How science fiction helped me through my grief

During the second to last episode of Battlestar Galactica, we learned that, before the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin lost her father and her sisters in a car accident. How horrible, I remember thinking. This explains so much about her emotional armor, how slow she is to grow close to anyone. It also… » 6/16/13 7:00am 6/16/13 7:00am

Ask Charles Yu what inspired him to be a science fiction writer

Charles Yu is the author of one of the best SF novels of 2011, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and this week he's published a new book of short stories, Sorry Please Thank You (you can read one of the stories in it for free, here). » 7/24/12 1:30pm 7/24/12 1:30pm

Read a thoughtful story about gaming from Charles Yu's new collection,

Charles Yu won us over with his weird, melancholy novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and now he's back on July 24 with a collection of short stories called Sorry Please Thank You. Like his novel, these stories are psychological studies of neurotic nerds, struggling to stay alive as they fight… » 7/18/12 2:41pm 7/18/12 2:41pm

Charles Yu, Lauren Beukes and Cherie Priest on the Challenges and…

It's been an exciting time for anybody who wants to see Hollywood adapting some more adventurous source material. Acclaimed books by Charles Yu, Lauren Beukes and Cherie Priest have all gotten movie deals recently. Jeff VanderMeer has a great roundup of how all three authors have responded to the news — including which … » 12/29/11 6:30am 12/29/11 6:30am

Will Hollywood sentimentalize Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a…

We're mostly thrilled that Charles Yu's awesome novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is getting a big Hollywood movie deal. We're a bit concerned, though, that it's being spearheaded by Chris Columbus, maker of the first two Harry Potter movies and Percy Jackson, among many other things. Will the… » 12/02/11 10:30am 12/02/11 10:30am

A Whole Month of Earthsea Discussions, with Charles Yu, Lev Grossman,…

If you're lucky enough to be in New York, then October is going to be a brilliant month for you — the Center for Fiction is putting on a whole month of science fiction and fantasy discussions, in honor of Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. It's all part of "The Big Read," a month-long program focusing on a single… » 9/28/11 9:40am 9/28/11 9:40am

The secret origin story of How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional…

To celebrate the paperback release of Charles Yu's incredible novel How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe, we're running an exclusive, never-before-seen-by-humans story that Yu wrote about the origin of the strange world where his time-traveling main character lives. » 6/30/11 4:00pm 6/30/11 4:00pm

Ask Charles Yu Anything About "How To Live Safely In A Science…

We've been talking about Charles Yu's book How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe over at the io9 Book Club, and now Yu is going to drop in to answer your questions. Post them in comments below! » 12/09/10 12:00pm 12/09/10 12:00pm

What science fiction writers can learn from the flood of SF lit novels

We're in the middle of a flood of literary novels that play with science fiction ideas right now. What's causing it? And how can science fiction benefit from all of this fresh energy? » 9/02/10 4:41pm 9/02/10 4:41pm

September Books Offer Time Travel, Vampires, and Viral Marketing

September is upon us, bringing new novels from William Gibson, Guillermo del Toro and Cherie Priest. Plus: postmodern time travel, zombie relationship tips, and the ultimate smackdown between vampires and alien invaders! » 9/01/10 12:48pm 9/01/10 12:48pm

The biggest winners and losers of Comic Con 2010

Everybody says San Diego Comic Con can make or break a project, and we saw it happening first-hand at SDCC 2010. Here's our list of the projects that gained supercharged buzz at SDCC... plus a few that lost some buzz. » 7/26/10 3:56pm 7/26/10 3:56pm