Which Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book Do You Want Read At Your Funeral?

Sometimes, a work of fiction can be so powerful, it can speak for you and help you to sum up your own life. Some works are so profound, they become emblematic. And even help speak for you, to the people you've left behind. So which work of fiction would you like someone to read from at your funeral (or wake)? » 7/04/14 3:00pm 7/04/14 3:00pm

​RIP Doris Lessing, one of science fiction's most indispensible authors

Doris Lessing, who died today aged 94, wasn't just a Nobel Prize-winning literary author — she was also a major hero of science fiction. She was one of the first authors with mainstream acclaim to embrace, and her fiction is worth more than a hundred writing workshops, for aspiring SF authors. » 11/17/13 3:00pm 11/17/13 3:00pm

10 Great Books You Didn't Know Were Science Fiction or Fantasy

These days, it seems like every other literary novel has speculative fiction ideas buried in it. This isn't a trend that suddenly burst out of nowhere — "literary" writers have been playing with fantastical notions forever. Here are 10 great literary books you didn't know were science fiction or fantasy. » 6/27/13 10:40am 6/27/13 10:40am

10 Science Fiction Novels That Will Definitely Never Be Movies

So they actually did it: They turned the sprawling, insane Cloud Atlas into a movie, one that actually makes the book look straightforward and uncontroversial. It just goes to show, no matter how unconventional or sprawling a book is, there's a way to adapt that sucker into a movie. Except sometimes, no. » 10/30/12 10:00am 10/30/12 10:00am

10 Ultra-Weird Science Fiction Novels that Became Required Reading

You want a really weird ride? A science fiction or fantasy epic that stretches your brain like taffy and ties it into strange irregular shapes? Forget television or movies: books are where the really off-kilter stories are told in speculative fiction. » 3/13/12 10:10am 3/13/12 10:10am

Some much-needed appreciation for Doris Lessing, the Nobel-winning…

Doris Lessing is one of my favorite authors of all time, and I've raved about her work before. So it's exciting to see people in the science fiction world paying attention to the Nobel Prize-winning SF author. » 2/25/11 5:00pm 2/25/11 5:00pm

Entertainment Industry: Please Stop Pandering To My Generation!

When did I first realize that Generation-X nostalgia was a driving the entertainment industry off a cliff? First all the toys I'd broken were suddenly on the big screen, thrashing each other and cursing loudly. Then the cartoons I learned to masturbate while watching were being acted out - with gravitas - by real… » 7/16/08 9:00am 7/16/08 9:00am

Doris Lessing Deserves A Nobel For Her Contributions To Sci-Fi

Doris Lessing was one of the first literary authors to venture into science fiction. She wrote about aliens and space wars at a time when the genre was still shedding its embarrassing pulp tatters. And while most literary authors have just lifted well-worn plot devices from science fiction, Lessing actually innovated… » 10/11/07 6:10pm 10/11/07 6:10pm