Read A Brand New Apocalyptic Story By Defenders Author Will McIntosh!

Hugo Award-winning writer Will McIntosh has blown us away with novels like Love Minus Eighty and Defenders — but he's also shown a unique spin on the apocalypse in his book Soft Apocalypse. And now, he's written a unique apocalyptic vision for the anthology The End Is Now, and we're excited to share it with you. » 9/02/14 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Short Stories for the Week of July 7 - 12

Summer reading — is it really a thing once you leave primary school? People seem to think it is, from all the summer reading lists that pop up around this time of year. But in between plowing through the novels in your to-read pile, don't forget to pick up or download some magazines as well. Here are the best stories… » 7/14/14 2:52pm 7/14/14 2:52pm

Essential Short Story Anthologies That Every Writer Should Read

Short stories are the lifeblood of science fiction and fantasy — novels get all the buzz and the parties, but short fiction is where the wildest ideas and coolest characters come out. And here are 15 or so anthologies that will show you just how superb science fiction and fantasy storytelling can get. » 5/20/14 3:11pm 5/20/14 3:11pm

When the world is ending, the only thing to do is make slapstick movies

We're all obsessed with the end of the world lately — but at last, John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey have broken that anxiety down into three distinct stages. They're putting out collections of pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. And you can read my story from the pre-apocalyptic volume now. » 3/04/14 1:47pm 3/04/14 1:47pm

The Crucial Storytelling Mistake that Many Beginning Writers Make

Editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow has read countless stories, from her tenure at Omni Magazine to her recent slew of fantastic themed anthologies. In a new interview at Papercuts, she explains the biggest mistake she sees beginning writers making: creating a situation instead of plotting a story. » 1/02/14 1:13pm 1/02/14 1:13pm

What do you think this goblin is saying on Jim C. Hines' book cover?

We're stoked to present the first exclusive look at the cover for Jim C. Hines' new story collection, The Goblin Master's Grimoire. But when you see the full cover (below), you'll be left with a pressing question: What exactly is the goblin in the picture saying? Answer it, and you could win a signed copy of Hines'… » 10/04/13 1:18pm 10/04/13 1:18pm

An Anthology of Science Fiction Stories from 80 Different Countries

We've seen some collections of science fiction from non-U.S. writers recently, and Japanese SF in translation is making waves in the U.S. But chances are, there's never been a book quite as international as the one the German publishing house Saphir im Stahl (Sapphire and Steel) is planning — they want to put out a… » 2/04/13 12:03pm 2/04/13 12:03pm