"I Didn't Think I Liked This Genre, Until This Story Came Along"

It's easy to write off a whole genre of books, comics or movies. You hear about the sexy vampires, or the killer dragons, or the massive starships, and you just decide it's not for you. Until you come across one special story, that just blows your mind. Which genre did you think you hated, until you found a story you… » 6/05/14 2:30pm 6/05/14 2:30pm

Science Fiction Authors on Black History Month

"When there were people of color in these books, they were in the background, or they died quickly, or any number of other stereotypes. For the most part, they just weren't there. And in Octavia Butler's works, they not only were there, they were prominent; they were protagonists. The world looked like the world that… » 2/14/14 6:35pm 2/14/14 6:35pm

The Can't-Lose Secret to Making Anybody Want to Read Your SF Novel

Over in Locus, there's a must-read essay by God's War author Kameron Hurley, about how to talk to your friends and family who don't "get" science fiction and fantasy books. A big part of it is getting over your urge to dismiss your own books (or favorites by other authors) as "silly." But there's also a crucial secret. » 12/27/13 4:40pm 12/27/13 4:40pm

Is it really possible for books to "transcend genre?"

The debate over "literary fiction" versus "commercial fiction" (with the latter category including speculative fiction) has gone on forever — but there's a new wrinkle. New York Times Book Review contributor Christopher Beha has a proposal for how the NYTBR can recognize really groundbreaking works of speculative… » 9/17/13 4:40pm 9/17/13 4:40pm

Must Watch: China Mieville explains why science fiction is not superior…

Back in 2009, China Mieville gave a talk at Kansas University about the divide between science fiction and fantasy. And he explained just why the widespread perception on the internet that science fiction is smarter than fantasy, or superior to fantasy, is overblown. The whole thing is on Youtube, and here's the… » 12/14/12 1:23pm 12/14/12 1:23pm

Will we ever get to see any of Junot Díaz's unfinished science fiction…

You probably knew that literary superstar Junot Díaz is a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, but did you know he's written a couple of science fiction novels that never saw the light of day? Talking to Geeks' Guide to the Galaxy, Díaz explains that he wrote a far-future novel in the vein of Gene Wolfe, called … » 10/03/12 7:12pm 10/03/12 7:12pm

Low Budget Movie Trends That Need a Nice Long Rest

Low-budget science fiction and fantasy movies rule. While mega-blockbusters crank out the same familiar stories, including a parade of sequels and remakes, a low-budget film can take crazy risks and tell an original story. But sometimes, low-budget movies can get just as obsessed with chasing fads and copying each… » 3/06/12 3:08pm 3/06/12 3:08pm

10 Writing "Rules" We Wish More Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors…

Science fiction and fantasy are genres where almost anything can happen — as long as the author can make it seem plausible, and as long as it's part of a good story. But that doesn't mean there are no rules. If anything, the fact that these genres are so wide open mean that there are tons of rules out there, some… » 1/26/12 10:00am 1/26/12 10:00am

Science Fiction: the Literature of Change?

The Guardian books podcast asked some of science fiction's leading lights to speculate about where the genre is heading in the future. And one major question that came up was, "Why is science fiction growing so rapidly in popularity?" Over on his own blog, podcast participant Damien G. Walter offers one explanation:… » 1/10/12 3:32pm 1/10/12 3:32pm

Why Adding "In Space" to Any Concept Really Does Make It Better

Everybody always says that every story idea has been done before - which is totally not true, because nobody's done a "nuns raise an ostrich to be the perfect killer" story before. But even if a story idea has been done to death, you can always make it fresh and brilliant all over again, by adding just two little… » 12/12/11 12:27pm 12/12/11 12:27pm