11 Books That Every Aspiring Television Writer MUST Read

Tomorrow, an army of geeks descends on San Diego — and many of them would kill to write for television. Comic-Con always hosts panels about TV writing, and they're always standing-room only. But how do you learn the craft? We asked some great television writers, and they told us 11 books that every aspiring scribe… » 7/16/13 10:33am 7/16/13 10:33am

We've lost another one of the greats: R.I.P. Jack Vance, 1916-2013

Jack Vance's impact on science fiction can't be overestimated. His Dying Earth series alone would be enough to make him one of the genre's most important figures. But he also gave us the Demon Princes series and several others, and he helped revitalize the planetary romance genre with Big Planet. He died over the… » 5/29/13 1:40pm 5/29/13 1:40pm

AMC is making an arctic-explorers-vs.-monster show that is somehow not …

Enjoying the ratings gold machine that is The Walking Dead, AMC has decided to try another monstrous TV series, this time based on Dan Simmons' 2007 novel The Terror. Simmons, best known for his scifi novels including Hyperion, wrote the horror novel about an actual Royal Navel expedition which attempted to find the… » 2/14/13 9:20am 2/14/13 9:20am

100 Wonderful and Terrible Movies That Never Existed

For every movie that makes it to your local cineplex, there are dozens that never come into existence. In another universe, Mel Gibson directed Fahrenheit 451, Terry Gilliam directed Watchmen, and Batman fought Godzilla. The history of movies is crammed full of weird almost-weres and could-have-beens. A lot of people… » 8/10/12 1:48pm 8/10/12 1:48pm

2009's Best SF Novelists: Kage Baker, Nancy Kress, Cherie Priest,…

Locus Magazine announced the finalists for its reader-selected Locus Awards — and the five best science fiction novels of 2009 include three female authors. The winners will be announced during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, and tickets are still available. Here are the finalists: » 4/19/10 3:21pm 4/19/10 3:21pm

Whatever Happened To Hyperion, Vurt, Count Zero and Logan's Run?

Welcome back to Development Purgatory, where we check on the status of movies that were announced with great fanfare - but never arrived. This time, we wonder why we're not sucking on futuristic drug feathers while watching a movie of Jeff Noon's Vurt. We also check on the movies of William Gibson's Count Zero, Dan… » 7/03/08 3:30pm 7/03/08 3:30pm

Dan Simmons' Hyperion Books Will Be Smooshed Together into One Movie

Although Dan Simmons' literary-allusion-packed Hyperion novels have long been loved and critically-acclaimed, they've always seemed to resist conversion into film. Episodic, cyber-spiritual, and strange, the first novel tells the intertwined stories of several characters trying to get wishes granted by an entity… » 4/04/08 8:20am 4/04/08 8:20am