This wistful astronaut story will seriously mess you up

Now that the Hugo Awards have recognized the greatness of Clarkesworld Magazine, it's time to celebrate — with a fantastic story by James Patrick Kelly. "The Promise of Space" is a tear-jerking story about a woman visiting her astronaut husband in the hospital — and talking to the A.I. that now speaks for him. » 9/03/13 11:20am 9/03/13 11:20am

The nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards have been announced!

Earlier today, the nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards were announced simultaneously at four science fiction conventions in the US and UK. This year saw a record breaking 1,343 valid nominating ballots cast. The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 1, 2013, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at LoneStarCon 3. Here … » 3/30/13 4:00pm 3/30/13 4:00pm

Fake Hugo Award Categories lists all the hilarious scifi awards we…

Sure, the Hugo Awards have a prize for everything from Best Novel to Best Semiprozine to Best Fanartist. But what about an award for oddest use of steampunk? Or one that acknowledges how much we dig Doctor Who? Hugo Award-winning author Tim Pratt devised the #FakeHugoAwardCategories hashtag on Twitter, and it's a riot… » 2/27/13 2:00pm 2/27/13 2:00pm

After copyright takedown debacle, Ustream to rebroadcast the Hugo…

As we reported last weekend, the Sept. 2 livestream of the Hugo Awards was halted when copyright robots detected some Doctor Who footage in the broadcast (for the winning theatrical presentation, Neil Gaiman's "The Doctor's Wife."). The feed was taken down, for "copyright infringement," and nobody at streaming provider… » 9/08/12 12:20pm 9/08/12 12:20pm

How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards [UPDATED…

Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction's most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you're not reading a science fiction story. In the middle of the annual Hugo Awards event at Worldcon, which thousands of people tuned into via video streaming service Ustream, the feed cut off — just as… » 9/03/12 10:25am 9/03/12 10:25am

Congrats to the winners of the 2012 Hugo Awards!

Tonight, the World Science Fiction Society gave out this year's Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award as part of this weekend's Worldcon festivities. Congrats to all of this year's winners, including io9's own Charlie Jane Anders, who took home a silver rocket for her novelette, "Six Months, Three Days." Here is the … » 9/02/12 8:34pm 9/02/12 8:34pm

And Now, A Dramatic Cold Reading of John Scalzi's Hugo-Nominated "The…

Not only is John Scalzi's "The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City" a Hugo-nominated work of fiction, it is also a major cultural phenomenon. And now, you can watch someone named Mark Orshiro, of the famed "Mark Does Stuff" series of videos, do a dramatic reading of a huge chunk of it — without ever… » 6/11/12 3:53pm 6/11/12 3:53pm

David Brin's Startide Rising takes off, but could use more gravity

Dolphin starship pilots! Chimpanzee scientists! Hordes of vicious aliens! And a fleet of billion-year-old warships connected to a galactic conspiracy. 1984's Hugo-winning novel Startide Rising has everything — yet something important is missing. » 10/22/11 11:00am 10/22/11 11:00am

In which a great work is finally completed: Isaac Asimov's Forward the…

Though not without its flaws, Forward the Foundation is a fascinating book, in which both author Isaac Asimov and his hero scientist Hari Seldon strive to finish the works that would define them after they were gone. » 5/15/11 7:00am 5/15/11 7:00am

In Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov delves into psychohistory's…

In the prequel Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov takes us back to see how psychohistory, the science that saved humanity, was born — and it's kind of a crazy ride. Knife fights, mustaches, and high-level math await! » 5/14/11 12:00pm 5/14/11 12:00pm

Home again, home again, in so many ways: Isaac Asimov's Foundation and…

Having determined the fate of the galaxy, our intrepid space travelers move on to the next task at hand — finding the long-lost planet where humanity was born. It's a strange trip into yesteryear, in Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Earth. » 5/13/11 3:30pm 5/13/11 3:30pm

Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov: The end is the beginning is the end

Three decades after his Foundation stories became classics, Isaac Asimov returned to that universe. In Hugo winner Foundation's Edge, he covers old ground and new, and shows how a whole galaxy can work in harmony, in more than one sense. » 5/12/11 3:00pm 5/12/11 3:00pm

Mind games and mysteries abound in Isaac Asimov's Second Foundation

The Mule has disrupted Hari Seldon's plan, and nothing can save the Foundation. Unless — yes! There's another Foundation, hidden away at Star's End. Or is there? Let's find out, as we dig into Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. » 5/11/11 3:44pm 5/11/11 3:44pm

Locus Award Finalists Announced

The Locus Awards announced their 2011 finalists, and the slate is pretty similar to the Hugo Awards finalists — except noticeably a bit less female-dominated. In particular, the "best novel" nominees are the same except that Mira Grant and N.K. Jemisin are replaced by William Gibson and Iain M. Banks. Here's the full… » 5/11/11 2:30pm 5/11/11 2:30pm

In which events take a generally darker turn: Foundation and Empire by …

Hari Seldon's plan is working perfectly, and thanks to psychohistory, the Foundation is well on its way to saving what remains of Galactic civilization. And then Isaac Asimov throws a wrench or two into the works, in Foundation and Empire. » 5/10/11 3:00pm 5/10/11 3:00pm