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A Critical Look at Where Classic Mythology and Science Fiction Collide A Critical Look at Where Classic Mythology and Science Fiction Collide

I know in the Venn diagram of “science fiction lovers” and “classic Greek and Roman literature,” there’s not exactly a ton of overlap. But for those like myself who are fans of both, or for those who enjoy taking a more scholarly examination of scifi, have I got a book for you.

This Infographic Shows How a Story Can Hit Big Without the Internet This Infographic Shows How a Story Can Hit Big Without the Internet

Remember books? You know, the most distributed content-delivery technology ever? Folios may be on their way out, and internet content may reach more people than ever, but it's pretty amazing to look at how widely our favorite narratives have been distributed. Who knew that Pride and Prejudice has had more editions…

New Archeological Proof for the Oldest Tsunami in Recorded History New Archeological Proof for the Oldest Tsunami in Recorded History

Tucked away in the 8th volume of Herodotus' Histories is a reference to a town that was saved from attack by the Persians when the sea retreated — then returned higher than ever, drowning those who tried to cross the shallows. This account of 479 BCE is regarded as the first historical reference to a tsunami — and now…

The birth of steampunk in the 19th Century The birth of steampunk in the 19th Century

The rise in steam power in the late 18th century led to the imagined possibility that humanity might finally be freed from dependence on muscle and wind as sources of energy. Novels of the near- and far-future, in which new forms of energy, including steam, would lead to new technology and new cultures, expressed…

An Appreciation of Lord Bulwer-Lytton An Appreciation of Lord Bulwer-Lytton

One generation's master is the next generation's hack. One generation's classic is the next's punch-line. Witness the case of Edward George Earle Bulwer, Baron Lytton of Knebworth–or, as he became known to later generations, Bulwer-Lytton.

In the Japanese cult classic Hausu, schoolgirls are eaten by an evil house on LSD In the Japanese cult classic Hausu, schoolgirls are eaten by an evil house on LSD

In Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1977 horror classic, House (a.k.a. Hausu), a band of plucky vacationing schoolgirls make the fatal mistake of spending summer vacation at a very hungry haunted house.

Ghost Dog: Why this katana-swinging hitman is an urban legend Ghost Dog: Why this katana-swinging hitman is an urban legend

Jim Jarmusch's 1999 thriller Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai is a stunning meditation on race, death, cultural cross-pollination, and Forest Whitaker killing gangsters. But what's most intriguing about Ghost Dog is how Jarmusch transforms the film's flesh-and-blood samurai into a nigh mythical wraith. Here's why this…

The New Monopoly Will Be Controlled by an All Powerful, All Seeing Tower The New Monopoly Will Be Controlled by an All Powerful, All Seeing Tower

This fall, there'll be a new version of Monopoly called Monopoly Live that places a 10-inch tower right in the middle of the board. Why? Because that tower controls every aspect of the game: it rolls the dice, it calculates rent, it knows whose turn it is and where your piece is on the board, and knows exactly how…

The 3-D craze comes to classic science fiction book covers

It's not enough that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit will be filmed in 3-D — now your favorite science fiction books will have 3-D covers too. Are you excited yet? Vintage Classics is reissuing five books with 3-D covers: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Centre…

A Massive Map Of Four Famed Fictions Crossing The Globe A Massive Map Of Four Famed Fictions Crossing The Globe

Ever wondered the geographical origins of such dissimilar stories as Doctor Faustus and Jaws? This map charts the evolution of four classic tales as they traversed continents, centuries, and cultures.

This Week's Best iPhone Apps This Week's Best iPhone Apps

In this week's pixel-doubled app roundup: AT&T's entire business model, potentially vaporized! Gears and pipes, diligently organized! Google Voice, web-ized! Restaurant menus, analyzed! Ski slopes, virtualized! "Ist" sites, app(et)ized! Ebook apps, plagiarized! And more...

The Tech and Science Behind Little Red Riding Hood The Tech and Science Behind Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is a great story, but as a gadget nerd I need to have it presented in terms that I can truly understand. In other words—what are the specs?

Kiwi Scifi Novel From 1881 Predicted Great Alien Sex Kiwi Scifi Novel From 1881 Predicted Great Alien Sex

A lost second volume of the early science fiction novella called The Great Romance has been discovered in New Zealand, and it reveals early thoughts of crazy alien sex, plus airlocks, space shuttles and space suits. All this, long before we had even devised a scientific way to the moon besides jumping really, really…

Boys Don't Cry Director Tackles Trippy Scifi Classic Boys Don't Cry Director Tackles Trippy Scifi Classic

Arthur C. Clarke's weird science fiction novel Childhood's End could soon be a movie directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry, and the upcoming Stop-Loss). Peirce says she's attracted to the challenging themes of Clarke's 1953 novel, but she'll have a hard time turning it into a big-budget movie. The novel inspired…

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