Ms. Pac-Man Is a Feminist, and Three More Daring Video Game Arguments

This has been a very good year for video games, but it has been an exceptional year for books about video games—surely the best ever. I can’t tell you who will win the prestigious BAGOTY award for 2015, but Cara Ellison’s Embed With Games, Simon Parkin’s Death by Video Game, and Michael W. Clune’s Gamelife are all… »11/17/15 5:30pm11/17/15 5:30pm

The Dumbest Thing The Star Wars Expanded Universe Did To Princess Leia

Star Wars’ old Expanded Universe is no more. Under the Disney regime, it has been relegated to the “Legends” banner, and the new official canon includes just the movies and TV shows, along with a whole new set of books, comics, etc. But somehow, one of the absolute worst EU books still has an enduring influence on … »11/03/15 3:58pm11/03/15 3:58pm

The Difference Between a Great Story and a Shitty Story Is Often Really Tiny

Hollywood people often say that it’s a miracle there are any good movies at all. Because so much can go wrong, and so many random things have to go right, for a movie to avoid being a hopeless disaster. I can believe this, because in general the difference between the good and bad versions of the same story is often… »10/30/15 6:23pm10/30/15 6:23pm

Where’s the Wookiee? Has Kids Searching For Chewbacca Instead of Waldo

Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo (or Where’s Wally if you were in the UK) were some of the most popular children’s books of the late ‘80s. Not surprisingly there have been countless knock-offs which are all worth ignoring, except now that Chewbacca the Wookiee has gone missing all over the Star Wars universe. »10/14/15 7:27am10/14/15 7:27am

George R.R. Martin Shows Us a Whole New Side of The Seven Kingdoms

George R.R. Martin’s epic-fantasy setting of Westeros is highly addictive, and for good reason. It’s such a richly imagined world, with such a rich backstory, there’s enough material to obsess about for years. And his new book, collecting his “Dunk and Egg” stories, showcases just what a great setting it is. »10/07/15 12:09am10/07/15 12:09am

The Martian Is Hands Down The Best Thriller Of The Year

When it comes to edge-of-your-seat suspense, The Martian is in a class of its own. Ridley Scott’s new movie, in theaters today, is a top-notch survival thriller, full of twists and turns that’ll make you catch your breath. It’s the most exciting movie in ages. Plus it’ll make you want to be an astronaut when you grow… »10/02/15 1:28pm10/02/15 1:28pm

All The Most Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in October

You’d better clear your schedule—because October is just packed with amazing science fiction and fantasy books. Including George R.R. Martin’s tales of Westeros long before Game of Thrones. Plus Ann Leckie, Gene Wolfe, Doctor Who and Brandon Sanderson. And the most delightfully weird fantasy spinoff ever! »10/01/15 5:20pm10/01/15 5:20pm

The Secret of Writing An Action Movie in Book Form

Screw movies. A great novel can be just as exciting and thrilling as a big-budget Hollywood tentpole. A novel can contain massive, insane action, that movie-makers could never even afford to bring to life. But how do you create an action movie on the page? We talked to 10 of our favorite authors, and here’s what they… »9/28/15 5:21pm9/28/15 5:21pm

A Former Heroin Addict’s New Memoir About Video Games

“When it comes to probing questions about their intimate life as computer-game players, most people don’t have much to say,” writes Michael W. Clune in his absorbing new memoir Gamelife. “They’ve never thought about it. Or they’ve repressed it. Or they’ve forgotten. Or they’re embarrassed. Society has convinced them… »9/25/15 11:00am9/25/15 11:00am

The 10 Most Unfilmable Books (That Absolutely Must Be Made Into Films)

One of the best parts of science fiction and fantasy books is that they let our minds go to places where reality can’t follow. Recently creators have taken an interest in visually showing us these impossible places, and we love it. Here are 10 books that we think can’t be put on film, but we’re hoping that someone… »9/03/15 9:45pm9/03/15 9:45pm

A Metal Gear Solid Primer in Podcast Form

I just played the first 30 minutes or so of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and I’m hooked. I’m also slightly—emphasis on slightly—less confused than I otherwise would have been, because I asked Jason Schreier of Kotaku and Ashly Burch of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’? to talk about why they like the Metal Gear Solid »9/02/15 6:40pm9/02/15 6:40pm

All the Most Thrilling Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming This Fall

Your “to read” pile is about to get much more massive. This fall’s science fiction and fantasy books include new titles by legends like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Stephen King, Jim Butcher and Tanya Huff. You’re not ready for this! Which is why we’re getting you ready, with our guide to fall books. »8/28/15 7:46pm8/28/15 7:46pm