This Self-Published Novel Got An Award Nomination...And A New Publisher

Becky Chambers raised $2,810 on Kickstarter back in 2012 to self-publish her first science fiction novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. And this week, Angry Planet was shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle Award for best SF debut, and got a nifty book deal with Hodderscape. » 2/17/15 4:40pm 2/17/15 4:40pm

Fabulous New Illustrations for a Steampunk Homage to Jules Verne

Mahendra Singh is an illustrator best known for work that is meticulously researched, intelligent to the point of phosphorescence and executed with obsessive craftsmanship. It should go without saying, then, that his illustrations for steampunk Jules Verne tribute 20 Trillion Leagues Under the Sea are nothing short of… » 4/26/14 5:40pm 4/26/14 5:40pm

Your Summer Beach Reading List for 2012

Summer is almost here, and that means one thing: Escape! Everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, humans will be fleeing their buildings and shedding their protective outer garments, even as the sun grows hotter and more intense. But for some of us, simply fleeing to large bodies of water isn't enough — we need to… » 4/25/12 4:11pm 4/25/12 4:11pm

The Prestige author Christopher Priest calls out the Clarke Awards

There's a long and proud tradition in science fiction of fire-breathing takedowns of book awards. A few years ago, it was Adam Roberts, launching a stinging critique of the Hugo shortlist. And now, The Prestige author Christopher Priest has crafted a particularly scorching rebuke to the Clarke Awards shortlist, one… » 3/29/12 11:20am 3/29/12 11:20am

Best British SF Books, and Best Debut Fantasy Novel, Announced

Congratulations to Genevieve Valentine, who won the 2012 William L. Crawford Fantasy Award for her novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti. This award celebrates the best debut fantasy novel published in the previous year, and the runners up were Erin Morgenstern for The Night Circus, Téa Obreht for The… » 1/24/12 2:30pm 1/24/12 2:30pm

BSFA Award Finalists Named

Kim Stanley Robinson insisted that Adam Roberts' Yellow Blue Tibia should have won the prestigious Booker Prize, but now that wrong has been somewhat righted, as Roberts' book is one of four finalists for the best-novel British Science Fiction Awards. » 1/27/10 9:30am 1/27/10 9:30am

Have You Read The Best Books Of 2009 According To Amazon.Com?'s editors have released their list of the top ten science fiction and fantasy books of 2009, and it includes some pleasant surprises. » 11/03/09 11:47am 11/03/09 11:47am

The Year's Most Important SF Anthology Is Out Now

If you wish science fiction would have a bit more actual science (and focus on the near future instead of the year 5 billion), you'll be thrilled that When It Changed, an anthology pairing scientists and SF authors, is out. » 10/23/09 3:30pm 10/23/09 3:30pm

Science Fiction Vs. The Literary Establishment, Round One Million

Why hasn't a science fiction novel ever won England's prestigious Booker Prize? Kim Stanley Robinson asked the question in an essay in New Scientist magazine, and now it's become a war of words over the age-old SF-vs-lit issue. » 9/24/09 12:00pm 9/24/09 12:00pm

What's The Matter With The Hugo Shortlist?

The five books chosen for the 2009 Hugo Awards shortlist are largely mediocre, insists up-and-coming author Adam Roberts. But the interesting part isn't his critiques of Gaiman, Doctorow, Stross, and Scalzi, it's his ideas of what make a great novel. » 7/18/09 3:00pm 7/18/09 3:00pm

Discover The King Of High-Concept Science Fiction Storytelling

Right after I got done reading the A.I. anthology We Think Therefore We Are, and appreciating Adam Roberts' Garden-Of-Eden story "Adam Robots" as one of the collection's most thought-provoking stories, Pyr Books' Lou Anders posted a rundown of all of Roberts' novels and an explanation of why he deserves more literary… » 2/05/09 11:39am 2/05/09 11:39am

The Brightest Artificial Minds Are Fragmentary, And Often Female

A new anthology gives some hints at the cutting edge of storytelling about artificial intelligences. We Think Therefore We Are, just out from Daw, includes a number of brilliant concepts amidst mostly lukewarm writing. » 2/03/09 3:02pm 2/03/09 3:02pm