All The Ways Game of Thrones’s [REDACTED] Might Not Be Dead

Learning that a major character died in a Game of Thrones season finale shouldn’t surprise you. But exactly who died in last Sunday’s episode very well might. Is this character really as dead as them seem, though? Here are all the reasons viewers and book readers alike have devised that [REDACTED] may yet be around.
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One Thing the Game of Thrones TV Show Does So Much Better Than the Books

As an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Game of Thrones TV series will always be compared to its source material. Given how beloved the books are, the show can usually only match them, more often falling short. But there’s one way that the show is kicking the books’… » 6/02/15 12:05pm 6/02/15 12:05pm

Inside The Fantasy Art Of Superstar Artist Tony DiTerlizzi 

If you’re a fan of fantasy games, chances are you’ve seen Tony DiTerlizzi’s work. He’s painted Magic cards, helped define the visual feel of the D&D Planescape setting, and co-created The Spiderwick Chronicles. Tony gave us a guided tour of his artistic process and a preview of his upcoming art book, Realms! » 5/28/15 8:00am 5/28/15 8:00am

All Futures Are Political: a Q&A With Spec-Fic Author Alaya Dawn Johnson

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For a super-genre known for its imagination of radically different worlds and futurescapes, speculative fiction has always been considerably conservative. Spec-fic—an umbrella term encompassing science-fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and some in-between works—has often contrasted fantastic worlds of… » 5/12/15 10:38am 5/12/15 10:38am

Alan Moore's Intro To His New Favorite Fantasy Novel Is A Glorious Rant

Alan Moore really, really loves the fantasy novel The Vorrh by B. Catling, which he calls the new century’s first landmark work of fantasy. He’s so spellbound by Catling’s strange vision, he’s written a long, beautifully ranty intro. Read Moore’s intro exclusively at io9 — and listen to him reading it aloud! » 4/27/15 11:00am 4/27/15 11:00am

New Little Prince Trailer Has Us Even More Excited To See The Movie

Back in December, we were surprised to see The Little Prince would be told as a story-within-a-story with contrasting animation styles. Now, the film’s second trailer has dropped, giving us an even greater idea of what to expect. We’re excited; it looks gorgeous, plus who can resist the golden throat of Jeff Bridges? » 4/26/15 2:30pm 4/26/15 2:30pm

Watch The Jaw-Dropping Trailer For Fantasy Oddity The Tale Of Tales

Oh, that? Yeah, it’s Salma Hayek devouring a bloody dragon heart, among other striking (and oft-NSFW, so be warned) images in the trailer for The Tale Of Tales. The fairy-tale epic is the latest from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), and it’s debuting next month at the Cannes Film Festival. » 4/19/15 11:00am 4/19/15 11:00am

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… » 4/10/15 11:09am 4/10/15 11:09am

Trying to Make Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel Sword With Real Materials 

Nothing reigns consistently in HBO’s Game of Thrones (and George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” book series that inspired it) except Valyrian steel, a magical sword material. Valyrian steel is, of course, extremely not real. But materials scientist Ryan Consell took a look at its chemistry anyway. » 4/07/15 12:07pm 4/07/15 12:07pm

How Katherine Kurtz Changed Fantasy Books Forever

She doesn't get the same level of props as Michael Moorcock. But Katherine Kurtz, author of the Deryni novels, had a huge impact on fantasy, argues a new essay over at Strange Horizons. Starting in 1970, her books were the first of a new kind of fantasy — closer to historical fiction than epic quest narratives. » 4/03/15 10:44am 4/03/15 10:44am

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 3/30/15 7:00pm