'Knotting' Is the Weird Fanfic Sex Trend That Cannot Be Unseen

I'm going to start this real slow and lay out the facts: Knotting is a popular trend in fan fiction. It involves men having sex with men like wolves. And it often leads to male pregnancy, which leads to male delivery. And the people giving birth to feces-covered babies are often members of One Direction. » 7/18/14 3:04pm 7/18/14 3:04pm

How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh.… » 7/15/14 1:51pm 7/15/14 1:51pm

The most infamously awful fanfic ever, “My Immortal,” has a web series

The infamous Harry Potter fan fic "My Immortal" is a masterpiece of wretchedness. It stars the Mary Sue-iest of Mary Sues, Hogwarts has gone inexplicably goth, at no point do any of the Harry Potter characters act even slightly like themselves — and now "My Immortal" will be fully immortalized with a web series. » 7/30/13 7:00am 7/30/13 7:00am

Amazon Is Going to Start Selling Fan Fiction — Legal Fan Fiction

I personally am not the biggest fan of fan fiction, as some of you might know. But rest assured that the Scanners "Head Asplode" pic I've used to lead off this article doesn't come from a place of distaste as much as pure shock at Amazon's insane, bold, and genuinely brilliant plan to sell legal fan fiction. » 5/22/13 1:40pm 5/22/13 1:40pm

Why it's so expensive to license the rights to a fictional character

Recently, two seemingly contradictory pieces of copyright law have popped up in the news. One is the case of Jonathan Coulton, whose arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" was lifted by the producers of Glee. Another is the recent case of a car customizer who was barred from making Batmobiles by a District… » 2/27/13 12:00pm 2/27/13 12:00pm

Learn to Be a Better Writer By Reading Fanfiction

These days, it's pretty much accepted that fanfiction writers can become "real" authors. Fifty Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfic and is the year's biggest publishing sensation. Former fanfic writer Cassandra Clare is about to have a huge motion picture of her Mortal Engines series. And tons of major… » 1/01/13 12:00pm 1/01/13 12:00pm

Fan Fiction Friday: Iron Man and Captain America in “Hungry?”

Greetings! Welcome to the first installment of Fan Fiction Friday on io9. For those of you who don't know, I've devoted the last several years of my life to mocking the worst erotic fan fiction the Internet has to offer, for two reasons: 1) for all the glories of this nerd age, we need to remember that there's a… » 11/23/12 1:20pm 11/23/12 1:20pm

Decade-long apocalyptic game of Civilization II inspires some very cool…

Redditor Lycerius has been playing the same saved game of Civilization II for ten years, resulting in an awesomely dystopic swampy nuclear-irradiated wasteland in which war has raged relentlessly for a staggering 1,700 years. And now, inspired by this bizarre simulated world, a number of other Redditors have taken it… » 6/19/12 5:30pm 6/19/12 5:30pm