All The April Science Fiction and Books That Will Rock Your Universe!

April is the coolest month — at least, judging from the stacks of astonishing science fiction and fantasy books being published right about now. There's tons of space opera, alternate history, crazy apocalypses, and much more. Here are 20 novels you can't afford to miss out on in April! » 4/08/14 12:56pm 4/08/14 12:56pm

The second funniest superhero comic of the 1990s is back... but will it be any good?

The funniest superhero comic of the 1990s was probably 1963, the period spoof created by Alan Moore and a host of co-conspirators. But for my money the second funniest was the buddy comedy Quantum and Woody, which deconstructed race alongside superhero tropes. And now, it's back. » 3/26/13 11:29am 3/26/13 11:29am

The Prestige author Christopher Priest calls out the Clarke Awards

There's a long and proud tradition in science fiction of fire-breathing takedowns of book awards. A few years ago, it was Adam Roberts, launching a stinging critique of the Hugo shortlist. And now, The Prestige author Christopher Priest has crafted a particularly scorching rebuke to the Clarke Awards shortlist, one… » 3/29/12 11:20am 3/29/12 11:20am

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

Hard Science Fiction Isn't About Science After All

I've always thought the term "hard science fiction" referred to stories or novels where the science was important to the story, and which strove for absolute scientific and technical accuracy. But now it turns out I was wrong, and actually "hard SF" refers to stories about personal growth, along the lines of the… » 5/06/08 11:05am 5/06/08 11:05am