An Amazing Opportunity: Get The Very Best Of Charles de Lint For Free!

If you love urban fantasy, then you owe a stupendous debt to Charles de Lint, whether you've read him or not. His playful, majestic, clever stories helped shape the genre and were part of what made me fall in love with magical stories set in cities. And now you can get a collection of his best writing for free. » 1/23/15 7:00pm Friday 7:00pm

Ben Elton Has A Brand New Novel About Traveling Back To Stop World War I

You probably know Ben Elton as the writer behind such amazing shows as Blackadder and The Young Ones. But he's also the author of a ton of novels, many of which explore totally ludicrous science fiction premises with the kind of zany humor you'd expect. (The best are Gridlock and Stark.) And now, he's just published a… » 1/23/15 2:33pm Friday 2:33pm

The Inside Scoop On The Movie Version Of YA Book Classic House Of Stairs

House of Stairs by William Sleator is an intense, dark story, and it would make a fantastic movie. So it's fantastic news that a House of Stairs movie is in the pipeline, with a goal of starting production in September or October. We talked to a producer and got the inside scoop on the film. » 1/23/15 12:30pm Friday 12:30pm

When You Can't Tell The Difference Between Science And Science Fiction

As more and more stuff from science fiction feels as though it's coming true, we run into more situations where straight-up descriptions of real discoveries feel science fictional. But it works the other way, too — some SF writers go out of their way to make their fiction feel like real science writing. » 1/22/15 3:40pm Thursday 3:40pm

Which Character Do You Just Wish You Could Give Some Helpful Advice To?

We love to watch people make terrible mistakes — there's a reason why the characters who make the most awful decisions are usually the most popular. But sometimes, you just find yourself yelling at the screen (or page), "NO!" Which character in science fiction or fantasy do you wish you could give some helpful advice… » 1/22/15 2:00pm Thursday 2:00pm

From Lazarus Long To Capt. Jack Harkness: Bisexuality In Science Fiction

Why were there so many bisexual heroes in the 1970s (including Robert A. Heinlein's Lazarus Long), and was bisexuality viewed as "futuristic"? More to the point, why did bi heroes mostly vanish throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and what brought them back? Erotic science fiction author and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia… » 1/21/15 9:47am Wednesday 9:47am

C.J. Cherryh Explains The Key To Creating Terrific Female Characters

How do you go about creating female characters that have the same charisma and depth as the male ones? People debate this endlessly, and come up with complicated arguments about one aspect or another. But Downbelow Station author C.J. Cherryh has a refreshingly simple answer to this question. » 1/21/15 8:55am Wednesday 8:55am

The Originals Wields Irony Like A F--ing Straight Razor

To most people, The Originals is a wacky spinoff of the "vampire love triangle" show The Vampire Diaries — in which the ancient vamps from TVD go to New Orleans, have a magic baby, and get caught up in endless power struggles. But to devotees, The Originals is a reliable supplier of hilariously bitter irony. Just… » 1/20/15 7:59pm Tuesday 7:59pm

R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

An Urban Fantasy Novel That Shows Cities In A Way You've Never Seen

The urban fantasy genre isn't just set in cities — it's one of the main places that genre fiction engages with our urbanized existence, picking up the baton dropped by cyberpunk. But you don't often see cities depicted the way Daniel José Older does in his new novel Half-Resurrection Blues. » 1/16/15 4:02pm 1/16/15 4:02pm

10 Great Novels That Aren't About What You Heard They Were About

Science fiction and fantasy novels become famous for all sorts of reasons. Maybe they catch the zeitgeist, or maybe they have one idea that everybody falls in love with. But sometimes, we all fixate on something that's not the actual point of the book. Here are 10 great novels that aren't about what everybody thinks. » 1/16/15 11:05am 1/16/15 11:05am

Paddington's Journey To The 21st Century Shows How Cynical We've Gotten

The original Paddington stories have a certain fairytale quality. This bear just shows up in a London train station, with a tag that says "Please look after this bear," and a kindly family instantly takes him in. We apparently can no longer believe in such a simple story of generosity, judging from the new film. » 1/16/15 9:00am 1/16/15 9:00am