Popular science-fiction author Harry Harrison, whose book "Make Room! Make Room!" was the basis for the 1973 film "Soylent Green," about a futuristic society and its fictional food, has died, his publisher said Wednesday. He was 87.
Author Charles Yu hopes you like his new book, but if not, an apology is built right into the title. "Sorry Please Thank You" is his new collection of mind-bending, moving and sometimes melancholy stories arriving in bookstores July 24.
Author Ray Bradbury recalls his humble love of books, writing and meeting his wife when honored with a lifetime award.
You could likely count on one hand the number of writers who could scare the daylights out of you as effectively as they could cheer you up. And there aren't too many fingers on that hand representing those writers who could do both in the same story or even on the same page and convince you that they know what they're doing.
In the three decades since he directed his first feature film, "The Duellists," filmmaker Ridley Scott has crafted a diverse filmography, serving up everything from the classic "Thelma & Louise" to the Oscar-winning "Gladiator."
In the end, it was Scotty who got beamed up.
Stephen King's fantasy novel "Eyes of the Dragon" could at last become a movie or miniseries.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is getting a lot of attention in suburbia. Dr. Drew and guests discuss the book's popularity.
Does "Fifty Shades of Grey's" love affair between a dominant man and vulnerable young woman feel a tad bit familiar?
J.J. Abrams is ready to engage.
A shiny headset that lets you watch 3-D video, play video games or listen to music -- not to mention looking at home on an extra from your favorite sci-fi film -- is on the way.
"Women and men of the fleet: This is your president. We have come to a crossroads in our long and painful journey," Laura Roslin tells the survivors of humanity's near-destruction while a mutiny rages on.
Any time there's a change in the Whoverse (the intergalactic space that occupies the storylines of British sci-fi show "Doctor Who" and its spinoffs, "The Sarah Jane Adventures" and "Torchwood"), fans of the franchise get nervous.
Candy Torres drove nonstop for 21 hours to see the launch of space shuttle Challenger in June 1983. She had seen shuttle launches before, but this trip from Princeton, New Jersey, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, was different: Sally Ride was about to become the first female U.S. astronaut to leave the Earth's atmosphere.
Getting the details out of his head and on to paper was Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore's most important priority of the day.
Renowned speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison is about to be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, recognizing a career that has spanned more than five decades in which he's made contributions to literature, television and film.
American sci-fi fans are missing something.
"Super 8" has much buzz ahead of its release, thanks to the big names behind it: writer/producer J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg. The hype factor increased even more Wednesday, when Paramount Pictures began advertising on Twitter about a one-day-early sneak preview of the film.
Not so long ago, TV shows like "Firefly," "Wonderfalls," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and "Dollhouse" were mourned by science fiction fans as having been canceled before their time, due -- as it always is -- to low ratings.
Growing up, physicist Michio Kaku had two heroes.
As someone who doesn't know a Klingon from a Jedi, I've watched in bewilderment, as friends have debated which franchise is superior: "Star Wars" or "Star Trek."
At the intersection of science-fiction and science-fact was William Shatner on Monday.
The shuttle Discovery crew got a wakeup call from actor William Shatner.
Are we alone in the universe? Findings by NASA's Kepler space telescope are making that seem less likely.
NASA's Kepler Mission Team says the discovery shows astronomers are closer to finding a galaxy similar to the Milky Way.
If Jane Espenson were to write a personal profile for an online dating service, it might read something like this:
It is fitting that the creator of one of the most heinous and iconic movie monsters of all time should have once been plagued by nightmares.
Love regenerating alien time travelers who never leave home without a sonic screwdriver?
The story of Katie Goldman is one that young and (ahem) older "girls" all over the country can relate to.
Katie Goldman's universe extends from her home to her first-grade classroom. She is a big sister to Annie Rose and Cleo, a piano player, a Spanish student, a wearer of glasses. She loathes the patch she has to wear for one lazy eye. She loves magic and princesses and "Star Wars," an obsession she picked up from her dad.
The Syfy Channel is known for a certain kind of escapist fun.
New materials with the ability to manipulate the speed of light could enable the creation of a "space-time cloak" capable of masking events or even creating an illusion of "Star Trek"-style transportation, according to scientists in London.
The legendary Star Trek actor reportedly undergoes "benign abdominal surgery"
What would you do if you ran into a future version of yourself?
"And if you think you're too busy to Twitter, you need to --"
A popular sightseeing destination in Australia is boldly going where no tourist attraction has gone before -- by offering audio tours in the Klingon language.
With San Diego Comic-Con little more than a day away, a group of Klingons gathered at the Gaslamp Quarter trolley stop at 6 a.m. They watched as English signs were replaced with placards written with the Klingon language.
Actor Leonard Nimoy shows CNN how to step into a movie with Yoostar 2 at E3 in Los Angeles.
What could bring Leonard Nimoy out of his newly minted retirement?
It's National Robotics Week, a time when students, scientists and others in the technology community celebrate the increasingly important role that real-world robots are playing in our lives.
If life were filled with historical figures facing perilous situations along an endless, winding river, then Syfy's "Riverworld," premiering this Sunday, would certainly promise an action-packed trip.
A look inside the 10 movies up for the coveted best picture Oscar.
"Avatar," watch your back. You too, Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.
When former "Growing Pains" actor Andrew Koenig missed his flight home to Los Angeles from Vancouver, British Columbia, last week, his father became worried.
A lifelong fascination with science fiction and the ocean has driven "Avatar" director James Cameron's career, he told the TED2010 conference Saturday.
Producer Jon Landau talks about Oscar nominations for 'Avatar' and what it's like working with director James Cameron.
OK, so you've exhausted most of those video games you got for Christmas. And you've got a gift card or two burning a hole in your pocket.
Obsessive, overenthusiastic, fanatical -- call them what you will.
The Avatar actress says she's always been drawn to material with nerd appeal
The hottie will fill shoes worn by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck
Dragon*Con -- it's where fandom goes to breed. The search for relationships at the convention.
It's the year 2000, and Eric Olsen is a medieval knight sheathed in armor with sword in hand.
Science fiction flicks featuring aliens can be a little formulaic: Aliens invade American territory, mass destruction ensues, and nine times out of 10, Will Smith rides to the rescue
"This is ground control to Major Tom," sang David Bowie about a fictional astronaut lost in orbit in 1969. Now, 40 years later Bowie's son Duncan Jones has released his own space oddity.
At 6 a.m. today, the Sci Fi Channel officially became Syfy, and if fans commenting on its site are to be believed, science-fiction lovers everywhere went into a self-satisfied state of mourning, convinced that the corporate makeover of their fringe fantasyland was at last complete. As one fan wrote, "NBC is what happened to Sci Fi."
Dave Howe, the president of the Sci Fi Channel, knows that many people will be upset.
At the 1964 New York World's Fair, people stood in line for hours to look at a strange sight.
The trailer for her low-budget sci-fi flick, Mega-Shark vs. Giant Octopus, is an online hit
Author Philip Jose Farmer died in his sleep Wednesday, according to a message on his Web site.
Science fiction author Iain Banks talks about space, drug glands and the future of humanity.
Author Iain M. Banks, whose "Culture" novels have made him one of science fiction's leading lights, has created a utopian universe where altruistic robot spaceships care for genetically-enhanced humanoids, where no one wants for anything and where people are freed from the chores of daily life to express themselves as they choose.
Sitting around watching television might not be as useless as you think. Certain shows have been remarkably accurate in their forecasts of the future.
Seattle's character and history are closely linked to its waterside location, so it makes sense to start your sightseeing at the Waterfront.
People don't go to the Sci Fi Channel for its political coverage. They'd rather watch an "X-Files" rerun.
New surgeries could lead to the regrowth of missing body parts. CNN's Barbara Starr reports (VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED).
Last week in an operating room in Texas, a wounded American soldier underwent a history-making procedure that could help him regrow the finger that was lost to a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, last year.
Syesha Mercado is eliminated from American Idol, setting up the showdown between David Archuletta and David Cook.
Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, an aide said. He was 90
Steven Spielberg's decision to withdraw from his position as an artistic director for this summer's Beijing Olympics over the country's policies in Darfur is drawing fire from China's state-controlled media and its public, reports the Associated Press.
I Am Legend paints an appropriately gloomy picture of postapocalyptic New York, says Richard Corliss -- but it's an odd locale for one of Hollywood's most winning actors
CNN's Kristie LuStout speaks with author Tomi Ahonen about how South Korea established itself as a technology leader.
The House of Elsewhere in Switzerland explores space travel, parallel worlds and alien life forms
The name sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but omega-3 fatty acids are a necessary part of our diet. "Every cell in the body requires omega-3 to function normally," says Dr. Andrew Stoll, author of "The Omega-3 Connection." "They are a class of fats, good fats that are actually as essential as vitamins to our health."
Health Minute: Fatty acids
"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ..."
From rebellious mechanoids taking over our lives to subservient droids that do our bidding, concepts of robots are often stuck in versions of fictional dystopia. But as fanciful as it seems, the issue of robot rights to protect both them and us is currently being debated by scientists and governments. But can robots ever know good from bad and what should we be more concerned about, robots abusing us, or bringing out our worst traits?
The 19th Century American lawyer turned author Christian Nestell Bovee once said, "It is the nature of thought to find its way into action."
Nominees in major categories for the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
Keith Richards has returned to the United States after being treated for a head injury in New Zealand, his publicist said Monday.
Some of the biggest medical discoveries have come in the last 25 years -- everything from Viagra to laser vision correction.
There's a reason certain stars get eight figures to appear in a film, and it's not talent.
CNN talks to architectural luminary Will Alsop about modern architecture's expanding horizons.
No, says director Mike Nichols, he wasn't trying to create a cultural icon or even a film that would captivate some members of the under-30 generation in 2005 just as powerfully as it had in 1967.
One of the most intriguing places in the universe doesn't actually exist. It is an artificial world, constructed as an enormous ring, 600 million miles in circumference, occupying the entire orbit of an Earth-like planet.
Like most people, all I've seen of "I, Robot" is the trailer and some commercials.
OK, it's summer. Befitting the blockbuster season, Hollywood has already destroyed most of the world in "The Day After Tomorrow." What could be next?
The moment was vintage Craig Venter: Biology's bad boy stood before a crowd of reporters in Washington, D.C., trumpeting his latest achievement, with a beaming Spencer Abraham, the U.S. Secretary o...
They've invaded Earth, tried to steal our air, and attacked Bugs Bunny. For Pete's sake, they've even kidnapped Santa Claus.
"To be honest, I can't believe I lasted this long," says Bill Joy. "It seems like I've been working on the same basic problems since college."
Tell me you don't find this story utterly irresistible: At five on a frigid November morning, Keith Anderson gathered a group of his neighborhood friends to help him launch what turned out to be a ...
Jack Christie wants to take a load off the backs of Texas schoolchildren. At a meeting this spring to discuss new technology, the chairman of the Texas board of education posed an intriguing questi...
So you've been saying for ages that no one in your industry really understands technology. What you ought to do, you keep repeating, is start a company with a high-tech edge and make a killing. Or ...
The prospect of freezing people and later thawing them out has long factored large in the American imagination. It's a staple of science fiction novels. It's been a plot device in numerous movies, ...
Squinting into his crystal ball, futurist Adrian Berry envisions a revenge of the nerds: They--not politicians --will henceforth shape history. Berry suggests that's actually nothing new, since ner...
I WAS SITTING in a bikers' strip bar in Salem, Oregon, next to a naked young woman named Shelby when it struck me that this wasn't turning out to be a typical FORTUNE research project.
To a casual observer, Geneva Finn, 15, who appears in the center of the photo at right, looks like any number of young women her age. But for two years, this Minneapolis teen has been afflicted by ...
As the Chicago Mercantile Exchange gains notoriety for its index futures contracts, its trailblazing chief, Leo Melamed, is thinking adventurously about a future of a different kind. In his first s...