the original… » 4/15/08 3:45pm 4/15/08 3:45pm

The Large Hadron Collider Will Gobble Up The Earth (Or Maybe Just…

The Large Hadron Collider at the CERN research facility near Geneva, Switzerland won't be going on a luau in Hawaii anytime soon, since the state is suing to stop the activation of the enormous research project. Yes, it's not just individual wackos who believe the LHC will unleash a cosmic ass-whooping on the planet.… » 4/14/08 3:00pm 4/14/08 3:00pm

@josereyes.theroof wishes to perform Tim Harris's sack-dance...: This guy is a buddy of mine in Los Angeles, and he can do all the Yankees too (search YouTube for that vid). He just picks it up from watching them once or twice, and he gets asked to do this stuff all the time. Very cool that he finally put the Sox one… » 4/14/08 4:38am 4/14/08 4:38am

The Scifi Sound Effects That Take Over Your Brain

Even if you just hear a science fiction movie or TV show playing in another room, you'll instantly recognize it thanks to the weird sounds of alien spaceships and laser weapons. No genre of entertainment has ever challenged sound-effects designers as much as SF. We've gone through some of scifi's most identifiable and… » 4/11/08 2:42pm 4/11/08 2:42pm