10 Space Empires That Actually Make Economic Sense

Everybody loves a huge space empire. A far-flung interplanetary civilization combines the romance of exploration with the pride and cool-factor of building something. But not every star-spanning regime is a viable proposition. Here are 10 star-empires from science fiction that make economic sense. » 9/24/14 2:08pm 9/24/14 2:08pm

More Weird Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Original Star Trek

50 years ago, one of science fiction's greatest series was in development. The original Star Trek series was born out of desperation as much as inspiration, and a recent book called These Are The Voyages reveals tons of insane behind-the-scenes details. You think you know Star Trek? Here are tons of details you… » 9/16/14 6:16pm 9/16/14 6:16pm

Top 10 Most Ridiculously Overcomplicated Doctor Who Villain Schemes

The Doctor, that time-traveling alien mad scientist, is a clever man — but his foes often outsmart themselves. We may never know the Doctor's real name, but the Master's name is clearly Rube Goldberg. Here are the 10 most ludicrously byzantine plots that Doctor Who's baddies have cooked up. » 8/20/14 1:57pm 8/20/14 1:57pm

Everything You Never Knew About The Making Of Last Starfighter

For a whole generation of video-game-playing kids, The Last Starfighter represents a special kind of wish-fulfillment: a down-on-his-luck kid becomes a video-game champ, only to find himself recruited to fight in an interplanetary war. How did something so perfect get made? Here's the whole, fascinating story. » 7/10/14 5:20pm 7/10/14 5:20pm

Top 10 Least Threatening Star Trek Villains

Star Trek has never really been about its villains. Even the Klingons, Romulans and Borg have provided object lessons about understanding. Kirk had foils more than he had villains. So it's no surprise that when Trek tries to do baddies, it frequently stumbles. Here are the 10 least dangerous Trek villains of all time. » 6/03/14 4:58pm 6/03/14 4:58pm

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About the Making Of Flash Gordon

The 1980 Flash Gordon had so much promise. They had a budget, an all-star cast, and the filmmaker behind the 1971 classic Get Carter. They had Queen! How many shit-storms had to coalesce to create this altogether Perfect Storm of movie failure? Quite a few. Here are the weirdest secrets of the making of Flash Gordon. » 5/02/14 4:52pm 5/02/14 4:52pm

This glow-in-the-dark Xenomorph figure might be the scariest Alien toy

That's a bold claim, given how many horrifying Alien toys were marketed to little kids. But this Kenner 18" figure is both close to H.R. Giger's original vision and blatantly horrific, with the skull-face and everything. Hard to believe this was marketed to little kids. » 9/12/13 6:40am 9/12/13 6:40am

Star Trek Into Dumbness

The new Star Trek movie isn't a terrible film. Star Trek Into Darkness has some bravura action scenes, and some brilliant comic bits. But it's also aggressively, tragically stupid. It's not even a great popcorn film, because it fails to deliver on its own promises. And it's not half as good as J.J. Abrams' first Star… » 5/16/13 2:02pm 5/16/13 2:02pm