Science Fiction Authors on Black History Month

"When there were people of color in these books, they were in the background, or they died quickly, or any number of other stereotypes. For the most part, they just weren't there. And in Octavia Butler's works, they not only were there, they were prominent; they were protagonists. The world looked like the world… » 2/14/14 6:35pm 2/14/14 6:35pm

Twelve quotes from authors to remember when starting your first book

When working on your first book, you're faced with an extremely daunting task. Regardless of whatever training or practice you've had in the past, it's still your first novel. At times it will be a highly enjoyable venture, but much of it will be excruciating. There are moments where you might want to throw in the… » 1/15/14 9:00am 1/15/14 9:00am

Dead Writers Perfume smells exactly how it should

Imagine a scent inspired by the dead writers of our past. What would it smell like? It would most likely include black tea, vetiver, clove, musk, vanilla, heliotrope, and tobacco. Which is exactly what's inside J.T. Siems Sweet Tea Apothecary's new perfume, Dead Writers, a scent that should evoke, "the feeling of… » 3/03/13 3:00pm 3/03/13 3:00pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How…

So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the… » 1/30/13 1:15pm 1/30/13 1:15pm

Great science fiction authors tell us which novels they wish they'd…

We look to the great SF authors and get inspiration from their work — along with a healthy dose of envy, sometimes. It's impossible to read the works of authors like Vernor Vinge and Maureen McHugh without wishing we could have pulled something like that off. But which works do the great SF authors wish they'd written? » 1/18/13 8:00am 1/18/13 8:00am

The io9 Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in January

January is bursting with pop-culture greatness. There are new books by Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis — plus the final book of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series! Some long-awaited movies finally come to theaters, including John Dies at the End. And Canada's mind-boggling new time travel show Continuum hits U.S.… » 1/02/13 7:00am 1/02/13 7:00am

Authors Weigh in on the differences between science fiction and fantasy

Open Road Media recently had some of their most well-known authors talk about their love for science fiction and fantasy — and what the difference between the two is. The video includes Ellen Datlow, Alan Dean Foster, Barbara Hambly, John Jakes and Patricia C. Wrede. Not to mention you can watch Barbara Hambly read… » 9/21/12 3:50pm 9/21/12 3:50pm