science fiction

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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Art House Science Fiction Films You Might Have Missed

We’re quickly approaching the 38th anniversary of the US release of Nicolas Roeg’s haunting tale of alienation, The Man Who Fell to Earth. To celebrate, the website Dangerous Minds shared a set of photos that show star David Bowie filming the dreamlike picture. The movie was created during the New Wave era of science fiction in the ‘60s and ‘70s, an experimental period that looked beyond the traditional pulp tales of the past and disregarded the notion that “hard” science and rational explanations were necessary to craft otherworldly scenes. Most film fans are familiar with the movement’s most famous titles, like Solaris and La Jetée, but here are a few more you might have… Read More

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

The 46th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s cosmic epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, is upon us. Critics were initially divided on the unusual science-fiction tale featuring a sentient computer and a mysterious monolith, but the 1968 film’s influence still resonates today. 2001 helped make room for the thinking person’s sci-fi story in Hollywood and displayed a technical prowess still copycatted in contemporary cinema. In honor of Kubrick’s landmark movie, we’ve gathered some interesting facts about 2001 that you might have… Read More

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Growing Up in William Gibson’s World

One of my favorite lines ever, “The future’s dead, fundamentally,” comes from the opening song off of the Manic Street Preachers’ 1996 album, Everything Must Go. Granted, it is followed by another one of my favorite lines, “It’s so fucking funny, it’s absurd,” but the fatalist call to arms is in line with the trajectory I’ve always seen the world going in. I like to imagine things are getting better, but I’ve never been given enough proof to really think they are; realistically, the future’s fucked, fundamentally, but “dead” works too. … Read More

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50 Science Fiction/Fantasy Films That Everyone Should See

Last week, Flavorwire published a list of 50 science-fiction and fantasy novels that everyone should read – an article that prompted some great discussions in the comments. Since you’re all so wonderfully geeky, we’ve decided to follow up with a list of 50 essential sci-fi/fantasy films, for those who prefer the celluloid to the… Read More

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10 of the Greatest Debut Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels

Today marks the release of Danie Ware’s debut novel Ecko Rising, a genre-bending SF-fantasy mash-up set in a futuristic, tech-crazed London. To celebrate the release, Flavorwire asked Ware to curate a list of some of her favorite science fiction and fantasy from debut novelists. After all, she is an expert. … Read More

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30 of the Most Beautiful Sci-Fi Book Covers Ever Made

Science fiction cover art has a bad reputation. Not without reason: much of it is pulpy, overly brash, or just plain scary — it’s kind of the name of the game. Yet there are also plenty of science fiction novels and collections that buck the trend and manage to be not only palatable to those that (for instance) love the insides but hate that naked green woman on the cover, but downright gorgeous. Click through for a selection of some of the best, from vintage paperbacks to new and shiny… Read More

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Amazing Psychedelic Vintage Norwegian Sci-Fi Book Covers

They just don’t make book covers the way they used to. That is: epically weird, like this series of science fiction books published by Norwegian imprint Lanterne in the ’60s and ’70s and spotted by Caustic Cover Critic. Designed by Peter Haars, the covers are not only deliciously bizarre and psychedelic, but also pretty compelling, as book covers go. Check out some highlights from the series after the jump, and then head over to this Flickr page for more. … Read More

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10 Forgotten Fantastical Novels You Should Read Immediately

Fans of magical prose and magical worlds, take heart. Titan Books has recently released a special limited edition version of steampunk legend James Blaylock’s The Aylesford Skull, a classic from one of the genre’s trailblazers. To celebrate the release, Blaylock has put together a list of forgotten or ignored works of literature that have inspired his own writing, and should be must-reads for anyone interested in science fiction or the fantastic. … Read More

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How ‘Star Wars’ Killed Smart Sci-Fi Cinema

In the opening sequence of Oblivion, the voice of Tom Cruise (playing the film’s protagonist, Commander Jack Harper) creeps onto the soundtrack and painstakingly explains the precise details of the film’s backstory. The year is 2077. The Earth is all but abandoned. An alien population known as Scavengers (Scavs for short) invaded the moon, which in turn nearly destroyed the earth. Most humans have moved to a space station. Drones and technicians like Harper roam the earth, and so on and son on. A metric ton of exposition is slammed into that opening sequence, but here’s what’s peculiar: at the beginning of the second act, after Jack discovers a hibernating astronaut (Olga Kurylekno) and saves her, he sits her down and gives her the whole spiel again. Why? Is this a safeguard in case people showed up late? Do they think we didn’t get it the first time? … Read More

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