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

Why is it so hard to write a decent ending?

Endings define stories. A great ending can make everything that's come before seem retroactively great. A weak ending can ruin everything. But why do they have to be so impossible to write? And is there any trick for crafting a strong ending that doesn't involve endless misery? » 1/22/14 1:05pm 1/22/14 1:05pm

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

Is it time for another New Wave of science fiction?

Back in the 1960s, a gang of rebellious authors, led by Michael Moorcock among others, launched an uprising called the New Wave, which shook up science fiction and introduced more literary aspirations, weirdness, and diversity. Over at Tor.com, David Barnett wonders if we're in for another wave. » 5/27/13 2:30pm 5/27/13 2:30pm

The sale of Night Shade Books is killing the best new science fiction…

We were afraid of this. Now that Night Shade Books is being sold off, this means a premature end to Eclipse Online, the online magazine started by Jonathan Strahan as a continuation of his acclaimed Eclipse book series. » 4/04/13 3:56pm 4/04/13 3:56pm

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

This Hugo-winning author is also the most dangerous villain on the…

David D. Levine has been many things, including Hugo-winning short story writer and Martian explorer — but now he's taking on a new role: supervillain. Check out this brand new Dr. Horrible-esque video, in which he delivers a "Letter to the Editor" from the supervillain Dr. Talon, from his story in the anthology The Mad … » 1/24/13 10:38am 1/24/13 10:38am

Support new original horror fiction from Ellen Datlow!

There are remarkably few places that publish new short horror fiction nowadays — and there are also relatively few anthologies that don't have a rigid theme, like zombies or witchcraft. Enter editor Ellen Datlow, who used to edit stories for Omni and SciFiction, and now puts out a lot of our favorite anthologies. » 12/27/12 3:32pm 12/27/12 3:32pm

Proof that the End of the World Doesn't Have to be Boring

The era of post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels for young adults may be winding down at last — but one of the best thing to come out of the trend has only just arrived. The anthology After, from editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, is one of the most dazzling collections of stories we've read in ages. » 11/29/12 2:59pm 11/29/12 2:59pm

An Anthology About The People Who Actually Keep Your Space Station…

I love the idea of Menial, a new anthology from the peeps at Crossed Genres coming in January. We've had plenty of anthologies about space admirals and cosmic heroes — but how about the people who actually get their hands dirty keeping the spaceship flying? The engineers, mechanics, and even sanitation workers? » 11/12/12 12:55pm 11/12/12 12:55pm