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 1/22/15 3:40pm

All The Most Exciting Moments From The 2014 Hugo Awards!

Tonight at the World SF Convention, we saw the brilliance and inventiveness of science fiction and fantasy on full display. Tonight's Hugo Awards winners include Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, along with stories by Charles Stross, Mary Robinette Kowal and John Chu. And Kameron Hurley, twice. » 8/17/14 2:15pm 8/17/14 2:15pm

Tough time for Orbit authors. First Orbit Books' parent company Hachette clashed with Amazon, causing the online retailer to delay sending books and raise prices. Then Orbit announced it won't send free copies of books to Hugo voters, putting authors at a distinct disadvantage. » 5/15/14 4:40pm 5/15/14 4:40pm

The dangerous beast known as the "attack novel." It seizes you and will not let go until it's been deposited on paper, as Charles Stross explains. If you see one, do not call the authorities. » 5/08/14 4:40pm 5/08/14 4:40pm

Those brain implants may be trickier than you realized

Ramez Naam, author of Nexus and Crux, has speculated a lot about humans being merged with machines — but he's actually quite skeptical about how quickly this will happen in reality. He's also not sure the Singularity is coming in his lifetime. » 2/18/14 6:08pm 2/18/14 6:08pm

Charles Stross gives us a sneak peek at his new novel

Today, author Charlie Stross, from this month's book club selection, joined us for a Q&A, where he filled us his thoughts on how new writers get traction, the skyrocketing of ebook sales (from 1% to 50% of his sales in the last five years), and gave us the first line of his new book coming up in July. » 12/10/13 4:30pm 12/10/13 4:30pm

Author Charles Stross is here today, answering your questions!

In November, the io9 book club read Charles Stross' novel Neptune's Brood. Today from 12:00-1:00 PDT, Stross is here to answer your questions! Ask him about Neptune's Brood, economic science fiction, or any of his other incredible series and books. » 12/10/13 10:30am 12/10/13 10:30am

The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Neptune's Brood.

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In November, we read Charles Stross' Neptune's Brood. Jump into comments to get started talking about it! » 12/03/13 1:46pm 12/03/13 1:46pm

io9 Book Club Reminder: Meeting 12/3 to discuss Neptune's Brood

In November, the io9 Book Club is reading Neptune's Brood, by Charles Stross. We'll meet December 2 to discuss it, and we hope Stross will join us later that week for a chat! » 11/26/13 11:44am 11/26/13 11:44am

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

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss in July

July is ablaze with great stories. There's a ton of awesome books hitting the shelves this month, many of which make the greatest possible reads for your roadtrip to San Diego Comic-Con (or Worldcon.) Here are a dozen must-read books coming out this month! » 7/15/13 4:09pm 7/15/13 4:09pm

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

How to Write a Killer Space Adventure Without Breaking the Speed of…

Is it possible to have a wild, exciting space adventure without resorting to magic? Or is there just no way to imagine conquering the vastness of the cosmos without warp drives, hyperspace, miraculous shielding and other fancy devices? » 9/17/12 11:48am 9/17/12 11:48am