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The Worst Badvertising and Best Radvertising of Comic-Con 2015

The panels and events at San Diego Comic-Con are only part of the story. Every year, companies spend millions of dollars to market to this captive audience of fans. Some of it is pretty clever. Some of it... is horrible. Here’s the worst badvertising, and the best radvertising, of Comic-Con 2015. » 7/14/15 4:11pm 7/14/15 4:11pm

Rick Grimes Is Scarier Than Any Zombie in the New Walking Dead Trailer

It’s a lesson many people (and zombies) have learned the hard way—do not mess with Rick Grimes. But if you thought Rick taking charge of the Alexandria Safe Zone was somehow going to put an end to the group’s troubles, this lengthy, brutal Comic-Con trailer for season 6 will make you think again.
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The Evolution of Game of Thrones' Effects With VFX Boss Joe Bauer

When you get a chance to talk to Game of Thrones’ VFX supervisor Joe Bauer, you don’t ask him about the weather. So we didn’t—instead, we asked him to discuss the greatest FX scenes over the show’s five seasons in this exclusive io9 video, and the show’s ever-evolving with practical effects and digital wizardry. » 7/07/15 12:25pm 7/07/15 12:25pm

First Look At Axanar, The Star Trek War Movie We've Waited Decades For

Star Trek fans have been curious for years about the Battle of Axanar, the decisive turning point in the war against the Klingon Empire. And now, a new unofficial movie will show what really happened at Axanar, and how Captain Garth triumphed. Here’s your first image from Star Trek: Axanar, exclusively at io9! » 7/06/15 3:38pm 7/06/15 3:38pm

The Complete Guide To Every Single Terminator, From T-1 To T-3000

Most of us just know a few of Skynet’s most famous killer cyborgs. The T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The T-1000, made of liquid metal. But there have been a stunning 15 models of Terminator, from Cyberdyne and Skynet, as featured in the movies, TV series and games. Here’s our complete guide to all the… » 7/01/15 4:22pm 7/01/15 4:22pm

15 TV Shows That Reinvented Science Fiction In The Past Decade

The conventional wisdom says that the past 10 years have been a bad time for science fiction on television. Fantasy has been on the upswing. Space opera all but disappeared. Science fiction shows get canceled all the time. But a ton of great science fiction has been created since 2005. Here are 15 shows that changed… » 6/29/15 1:50pm 6/29/15 1:50pm

The Wachowskis’ Sense8 Is the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted

Critics seem unsure whether Sense8 is a masterpiece, a disaster, or both. But it’s still a game-changer—pushing the limits of narrative, and testing genre fiction’s patriarchal worldview for weak points. And with a concept that revolves around empathy and personhood, it’s also a great Philip K. Dick tribute. » 6/23/15 3:57pm 6/23/15 3:57pm

A Complete Guide To The Mythical History Of Westeros

Long before the events of Game of Thrones and George R. R. Martin’s fantasy books, Westeros was home to magic and strange, sinister creatures. We’ve only just started to glimpse this backstory on the show, but the books contain lots of hints. Here’s our complete guide to the fantastical past of this grim world. » 6/09/15 4:28pm 6/09/15 4:28pm

On Game Of Thrones, Remaining True To Yourself Is The Worst Lie Of All

A few characters face terrible choices in this week’s Game of Thrones. They pretty much all choose expediency over principle. In the midst of all this, one character says these choices should be easy as long as you remain true to yourself. But that’s the most insidious lie of all. Spoilers ahead... » 6/08/15 1:00pm 6/08/15 1:00pm

One Thing the Game of Thrones TV Show Does So Much Better Than the Books

As an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Game of Thrones TV series will always be compared to its source material. Given how beloved the books are, the show can usually only match them, more often falling short. But there’s one way that the show is kicking the books’… » 6/02/15 4:28pm 6/02/15 4:28pm

On Game Of Thrones, Recruiting Followers Is Hard...Unless You're A Wight

Last night’s Game of Thrones was a welcome return to form. It was also a weirdly structured episode: Half a series of vignettes about faith and learning to read people, and half a rip-roaring apocalyptic action movie. But it was all tied together by the contrast between single-minded zombies and undependable humans. » 6/01/15 2:03pm 6/01/15 2:03pm