Science Fiction Authors on Black History Month

"When there were people of color in these books, they were in the background, or they died quickly, or any number of other stereotypes. For the most part, they just weren't there. And in Octavia Butler's works, they not only were there, they were prominent; they were protagonists. The world looked like the world that I… » 2/14/14 6:35pm 2/14/14 6:35pm

Amazon is making it harder to sell Bigfoot porn ebooks

Erotica featuring Sasquatch, minotaurs, aliens, and boar gods may not fit everyone's tastes, but some authors have made a killing selling monster sex ebooks. But some ebook retailers, notably Amazon, have been cracking down on cryptozoological smut, making it harder for writers to sell their books to readers who are… » 12/22/13 10:00am 12/22/13 10:00am

Charles Stross gives us a sneak peek at his new novel

Today, author Charlie Stross, from this month's book club selection, joined us for a Q&A, where he filled us his thoughts on how new writers get traction, the skyrocketing of ebook sales (from 1% to 50% of his sales in the last five years), and gave us the first line of his new book coming up in July. » 12/10/13 4:30pm 12/10/13 4:30pm

Why Science Fiction is Where The Action is for E-Books

Over at Wired, there's a great piece by former io9 editor Graeme McMillan about the rise of science fiction e-books. And through conversations with publishing insiders, McMillan basically confirms what we already suspected — e-book readers are creating a new boom in science fiction publishing. » 6/26/13 10:44am 6/26/13 10:44am

Everything You Need to Know About SFWA's Clash With Random House

If you're an aspiring science fiction or fantasy writer, you've probably heard that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has come to blows with one of the biggest publishers in SF over the past week. But what's all this about? And how does it affect you and your dreams of being published by Random House? » 3/11/13 1:30pm 3/11/13 1:30pm

The book about earthworms that took Charles Darwin 44 years to write

For most of his adult life, Charles Darwin was mulling over the earthworm question. In the years before his famous adventure on the H.M.S. Beagle, he began investigating how these creatures creates soil-enriching mold during their digestive process. Off and on in the decades after that, he continued to ponder… » 1/23/13 4:50pm 1/23/13 4:50pm

A Chart that Shows a Dismal Trend in Sales of Print Science Fiction…

Science fiction and fantasy book sales, as measured by Nielsen Bookscan, have dropped dramatically in recent years. Just in 2012, science fiction book sales dropped 21 percent, and fantasy book sales dropped a startling 28 percent. In one year. Before you panic too much, bear in mind that Nielsen is only measuring… » 1/18/13 1:39pm 1/18/13 1:39pm

The Best Audiobooks to Distract You from Your Family This Weekend

The long holiday weekend is approaching, so it's time to gear up and update your ebook readers and electronic libraries with anything that can get you through long travel stretches, cooking binges, and even longer family gatherings. Here is our list of fantastic audiobooks and ebooks that will keep you entertained for … » 11/21/12 10:06am 11/21/12 10:06am

Get your book read by the top editors at Harper Voyager — without…

Breaking in to the book world can feel like an impossible quest — but now, there may be a major shortcut. Harper Voyager, one of the top science fiction and fantasy publishers on three continents, is open to unagented submissions for the first two weeks of October. They've put up a portal at… » 9/13/12 9:20am 9/13/12 9:20am

Tor will serialize John Scalzi's next Old Man's War novel online

Anybody who loves serialized stories and episodic dramas will be excited to learn that Tor is experimenting with publishing the next John Scalzi book first in serialized form, as a set of e-books, and then later in collected print and e-book editions — similar to the way that comics come out in single issues and are… » 7/07/12 3:30pm 7/07/12 3:30pm

Stephen King's new novel won't be available as an e-book... at least,…

Stephen King was a pioneer of electronic publishing. He serialized his novel The Plant online, and his novel Riding the Bullet was one of the first mass-market e-books. So it's kind of fascinating that he's turning away from e-books now that they've finally become ubiquitous. His next novel, the supernatural mystery » 6/01/12 11:55am 6/01/12 11:55am