You've Never Read A Book About Magic And Loss Like Signal To Noise

Plenty of books use magic to talk about coming-of-age stories and the secrets that people bury... but few of them are as sad, or as evocative, as Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel Signal to Noise. Her story of three friends in Mexico City and their musical obsessions feels true, as well as truly sad. » 3/30/15 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

YA Fantasy Book Series The Mortal Instruments Gets Another Shot On TV

The news was announced last year, but now The Mortal Instruments TV show, based on Cassandra Clare's popular YA fantasy book series, has a title (Shadowhunters), a network (ABC Family) and a complete series order, under the guiding hand of previously-announced showrunner Ed Decter (Helix). » 3/30/15 2:30pm Yesterday 2:30pm

"Magic Is Privilege": The Insidious System At The Heart Of Harry Potter

Every year, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) delves into the themes and ideas of science fiction and fantasy. And this year, according to attendee Cecilia Tan, one big topic was the idea that Harry Potter's Wizarding World is "a metaphor for racism." » 3/30/15 11:18am Yesterday 11:18am

In the World of Fantasy Literature, David Eddings Is Truly Magic

No one would ever accuse fantasy author David Eddings of being too complicated. Although he's known for several trilogies and five-part epics, Eddings creates fantasy worlds that seem like Middle-Earth for second graders. So, then, why are they so much damn fun to visit? » 3/27/15 8:20am Friday 8:20am

All The Game Of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need To Know

If there's two things fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series can agree on, it's that 1) author George R.R. Martin is weaving an incredibly dense tale where far more happens (and has happened) than what's just on the page, and 2) that no character is safe from GRRM's murderous pen. » 3/26/15 10:00am Thursday 10:00am

These Structurally Absurd Homes Look Straight Out of Harry Potter


If you're a Potter fan who would've liked to see more impossible, Burrow-like homes in the movies, then you'll love the fantasy world of German designer Matthias Jung, whose surreal houses look like they ought to be kept hidden from our Muggle eyes. » 3/21/15 1:33pm 3/21/15 1:33pm

How The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Fell In Love With Fantasy Books

Electric Literature asked John Darnielle, singer/songwriter with the Mountain Goats and author of Wolf in White Van, to pick a book to talk about. And Darnielle chose The Worm Ouroboros, a 1922 fantasy novel by Eric Rücker Eddison that's one of the precursors to Tolkien. » 3/16/15 2:36pm 3/16/15 2:36pm

East Middle Earth: A Story Worth Telling?

It is often said that Tolkien had only finished 1/3 of his life's work before he died and looking through all his books and notes shows much truth to that. Virtually nothing was written about what happened in the east of Middle Earth during the events of Tolkien's work, though from what we do know, it indicates… » 3/15/15 5:09pm 3/15/15 5:09pm

RIP Sir Terry Pratchett, Author of The Discworld Series

Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the beloved Discworld fantasy novels and countless other bestselling books, died earlier today at the age of 66. » 3/12/15 8:30am 3/12/15 8:30am

Kazuo Ishiguro's New Novel Is A Weird Mess, But It Still Moved Me

Kazuo Ishiguro's brand new novel, The Buried Giant, is a puzzling departure. It's not just that the author of The Remains of the Day is writing an epic fantasy about ogres and a dragon. It's also that it's written in a weird, pseudo-fancy style, and it's hard to love. But I did end up kind of haunted by this book,… » 3/10/15 4:33pm 3/10/15 4:33pm

Gemini Cell Is A Great Love Story That Deals With The True Cost Of War

Myke Cole's "military fantasy" Shadow Ops series has been unpredictable all along. In Control Point, he told the origin story. In Fortress Frontier, he narrated a quest, while in Breach Zone, he zoomed in on a single battle. With his latest installment, Gemini Cell, he does something really unexpected: a romance. » 3/06/15 4:40pm 3/06/15 4:40pm

Yay, This Fantasy Novel Actually Lives Up To Its Superb World-Building

As a genre, fantasy tends to live or die on its world-building. But great world-building, by itself, doesn't make a novel great. And sometimes, a fantasy book can spend so much time establishing its backstory, the story never seems to take off. That's why A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwhab is such a treat.… » 3/03/15 4:00pm 3/03/15 4:00pm

Update: Science Fiction Bookstore Borderlands Will Stay Open!

Here's a huge chunk of happy news to brighten your Sunday: San Francisco's scifi and fantasy bookstore, Borderlands, will stay open for at least another year thanks to a successful sponsorship campaign. YAY! » 2/22/15 8:40am 2/22/15 8:40am

Watch The Gorgeously Insane Trailer For Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal

"Demons suffer in hell ... gods rule in heaven ... and men stride the earth" in Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, a new fantasy film from China. We have no idea what's going on here, story-wise, but there is so much eye candy in this trailer: Epic wire stunts! Fiery arrows! Shape shifting! CG beasts! Costumes to die for! » 2/20/15 4:00pm 2/20/15 4:00pm

10 Worst Misconceptions About Medieval Life You'd Get From Fantasy Books

Some tropes are so ingrained in Medieval-inspired fantasy stories that it's tempting to think that they represent real aspects of Medieval life. But often these stories are just reinforcing myths and misconceptions about life in the Middle Ages. » 2/19/15 11:00am 2/19/15 11:00am

A Webcomic About A Sworn Maiden, Raised As A Boy, And A Deadly Trial

The true sign that a webcomic is great is that, when you get to the most recent update, you find yourself clicking the "next" button, praying that there is more. That's how I felt reading Trial of the Sun, a webcomic about a sworn maiden, pledged to military service, who must embark on a deadly quest for his family. » 2/18/15 8:00am 2/18/15 8:00am

The Game Of Thrones TV Show Is Gonna Start Killing New Characters Now

We have been warned. George R. R. Martin, with a cruel smile on his face, has announced that when the fifth season of Game of Thrones begins this April, it will be killing characters who don't die in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (although it's probably more accurate to say they haven't died yet). » 2/16/15 7:20am 2/16/15 7:20am

Who Is the Best Spy in Fantasy Fiction?

As is traditional for io9 nights here during spy week, we're following up the essay on my pick for the best spy fiction within a category with a chance for you to have your say. Use the poll below or simply battle away in the comments — you're giving all of us a bunch of new recommendations, so, really, everyone's a… » 2/11/15 2:30am 2/11/15 2:30am

Watch That Weird ​Wheel Of Time TV Show Pilot Here

Did you miss that Wheel of Time special that FXX snuck on the air Sunday night? Well, the 30-minute pilot (titled "Winter Dragon") is now online for your viewing pleasure. And don't forget to check out our exclusive scoop on how and why this got madewithout the approval of Robert Jordan's estate. » 2/10/15 1:42pm 2/10/15 1:42pm

Uh, Did FXX Just Secretly Air A Pilot For A Wheel Of Time TV Show?

Well, the FXX Network aired something related to Robert Jordan's bestselling fantasy series last night. Subtitled "Winter Dragon," no one seems to know what exactly it is. A failed pilot? A stealthy promo? Something else? As we investigate, ODeck's Nicole has an excellent breakdown of... whatever it is. » 2/09/15 11:40am 2/09/15 11:40am