All The Amazing Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books For August

This month's books really do have something for everyone. There are new books by John Scalzi, Haruki Murakami, Robin Hobb and Lev Grossman. There's magical realism, far-future adventure, and high fantasy. Here are the 22 brand new science fiction and fantasy books you absolutely must not miss. » 8/04/14 2:59pm 8/04/14 2:59pm

This collection of weird short stories will sneak up on you and knock…

At first, Yoko Ogawa's new story collection Revenge just seems like a slightly weird, slightly sad collection of literary stories. The first few stories feel like your standard funny little tales of strange, lonely people who are with other strange, lonely people. » 1/21/13 4:00pm 1/21/13 4:00pm

Science Fiction Authors Who Could be Hollywood's Next Philip K. Dick

When Hollywood wants a futuristic, paranoid thriller where nothing is what it seems, the studios reach for the work of one man. This week, Philip K. Dick continues his reign as Hollywood's idea spigot, with a remake of Total Recall. More PKD films are in the works, and there's no shortage of material out there. » 7/30/12 2:01pm 7/30/12 2:01pm

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Lived Abroad

Science fiction and fantasy are all about reaching beyond the horizon — so it's not surprising that many of the greatest speculative fiction authors have broadened their own horizons. And you can see it in their writing, because the experience of negotiating a very different culture and learning another language… » 6/21/12 3:23pm 6/21/12 3:23pm

Play Haruki Murakami Bingo as you read 1Q84

On your next trip through the surreal prose of Haruki Murakami, keep this bingo card, created by cartoonist Grant Snider, handy. Each time you hit Bingo, reward yourself with a cat or the uneasy sense that aliens are spying on you. Cut up, remix, and hand it out to your book group. » 6/02/12 4:00pm 6/02/12 4:00pm

How does 1Q84 stack up to Haruki Murakami's classic novels?

For the past few months, everywhere I go in San Francisco, I see young people in cool outfits all reading the same book: Haruki Murakami's long-awaited 1Q84. Not long ago, I was in a café where three out of the dozen patrons all had identical hardcovers, with the same blank stare gazing upwards from their dense pages. » 3/22/12 9:00am 3/22/12 9:00am

Chip Kidd talks about designing the cover for Haruki Murakami's new…

One of the year's most hotly anticipated novels is Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, about alternate worlds, levitating clocks, and... well, true to form for Murakami, it's really hard to tell what his novel's about, especially without reading it. » 10/20/11 12:30pm 10/20/11 12:30pm

How to save noir fiction from irrelevance

Anybody who cares about noir fiction should read Domenic Stansberry's scathing rebuke to the calcification of the genre. (And since noir is the fundamental inspiration for a ton of urban fantasy right now, as well as much of the cyberpunk genre, pretty much anybody who's interested in well-written science fiction and… » 2/01/11 2:30pm 2/01/11 2:30pm

Why don't readers of Murakami read Mieville? And vice versa?

Japanese literary darling Haruki Murakami and fantasy author China Mieville have a lot in common: their use of language, their thoughtful creation of a "secondary world," and more. So why don't people read both? Eric Rosenfield wants to know. » 12/21/10 5:00pm 12/21/10 5:00pm

Is Haruki Murakami Hollywood's new Philip K. Dick?

We've been wondering for a long time which author could replace Philip K. Dick as Hollywood's idea spigot. But now a strong candidate has emerged: Haruki Murakami, the Japanese master of weirdness who's already spawned two movies. » 11/29/10 3:30pm 11/29/10 3:30pm

Transplanted cities and post-apocalyptic weirdness: a book description…

Someone builds a full-scale replica of Manhattan in Puget Sound. A mysterious organization plots to use humanity's brightest minds to shape the future. And in the distant future, humanity rebuilds after the apocalypse. Ryan Boudinot's next novel sounds trippily awesome. » 8/11/10 2:00pm 8/11/10 2:00pm

Science Fiction Novelists Reveal Their Daily Writing Routines

Isaac Asimov awoke each morning 6 AM and worked well into the night, sometimes churning out entire books in a matter of days. Kingsley Amis’ writing binges were fueled by nicotine, alcohol, and numerous cups of tea, while surrealist Haruki Murakami claims to work himself into a routine-induced trance. Take a gander at… » 12/10/08 8:30am 12/10/08 8:30am

We're Living In The Dark Place Beyond Reality, Says Murakami

The master of frantic surrealism, Haruki Murakami, joins the chorus of authors saying that we're living in a science fictional era now. The Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World » 10/29/08 1:05pm 10/29/08 1:05pm author told the San Francisco Chronicle, "We are living in the future now, in a kind of science fiction — 9/11 itself was kind of…