Tanith Lee Was An Indispensible Fantasy Author

Tanith Lee, who died on Sunday, was one of the most prolific and influential authors of fantasy and horror. Everyone seems to know her for something different. Some people are obsessed with The Silver Metal Lover, while others devoured her fantasy series. And then there are the Blake’s 7 episodes. She left a huge… » 5/26/15 7:12pm Yesterday 7:12pm

These Art Books From Sweden's Suburban Dystopia Deserve Your Support

Here at io9, we’re huge fans of Simon Stålenhag’s artwork, paintings from an alternate Sweden where familiar landscapes, fashions, and vehicles stand against ominous power plants, futuristic robots, and the occasional dinosaur. And there’s currently a crowdfunding campaign for two art books featuring Stålenhag’s… » 5/26/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Someone Has Done A Statistical Analysis Of Rape In Game Of Thrones

We’ve been debating sexual violence on Game of Thrones since the show began, but the discussion has gotten more heated in the past couple weeks, with The Mary Sue essentially ending its coverage. But is the show just being true to George R.R. Martin’s books, or is it adding more violation? One fan decided to find out. » 5/26/15 3:01pm Yesterday 3:01pm

9 Great Science Fiction Books For People Who Don't Like Science Fiction

So there’s someone in your life who doesn’t like science fiction. Nobody’s perfect. But the good news is, genre is expansive, and there’s almost always a little corner of it where even the most science fiction-averse person can curl up and enjoy themselves. Here are 10 science fiction books for people who don’t like… » 5/21/15 10:00am Thursday 10:00am

First Trailer For Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials Is Crazy As Hell


Hey, so I don’t know if you read James Dashner’s dystopian scifi YA novel The Maze Runner. Hit book, hit movie, big-ass maze involved. Well, the first trailer for the movie sequel, subtitled The Scorch Trials, is here, and I don’t know what the hell is going on. Also, I’m pretty sure there’s no more maze running.
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Which Superpower Would Make Someone Basically Unstoppable?

Fantasy and science fiction stories are full of people who have incredible powers — and yet, they’re not just ruling over the rest of humanity, or luxuriating in untold wealth and luxury. Which superpower would make someone basically an unstoppable ubermensch if you took it to its logical conclusion? » 5/20/15 2:48pm 5/20/15 2:48pm

Laibach Explains Why Science And Fiction Are Such A Powerful Combination

The Slovenian avant-garde rock band Laibach references science fiction a lot in their music, from Margaret Atwood to Kurt Vonnegut — and they did music for the science fiction spoof Iron Sky. In a new interview, they explain why science fiction is such an important dialectic for them. » 5/20/15 12:37pm 5/20/15 12:37pm

Here's How Space Megastructures Will Look, According to Neal Stephenson

Famed scifi author Neal Stephenson’s new novel Seveneves is out today, and one of the most exciting things about it is that it’s packed with realistic representations of space megastructures where humans live. We talked to Stephenson about his ideas, and have some exclusive art from Weta showing what they look like. » 5/20/15 8:46am 5/20/15 8:46am

How To Raise The Stakes In Your Story Without Wrecking Your Characters

The best science fiction and fantasy stories are impossible to tear yourself away from — and often, that thrilling sense of momentum comes from the sense that the danger to the world keeps getting bigger and scarier. But how do you raise the stakes without sacrificing your characters? » 5/19/15 3:38pm 5/19/15 3:38pm