Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book ... More >>
Gary Numan (due Friday, April 2, at The Gothic Theatre) is most widely remembered for his 1980 hit song "Cars." That song was merely the most popular in an influential career that had a direct impact on artists as diverse as Prince, Beck, Lady Gaga and, of course, Nine Inch Nails, with whom Numan ha ... More >>
With Cars, Cards and Carbines, author Travis Heermann is aiming to bring some fun back into the world of speculative fiction. The forthcoming anthology -- aiming for a December 2014 release and currently seeking funding via Kickstarter -- is primed to do just that with a series of action-packed stor ... More >>
Spirited Awasteland // Desperate Living
In true Captain James T. Kirk style (or the style of whatever heroic character he's portraying, for that matter), William Shatner has come through to save the day once again -- taking the place of Denver Comic Con's original guest of honor, Stan Lee. (The ninety-year-old comic icon had to bow out la ... More >>
When filmmaker Alex Cox finished shooting Repo Man in 1983, the first thing he did with the left-over money was option the film rights to the science fiction novel Bill, the Galactic Hero. Now both projects are back in the spotlight. The Criterion Collection recently released a Blu-Ray edition of th ... More >>
Nerds of a feather flock together, as they say. Brian Ibbott and jazz composer Andrew Allen have once again proven this adage to be entirely true. The two have paired up to produce another passion project that is sure to appeal to the dorkiest dweebs you know, Free Play, an album of traditional jazz ... More >>
I'm among the petulant grumblers about super-popular movies getting prequels, gaining sequels and being retrofitted to appeal to current fans while grabbing up new fans with sexy, glammy, glitzy things like turbo-hottie actors and actresses and the expensive magic of CGI. But I grumble because I car ... More >>
In Sigri Strand's latest series, Conjuring the Sensation of the Sun, the photographer taps into a human's relationship with food -- but through the lens of science fiction. Part of the citywide Month of Photography, the resulting show opens Saturday, March 9 at GroundSwell, which just won a Westword ... More >>
Sunday, January 27, Gothic Theatre, 888-929-7849.
Fear not, geeks (and geek-curious): The Geek Pavilion at the second annual Denver County Fair, which runs from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 at the National Western Complex, is in excellent hands. That's because Dana Cain, the Denver County Fair's director, is passionate about nerd lif ... More >>
Star Trek: The Next Generation fans will get a special treat tonight, when National CineMedia brings two episodes of the classic series (complete with newly polished special effects) to the big screen, including the United Artists Denver Pavilions 15. That's the good news. The less good news is the ... More >>
"Comics and sci-fi are the new archetypes of our culture; we relate to Star Wars and Stan Lee's characters, and we've created new mythologies through them," says Dan Landes, restaurateur and self-confessed sci-fi geek. And on May 4, Landes's City, O' City hosted a full-on orgy of nerdness with the M ... More >>
Dan Landes loves sci-fi. And he'll prove it on Friday, when he hosts May the Fourth Be With You -- a sci-fi extravaganza complete with costume contest, live music and movies -- at his restaurant, City, O' City. Landes wouldn't reveal what costume he'll be wearing, but in anticipation of that orgy o ... More >>
This week, we have a load of solid new releases, including a new book from Jeffrey Eugenides, whom the reading public hasn't heard from in almost ten years and whose book Middlesex now holds a permanent spot in nearly every used book store in the country. We also have the DVD release of Terra ... More >>
Neal Stephenson will be at Tattered Cover LoDo tomorrow, and in advance of his appearance we talked with him about his new novel, Reamde, a thriller based on a virus that steals your information and requires payment via gold in a MMO game. Before you click through to the interview, where we discus ... More >>
Tyrannosaurus Sex Tape
The Sci-Fi Film Series is getting down to its final two weeks, and this Wednesday, they'll be showing one of our favorites, Moon, at 7 p.m. at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. The purpose of the series is pretty simple: show off some great science fiction movies and provide an intellectual intro ... More >>
The Sci-Fi Film Series kicked off last week and will be running science fiction films, classic and new, every Wednesday for the next four weeks. The series' goal is to offer viewers a chance to talk with and hear a short lecture by an actual scientist about the scientific origins (or pseudo-s ... More >>
Stingray Sam is a science-fiction cowboy film with a message.
Robot Chicken Star Wars is a plucky take-off on the original.
Catch a classic Star Trek episode on the big screen.
David Grinspoon is popularizing science, one alien joke at a time.
Cherry Creek serves up art.
Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water
Director Simon Wells tinkers with his great-grandfather's Time Machine.
After writing for more than 400 films, Ennio Morricone remains the man with one name
Two reasons why today's jazzers are afraid to go where Ornette Coleman went before.
Look who's talking now.
Tim Burton turns his ray gun on everything in sight when Mars Attacks!, and it's good, gory fun.