10 Recent Science Fiction Books That Are About Big Ideas

Nowadays, everybody says that science fiction has stopped talking about Big Ideas. Science fiction used to be the genre that asked the huge questions, about who we are and where we're going. But somehow, people say, the genre lost its appetite for deep thoughts. » 7/27/12 10:00am 7/27/12 10:00am

Neal Stephenson Gets Half A Million Dollars, But Did He Have To Switch …

Neal Stephenson confirmed his status as one of science fiction's leading authors, in the wake of the acclaimed Anathem, by selling his next book in what Publisher's Marketplace calls a "major deal." (In other words, it was worth at least $500,000.) But the book, called REAMDE, is classified as "thriller" rather than… » 7/14/09 2:45pm 7/14/09 2:45pm

A Web of Footnotes — How We Will Read Books in the Future

The technological development that's going to change the way we read forever isn't ebooks — it's footnotes » 10/25/08 6:32pm 10/25/08 6:32pm. For the past few months, if you really wanted to understand DC Comics' big crossover series Final Crisis, you basically had to read each issue alongside Eisner-winning critic Each time a new issue in the series …

Why Science Fiction Still Hates Itself

Click to view » 10/20/08 6:09pm 10/20/08 6:09pm If geek stuff is so hip, then why are two of the season's biggest scifi hits, CBS show and bestselling Neal Stephenson novel , adamantly classified as Not Scifi? Because nerd culture will never be pop culture. That's why Borders . And it's why JJ Abrams, director of the new movie, denied that it's for…

12 Coolest Deaths In Science Fiction History

Click to view » 9/29/08 8:17pm 9/29/08 8:17pmIt's never great to watch a beloved science fiction hero die - but sometimes a memorable heroic death can help turn a science fiction story into a real epic. And some science fiction characters are unforgettable and bad-ass precisely because they died in a memorable way. Here's our list of the dozen…

Neal Stephenson Talks to io9 About Religion, Aliens, and Spoilers

Today Neal Stephenson's long-awaited new novel Anathem hits the bookstores. We've already told you that this tale of science monks on another planet is cool, action-packed, and thought-provoking — probably one of the best novels of Stephenson's career, which already includes lauded titles like Snow Crash, The Diamond… » 9/09/08 2:53pm 9/09/08 2:53pm

Exclusive: Neal Stephenson Does Some Hardcore Phenomenology Geeking

We've got an exclusive clip of Neal Stephenson doing what he does best: Seriously geeking out about obscure early-twentieth century metaphysics. Specifically, he admits that he has a little fetish for Edmund Husserl » 8/27/08 11:01am 8/27/08 11:01am, a theorist who coined the term "phenomenology" in his effort to reconcile the hard truths of scientific…

Neal Stephenson Says His New Novel Has Parallels with Bush Era in U.S.

Neal Stephenson's new novel Anathem » 8/20/08 4:08pm 8/20/08 4:08pm hits bookstores early next month, and stoking the fires of our anticipation is a meaty article about Stephenson in this month's Wired magazine. Writer Steven "Hackers" Levy profiles the author, who apparently divides his time between writing longhand in his basement, and consulting…

Neal Stephenson Explains the Name of His New Novel "Anathem"

It's less than a month before the release of Neal "Snow Crash" Stephenson's new novel Anathem » 8/12/08 12:00pm 8/12/08 12:00pm, and you're probably starting to wonder what the hell that title means. Never fear — Amazon has just posted this video of Stephenson explaining the title, as well as many of the other words and ideas he invented for this epic…

The 10,000-Year-Old Clock that Inspired Neal Stephenson's Anathem

The Long Now, a futurist think tank, is the organization behind the millennium clock — a time-counting device that is designed to last 10,000 years. A device like it shows up in Neal Stephenson's forthcoming novel Anathem, and today the Long Now explains how the scifi author was involved in the conceptualization of… » 7/21/08 11:40am 7/21/08 11:40am

Cool and Crap Awards of the Week

This week, at least two things happened in the worlds of science and fiction: one was cool; the other was crap.

Coolest way to get Neal Stephenson fans hopped up on goofballs using monks: Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon, has a new book coming out in September called Anathem. The plot has been… » 5/31/08 9:20am 5/31/08 9:20am

Plot of New Neal Stephenson Novel Revealed

We've heard rumors about Neal "Snow Crash" Stephenson's new novel, but nothing more concrete than that it would be called Anathem and it would be a space opera about math and aliens. That would mark a real departure for the novelist, who has dealt only with human histories and futures in his previous works like The… » 3/31/08 12:30pm 3/31/08 12:30pm

Neal Stephenson's New Novel Remains Shrouded in Mystery

You can now pre-order Neal "Cryptonomicon" Stephenson's new novel Anathem, due out in September, but as of yet the author has made very few comments about it. Nor has his publisher, William Morrow. All we know comes from the LiveJournal entry of a Google employee who asked the author about it last year when he read at… » 3/18/08 8:40am 3/18/08 8:40am

Major Spoiler: The Coolest Death From Neal Stephenson's Anathem

Orolo from Anathem by Neal Stephenson. » 9/29/06 6:55pm 9/29/06 6:55pm Orolo sacrifices his life in a really cool and noble way, to help the pursuit of knowledge and to help the people of Arbre to understand the alien ship in orbit. One of the aliens has been shot down on the planet, bringing along blood from all the different humanoids on the ship,…