‘For All Mankind’ Deserves 7 Seasons

‘For All Mankind’ Deserves 7 Seasons

The Apple TV+ series For All Mankind is an alternate history story in which the Soviet Union beats the United States to the moon, leading to a greatly intensified space race. Screenwriter Rafael Jordan was excited to see another science fiction show from Ronald D....
Final Girls Make the Best Horror Movie Heroes

Final Girls Make the Best Horror Movie Heroes

Horror movies frequently feature a “final girl,” a female character who survives to the end of the movie when most—or all—of the other characters do not. Stephen Graham Jones, author of My Heart Is a Chainsaw, is a big fan of the final girl trope. “The final girl is...
Making Diablo II Was Pure Hell

Making Diablo II Was Pure Hell

David L. Craddock is the author of more than a dozen books about video games, including Break Out, about the history of Apple II games, and Rocket Jump, about the history of first-person shooters. “I tend to write a lot about games made in the ’80s, ’90s, and early...
Avenue 5 Is Funny But Needs More Variety

Avenue 5 Is Funny But Needs More Variety

The HBO series Avenue 5 is a sci-fi comedy about a cruise ship that gets knocked off course on its way to Saturn. Humor writer Tom Gerencer was impressed by the show’s witty dialogue. “There were some extremely funny lines in Avenue 5 that I couldn’t help laughing out...
It’s Never Been Easier to Make an Adventure Game

It’s Never Been Easier to Make an Adventure Game

In the early years of personal computers, the adventure game genre reigned supreme, exemplified by classic titles such as King’s Quest and The Secret of Monkey Island. Toronto-based artist Julia Minamata grew up playing this style of game, which emphasizes...