Sterling and Lebkowsky on why the world is in a state of WTF

As is tradition, Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky have kickstarted the new year by discussing the current state of the world. This year's edition is as insightful and acerbic as ever, touching upon such topics as the NSA, the emergence of "android demigod" Google, and why it's so hard to write scifi these days. » 1/08/14 7:40am 1/08/14 7:40am

Bruce Sterling Thinks Artificial Intelligence Has Jumped the Shark

Bruce Sterling wrote influential works like Schismatrix and Islands in the Net, plus he practically invented cyberpunk (with all due respect, of course, to William Gibson and Rudy Rucker). We are serious fans of his work. And if his recent comments about the potential risks of greater-than-human artificial… » 1/17/13 2:40pm 1/17/13 2:40pm

Bruce Sterling's Advice for New Science Fiction Authors: "Trying to ace…

There's a must-read interview with legendary Cyberpunk author Bruce Sterling over at FortyKey, where Cory Doctorow, Paul Di Filippo and a bunch of other people ask him questions about writing and the future. In particular, Di Filippo asks him what his strategy would be for breaking in as a new science fiction writer in … » 1/04/13 4:46pm 1/04/13 4:46pm

Paolo Bacigalupi: Science fiction "thrives at uncertainty points, when…

Wind-Up Girl author Paolo Bacigalupi's essay over at Wired is both a must read and a quick read. The essay is mostly about how Cyberpunk saved science fiction by shaking up the complacent view of the future that had dominated for decades — but then he broadens out into a more general theory of science fiction as a… » 6/20/12 4:43pm 6/20/12 4:43pm

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Who Never Wrote Sequels or…

Sometimes it seems like science fiction, and especially fantasy, are genres that lend themselves exclusively to trilogies and long-running series. But some of the greatest writers in speculative fiction have only written standalone novels, not series or trilogies. » 1/30/12 2:46pm 1/30/12 2:46pm

Get caught up on the Sidewise nominees for best alternate history…

The finalists for the 2009 Sidewise Awards, honoring the best in alternate history, have been announced. And just in case the version of you in this universe hasn't already read the novel and five short stories, here's your primer. » 6/08/10 2:15pm 6/08/10 2:15pm

Step Inside Rudy Rucker's Crazy-Quilt Writing Salon

A new Rudy Rucker story (or book) is cause for major celebration just by itself. But a new Rudy Rucker story, plus a whole site full of weird and inappropriate fiction edited by Rucker? Calls for, quite possibly, a naked body paint flashmob or something. Rucker has just posted the sixth issue of his ezine Flurb » 9/18/08 2:48pm 9/18/08 2:48pm, which …

The Grimly Grim Hallmark Of Awfully Bad Writing

Classic science fiction novels have many annoying writing tics that make it hard to enjoy them, but the word "grimly" has always seemed the worst. People are always speaking grimly, or staring grimly, or even smiling grimly. Of all the adverbs that attach themselves, like alien facehuggers, to science fiction prose,… » 6/06/08 4:30pm 6/06/08 4:30pm