1. Entertainment
Send to a Friend via Email

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:

http://scifi.about.com/popular.htm

was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Star Wars FAQ: What Do Those Lightsaber Colors...
What do lightsaber colors mean? In the movies, not much -- but the Expanded Universe explores this idea in interesting ways.
What's the Best Order to Watch the Star Wars...
The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy takes place before the Original Trilogy, but was released after it. So which trilogy should you watch first?
3 Famous Star Wars Quotes Never Actually Said
Often, it's the Star Wars misquotes that become ingrained in popular culture. At least 3 of the most famous Star Wars quotes are actually not what you think.
How Can Leia Possibly Remember Her Mother?
How can Leia remember her mother when Padmé died in childbirth? The answer may lie in Leia's Force-sensitivity.
Star Wars Speculation: What Happens to Ahsoka...
Ahsoka Tano is Anakin Skywalker's apprentice in
7 Forms of Lightsaber Combat
The seven forms of lightsaber combat were detailed in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. They describe the different styles of fighting seen in the Star Wars films and other media.
Star Wars FAQ: How Did Han Solo Make the Kessel...
The parsec is a unit of distance, not time -- so why did Han Solo claim to have made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs?
Learn How to Curse in the Star Wars Universe
The Star Wars films and Expanded Universe feature many invented swear words, allowing writers to make the intended meaning clear while keeping the works PG.
Star Wars FAQ: What is Emperor Palpatine's...
Emperor Palpatine may not have a first name, but if he does, George Lucas will never tell.
The 100 Rules All Ghosts Must Abide by in...
Rules Ghosts Have to Abide By in the Ghost Whisperer World. Page 2.
Jedi Ranks
Jedi progress through up to four ranks as part of their training.
Star Wars FAQ: Is Star Wars Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
Is Star Wars sci-fi or fantasy? Maybe it's a little of both.
Why Does Yoda Speak Backwards?
Why does Yoda talk backwards, anyway? Here are a few possible explanations.
Star Wars FAQ: How Many Clone Troopers Are There?
How many clone troopers fought in the Clone Wars? The Expanded Universe says three million -- but there are many problems with that figure.
Where Did Anakin's Unexplained Scar Come From?
Anakin has a scar over his eye in
Never Be Outmaneuvered in Star Wars Trivia Again
Glossary of some common terms in the Star Wars universe and their meanings.
Star Wars FAQ: Why Can't Jedi Marry?
Why are Jedi in the Prequel Trilogy forbidden to fall in love or get married? As it turns out, this wasn't always the case.
Lightsaber Variations
There are many different types of lightsaber, with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages in a fight.
Does Earth Exist in the Star Wars Universe?
Does Earth exist in the Star Wars universe? An unlikely connection between Star Wars and E.T. suggests that it does.
Star Wars Glossary: Padawan
A Padawan was a Jedi apprentice, training one-on-one to become a Jedi Knight.
Can I Give You a Hand With That?
In the Star Wars movies, lightsaber fights often end with someone losing a hand. Here's a list of every instance of chopped-off limbs.
Star Wars FAQ: How Many Jedi Survived the Great...
The Great Jedi Purge began with Order 66, Palpatine's directive to the Clone Army to wipe out their Jedi commanders.
How Did Anakin Skywalker Become Darth Vader?
Anakin Skywalker was one of the most powerful Jedi who ever lived. Raised as a slave on the desert planet Tatooine, he was discovered as a young boy and trained as a Jedi by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
UK 'Being Human' Canceled
UK 'Being Human' Canceled - Current season airing on BBC Three will be (sigh) the fifth and final
Star Wars Glossary: The Force
The Force is an energy field that binds the galaxy together.
Who Created Anakin Skywalker?
Did midi-chlorians create Anakin Skywalker, or was he created by the Sith?
What's the difference between Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
What's the difference between Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
Luke Skywalker's Love Interests
Luke Skywalker has had a number of love interests in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Yoda
Yoda was one of the greatest Jedi Masters who ever lived. He trained numerous Jedi, including Count Dooku and Luke Skywalker.
Get to Know the Cylons of 'Battlestar Galactica'
'Battlestar Galactica' - Main Cast: The Cylons
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi Mind Trick
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: As
Star Wars FAQ: Did Palpatine Throw the Fight...
Did Palpatine throw his duel with Mace Windu just to manipulate Anakin?
Chart of Master & Apprentice Relationships in...
Master/apprentice relationships in Star Wars can get quite complicated. Here are some charts to help work them out.
What is Sci-Fi?
What is Sci-Fi? Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Star Wars FAQ: In What Order Should I Read the...
The Star Wars Expanded Universe is so big that you may not know where to start. Here are some tips for reading through the EU.
Star Wars FAQ: Why do Jedi Disappear When They...
Why do Jedi disappear when they die? As it turns out, not all of them do.
'Reaper' - Main Cast
Information about the cast and characters of 'Reaper.'
Star Wars FAQ: Where did the Clone Army Come...
In Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the existence of the clone army is a mystery to the characters. What's the truth behind the army's creation?
What Star Wars is About: The Cyclical Struggle...
What is Star Wars really about? That's a heavy question. To George Lucas, it's really about Anakin's story, his fall to darkness and return to light. Considering the Expanded Universe, however, it becomes a story about the cyclical struggle between good and evil.
Princess Leia Organa Solo
A look at the biography of. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
What Does Disney's Purchase of Marvel Mean for...
Walt Disney Company's Purchase of Marvel Entertainment - What Does It Mean to You?
Star Wars Glossary: ABY & BBY
The terms. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Clone Wars vs. The Clone Wars
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The Clone Wars
A Jedi Shall Not Know Love
The Jedi Order could have prevented Anakin's fall to the dark side, if only they prepared him for how to deal with loss.
Mara Jade Skywalker
Mara Jade was an assassin for Emperor Palpatine before she became a Jedi Master and married Luke Skywalker.
Star Wars Recipes: Blue Milk
Bantha milk -- commonly known as blue milk -- first appears in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope when
Star Wars Glossary: Order 66
Order 66 required the Clone Troopers to turn against the Jedi and kill them.
Obi-Wan Kenobi
In the. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
What Does "Science Fiction" Really Mean?
A survey of different authors' ideas of what science fiction is.
Star Wars FAQ: How Can Han Solo Not Believe in...
If the Prequels take place only 20 years before the Original Trilogy, how can characters dismiss the Force and the Jedi as an
Luke Skywalker Bio
In the Star Wars Original Trilogy, Luke Skywalker is a farm boy who must fulfill his destiny and become a Jedi Knight.
Skywalker Family Tree
A look at the Skywalker family throughout the generations.
Ho, Hum: 'Avatar' Is the Top-Grossing Movie of...
The Secrets of Avatar's Success - Why Avatar Got to Be So Big.
Star Wars Universe Timeline
Timeline of the Old Republic and Rise of the Empire eras of Star Wars, which covers the prequel trilogy and several thousand years before it.
'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' (1977)
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >What A New Hope
Star Wars Glossary: Gray Jedi
Gray Jedi rejected both the Jedi and Sith Orders, embracing both the light and dark sides of the Force.
Special Edition Changes in Star Wars: Episode...
George Lucas made a number of changes to the 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' Special Edition. Read about what's different and why it matters.
Doctor Who: Characters, Cast and Creators
Meet the cast and characters of Doctor Who, as well as the people involved in making the show, with links to in-depth character, actor, and creator profiles.
Star Wars Glossary: Lightsaber
A lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi.
Star Wars Glossary: AT-AT (All Terrain Armored...
AT-ATs, or Imperial walkers, are imposing armored machines that threaten to crush all in their path.
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi Master
Jedi Master was the highest rank in the Jedi Order, available only to the most exceptional Jedi.
Star Wars Character Profile: Mace Windu
Mace Windu was one of the most powerful Jedi Masters and one of the most skilled lightsaber fighter in the history of the Jedi. He's also played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Review: 12:01 (1993)
Everyone's caught in a time loop thanks to an unethical experiment, and only HR cog Barry Thomas can tell. To break everyone free, he has to stop the experiment from happening -- and save the life of a woman he's loved from afar.
War is the Dark Side's Weapon
Luke Skywalker defeated the Emperor when he refused to play by Sith rules.
Star Wars Glossary: Midi-chlorians
Midi-chlorians are microscopic organisms that give Jedi their power.
Star Wars Glossary: Sith
What are the Sith? An explanation of the Sith and the history of the Sith Order in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Book Review: 'Red Harvest' by Joe Schreiber
Red Harvest (2010) is Joe Schreiber 's follow-up to Death Troopers (2009), a Star Wars horror novel about
More Machine than Man
Darth Vader's suit helped make him an iconic sci-fi villain. But the suit is more than a way to make Vader scary; it's a symbol of Vader's isolation from humanity and slavery to the dark side.
Carson Beckett: Don't Kill Off the Fan Favorites
The demise of popular Scottish doctor Carson Beckett late in season 3 of Stargate Atlantis infuriated fans, and not all are satisfied with the producers' hesitant response.
Main Cast - Who Plays the Companions?
Cast and Characters from Doctor Who - Who Plays the Doctors
The Return of Darth Maul
The Return of Darth Maul - The fan-favorite Sith Lord will be return, somehow, on 'The Clone Wars'
Top 10 Sci-Fi / Fantasy TV Theme Songs
A list of the Top 10 most memorable sci-fi / fantasy TV theme songs.
R2-D2
The eccentric droid R2-D2 served as a mechanic for several generations of the Skywalker family.
Review: 'Star Wars: Ewok Adventures'
The DVD Ewok Adventures contains the two Star Wars made-for-TV Ewok movies: Caravan of Courage (1984)
Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn trained Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Jedi and discovered how to survive in the Force after death.
'Moonlight' - Essential Information
Essential Information about the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series 'Moonlight'.
'Doctor Who' - Essential Information
Essential Information about the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series 'Doctor Who'.
A Whole New World
A Whole New World - Syfy picks up 'Primeval: New World'
Star Wars Glossary: Protocol Droid
Protocol droids are programmed for etiquette and protocol. They help aliens of various cultures in the Star Wars universe to interact without diplomatic incidents.
R2-D2 and C-3PO
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films. Page 5.
Force Traditions and Philosophies
A list of different organized Force traditions in the Star Wars universe, including Jedi, Sith, and more.
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi
What are the Jedi? An explanation of the Jedi and history of the Jedi Order in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Star Wars Glossary: Darth
Darth is a title used by Sith at different times throughout the history of the Sith Order.
Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton - 'True Blood'...
Pictures of Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Alexander Skarsgård in Season 4 of 'True Blood'. Page 20.
What's on This Week
What's on this week. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Darth Maul
Darth Maul, the Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious, defeated Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn on Naboo.
R2-D2 Blowout
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films. Page 6.
Greedo
Did Greedo really shoot first? Either way, this failed bounty hunter has an interesting history.
Star Wars Glossary: Jedi Knight
A Jedi Knight has completed his Jedi training and is able to train apprentices of his own.
Tarik - 'Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars'
Images of David Tennant and Lindsay Duncan in 'Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars'. Page 8.
Padmé Amidala
Biography and background information about Padmé Naberrie, queen and then senator of Naboo.
The Emperor's Role in the Original Trilogy
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >George Lucas originally
Doctor Who Season 3 Premiere
A review of the double-barrelled season 3 premiere of the new Doctor Who (seen in the U.S. on the SCI FI channel).
Star Wars Glossary: Battle of Yavin
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: The
History of the Expanded Universe
The Star Wars Expanded Universe consists of all official Star Wars media outside Episodes I through VI. It covers 5,000 years and contains hundreds of characters over the course of many novels, comics, television series, and other media.
C-3PO
The fussy protocol droid C-3PO and his counterpart R2-D2 are more than just comic relief in the Star Wars films.
Star Wars Glossary: Youngling
A youngling, or Jedi initiate, is a child in the first stages of Jedi training.
Current Shows - What's Next
Next episodes of currently active Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV series.
10 Unusual Covers of the Star Wars Theme
Many musicians have put their own spin on the famous theme music from Star Wars. Here are ten variations with different instruments, in surprising musical styles.
Han Solo
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The character
Image Gallery: 'Skellig: The Owl Man'
Pictures of Tim Roth, Bill Milner, John Simm in 'Skellig: The Owl Man.'
Image Gallery: R2-D2
Pictures of the Astromech Droid R2-D2 in various Star Wars Films.
The Role of Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars...
Jar Jar Binks is a controversial character whom many Star Wars fans dislike. However, he plays an important role in the Star Wars story.
Star Wars Glossary: Dark Jedi
Dark Jedi are dark side users, neither Jedi nor Sith.
Nathan Stark Disappears from 'Eureka' - For Good?
Did 'Eureka' just kill off perennial third wheel Nathan Stark?
Different Shades of Snow White
Images of Various Incarnations of the Grimm Fairy Tale Heroine Snow White
Clone Wars Canceled; But More Is Prom...
© LucasfilmIt was a foregone conclusion that the Disney-Lucasfilm deal would result in the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars's run on Cartoon Network, owned as
Star Wars Glossary: Force Ghost
Some Jedi can become Force ghosts after death and communicate with the living.
It's Official: 'Sanctuary' Is Closed
It's Official: 'Sanctuary' Is Closed - Syfy has finally announced the show's cancellation after months of limbo
Heroes: Characters and Cast
Who are the characters on Heroes? What drives them? A look at the main roles on Heroes and the actors who play them, as well as some of the key guest roles.
'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith'...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >What Revenge of
Top 6 Reasons Daleks Work
The Top X Reasons the Daleks Work - A look at the success of the late Ray Cusick's creation fifty years on
Star Wars Glossary: Archaic Lightsaber
The archaic lightsaber, an early lightsaber design, was attached to a belt-mounted power pack.
Review: Star Wars Legacy
Extremes, Part 3 , issue #50 of Star Wars: Legacy , marks the end of the popular comic series which began
Star Wars Glossary: Rule of Two
The Rule of Two was the guiding principle of the Sith Order for over a thousand years.
Star Wars Glossary: Curved-hilt Lightsaber
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: A
What kinds of Sci-Fi are there?
What kinds of Sci-Fi are there? Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Star Wars Young Readers Novel Series
The Star Wars Expanded Universe contains several novel series for young readers spanning multiple generations.
Christopher Tolkien's map of the Shire
Maps of Middle-earth. Sci-Fi / Fantasy. Page 2.
Fox Cancels 'Past Life': What Went Wrong?
After a sharp falloff in ratings following the pilot, the new series Past Life has been ended after the airing of only three episodes.
What's on This Week: Movies on TV
What's on this week. Sci-Fi / Fantasy.
Review: 'Legacy of the Force'
Legacy of the Force is a continuation of the Expanded Universe's trend towards becoming “darker and edgier,”
Image Gallery: 'Jurassic Park' (1993)
Pictures of Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum in the Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic 'Jurassic Park'
'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi' (1983)
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >What Return of
Casting (About) for Yet Another Wonder Woman
Casting (About) for Yet Another Wonder Woman - With 'Arrow' soaring, another go at the iconic heroine
Anger and Blame Surround SGU's Cancellation
Anger and Aftermath from Syfy's Ending 'Stargate Universe.' Does SGU still have a future?
New Hardcovers: Jun 24-Jul 1, 2013
This Week's New Hardcovers (Jun 24-Jul 1, 2013): New releases in science-fiction and fantasy, including The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz by Dan Simmons, Tom Kidd, The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski, The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla, The Last Full Measure by Jack Campbell, The Mutatus Procedure by John David Krygelski, Golden Girl by Sarah Zettel, The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven, Matthew Joseph Harrington.
The Many Faces of Christopher Heyerdahl
The Many Faces of Christopher Heyerdahl - Pictures of Christopher Heyerdahl in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Movies and Television. Page 8.
Han Shot First
Han Shot First is a common fan complaint about the Star Wars Special Editions. George Lucas explains that he didn't want Han Solo to be an antihero.
Ewoks: The True Heroes of the Rebellion
Without the Ewoks, the Rebels could never have defeated the Empire at Endor and destroyed the Second Death Star.
Jedi as Religion
Is Jedi a religion? The Jedi do have beliefs and practices which fit the characteristics of a religion.
'Chuck' - Essential Information
Essential Information about the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series 'Chuck'.
Star Wars FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Star Wars characters, movies, and Expanded Universe.
'Merlin' - Essential Information
Essential Information about the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series 'Merlin'.
Mon Mothma
Mon Mothma was a Republic Senator, leader in the Rebel Alliance, and Chief of State of the New Republic.
'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back'...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >What The Empire
Review: 'The Mote in God’s Eye' by Larry...
'The Mote in God’s Eye' Review - Review of the Sci-Fi Novel 'The Mote in God’s Eye' by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Star Wars Glossary: Potentium
The philosophy of the Potentium taught that the Force was inherently good. The Jedi saw this as a dangerous idea that led to the dark side.
Overview of the Bantam Era of the Star Wars...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The Star Wars
Star Wars Expanded Universe: The New Jedi Order
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The New Jedi Order
Star Wars Glossary: The Unifying Force
Jedi who adhere to the Unifying Force believe in the importance of visions and that the dark side comes from within.
Star Wars Glossary: Double-bladed Lightsaber
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: The
The Anzati: Star Wars Vampires
The Anzati are vampire-like aliens who consume their victims' life force.
Chewbacca the Wookiee
Chewbacca the Wookiee was Han Solo's copilot, partner, and friend in the Star Wars movies and Expanded Universe.
Star Wars Glossary: Force Lightning
What exactly is Force lightning, and why do only Sith seem to use it?
Star Wars Novelizations: 'Revenge of the Sith'...
When I first saw the film Episode III: Revenge of the Sith , I hated it. It's grown on me slightly since,
Special Edition Changes in 'Star Wars Episode...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >As with the other
Star Wars Character Profiles
List of important Star Wars characters and their biographies.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.