science fiction

Watch the International Trailer for the Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’

The latest movie from the Wachowskis, Jupiter Ascending, was supposed to debut over the summer, but it got pushed back until… Read More

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Strange and Sexy Footwear Inspired by Vintage Sci-Fi Films

From Jane Fonda’s sexy space traveler in Barbarella to the Capitol couture featured in The Hunger Games, science fiction cinema has influenced fashion for decades. Eindhoven-based designer Mandy Roos, who we discovered on Moco Loco, has taken inspiration from old-school sci-fi films “and their imaginary visions of future, spaceships and unknown universes.” She uses futuristic materials like rubber, plastic, foam, and slime to style her wildly impractical, humorous, visionary footwear. The collection, Invasion Of The Foot Carrier, even sounds like a lost camp classic from the annals of 1960’s sci-fi. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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A Love Letter to the Modern World: On Emily St. John Mandel’s ‘Station Eleven’

Historically, prestigious prizes like the National Book Award are reserved for realist fiction, or at least historical fiction from a realist angle; and, for many of us, these books can make for dull reading. Thankfully, it appears that the tide is turning towards a wider variety of voices, settings — and genres. Most indicative of this turn is the recent success of Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven, which was shortlisted for the National Book Award in October. The winner will be announced on November 19. … Read More

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The Secret Truce in the Literary Genre Wars

Should young-adult, science fiction, and fantasy novels be considered works of literature? Is The Hunger Games a work of art? Does anyone care? Over the last couple of years, a handful of authors have pitched their tents in the no man’s land between “genre fiction” and “pure literature.” But the more intense the genre wars become, the more difficult it is to understand what it’s all about. Is it a question of what we should read? Is it a critical discussion about what counts as “literary quality” writing? Or is it a war of words over which books should be published? … Read More

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Nostalgia for the Future: William Gibson on ‘The Peripheral’ and His Legacy

For an author who is arguably our greatest speculist of techno-culture, William Gibson hasn’t been spending much time in the future. His last novel to be set in the future, in fact, was 1999’s All Tomorrow’s Parties. It’s a rather extraordinary and rare event, then, that Gibson has set his new novel, The Peripheral, in not one but two futures. … Read More

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25 Vintage, International Book Covers for H. G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

Happy birthday to English author H. G. Wells, one of the fathers of science fiction. His 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, about a devastating alien invasion on Earth, has been published continuously for over 100 years. Orson Welles resurrected the frightening story for his 1938 radio broadcast, narrated by the director as a news bulletin, which led to widespread panic as listeners thought the Martian invasion was real. The War of the Worlds has been adapted dozens of times, most popularly by Steven Spielberg in a 2005 film starring Tom Cruise. But the book itself lives on in the imaginations of readers everywhere. After spotting a stunning collection of War of the Worlds book covers, we selected several vintage covers that span the globe. These images represent the influence of Wells’ story throughout the decades and demonstrate how different countries absorbed the intense, interplanetary tale into the collective consciousness. … Read More

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Strange, Gorgeous Photos Imagine a Sci-Fi Future Straight Out of Wes Anderson

Dystopia may be all the rage in 2014 — especially in YA literature — but the multimedia artist Todd Baxter and his wife, the writer and designer Aubrey Videtto, are exploring a somewhat different vision of the future. Their sci-fi collaboration, Project Astoria, depicts a failed late-1960s attempt to colonize an Earth-like planet and transform it into a utopia. As Baxter writes at Bleek Magazine, the project is most interested in “the kids who grow up in the Astoria System and are coming of age just as the whole thing is really falling apart.” The images below, spotted via Beautiful/Decay, are from “Project Astoria: Test 01,” the first installment of the long-term endeavor. Baxter describes this series — which many have noticed could be a stylistic cousin to Wes Anderson’s films — as “an introduction to the people, animals, and objects of the Astoria System, the retro-futuristic backdrop for this new project.” … Read More

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20 Mind-Bending Aldous Huxley Book Covers

Today marks the 120th birthday of English novelist and prolific essayist Aldous Huxley. The Brave New World author’s scathing critique of the mass media and the government (and their use of technology) positioned him at the center of intellectual discourse and made him one of the most widely read science fiction authors of his time. Huxley’s vision of a dystopian society, his experiences with psychedelics, and his fascination with parapsychology and philosophical mysticism are evident throughout his works — and his book covers. Inspired by the author’s mind-bending tales and theories, enjoy this collection of Huxley book cover art worthy of his surreal stories. … Read More

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