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 11:40am 4/27/15 11:40am

An Exclusive Glimpse Of Jim Butcher's Next Book, Aeronaut's Windlass!

For 15 years, Jim Butcher has been keeping us guessing with his twisty urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. But now, he's changing gears and launching a Horatio Hornblower-esque new series, The Cinder Spires. Check out the cover of the first book, The Aeronaut's Windlass, and an excerpt, exclusively at io9! » 3/03/15 8:00am 3/03/15 8:00am

Read A Great Apocalyptic Story That's Already Been Proved Wrong!

The Apocalypse Triptych covers a lot of apocalyptic scenarios in three books. But Jake Kerr has the unusual distinction of A) writing about a really cool asteroid impact scenario B) hinging his storyline on a future scenario that we already know won't happen. Read Kerr's essay about being wrong, and then read the… » 2/27/15 4:00pm 2/27/15 4:00pm

Introducing Jews Vs. Zombies And Jews Vs. Aliens, Two Very Strange Books

The chosen people are going where they've never gone before. Two new anthologies, Jews Vs. Zombiesand Jews Vs. Aliens, feature an all-star group of writers, explaining just what happens when Judaism confronts the unimaginable. To celebrate, we've got an exclusive excerpt: A brand new story by Naomi Alderman! » 2/24/15 10:20am 2/24/15 10:20am

Read An Exclusive Chapter Of Catherynne M. Valente's New Fairyland Book!

Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series has captured the imaginations of kids and perspicacious adults alike — and now, the fourth volume in the series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, is coming out in March. But no need to wait — we've got an exclusive excerpt, in which a troll becomes a boy. » 1/26/15 10:43am 1/26/15 10:43am

Scott McCloud's Graphic Novel The Sculptor Is Amazing. See For Yourself!

Scott McCloud is a legend in comics, both for his series like Zot! and for his books like Understanding Comics. And now, his long-awaited graphic novel, The Sculptor, comes out on Feb. 3. We've got some exclusive preview pages — you're going to want to click the little magnifying glass to enlarge these. » 1/26/15 8:30am 1/26/15 8:30am

Exclusive Holly Black Excerpt Reveals Why Changelings Are Always Hungry

A new Holly Black book is always cause for raucous celebration. And today sees the publication of her book The Darkest Part of the Forest, about a haunted forest, a boy in a glass coffin, and a monster that sounds like a woman weeping. And we've got an exclusive excerpt for you, right here! » 1/13/15 11:30am 1/13/15 11:30am

Find Out How Spademan Gets In Over His Head In The Shovel Ready Sequel

In Adam Sternbergh's Shovel Ready, we met Spademan, an assassin in a toxic New York who takes out the trash, if the price is right. In Sterbergh's dystopian future, the rich hide out in a virtual-reality paradise, the Limn, while everyone else is trapped in Hell. Here's a first look at the sequel, Near Enemy. » 1/12/15 2:43pm 1/12/15 2:43pm