I appreciate that I (or at least 2010 I) have been called in as an expert witness for the most important debate in the internet's history. Now, uh, would someone please tell me what the hell's going on? » 2/27/15 9:22am 2/27/15 9:22am

My sincere apologies for my slapdash photo-crediting; I should have been more careful when I originally wrote this three years ago. Indeed, because it's been so long since I wrote the post, and because the io9 publishing software has since changed, I can't actually update this post without removing the image. All in… » 4/17/14 8:29pm 4/17/14 8:29pm

io9 March Madness Final Four: Harry Potter vs. Lord of the Rings!

We're down to our last four competitors in our quest to find the greatest work of science fiction and fantasy ever! Star Wars and Doctor Who are battling it out to represent science fiction in our championship game, while Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are locked in combat to raise the fantasy banner. So vote now! » 3/26/14 10:37am 3/26/14 10:37am

io9 March Madness Elite Eight: Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones!

We're down to our last eight competitors in our search for the greatest work in all of science fiction and fantasy. So now it's time for you to vote on today's batch of titanic match-ups, as Star Wars takes on Firefly, Doctor Who battles the X-Men, Lord of the Rings crosses swords with Game of Thrones, and Harry… » 3/24/14 11:50am 3/24/14 11:50am

io9 March Madness Sweet 16: Star Wars vs. Dune! Buffy vs. Cthulhu!

We've reached the Sweet Sixteen in our hunt to find the greatest work of science fiction and fantasy ever. Just four competitors are left from each of our regionals, which means you've got some tough choices ahead: Doctor Who or Blade Runner? Harry Potter or Hellboy? Terminator or X-Men? Vote now! » 3/21/14 12:00pm 3/21/14 12:00pm

Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy Round Two: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

We've reached the Second Round in our quest to find the ultimate work of science fiction and fantasy, and we've got some brutal match-ups for you to decide. Blade Runner vs. Back to the Future! Star Trek vs. Firefly! Game of Thrones vs. A Wrinkle in Time! Sandman vs. Buffy! Dune vs. Ender's Game! » 3/19/14 12:25pm 3/19/14 12:25pm

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy: Dystopia, Mad Science and Magic!

This year's edition of io9 March Madness is dedicated to finding the greatest, most classic work from all of science fiction and fantasy. Today we wrap up the Round of 64 with the likes of George Orwell, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and the Dread Lord Cthulhu. The competition is fierce! » 3/17/14 11:48am 3/17/14 11:48am

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Round One: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

In this year's edition of io9 March Madness, we're on a quest to find the greatest series in all of science fiction and fantasy. On Wednesday, we kicked things off by making eight classics battle it out just to make it into the tourney. Now it's time to start voting on the round of 64! » 3/14/14 11:18am 3/14/14 11:18am

I believe the consensus speculation is that the 11th Doctor does this after his regeneration has started, in the period after he blows up the Daleks and before Clara reenters the TARDIS. This could explain why there's a shot of Clara putting the external TARDIS phone back on the receiver, as the Doctor just used it to… » 1/31/14 1:32pm 1/31/14 1:32pm

If we want to be super technical and pedantic — which, we're Who fans, so of course we do — the War Doctor's apparent age when he started out should arguably be that of however old John Hurt was in that archive footage that they incorporated into "The Night of the Doctor." I don't know if anyone has identified… » 1/27/14 5:31pm 1/27/14 5:31pm

Behold the bizarre wonder of a Supermarionation Christmas

For some shows, a Christmas episode represents the perfect opportunity to gather together friends and family, to celebrate the essential bonds that ultimately unite the people that populate a given fictional universe. But for the 1960s puppet espionage show Joe 90, Christmas was the perfect opportunity to mix together… » 12/25/13 6:00pm 12/25/13 6:00pm

Four galaxies are smashed together in a space the size of the Milky Way

This area of the universe is known as Seyfert's Sextet, although there are really only four galaxies engaged in this particular cosmic turf war. First spotted by astronomer Carl Keenan Seyfert, these tightly packed galaxies represent the most compact group ever discovered, as the space they occupy would barely be… » 12/24/13 5:00pm 12/24/13 5:00pm

What every Doctor Who regeneration says about each Doctor's era

Tomorrow sees the final bow of the Eleventh Doctor, as Matt Smith regenerates into Peter Capaldi. But "The Time Of The Doctor" figures to be more than just this incarnation's last hurrah – like so many regeneration stories before it, the Christmas special is a chance to define just who this particular Doctor is, once… » 12/24/13 1:23pm 12/24/13 1:23pm

Saturn does its best to imitate a Christmas ornament

Assuming you read the headline, I'm probably not going to be able to convince you that this image is an extreme, shadowy close-up of a Christmas bauble. But it can still be hard to believe that these boldly colored, oddly perfect circles and hexagons can really be found in Saturn's northern hemisphere. » 12/24/13 6:40am 12/24/13 6:40am