Thanks for the shout-out! Yes, Annalee has it exactly right. We don't want eBay to kick our project off its servers because we're making "false claims" about the objects for sale. Naturally we'd rather not have the disclaimer there, because — for those who get that they're being hoaxed, and enjoy being hoaxed — the… » 7/08/09 9:59am 7/08/09 9:59am

10 Scariest Eco-Catastrophes from Early Science Fiction

These days, SF thrillers in which natural disasters end human life as we know it are mainstream fare. But long before M. Night Shyamalan and J.G. Ballard flirted with disaster, the authors of SF's Pre-Golden Age (1904-33) speculated wildly, and sometimes presciently, about the possible causes of dire biospheric… » 5/26/09 2:46pm 5/26/09 2:46pm

When the Tripods Came — agreed, this is nowhere near as good as Christopher's terrific trilogy. However, worth reading for the description of the Trippy Show... which sounds exactly, and I mean exactly, like the very real kiddie show ">Boohbah, a 2003-05 kiddie show (by the creator of Teletubbies) that aired in… » 4/24/09 8:48pm 4/24/09 8:48pm

From the mid-1950s through the late '60s, before Lawrence Block and Donald E. Westlake became mystery writers, or John Jakes pioneered American-themed historical fiction, or Robert Silverberg was a Hugo Award-winning sci-fi author, these future bestselling novelists earned a living — and honed their craft —… » 1/17/09 3:20pm 1/17/09 3:20pm

Awesome, Charlie. You've really covered a lot of territory. Does the evil android that can disguise itself as Steve and Oscar ("Six Million Dollar Man") count? No, probably not — not really an evil twin. » 1/13/09 5:14pm 1/13/09 5:14pm

The Coolest Robots of Pre-Golden Age SF

During science fiction's Pre-Golden Age (1904-33), writers dreamed up mechanical and quasi-organic humanoids so compelling that they continue to haunt today's scifi, forcing us to ask what it means to be human. » 1/12/09 11:30am 1/12/09 11:30am

Science Fiction's Pre-Golden Age (1904-33), an Introduction

Earlier this year, I formulated an eccentric but strict periodization scheme, in which the Nineteen-Oughts (not to be confused with the 1900s), for example, run from 1904 through 1913; the Teens (not to be confused with the '10s) from 1914-23; and the Twenties (not to be confused with the '20s) from 1924-33. And so… » 11/29/08 11:38am 11/29/08 11:38am

Thanks for the post, Annalee — and thanks, io9 readers, for the comments. You already know how much I like the Tripod series — and almost everything else that Christopher (a pen name) wrote for young adults. The City of Ember books are OK, I've read them and passed them along to my 10-year-old. I think they're… » 2/05/08 8:05pm 2/05/08 8:05pm

92BuickLeSabre, your comment is so gratifying to me — I'm the author of the Brainiac posts about lost American generations — that I half-suspect you're a sockpuppet I created while "sleep-deprived." I hope others will post comments both here and at Brainiac. Let's get to the bottom of this generational periodization… » 1/03/08 1:16pm 1/03/08 1:16pm