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

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… » 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… » 9/28/11 9:40am 9/28/11 9:40am

The Weakest Superheroes Of Postmodern Lit

Superheroes have busted out of their pulpy roots, and now they're boldly leaping into a whole new era of postmodernism. It started with creators like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, but now the postmodern trend has made the jump to actual literary authors of literature, who use the "modern mythology" of superheroes to… » 2/28/08 12:20pm 2/28/08 12:20pm