You've Never Read A Book About Magic And Loss Like Signal To Noise

Plenty of books use magic to talk about coming-of-age stories and the secrets that people bury... but few of them are as sad, or as evocative, as Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel Signal to Noise. Her story of three friends in Mexico City and their musical obsessions feels true, as well as truly sad. » 3/30/15 7:00pm 31 minutes ago

YA Fantasy Book Series The Mortal Instruments Gets Another Shot On TV

The news was announced last year, but now The Mortal Instruments TV show, based on Cassandra Clare's popular YA fantasy book series, has a title (Shadowhunters), a network (ABC Family) and a complete series order, under the guiding hand of previously-announced showrunner Ed Decter (Helix). » 3/30/15 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

Absolutely Incredible Cosplay From Emerald City Comicon: Day 3!

The cosplay does not stop! Emerald City Comicon was just bursting with beautiful recreations of costumes from comics, movies, television and books. And to prove it, here's one last batch of the best ECCC cosplay! » 3/30/15 12:49pm Today 12:49pm

"Magic Is Privilege": The Insidious System At The Heart Of Harry Potter

Every year, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) delves into the themes and ideas of science fiction and fantasy. And this year, according to attendee Cecilia Tan, one big topic was the idea that Harry Potter's Wizarding World is "a metaphor for racism." » 3/30/15 11:18am Today 11:18am

Today's Best Media Deals: Best Picture Winners, Interstellar, and More

Take home 20 previous Oscar Best Picture winners in one box for just $42 today. The set starts all the way back in 1929, and winds up at The Departed in 2006, which sounds like quite the cinematic journey. [ Best of Warner Bros 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures, $42] » 3/30/15 10:29am Today 10:29am

The Most Mind-Blowing Cosplay From Emerald City Comicon.... So Far

Cosplay is our sartorial gateway to fantastical worlds and wonderful visions. We can never actually visit the places we watch and read about in science fiction and fantasy, but really great cosplay brings us closer to them. This weekend is Emerald City Comicon, and we've been blown away by some of the costumes thus… » 3/28/15 1:00pm Saturday 1:00pm

Man Plus Has The Kookiest And Therefore Greatest Plan To Colonize Mars

Between Mars One sounding fishy and Curiosity finding nitrogen, Mars is back in the news (if it ever really left). There's still an interest in colonizing "The Angry Red Planet," but that's still a long way off from happening. I can only presume that's because the folks at NASA and the other space exploration… » 3/28/15 11:15am Saturday 11:15am

Add Some Popular Novels to Your Kindle for $3-$4 Each, Today Only

Today only, Amazon's got a nice little collection of Kindle novels on sale for $3-$4. The most popular of the bunch are probably Private Down Under by James Patterson, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, but be sure to check out the full list if you need any new reading material. [Gold Box] » 3/28/15 8:42am Saturday 8:42am

Which "Lovable" Villain Is Actually Terrifying When You Think About It?

Science fiction and fantasy are full of straight-up scary villains. But then there are the lovable ones, who are too quirky and goofy to seem really threatening. They start to become part of the gang, even. But they're still horrible people. Which "lovable" villain is actually horrifying if you think about him or her? » 3/27/15 2:10pm Friday 2:10pm

Home Is The Cutest Vision Of Colonial Domination You'll Ever See 

In the new kids' animated movie Home, some unbearably cute aliens come to Earth and take our planet away from us, imprisoning the humans in, basically, reservations. And in the process, the movie manages to use cuteness to tell kind of a thoughtful story about imperialists who think of themselves as victims. Spoilers… » 3/27/15 10:16am Friday 10:16am

In the World of Fantasy Literature, David Eddings Is Truly Magic

No one would ever accuse fantasy author David Eddings of being too complicated. Although he's known for several trilogies and five-part epics, Eddings creates fantasy worlds that seem like Middle-Earth for second graders. So, then, why are they so much damn fun to visit? » 3/27/15 8:20am Friday 8:20am

Why I Revisit My Childhood Favorites All the Time

I watch a lot of television and read a lot of books. I don't think that's going to shock a lot of people. It's literally part of my job. I'm at the point where no one really questions how much I watch or read. But the secret is: I spend way more time revisiting old favorites rather than new things. » 3/27/15 3:00am Friday 3:00am

Could This Be The Most Radiant Collection Of Dune Art Ever Assembled?

Horror-Comedy Harrison Squared Proves Daryl Gregory Is A Writer To Watch

Daryl Gregory's novels inspire reflection and conversation, but above all else they are just different and so much fun. His new book, Harrison Squared is fresh and enjoyable, and proves that he's a writer to be reckoned with. » 3/26/15 4:30pm Thursday 4:30pm

Economists Who Study Science Fiction Will See Science More Realistically

There are definitely plenty of economists who love science fiction — Paul Krugman comes to mind immediately. But economics could still benefit from more attention to the genre, argues economist Ha-Joon Chang from Cambridge University. But Chang's reasons for recommending SF might be a bit surprising. » 3/26/15 1:59pm Thursday 1:59pm

Which Sequel Threw Out The Best Part Of The Previous Story's Ending?

The most powerful ending is often the one that closes the story with a resounding bang. An ending that lets you know that things have changed. But those are also the hardest to continue, and some people don't even try. Which sequel completely abandoned the best part of the previous installment's ending? » 3/25/15 2:09pm Wednesday 2:09pm

Today's Best Media Deals: The Hobbit Trilogy, Beatleness, and More

Best Buy has an exclusive Steelbook box set of the Hobbit trilogy, and you can save $10 if you buy it today. [ The Hobbit Trilogy Steelbook, $60] » 3/25/15 10:58am Wednesday 10:58am

A Classic Novel By The Strugatsky Brothers Is Out In English At Last

Most of us know Boris and Arkady Strugatsky from their novel Roadside Picnic — but their fantastic output was much greater than that. And now at last, there's an English-language edition of their trippy book The Dead Mountaineer's Inn, translated by Josh Billings with an introduction by Jeff VanderMeer. » 3/24/15 6:01pm 3/24/15 6:01pm

Wow, Game Of Thrones Season 5 Is Even Darker Than We Expected

We kind of assumed this year on Game of Thrones was going to be as bitter and dark as graveyard-shift coffee. After all, it's based on the two ugliest books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But we saw the season premiere last night, and it's even nastier. Here are our spoiler-free impressions. » 3/24/15 2:06pm 3/24/15 2:06pm