Charles Stross' Neptune's Brood is the perfect book for our times

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that every interstellar colony in search of good fortune must be in need of a banker." If that line makes you giggle, feel free to rush out and purchase Charles Stross’s newest novel Neptune’s Brood, a comedy of banking and manners with some chase scenes and explosions thrown in… » 8/28/13 2:29pm 8/28/13 2:29pm

Essential Science Fiction Novels for Understanding the Economy

Our economy is huge, incomprehensible and potentially deadly if you take a wrong step — just like space, in fact. So when it comes to understanding the fundamentals of economics, you need to read some classic and recent science fiction novels. Luckily, Paul Krugman and Noah Smith have provided a reading list. » 5/13/13 4:40pm 5/13/13 4:40pm

How can you tell if you are suffering from Future Shock?

It's been four decades since futurists Alvin and Heidi Toffler predicted a wave of "future shock," the sensation of panic and unease that happens when people are "overwhelmed by change." And, depending on who you talk to you, we're either in the middle of a huge epidemic of future shock, with people struggling to… » 2/04/13 2:00pm 2/04/13 2:00pm

Charles Stross' multiverse saga, The Merchant Princes, continues in 2015

Tor Books has just announced that Charles Stross will be writing a third trilogy in his universe-hopping, economic development history thriller series, The Merchant Princes (yes it really does require all those adjectives). The series began with a mafia family smuggling goods by time-and-space traveling through a… » 1/30/13 9:20am 1/30/13 9:20am

Scifi authors pose half-naked on this genderflipped book cover—for…

What possessed four of science fiction and fantasy's superstar authors to strip down to their skivvies and gather around Hugo-award-winning writer Mary Robinette Kowal? It's not just to skewer the skin-baring cover illustration of Poul Anderson's Young Flandry (although that was certainly part of it). It's all part of » 1/20/13 9:00am 1/20/13 9:00am

All the Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Are Coming in…

This year's science fiction books are going to rock. John Scalzi returns to the Old Man's War universe, there's a brand new Neil Gaiman novel, and Stephen King's long-awaited sequel to The Shining. Plus brand new books from Austin Grossman, Nalo Hopkinson, Christopher Priest, Diana Gabaldon, Robert J. Sawyer, Joe… » 1/09/13 2:40pm 1/09/13 2:40pm

Raccoon laborers and plants designed for climate change: Charles…

While science fiction writers aren't necessarily out to predict the future, every now and then, author Charles Stross sits down and speculates on what the near or far future might hold. This week, Stross has peered into the middle distance, imagining what Earth might look like in 500. He sees a world very different… » 11/10/12 9:00am 11/10/12 9:00am

10 Science Fiction Novels That Will Definitely Never Be Movies

So they actually did it: They turned the sprawling, insane Cloud Atlas into a movie, one that actually makes the book look straightforward and uncontroversial. It just goes to show, no matter how unconventional or sprawling a book is, there's a way to adapt that sucker into a movie. Except sometimes, no. » 10/30/12 10:00am 10/30/12 10:00am

This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive… » 8/23/12 1:57pm 8/23/12 1:57pm