Ward Shelley created a beautiful History of Science Fiction graphic. It may be turned into a poster.
“History of Science Fiction” is a graphic chronology that maps the literary genre from its nascent roots in mythology and fantastic stories to the somewhat calcified post-Star Wars space opera epics of today. The movement of years is from left to right, tracing the figure of a tentacled beast, derived from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds Martians.
Visit his site to see the image full-size (sample below).
A long time ago, I used to play Magic: The Gathering, circa Fourth Edition, before giving it up in favour of the the Star Wars CCG (I was one of the popular kids in high school). I haven’t followed the game in years, but the Big Furry Monster came through my Tumblr dashboard earlier today and made me grin. The makers of the game released a couple of fun expansions that weren’t tournament legal: Unglued and Unhinged. Shuffle & Cut has images of all the cards if you’re interested.
I like the idea of nerd merit badges, but I probably wouldn’t like a sash across the front of my computer. Seems a little on the pricey side, could use a greater selection and a bulk option.