New leaked documents from Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA and British intelligence have been spying on people in World of Warcraft and other online games. And Neal Stephenson's epic spy novel REAMDE predicted this whole mess back in 2011.
And a great article in the Financial Times breaks them down for you. There's the "futuristic" home where everything is white and automatic, there's the "retro" home, that looks Victorian or art deco, there's the "dystopian" ruins.
LP covers are an art form all their own -- and some of the coolest record covers feature fantasy and science fiction icons. But what about science itself? Some of the greatest album covers feature images lifted directly from science.
When you discover a new favorite author, you want to dive in and read all of his or her works -- but sometimes, that means a paltry stack of five or six books. And then there are some authors whose output would take years to read.
Science fiction has always commented on the present, and today's present is very science-fictional. All around, we see inventions that could transform the world within a decade or two. So why don't more science fiction writers speculate about them?
We love pin-up art for the same reason we love burlesque. They're sexy flights of fancy, lifted up by playfulness. So it makes sense that there's so much great science-fiction-themed pin-up art out there.
There's a must-read piece at Slate on Isaac Asimov's classic novel The Caves of Steel, part of a trilogy of novels about societies where everybody lives hundreds of years and relies on robots for everything.
Time travel stories are some of the coolest tales in the universe. But sometimes, when you're lost in the time-space continuum, things can get pretty crazy. Time-lag, paradox overload, etc. So you gotta have rules to make sense of the vortex.