Nick Harkaway's Tigerman Takes Superheroes Where They've Never Gone

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman is a funny, original and very human novel about a man who puts on a costume and rights wrongs. It's also an echt superhero novel - it gives us a new take on superheroics, different from either superhero comics or films, by showing them through the lens of literary prose. » 9/24/14 4:00pm 9/24/14 4:00pm

Three New Superhero Books That Pack a Huge Emotional Punch

Superhero fiction has made huge strides in the past decade or so, thanks to books like Soon I Will Be Invincible and Superpowers. But now there's new evidence that the genre is coming into its own in the world of prose, thanks to three exciting new books. » 10/30/13 1:00pm 10/30/13 1:00pm

Author Austin Grossman is answering your questions from 12-1 PT today!

In May, the io9 book club read Austin Grossman's intense videogame novel YOU. Now, Grossman is here today from 12-1 to answer your questions about this book, his previous novel (Soon I Will Be Invincible), videogame development, or related subjects. » 6/07/13 10:19am 6/07/13 10:19am

The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk Austin Grossman's YOU

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In May, we read Austin Grossman's YOU. Jump into comments to get started talking about it! » 6/04/13 1:54pm 6/04/13 1:54pm

io9 Book Club reminder: Meeting 6/4 to Discuss Austin Grossman's YOU

In May, we're reading Austin Grossman's surreal, action-packed gamer novel YOU. (Our review of it is here.) We'll meet June 4 to discuss it, and we hope Grossman will join us later that week for a discussion! » 5/28/13 10:40am 5/28/13 10:40am

YOU is a bittersweet novel about how videogames remake our histories

With his first novel, Soon I Will Be Invincible, Austin Grossman brought dark, neurotic humor to the superhero genre. With YOU, a semi-realistic novel about a young videogame designer, he does something more profound. His characters' identities are forged during gameplay, so they can only come to terms with the past… » 4/18/13 2:32pm 4/18/13 2:32pm

Dishonored Writer's New Novel Shows a Video Game Generation Being Born

If you’ve ever thought that it’s long past time that someone wrote a novel about people who make video games, then rejoice. YOU—a book of fiction about the how, why and who of video game development by Austin Grossman—comes out today. You can read an excerpt from the book’s first chapter right here. » 4/16/13 12:09pm 4/16/13 12:09pm

All the Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Are Coming in…

This year's science fiction books are going to rock. John Scalzi returns to the Old Man's War universe, there's a brand new Neil Gaiman novel, and Stephen King's long-awaited sequel to The Shining. Plus brand new books from Austin Grossman, Nalo Hopkinson, Christopher Priest, Diana Gabaldon, Robert J. Sawyer, Joe… » 1/09/13 2:40pm 1/09/13 2:40pm

How to create your own original superhero from scratch

Superheroes are huge, not just in comics but in movies and novels as well. So there's nothing more exciting than the idea of creating a new superhero from scratch. But aren't all the good ideas taken? Not necessarily. » 3/10/11 12:08pm 3/10/11 12:08pm

"Soon I Will Be Invincible" author Austin Grossman tells us about his…

Today Mulholland Books announced it bought the next two books from Austin Grossman, whose 2007 novel Soon I Will Be Invincible won critical praise and devoted fans for its tale of a melancholy, neurotic supervillain. Grossman, an io9 contributor, talked to us on Friday about the six-figure book deal, what the books… » 3/07/11 1:00pm 3/07/11 1:00pm

Superhero Fiction: The Next Big Thing?

What's next in book publishing, after angels, steampunk, zombies and vampires? Adam Christopher at Escape Pod suggests you should break out your cape: Superhero fiction could be making a big splash in the book world. » 12/21/10 1:06pm 12/21/10 1:06pm

Words to live by: advice from 34 science fiction/fantasy authors

Great science fiction and fantasy novels don't just expose us to other worlds and alternate timelines — they expand our minds and give us compass to steer by. Here are our favorite bits of advice and maxims from SF books. » 7/22/10 8:30am 7/22/10 8:30am

Nerd Is The Word

Are you a geek or a nerd? Or neither, thankyouverymuch? Austin Grossman's pondering about whether or not it's time to drop the term "nerd" on Friday prompted much discussion, and not just about Answer 5. » 3/29/09 3:00pm 3/29/09 3:00pm

The Searing Laugh Of Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible

The first teaser trailer for Joss Whedon's Internet musical Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog has gone online, and it's every bit as fantastic as we'd expected. Neil Patrick Harris does the loser-supervillain thing the way Buffy's nerd trio only wished they could, and the goggles are spot-on perfect. Suddenly I'm wishing… » 6/25/08 11:27am 6/25/08 11:27am

Meet Guest Blogger Austin Grossman

Austin Grossman is stopping in for the next week or so to be a guest blogger for io9. An accomplished game developer, Austin took a hiatus to pursue his Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley and last year published a hit novel about neurotic superheroes (and villains) called Soon I Will Be Invincible. I interviewed Austin… » 2/22/08 7:40am 2/22/08 7:40am

10 Ways To Destroy The Earth Without Nukes

You can't really call yourself an evil genius unless you've got a clever scheme for wrecking our planet once and for all. And no, using nuclear weapons doesn't really count as "clever." Nukes are so 1950. Here's a list of the 10 coolest ways to smash Earth, or at least render it uninhabitable, without splitting any… » 12/17/07 2:30pm 12/17/07 2:30pm