All the Most Thrilling Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming This Fall

Your “to read” pile is about to get much more massive. This fall’s science fiction and fantasy books include new titles by legends like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Stephen King, Jim Butcher and Tanya Huff. You’re not ready for this! Which is why we’re getting you ready, with our guide to fall books. » 8/28/15 2:17pm Friday 2:17pm

Scandinavian Children's Books Get Away With Way More Sex and Violence

Scandinavians are just a lot more relaxed about certain things. Like, one popular Norwegian book for eight-year-olds includes lessons on how to masturbate. Author Ingelin Røssland, writing in the Guardian, explains just how far children’s and young-adult titles can go in Scandinavia. » 8/27/15 1:54pm Thursday 1:54pm

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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Today's Best Media Deals: $2 Kindle Sale,  Disaster StoryBundle, and More

Amazon offers big Kindle sales almost weekly, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many bestselling books marked down at the same time. Smash hits like The Martian, The Girl on the Train, Ready Player One, Gone Girl, and Game of Thrones are all marked down to $2 each, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg, so be… » 8/27/15 7:45am Thursday 7:45am

Which Science Fiction or Fantasy Book Was So Much Fun You Couldn't Stand It?

Some books keep you turning pages with suspense. Others keep the pages flipping with their deep character studies. But then there are those books that are just so much damn fun, you can’t do anything but keep reading and laughing out loud. But which science fiction or fantasy book is just the most fun ever? » 8/26/15 2:15pm Wednesday 2:15pm

Today's Best Media Deals: Mad Max Anthology, Pulp Fiction, and More

If you enjoyed Mad Max: Fury Road, but want to get caught up on the original trilogy, Amazon’s selling an anthology with all four films, plus a Madness of Max documentary. [Mad Max Anthology (4-Film Collection), $50]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XUV1B4U/... » 8/26/15 7:45am Wednesday 7:45am

This Surprisingly Empowering Retelling of Sleeping Beauty Stars a Hamster Princess

How on Earth do you tell a story about a princess under a Sleeping Beauty-type curse and make her truly heroic? You put her in the hands of Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer and cartoonist Ursula Vernon, whose new book Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible finds the silver lining of the soporific curse. » 8/25/15 12:05pm Tuesday 12:05pm

The Victorian Hugos: 1895 Sees The Triumphant Arrival Of H.G. Wells!

I like writing this series. I really do. It’s rewarding in a number of respects. But some years are less enjoyable to cover than others. 1894, for example, had A Prisoner of Zenda, but not much else that was fun. 1895, on the other hand, has a splendid array of science fiction and fantasy, both in novels and short… » 8/25/15 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

Today's Best Media Deals: What We Do in the Shadows, Die Hard, and More

Even if you aren’t a vampire fan, What We Do in the Shadows is a must-watch mockumentary, and Prime members can grab a copy for $15 today, an all-time low. [What We Do in the Shadows, $15 for Prime members only]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...http://io9.com/the-vampire-mo... » 8/25/15 7:45am Tuesday 7:45am

Ask the Press Start to Play Authors Anything You Want about Videogames In Science Fiction

Authors Daniel H. Wilson, Chris Kluwe, Rhianna Pratchett, Austin Grossman, Chris Avellone, and John Joseph Adams are all here to answer your questions about the future of videogames, gaming in science fiction, and their new short story collection, Press Start to Play.
http://www.amazon.com/Press-Start-Pl... » 8/24/15 8:00am Monday 8:00am

Today's Best Media Deals: The Walking Dead Bundle, Jurassic World, and More

The Walking Dead Season 5 comes out on Blu-ray tomorrow, but you can fill out the rest of your collection with this seasons 1-4 bundle for $69 right now. [The Walking Dead Seasons 1-4 Collection, $69]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01...http://www.amazon.com/Walking-Dead-S... » 8/24/15 7:45am Monday 7:45am