Great News: Cherie Priest's Boneshaker and Lauren Beukes' Zoo City both…

Two of the most celebrated novels of the past few years are getting movie deals, greatly increasing our chances of seeing some quality entertainment on the big screen a few years from now. » 11/30/11 12:54pm 11/30/11 12:54pm

Why are three of this year's Hugo nominees about the decline of America?

Blogger Paul Kincaid compares three of this year's five Hugo finalists, and discovers a theme: They're all about the decline of the United States of America. What causes the U.S. to fall from power in these books? Spoilers ahead. » 7/20/10 2:30pm 7/20/10 2:30pm

Great moments in alternate history: the golden age of zeppelins

If I've learned anything from Alternate History fiction, it's that in 90% of all alternate universes are timelines where A.) Hitler won WWII; or B.) people fly zeppelins instead of planes. Today we'll explore the latter. » 6/20/10 10:05am 6/20/10 10:05am

io9 Book Club: One week reminder!

Next week, we'll be meeting here to discuss our book club selection this month, Cherie Priest's Boneshaker. Don't forget to read it! Priest is going to stop by to chat with us, too. » 6/14/10 11:30am 6/14/10 11:30am

io9 Book Club Pick for June: Cherie Priest's "Boneshaker"

For the next io9 book club meeting, on 6/21, we will be discussing Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, nominated for both Hugo and Nebula Awards this year. Warren Ellis called this zombie airship adventure his "favourite 'steampunky' novel." » 5/17/10 2:35pm 5/17/10 2:35pm

Steampunk Zombies of the Seattle Apocalypse

Confederate airships! Mad scientists! Zombies! Goggles! Cherie Priest's Boneshaker is a veritable grab bag of subgenre tropes. But, fortunately, it's far less about clockwork and brass than it is about human adaptability and the shifting nature of the American Dream. » 10/12/09 11:17am 10/12/09 11:17am