What's your favorite novel that you hated the first time you read it?

The best science fiction and fantasy books are mind-expanding — but sometimes, you can't quite get into them on the first read. Sometimes, you're too young to appreciate a novel, or it just doesn't work. And then later, you try again... and fall in love. What's your most beloved novel, that you hated when you first… »10/02/13 5:24pm10/02/13 5:24pm

Roland Emmerich updates us on ID4 2, Singularity and (gulp) Foundation

James Gunn addresses some (but definitely not all) of the Guardians of the Galaxy casting rumors. Brian K. Vaughan previews Under the Dome season two. Check out a Carrie TV spot. Producer Andrew Kreisberg looks ahead to the new season of Arrow. Plus Supernatural, American Horror Story, and more. Spoilers ahoy! »9/18/13 9:00am9/18/13 9:00am

Essential Science Fiction Novels for Understanding the Economy

Our economy is huge, incomprehensible and potentially deadly if you take a wrong step — just like space, in fact. So when it comes to understanding the fundamentals of economics, you need to read some classic and recent science fiction novels. Luckily, Paul Krugman and Noah Smith have provided a reading list. »5/13/13 7:40pm5/13/13 7:40pm

Paul Krugman explains what Asimov's Foundation and Jordan's Wheel of Time have in common

Even if you're not a huge fan of Paul Krugman, the trouble-making economist and New York Times columnist, you should check out his introduction to a new edition of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy (PDF). He explains pretty succinctly just why these novels are great, and why they had such a huge impact on the young… »10/22/12 7:30pm10/22/12 7:30pm

Do we really need more optimistic science fiction?

Noted writer Neal Stephenson has argued that contemporary science fiction is too focused on nihilism and apocalyptic scenarios. The current crop of such works, such as The Walking Dead, are compared rather unfavorably to the hopeful view of the future that was supposed to be common theme in the mid twentieth century. »5/31/12 6:08pm5/31/12 6:08pm