Science Fiction

Opinion

Science Fiction Is Not Social Reality

The tech industry is inspired to create our world from linear, scripted science fiction stories.
S.A. Applin
7.20.18
invisibility

Scientists Made a Working Invisibility Cloak (But There's a Catch)

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have created a device that uses “acoustic cloaking” technology.
Kaleigh Rogers
5.10.18
Terraform

A Most Elegant Solution

I always said I wanted to be one of the first to die on Mars.
M. Darusha Wehm
4.27.18
Fembots

Westworld’s Female Hosts Signal a Shift In Our Fear of Robots

Clever fembots are becoming a more popular scare tactic than indestructible Terminators.
Becky Ferreira
4.24.18
movies

We Made Better Versions of the New 'Ready Player One' Posters

Steven Spielberg made homages to posters from 'The Matrix,' 'Blade Runner,' and a bunch of other Motherboard favorites.
Jason Koebler
3.6.18
Terraform

Paralysis

Well, it’s over, you’re out now. You’re safe. You scared me, you know.
Claude Ecken
2.9.18
Obituaries

We Lost Ursula K. Le Guin When We Needed Her Most

Her novels and stories spoke with the breath of her politics, a graceful and humanist blend of lyrical environmentalism, feminism, and anticapitalism.
Claire L. Evans
1.24.18
Science Fiction

Watch These Robots Work Themselves to Death in This Sci-Fi Short

'Vicious Cycle' is a look at mindless work and automation.
Caroline Haskins
1.11.18
black mirror

‘Black Mirror’ Made a Murder Thriller About Overbearing Licensing Agreements

"Crocodile" isn't about mind-reading technology, it's about the End User License Agreements that enable it.
Jason Koebler
1.2.18
speculative fiction

How the Best Futures Help Us Survive an Unbearable Present

The best way to remember 2017 will surely be through the stories it told about what might come after
Brian Merchant
1.2.18
Science Fiction

Forget Quentin Tarantino, the Next Great 'Star Trek' Movie Is About its Fans

‘Please Stand By’ might be the loving tribute to Trek we all deserve.
Matthew Gault
12.6.17
Terraform

Writing a Dystopia of Women's Oppression in the Age of Trump

An interview with Louise Erdrich, author of Future Home of the Living God.
Brian Merchant
12.4.17