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How to Make Small Talk with an Alien Overlord

[Movie still from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Lucasfilm]

You find yourself stuck on a Vogon ship and are brought forward for a poetry reading. Shoved out of line before the Conehead Highmaster, you are instructed to Gnarfle the Garthok. You enter a glossy black throne room, and are confronted with Darth Sidious/Galactic Emperor Palpatine. What do you say in a moment like that? How to you even begin to converse with an alien who has complete control over you, your ship, and maybe even your planet? Anyone can be flustered by small talk, but when you’re under pressure like this it’s important to prepare. Before you discuss the future of your species with a hostile alien overlord, here are a few tips to help you get ready.

Posted by Margaret Dunham

Noteworthy Women In Sci-Fi History


It's Women's History Month, and we're all about celebrating ladies—especially ladies in the sci-fi world. 

Posted by Jadzia Axelrod

Best Literary References in the Mass Effect Series

[Developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts]

If you’re at all plugged into the video game world, you probably know that the next installment in the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, is finally coming out today, March 21st. We can’t be more excited – what’s better than the next chapter in a gorgeously-written space opera? (Seriously, the plotting and dialogue is so good that some of us still aren’t over the emotional arrow to the knee that was Mass Effect 3…) But even better for us bookworms, the writers and developers at Bioware like to toss the occasional literary send-up into the games’ settings, lore, and witty wordplay. In celebration of Mass Effect: Andromeda, here are some of our favorite references from games 1-3.

Posted by Elizabeth Ballou

Abducted: Planets We’d Be Okay Visiting

[Movie still from The Little Prince, ON Animation Studios]

Happy Alien Abduction Day! While we’re not exactly psyched to get pulled away from Earth by strange creatures, we do have some planets we wouldn’t mind seeing. We’ve listed the ones worthy of a tour below.

Posted by Sarah Fox

The Future of Celebrity Gossip

EXCLUSIVE! Gheren Viflov moves into $4 septillion space station, which neighbors say he’s turned into his “own personal planet.”

Young musician Gheren Viflov has moved out of his parents' massive Ganymede compound into a $4 septillion space station just outside of Saturn’s rings.

Posted by Jadzia Axelrod

The Intersection of Romance and Time Travel

[Photo by Moritz Kindler on Unsplash]

The course of true love never did run smooth. For some couples, it seems to take longer than others to get it quite right. These four particular couples needed a great deal of time – and decades apart, a time loop, or time travel in order to connect. In one memorable case, they required a magic groundhog. Perhaps they can provide some inspiration for any singles hoping to meet someone in Elizabethan times or the twenty fourth century or even Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Posted by Nick Beard