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This Urban Fantasy Story Will Make You Realize Just How Creepy Psychic Gifts Can Be

The Apex Book of World SF 4, available now as an ebook for just $4.49, contains 28 stories from all over the world. We’re proud to feature one of them, “The Good Matter” by Swedish author Nene Ormes, as an exclusive excerpt here at io9. Learn just how twisted someone with a psychic ability can become.
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Here's A First Look At China Miéville's Harrowing New Novel, This Census-Taker

It’s been way, way too long since the last China Miéville novel, 2012’s Railsea. Now at last, the master of strange, thought-provoking worlds has a book coming out early next year, This Census-Taker. And we’ve got an exclusive first look at the cover as well as an excerpt! » 8/17/15 7:30am 8/17/15 7:30am

Exclusive Excerpt From Robin Hobb's Fool's Quest: Will Fitz EVER Learn?

FitzChivalry Farseer just can’t resist taking in orphans and creatures in need. And that trait will continue to get him into major trouble, judging from our exclusive excerpt from Fool’s Quest, the second book in Robin Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool trilogy.http://www.amazon.com/Fools-Quest-Bo... » 8/06/15 11:41am 8/06/15 11:41am

"How The Human Era Ends": Listen To The Audiobook Of Ramez Naam's Apex

The epic post-human story of Ramez Naam’s Nexus trilogy has finally come to an end—and the final volume, Apex, is coming out as an audiobook. And we’ve got an excerpt. Meet the intelligences that are set to replace us, and find out why “the next few minutes will decide the future of intelligence on planet Earth.” » 7/20/15 8:00pm 7/20/15 8:00pm

What Did Pythagoras Mean By "All Things Are Number"?

We all know that numbers can help us understand the beauty of nature. But in this excerpt from the new book A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek, he shows how it goes a lot deeper than that. Did the ancient mathematician Pythagoras know something we don’t? » 7/14/15 10:30am 7/14/15 10:30am

First Look At The Final Chapter In Brandon Sanderson's Superhero Epic!

Brandon Sanderson helped inject life and emotion into the superhero prose fiction genre with his novel Steelheart. Now the trilogy is coming to an end next February with the third book, Calamity, and we’ve got an exclusive excerpt. Check it out!http://www.amazon.com/Calamity-Recko... » 7/08/15 11:30am 7/08/15 11:30am

The Hoverboard Scene In Back To The Future 2 Nearly Killed A Stuntwoman

Sure, the hoverboard chase in Back to the Future 2’s 2015 sequence looks incredibly cool—but it was also incredibly unsafe. Just ask stunt performer Cheryl Wheeler, who was badly injured during filming. Find out more, in an exclusive excerpt from We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy. » 6/23/15 8:00am 6/23/15 8:00am

Alan Moore's Intro To His New Favorite Fantasy Novel Is A Glorious Rant

Alan Moore really, really loves the fantasy novel The Vorrh by B. Catling, which he calls the new century’s first landmark work of fantasy. He’s so spellbound by Catling’s strange vision, he’s written a long, beautifully ranty intro. Read Moore’s intro exclusively at io9 — and listen to him reading it aloud! » 4/27/15 11:00am 4/27/15 11:00am

The Forgotten Era: When Bed Bugs Were Tested for Combat in Vietnam

In 2004, Brooke Borel got bed bugs in New York. Then she experienced them again in 2009—twice in two different apartments. Because of those experiences, which were part of a widespread bed bug resurgence in the US, Borel, a science journalist, decided to explore why the bugs were back. This excerpt is one of many… » 4/27/15 8:40am 4/27/15 8:40am