Art Reveals the Diverse Beauty of the World of A Song of Ice and Fire

From Braavos to King's Landing to the Vale and beyond, concept artist Paolo Puggioni drew landscapes of places all over the world of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. He's put some of his work for the art book The World of Ice and Fireup on his website, and they are gorgeous. » 11/25/14 1:30am Yesterday 1:30am

Marvel At The Winners Of The 2014 World Fantasy Awards!

Today's World Fantasy Awards ceremony was full of great surprises and well-deserved accolades. It was a really good day for Caitlín R. Kiernan, Subterranean Press, Tor.com and dangerous women. And the best novel goes to Sofia Samatar for A Stranger in Olondria! We were there, and here's the skinny. » 11/09/14 2:15pm 11/09/14 2:15pm

George R.R. Martin Reveals The Worst Fate That Could Befall Westeros

Since pretty much page one of A Game of Thrones, a terrible threat has been hanging over the land of Westeros — the Others, those supernatural butchers who raise the dead. And now at last, in his new book The World of Ice & Fire, George R.R. Martin gives us details about what would happen if the Others win. Spoilers… » 10/27/14 1:25pm 10/27/14 1:25pm

Watch A Team Of Actors Learn Game Of Thrones' Dothraki From Scratch

Dothraki is a tricky language to speak — even the Khaleesi herself screws up her pronunciation. But you can speak it like a bloodrider! The Living Language school has just started offering Dothraki classes, and we have an exclusive video featuring the man who invented this thorny tongue, David Peterson. » 10/07/14 7:47pm 10/07/14 7:47pm

George R.R. Martin Explains Why There's No Gay Sex In His Novels

One of the most noticeable differences between George R.R. Martin's books and the Game of Thrones television adaptation was the fact that the latter features fairly explicit homosexuality, especially between Loras and Renly. Talking to the Edinburgh Book Festival, Martin explained why he left that out of the books. » 8/12/14 4:00pm 8/12/14 4:00pm

The Forrest Gump Syndrome: Soft History, Full Of Famous People

We tend to idealize the past. We file off a lot of the rough edges, imagine everybody having better teeth, and generally tone down a lot of the ugliness. This can be problematic — especially when we soften the depiction of past atrocities. And science fiction and fantasy contribute to this. » 8/05/14 4:00pm 8/05/14 4:00pm

George R.R. Martin Is Writing A Game Of Thrones Children's Book

Parents, you might want to find a good child therapist and put him or her on your speed-dial. George R.R. Martin is putting his fantasy skills and love of inflicting trauma on readers to use on a children's book titled The Ice Dragon, a tale set in Westeros, and illustrated by the amazing Luis Royo. » 8/01/14 11:45am 8/01/14 11:45am

What Secrets Are Hidden In The Wildlings' Costumes On Game Of Thrones?

Here's some concept art showing Sam and Gilly approaching the Wall from the North, exclusively at io9. It shows the scale and the magnificence of the Wall — and how daunting it is to climb. This comes from the book Inside HBO's Game of Thrones, and we've also got an exclusive look at the Wildling's costume designs. » 7/30/14 12:00pm 7/30/14 12:00pm

Why Bran And Arya No Longer Want To Be Rescued On Game Of Thrones

Season four of Game of Thrones contained some major departures from the books — and some of them underscored just how much Bran and Arya Stark no longer want or expect to be rescued. We caught up with Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Maisie Williams at Comic-Con, and they told us why things are only going to get murkier. » 7/29/14 9:00am 7/29/14 9:00am

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. » 7/25/14 10:00am 7/25/14 10:00am

Is It Time To Retire The Word "Epic"?

You'll see lots of rants on the internet claiming the word "epic" is overused. It's become a blanket synonym for "fun," and people say "I had an epic bath" with zero irony. But maybe this is just a symptom of a larger problem. Maybe the word "epic" in general has lost all meaning, including when we talk about fantasy. » 7/03/14 12:37pm 7/03/14 12:37pm