Andrew Sean Greer's new novel is a jolt of pure heartbreak

The last time Andrew Sean Greer tackled a protagonist with a unique relationship to time, we got the magical love story Confessions of Max Tivoli, the masterpiece Benjamin Button only wished it was. But his new book The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells substitutes grief for romance, and the results are achingly sad. » 7/12/13 5:27pm 7/12/13 5:27pm

The Brontës invented imaginary realms, and created some of the first…

The Brontë sisters are best known as the authors of literary gothic tales like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but in their childhood, they worked with their brother to invent the made-up realm of the Glass Town Federation. » 5/11/11 12:50pm 5/11/11 12:50pm

What are the best SF novels published by women in the past 10 years?

Can you name the 10 greatest science fiction novels by women authors published in the past decade? That's a meme that's been making the rounds, in response to a perceived increase in the marginalization of women in SF. » 10/18/10 6:20am 10/18/10 6:20am

The Greatest Nerdy Gift Books In The Galaxy

If you're looking for an awesome gift for the uber-geeks in your life, then nothing is better than a book. We've collected a gift guide, covering everything from SF classics to Star Wars to astronaut lore, for your favorite nerds. » 12/15/09 5:31pm 12/15/09 5:31pm

"Kicking And Screaming For Science Fiction" Did No Good, On Publishers…

What do women authors and science-fiction writers have in common? A notable absence on Publishers Weekly's list of the ten best books of the year. PW apologized proactively for the omission, saying "We wanted the list to reflect what we thought were the top 10 books of the year with no other consideration....We… » 11/13/09 6:30am 11/13/09 6:30am

How Do You Get Science Fiction To Have "Book Club Lit"?

One of the frustrating things about science fiction is that everyone's seen the year's biggest movies: Even films like Transformers 2, which most people seemed to dislike. But how many books are there that everyone you know has read? » 9/11/09 8:40am 9/11/09 8:40am

Time Traveler's Wife Leaps onto Television

On the heels of a successful opening weekend, ABC has announced its plans for television adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife, with Friends creator Marta Kauffman. The time travel romance may span a lifetime, but can it span multiple seasons? » 8/18/09 11:20am 8/18/09 11:20am

Can This Time-Traveling Marriage Be Saved From Its Own Banality?

The Time Traveler's Wife is a story about deja vu. Everything that happens has already happened, and will happen again, thanks to the story's endless time loops. So maybe that's why everything in the movie feels so tiresomely familiar. Spoilers... » 8/14/09 1:09pm 8/14/09 1:09pm

Our First Look At The Time-Crossed Romance Of The Time Traveler's Wife

The trailer for the timeslip romance, The Time Traveler's Wife, is finally online, and it shows the attractiveness, and horribleness, of a lover who can't stay. (Plus a nifty "dematerialization" effect.) And click through to see the poster. » 6/12/09 6:20pm 6/12/09 6:20pm

From The Page To The Canvas: SF Writers Make Art

It used to be, everyone who wrote science fiction was a scientist, or full-time scribbler. But now, authors like Audrey Niffenegger, Rudy Rucker and Mary Robinette Kowal also make art. We talked art/SF with them. » 5/11/09 2:50pm 5/11/09 2:50pm

SF Writers Who Make Art, Page 2

One way in which SF writers who also create visual art have a huge advantage over everyone else is in the all-important area of world-building. If you're creating an alien world, or a futuristic setting, from scratch, the ability to visualize it beforehand is crucial. » 5/11/09 2:25pm 5/11/09 2:25pm

Really Great Speculative Fiction Is Worth Millions, Even In A Recession

Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife, won a staggering $5 million advance for her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. And everyone seems to agree she earned it. » 3/12/09 2:07pm 3/12/09 2:07pm

Where Do Scifi Fads In Mainstream Lit Come From?

Dale Peck and Tim Kring's alternate-history novel is just the latest in a long history of mainstream authors lifting ideas from science fiction. But what sci-fi concepts have been most in vogue with literary publishers — and when did those fads peak? We decided to look at the biggest novels by literary authors that… » 4/18/08 5:06pm 4/18/08 5:06pm