Wow, Game Of Thrones Season 5 Is Even Darker Than We Expected

We kind of assumed this year on Game of Thrones was going to be as bitter and dark as graveyard-shift coffee. After all, it's based on the two ugliest books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But we saw the season premiere last night, and it's even nastier. Here are our spoiler-free impressions. » 3/24/15 2:06pm Tuesday 2:06pm

Game of Thrones Season 5 Plot Probabilities

Season 5 of Game of Thrones will certainly toss some plots from the books they're adaptations of. This article attempts to guess at what happens in Season 5. Please comment with your thoughts and opinions on the probabilities. Spoiler warning: This article assumes you are caught up with the five published A Song… » 3/17/15 1:04pm 3/17/15 1:04pm

Our First, Glorious Look At The Talking Plush George R. R. Martin Doll

He's certainly not the first writer to get his own toy but good lord, if he isn't one of the best. It's a huggable, loveable, favourite-GoT-character-killable George R. R. Martin doll! We want one so bad we're willing to let Winds of Winter get delayed again just to have one right now. » 2/20/15 6:20pm 2/20/15 6:20pm

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

Providence of Fire Is The Perfect Blend of Politics, Magic and Action

Last year, we really dug Brian Staveley's debut fantasy epic, The Emperor's Blades. The trilogy's second volume picks up from the first, and Staveley delivers a solid and suitably epic adventure that ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window. » 2/13/15 4:00pm 2/13/15 4:00pm

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

Dissecting The Secrets Inside The New Game Of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Having taken the weekend to sift through the mysteries and the glories of the newest trailer for Game of Thrones' fifth season, we feel ready to finally get into the details of what awaits us when the show returns on April 12th. So watch the trailer one more time, and then join us for the breakdown here! » 2/02/15 8:00am 2/02/15 8:00am

From Lazarus Long To Capt. Jack Harkness: Bisexuality In Science Fiction

Why were there so many bisexual heroes in the 1970s (including Robert A. Heinlein's Lazarus Long), and was bisexuality viewed as "futuristic"? More to the point, why did bi heroes mostly vanish throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and what brought them back? Erotic science fiction author and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia… » 1/21/15 9:47am 1/21/15 9:47am

What's The Most Dysfunctional Family In  Science Fiction Or Fantasy?

Families are rough. Sometimes the people who raised you or grew up with you are the hardest ones to be around. And the holidays are a time to think about families, and togetherness... and realize you could have it worse. Which family in science fiction or fantasy is the absolute most messed-up and tragic? » 12/29/14 2:30pm 12/29/14 2:30pm

10 Ways To Turn Your Real Life Experiences Into Science Fiction

Unless you've commanded a starship, fought off an alien invasion or survived a global disaster, your life experiences probably aren't too science-fictional. But still, the most powerful stories are often rooted in things that actually happened. Here are 10 tricks for turning your personal true stories into science… » 12/18/14 10:08am 12/18/14 10:08am

What's The Most Shocking Moment In Any Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book?

Television shows and movies don't have a monopoly on "holy crap, what just happened" moments. Science fiction and fantasy books are full of twists and events that make you throw the book across the room... then run to retrieve it, so you can know what happens next. What's the most shocking scene you've ever read? » 12/12/14 2:23pm 12/12/14 2:23pm