This Novel Has Won Raves For Its Worldbuilding, And You Can See Why

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett has been getting lots of buzz lately, including praise for its layered, intense worldbuilding. This is a novel about a society that's forbidden to speak of the dead old gods... who might not be dead after all. We've got an exclusive exerpt, so you can check it out for yourself! » 9/17/14 1:30pm Wednesday 1:30pm

A Grisly But Fascinating Tale of the Greatest Medical Revolutionary

Thomas Mütter was a surgeon who would transform the world of medicine. Partly that's because he invented anesthesia, but mostly it's because he pioneered the idea of patient-centered treatment. In Dr. Mütter's Marvels, a fantastic new book by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz about his life, we learn how Mütter transformed a… » 9/05/14 12:00pm 9/05/14 12:00pm

It's Time To Discover The "Neglected Master" Of Science Fiction

Henry Kuttner's clever writing had a huge impact on science fiction, and there's never been a better chance to discover his work. A ton of his work has just been reissued by Diversion Books, and we've got an exclusive excerpt from his book The Time Trap, which was just nominated for a Retro Hugo. » 9/03/14 12:02pm 9/03/14 12:02pm

Read A Brand New Apocalyptic Story By Defenders Author Will McIntosh!

Hugo Award-winning writer Will McIntosh has blown us away with novels like Love Minus Eighty and Defenders — but he's also shown a unique spin on the apocalypse in his book Soft Apocalypse. And now, he's written a unique apocalyptic vision for the anthology The End Is Now, and we're excited to share it with you. » 9/02/14 1:20pm 9/02/14 1:20pm

So You Want To Be A TV Writer? Showrunners Share Their Writing Secrets!

The "writers' room" of a television show is a magical place, where creativity flows and awesome ideas are generated. But how do you keep "the room" happy and focused? Some of the top showrunners, including Joss Whedon, share their secrets in this exclusive excerpt from the book Showrunners. » 9/02/14 12:49pm 9/02/14 12:49pm

XKCD's Creator Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning


XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is due out September 2. To celebrate its imminent arrival, here's the first chapter from the book – an explainer about global devastation. Fun! » 8/21/14 1:40pm 8/21/14 1:40pm

Tour The Dark Side Of L.A. With Sandman Slim Author Richard Kadrey

Few fantasy series have as strong a sense of place as Richard Kadrey's L.A.-set Sandman Slim books. And here's your exclusive first look at a video where Kadrey takes you to the real-life locations where his books take place, filmed by Brady Hall. Plus read a chapter of the next Sandman Slim Book, The Getaway God! » 8/01/14 5:00pm 8/01/14 5:00pm

The Real Reason Why Joss Whedon Named His Space Western Show Firefly

Nathan Fillion auditioned unsuccessfully for the part of Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And years later, he had five troubled auditions for the role of Mal on Firefly, before he finally clicked. That's just one of the amazing facts from a new biography of Joss Whedon. Read an exclusive excerpt below. » 7/31/14 4:00pm 7/31/14 4:00pm

First Look At Walter Mosley's Jack Strong, About A Man With 1000 Souls

Plenty of fantasy heroes are divided against themselves, or struggle with a dual nature. But Walter Mosley's Jack Strong is still something unique. He's a single person with over 1,000 souls stitched into him — and they each have their own unfinished business. Check out an exclusive first look below. » 6/02/14 11:40am 6/02/14 11:40am