The Failed Publisher That Gave Us I, Robot And Arthur C. Clarke

We owe a huge debt to Gnome Press, a small start-up science fiction publisher that launched in the wake of World War II and failed because it couldn't pay its authors. As Andrew Liptak explains over in Kirkus Reviews, Gnome made Asimov's I, Robot possible, and gave us the first themed anthology. » 3/27/14 3:40pm 3/27/14 3:40pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How…

So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the… » 1/30/13 1:15pm 1/30/13 1:15pm

The best science fiction novel about Madison Ave you'll ever read

In 1953, a tiny publishing house called Ballantine released The Space Merchants, a novel-length adaptation of "Gravy Planet," a Frederik Pohl short story that had taken the SF world by storm. That story was about the future of the advertising industry, written by a guy who had been an ad man for several years. Dark… » 1/30/12 5:14pm 1/30/12 5:14pm

Science Fiction Writers Reach Out From Beyond the Grave

Science fiction writers have fantastical powers. They can peer into the future, invent strange new gadgets and alien races, and make us lose hours between their pages. And some writers can even speak to us from beyond the grave, publishing new works months — and even years — after they’ve died. Here are just some of… » 10/27/08 8:30am 10/27/08 8:30am

Weakest Con Artists Of The Distant Future

Click to viewIn a few centuries, everybody will be a rube. Centuries of in-breeding in deep space will remove everyone's street smarts and turn people seriously gullible. That's the only explanation for why anybody would ever get taken in by some of the grifters you run into in science fiction, who practically have a… » 4/10/08 10:14am 4/10/08 10:14am