The world is kind of scary right now. The police and the military are becoming indistinguishable from one another, as they share ever more weapons, gear and tactics. Major American cities, like Detroit, are being allowed to devolve into the kind of post-apocalyptic shitholes we're used to seeing in ... More >>
One of the best things about science fiction is it can be weird. Really, really weird. More often than not, it isn't weird, it's just spaceships and ray guns and robots, and that's all fine and dandy, but the genre's ability to go deep into the WTF zone is one of its great strengths. Sure, sometimes ... More >>
You may not realize it, but this past week was a special one for Star Trek. The last seven days marked the birthday of not one, but both, of the original series stars. WIlliam Shatner, who portrayed Captain Kirk, and Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, both turned 83 this week -- Shatner on March 22 an ... More >>
AnomalyCon (running March 28 to 30 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center) started as a steam punk and alternate history-themed convention but has since expanded to cover science fiction generally. In its fourth year, the convention is featuring guest speakers, artists, writers and performers that have ... More >>
If there's one thing science-fiction writers love as much as exploring space and meeting aliens, it's traveling back in time and screwing things up. From H.G. Wells to the recent reboot of Star Trek, time travel is one of the genre's most well-explored tropes, but authors keep finding new ways to sp ... More >>
It's hard to imagine there's room, much less a genuine need, for another cop show on television. You've got whole families of your CSIs, your NCISs, hell, there's even a Law and Order or two still chugging along, isn't there? Throw in the single-show franchises -- Castle, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, ... More >>
Geek culture is not a monolithic entity -- far from it. Underneath the big tent of geekdom, you'll find factions big and small, for every possible slice of nerd life. Few of us embrace only one slice of geek life, but even fewer of us are true polynerds, embracing any and everything labeled "geek." ... More >>
The X-Files turned twenty this week. Despite its somewhat advanced age, the groundbreaking series has never felt more relevant. The show's paranoid vision of government conspiracies seems positively prescient in light of revelations about NSA spying in defiance of U.S. law and custom. Its embrace of ... More >>
In a recent interview with Mike Ryan of The Huffington Post, Simon Pegg said "f*ck you!" to a bunch of Las Vegas Star Trek convention fans who ranked Star Trek: Into Darkness as the worst Trek movie ever. Pegg, who plays Scotty in the franchise reboots and clearly disagreed that the newest Trek movi ... More >>
Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. On this day 27 years ago, moviegoers got their first look at one of cinema's rare perfect films when Aliens hit almost 1,500 theaters. Audiences loved it. Critics loved it. The studio must have loved ... More >>
Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. Pacific Rim, a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters, is about to open in hundreds of theaters nationwide, released by a major studio and accompanied by a gigantic ad campaign. It's at lea ... More >>
In a scene oversaturated with bands mining the 1960s, Shannon and the Clams manage to stand out in stark contrast to their peers. That's partly because their songwriting is simple and strong, but mostly because of Shannon Shaw's powerful, soulfully melodic and emotionally gripping voice. Shaw sounds ... More >>
Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. We geeks watch a lot of bad movies. It's not like we have a choice, really. We like the kind of movies that we like, and the sad truth is a lot of genre stuff is pretty shitty. Take space operas, fo ... More >>
Fuck Fox. Not for FoxNews or American Idol or any of the other questionable shit the network has thrown out there in the name of entertainment over the years. People like what people like, however inexplicable that may be, so I couldn't care less about any of that. No, Fox earned my everlasting ire ... More >>
Science Fiction Land could have been huge. Proposed in 1979, the idea was to build a huge theme park in Aurora with a holographic zoo and a 1,000-lane bowling alley attended by robots. The park was to also serve as the set of a $50 million sci-fi flick called Lord of Light. The movie never happened, ... More >>
Science fiction isn't for everyone. But those who get it, really get it. "Comics and sci-fi are the new archetypes of our culture, we relate to Star Wars and Stan Lee's characters; we've created new mythologies through them," says Dan Landes, restaurateur and self confessed sci-fi geek. And this Fri ... More >>
Tomorrow, the Colorado Economic Development Commission will hold its first public hearing on the six projects vying for big-bucks sales-tax rebates under the state's Regional Tourism Act. They include a 1,500-room hotel and conference center in Aurora. The hotel would be the city's biggest tourism d ... More >>
When we called Sorin Katt for the interview, we asked to speak with Kevin, his legal first name. He told us we had the wrong number. When we asked to speak with Sorin, however, he responded immediately. Besides talking to us about how he got involved in the furry lifestyle (the "fandom"), Roc ... More >>
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is often regarded as one of the most scientifically sound science-fiction movies out there. Working closely with author Arthur C. Clarke, Kubrick met with plenty of scientific experts to ensure the film would be as authentic as possible, regardless of t ... More >>
Connie Willis.Greeley author Connie Willis was in Washington over the weekend, picking up her seventh Nebula award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Yes, her seventh. The SFFWA's 1,500 members awarded best novel honors to her epic two-volume work, Blackout/All Clear, a ... More >>
Anderson works his way through a Barnes & Noble's collection of his novels.Kevin Anderson has lost track of the number of books he's written. He knows it's over a hundred, and when it gets to that point it's not a matter of not remembering. There are other factors -- this one didn't make it ... More >>
That's right -- this guy.The number of science fiction authors who can number themselves among the objects of sexual fascination that have had inspired bouncy pop songs about that lust was, presumably, zero until very recently. But now, the ardor of Rachel Bloom for prolific and excellent sci ... More >>
Jay CanodeYears in the making, Paolo Bacigalupi's first published novel is raking in awards. Paonia's Paolo Bacigalupi, profiled in Westword as "the hottest writer in sci-fi" a couple of weeks ago, just got hotter. His first novel, The Windup Girl, just won the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Nove ... More >>
Serenity picks up where Firefly left off.
Courtesy of Sony PicturesSam Rockwell in "Moon." Moon, which opens on Friday, July 3, at the Mayan Theatre, is a low-budget science-fiction film that shoots for the stratosphere using ideas, not computer graphics and flashy effects. That it does so well with so little is a testament to the performa ... More >>
Star Trek cereal Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Oat discs that resemble mini-cinnamon rolls, even though the designers insist that they represent spinning galaxies. (Maybe to someone who's never been to a bakery.) These bits are supplemented by marshmallows stamped ... More >>
Timecrimes takes you on a wild ride.
Local author Warren Hammond fuses two genres.
"Watch the slideshow. Or else." For a slideshow of Friday's masquerade, go to westword.com/slideshow. Among science fiction fans, it seems the World Science Fiction Convention is the premier event. In my various conversations last week, whenever I mentioned that I’d been going to cons for years ... More >>
"What? No talking cats?" The annual Denvention has landed in Denver, and Jason Sheehan is there. Click here to read his first report from the science fiction convention. Many years ago -- long before I had this gig, long before I even really had a career to call my own -- I gave some thought to b ... More >>
"Take me to your leader... David Duchovny." For those of you who missed the memo (or last week’s Night & Day story or Kenny Be’s awesome cartoon), let me remind you once again that should you see a Klingon wandering 14th Street or someone on Stout singing songs about Dungeons & Dragons or how s ... More >>
A larger-than-life convention descends upon Denver.
Sci-fi conventions are where movie stars go to burn brightly one more time.
Inside Ed Bryant's little shop of horrors.