What's The Most Bizarre And Inexplicable Offshoot Of A Major Franchise?

Sometimes, when a property becomes ridiculously mega-popular, it starts generating spin-offs and alternate versions at such a crazy rate that something truly bonkers comes out. But what's the most crap-your-pants crazy thing to come out as a sideline to something with huge mainstream popularity? » 9/18/14 2:11pm Today 2:11pm

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 Yesterday 1:30pm

The Real Reason Why Endless Sequels And Remakes Are Bad For Us

These days, it often seems like the entertainment industry just wants to keep monetizing the same handful of properties over and over, instead of taking more risks. That makes for a "warmed-over meatloaf" feeling — but in Slate, Hieroglyph co-editor Ed Finn argues it's also bad for innovation.
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Lauren Beukes Explains How to Tell Great Stories About The Internet

We live much of our lives online — and even the parts we don't are still touched in hundreds of ways by our digital presences. And yet TV, movies, and books struggle to portray the crossover between our digital and physical worlds in a way that feels real. Here, author Lauren Beukes gives us her take on it. » 9/16/14 4:20pm Tuesday 4:20pm

More Weird Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Original Star Trek

50 years ago, one of science fiction's greatest series was in development. The original Star Trek series was born out of desperation as much as inspiration, and a recent book called These Are The Voyages reveals tons of insane behind-the-scenes details. You think you know Star Trek? Here are tons of details you… » 9/16/14 3:11pm Tuesday 3:11pm

Who's The Greatest Science Fiction Character Of All Time?

Science fiction is full of brilliant ideas — but it's also the home of some fascinating characters. And the British Film Institute is trying to find the greatest science fiction character of all time — but I bet we can do even better, right here. Who are the greatest characters in all of science fiction? » 9/16/14 1:16pm Tuesday 1:16pm

40 Years Ago, A Kids' Book Predicted The Reality Of Today's Drones

We're still coming to grips with the amazingly fast rise of personal drones, and it's hard to find science fiction that deals with the implications of that tech. But there is one book that explores the implications. It was published 40 years ago, and it's called Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy. » 9/16/14 10:43am Tuesday 10:43am

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. » 9/15/14 10:11am Monday 10:11am

Must Watch: John Brunner Breaks Down The Silliness Of Genre Categories

Back in (I'm guessing) the early 1970s, Hugo Award-winning John Brunner already understood that the division between "science fiction" and "mainstream fiction" was largely meaningless. In this must-watch video, the eloquent writer explains why science fiction is the mainstream literature of our technological world. » 9/12/14 3:19pm 9/12/14 3:19pm

Don't Miss the Gothic Internet Horror of Broken Monsters

Lauren Beukes' new novel Broken Monsters is about the dark forces that awaken in abandoned places — and abandoned people — when they yearn for the kind of attention they once had. Set in the back alleys and art warehouses of Detroit, it's a supernatural thriller that will disturb you in all the right ways. » 9/12/14 2:00pm 9/12/14 2:00pm

Alan Moore Just Wrote A Novel So Enormous People Can't Pick It Up

The acclaimed author of Watchmen has recently finished his second novel, Jerusalem. Two interesting facts about it: 1) it's not set in Jerusalem, but Northampton, England, and 2) at over one million words, it's almost twice the size of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. Moore has said he doubts people will even be able to … » 9/11/14 2:20pm 9/11/14 2:20pm

This collection of Doctor Who short stories has some gorgeous covers

Penguin Books is releasing an updated anthology of their Doctor Who short stories written by famous children's authors to include a new story for Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor - but the real star of the collection has to be these amazing new minimalist covers for each book. » 9/11/14 5:12pm 9/11/14 5:12pm