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

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

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

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

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

GRRM's Original Game Of Thrones Outline Was Very, Very Different

British bookseller Waterstone has somehow gotten its hands on the original story outline that George R.R. Martin submitted to Harper Collins along with the first 170 pages of what would become A Game of Thrones. It proves GRRM had a very different story in mind when he first set out to write A Song of Ice and Fire. » 2/05/15 7:40am 2/05/15 7:40am