China Miéville's recommendations for socialist science fiction fans

China Miéville is the author of The City & The City, Embassytown, and several other novels — and he's written academic treatises about Marxism. Sometimes, he mixes the two up. He writes about supernatural labor movements (in Kraken, the spirits of the dead go on strike) and interplanetary industrial revolutions.… » 2/19/13 9:04am 2/19/13 9:04am

If you want to see what science fiction is capable of in 2013, you…

Karen Lord's new novel starts out with a horrific act of genocide. Sadira, the homeworld of the Sadiri race, is completely wiped out, with countless Sadiri dead. The remaining Sadiri, living on other planets, struggle with preserving their culture and keeping their race alive in some form. With that sort of set-up,… » 2/08/13 5:12pm 2/08/13 5:12pm

Must Watch: China Mieville explains why science fiction is not superior…

Back in 2009, China Mieville gave a talk at Kansas University about the divide between science fiction and fantasy. And he explained just why the widespread perception on the internet that science fiction is smarter than fantasy, or superior to fantasy, is overblown. The whole thing is on Youtube, and here's the… » 12/14/12 1:23pm 12/14/12 1:23pm

A sneak peek at the next issue of China Miéville's comic book Dial H

Here's an exclusive first look at next week's issue of Dial H, the DC Comics series from Kraken and Railsea author China Miéville, artist Mateus Santolouco, and the legendary Brian Bolland (on cover art). This issue delves further into the history of the mysterious dial that can transform its user into bizarre… » 9/27/12 9:45am 9/27/12 9:45am

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Lived Abroad

Science fiction and fantasy are all about reaching beyond the horizon — so it's not surprising that many of the greatest speculative fiction authors have broadened their own horizons. And you can see it in their writing, because the experience of negotiating a very different culture and learning another language… » 6/21/12 3:23pm 6/21/12 3:23pm

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

May brings lots of amazing science fiction and fantasy books — including new titles from China Mieville, Kim Stanley Robinson and Charlaine Harris! You don't want to be the only one of your friends who isn't up to date on the latest happenings in far-future empires, brutal fantasy warfare, and the depths of weirdness. » 5/08/12 4:06pm 5/08/12 4:06pm

2012 Clarke Award finalists celebrate the diversity of science fiction

The Clarke Awards are always an interesting award to watch, because they're selected by a panel of judges who read widely in the field — and thus, some surprises can creep in. This year's six finalists include one book I've never heard of, and also run the gamut of every type of science fiction. Here's the list: » 3/26/12 4:00pm 3/26/12 4:00pm

China Miéville gives us a sneak peek of DC Comics' weirdest new…

This May, DC Comics will resurrect Dial H For Hero, an old-school comic about a strange dial that can transforms its user into an entire phone book's worth of superheroes. And who's helming this new series? Why, it's none other than Embassytown, Kraken, and The City & the City author China Miéville. » 3/16/12 8:40am 3/16/12 8:40am

A Used Book Store Clerk's Amazing Caricatures of Science Fiction Authors

Bradley Craft spends a lot of time around books and authors — he's a used-book buyer at Seattle's University Bookstore, and before that he worked at San Francisco's late, lamented Stacey's Books. And in his spare time, he draws caricatures of local and visiting authors, a practice which began with posters he drew for… » 2/28/12 2:44pm 2/28/12 2:44pm

10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Endings We'd Like to See More Often

All too often, endings are synonymous with "letdown." We all love to complain about how our favorite science fiction TV series or movies ended. And we're kind of sick of twist endings and "WTF Mindfrak" endings. But on the other hand, there are some endings that we just don't see enough of. » 2/21/12 10:04am 2/21/12 10:04am

Best British SF Books, and Best Debut Fantasy Novel, Announced

Congratulations to Genevieve Valentine, who won the 2012 William L. Crawford Fantasy Award for her novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti. This award celebrates the best debut fantasy novel published in the previous year, and the runners up were Erin Morgenstern for The Night Circus, Téa Obreht for The… » 1/24/12 2:30pm 1/24/12 2:30pm

Must Listen: Great SF authors discuss the many planets of the Amazons

Sarah Hall, author of the Tiptree Award-winning novel Daughters of the North, narrates a fantastic two-part BBC radio series, Cat Women of the Moon, all about "the popular motif in science fiction of an all-women society surviving without men." The first half is more about "relations between the sexes," while the… » 1/11/12 1:45pm 1/11/12 1:45pm