How can we relieve anti-Muslim discrimination? Haroon Moghul says that adding a Muslim character to a certain science fiction franchise might go a long way in changing perceptions and offering a vision of a more united future.
By PBS NewsHour
Lori Frye, a member of the 501st Legion, talks about what it takes to be a “Star Wars” costumer and the role of women in science fiction.
By Larisa Epatko
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" isn't just a movie. It's part of a universe, both imaginary and real, that has obsessed fans since the 1970s. Jeffrey Brown explores what’s made the enduring franchise a storytelling and moneymaking powerhouse.
By PBS NewsHour
What world a world without police look like? Poet Franny Choi’s work attempts to answer that question.
By Corinne Segal
By Laura Santhanam, Justin Scuiletti
For decades on both the "Star Trek" television series and movie franchise, Nimoy played the character of Mr. Spock, a Vulcan, or half-alien who operated under a rigid adherence to logic that guided the crew of Starship Enterprise through the…
By Annie Sneed, Scientific American
The resemblance is uncanny, but no, these aren't Starfleet logos emblazoned on planet Vulcan. Perhaps fittingly, though, this nasa Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image shows a section of an active dune field on Mars. Strong winds blowing in a single direction…
Ray Bradbury, author of classic books such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles," died Tuesday night at the age of 91. Jeffrey Brown and bestselling novelist Lev Grossman, who is also a book critic for Time magazine, discuss Bradbury's…
In today's arts and culture headlines, more than 100 Brillo boxes said to be works by Andy Warhol have been declared "copies."…
By Molly Finnegan
On Saturday, a new era begins for the BBC's beloved science-fiction series, "Doctor Who," the quirky and mysterious hero who time travels in a spaceship disguised as a blue police box, exploring strange worlds and occasionally saving the universe.
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