Brandon Sanderson: "We haven't hit what epic fantasy is capable of yet"

Brandon Sanderson's new book Words of Radiance debuted at #1 on the New York Times Besteller List. What does he think is the secret of his popularity, and the reason for epic fantasy's resurgence? We asked him, and he explained why epic fantasy is ready to take it to the next level. » 3/18/14 4:00pm 3/18/14 4:00pm

George R.R. Martin answers our toughest Song of Ice and Fire questions

When we interviewed A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin at Comic-Con, we decided to drill down and ask some intense questions. Like, is this series only seven books long because some subplots took over the story? Are the Dothraki one-dimensional stereotypes? What does he think of Sliders? Here's what he… » 7/23/13 2:05pm 7/23/13 2:05pm

How much of the books will we see next year on Game of Thrones?

The first two seasons of Game of Thrones were pretty straightforward: one season, one book. But season three covered a big chunk of George R.R. Martin's third book, leaving some for season four. What's left of A Storm of Swords for the show to cover? And how much of books four and five could we see next year? » 6/11/13 12:29pm 6/11/13 12:29pm

10 Genres that Superheroes Have Swallowed Up

Superheroes aren't just one genre. They're tons of genres, smushed together. Aliens rub elbows with supernatural beings. Gods walk side by side with monsters. Over the decades, superheroes have borrowed from other genres, sometimes swallowing them whole. Here are 10 genres that got absorbed into superheroes, partly or… » 6/05/13 10:07am 6/05/13 10:07am

This gender-swapped Lord of the Rings dream casting is note perfect

We all know that Middle-Earth is a sausage fest. But what would happen if you flipped all the genders? Could Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings still work as well if you replaced Sean Bean, John Noble and Sean Astin with women? This dream cast proves it would. It's... a diversion. » 5/28/13 12:40pm 5/28/13 12:40pm

By all the Gods, this standalone epic fantasy novel is a fun ride

When was the last time you read an epic fantasy saga that was one self-contained volume, with all of the sweeping adventure and huge mythic sacrifices in just one book? These days, it seems as though any epic fantasy has to be at least a half-dozen volumes, and this often appears to be driven by marketing as much as by … » 10/23/12 3:00pm 10/23/12 3:00pm

An Epic Fantasy That Doesn't Hold Back on the "Epic"

These days, fantasy novels seem to be all about realism. Or at least, semi-realism. Magic is pushed to the fringes, and only happens in rare cases. The focus is on gritty, relatable characters in a vaguely noir-ish world. Whether in epic fantasy or urban fantasy, there's been a bit more restraint lately in terms of… » 1/09/12 4:30pm 1/09/12 4:30pm