"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. »11/25/14 1:00pm11/25/14 1:00pm

Science Fiction Does Something Way Better Than Predict The Future

People get stuck on the idea that science fiction predicts the future, and that we should look to SF books to find out what we'll be doing 20 years from now. But actually, says Questionable Practices author Eileen Gunn, science fiction does something way more valuable: teach us that change is inevitable. »6/24/14 10:47am6/24/14 10:47am

Must Watch: Ursula Le Guin and other authors discussing science fiction

The made-for-cable-TV show Science Fiction Conversations features the involvement of an amazing bunch of science fiction authors. Vonda McIntyre directed the episodes. Nisi Shawl and Eileen Gunn hosted the show. And the authors interviewed included Ursula K. Le Guin, Hiromi Goto and Gunn herself. Fortunately, three… »1/20/12 9:46am1/20/12 9:46am

The Greatest Characters Come From The Weirdest Worlds, Says Eileen Gunn

Click to view »11/03/08 11:20pm11/03/08 11:20pmBelievable characters go hand-in-hand with surreal futuristic worlds, says Eileen Gunn, author of and founder of the speculative webzine . Writing about a realistic future world or alien planet can seem like an insurmountable challenge, and so can putting believable characters into that setting — but you…