Real and fictional technologies that aim to find your perfect mate

If a computer could pair you up with a perfect mate, would you want its advice? If an artificial intelligence could train you to woo the partner of your dreams, would you seek its wisdom? What if technologies were better at finding and attracting the object of your ideal romance than you were? What if they already are? » 7/01/12 9:00am 7/01/12 9:00am

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

Ask Ian McDonald anything you want about The Dervish House

In August, the io9 Book Club read Ian McDonald's The Dervish House. Now McDonald is coming to answer your questions about the book on Monday, August 29. » 8/26/11 7:40am 8/26/11 7:40am

The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Ian McDonald's The…

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In August we read Ian McDonald's novel The Dervish House. Jump into comments to get started talking about it! » 8/24/11 12:11pm 8/24/11 12:11pm

Pick up Hugo-nominated novel The Dervish House for $1.99

Here's your weekend book deal: Pyr Books is making ebooks of Ian McDonald's Hugo-nominated novel The Dervish House available for $1.99 for a limited time. Snap this one up, because (spoilers!) it's going to be io9's August book club pick. Grab it cheap at Amazon. » 6/03/11 4:51pm 6/03/11 4:51pm

Pyr Books branching out into young adult fiction

Now that science fiction and fantasy are accounting for a bigger share of young adult titles, it's only natural that SF publishers would want to move into publishing YA themselves. Pyr Books will publish some titles aimed at younger readers. » 5/24/11 7:20am 5/24/11 7:20am

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

Ian McDonald's "The Dervish House" to be adapted for film

Warp Films has just bought the rights to Ian McDonald's Hugo-nominated novel The Dervish House. Though often these kinds of deals don't lead to anything - several of Charles Stross' novels, for example, have been optioned and never been adapted. But Warp Films executive producer Peter Carlson seems pretty serious. In… » 4/28/11 3:56pm 4/28/11 3:56pm

The movie version of Ian McDonald's futuristic Bollywood epic is "on…

Ian McDonald's River of Gods imagines a future, high-tech version of India — so it's not surprising that Indian movie-makers are interested in putting it on film. Jai Khanna, an executive with Los Angeles production company Brillstein Partners, tells Bollyspice that a River of Gods movie is "on the fast track."… » 2/15/11 12:03pm 2/15/11 12:03pm

We can't wait to go to Mars next April

A new anthology of Mars stories, coming from Viking next April, includes just about everybody you'd want to see in its table of contents. Kim Stanley Robinson, Kage Baker, Alastair Reynolds, and more. And the cover looks stunning. » 7/12/10 6:20am 7/12/10 6:20am

The best science fiction and fantasy books for summer escapism

Summer is the most escapist time of year, with vacations and long voyages. And no escapist jaunt is complete without a visit to other worlds. Here are the best science fiction and fantasy books for this summer's beach reading. » 7/08/10 4:00pm 7/08/10 4:00pm

Pick your apocalypse or grow a baby A.I., in July's books

We've officially entered the lazy days of summer. So spice up your weekend with a vicarious apocalypse, or venture to near-future Turkey with Ian McDonald. Here are the coolest new books of July. » 7/06/10 12:40pm 7/06/10 12:40pm

Far-Future Martian Charm and Railway Adventure In "Ares Express"

At long last available stateside, Ian McDonald's Ares Express is a phantasmagoria of nuclear locomotives and wild Martian awesomeness. It's a definite must-read. » 5/10/10 1:25pm 5/10/10 1:25pm

This Month’s Books: Mutant Orphans and Far-Future Mars

April's new science fiction books take you on a trip across a transformed Mars, and to the heart of a British battle against mutant Nazi orphans. Also, a couple of steampunk adventures jostle for a space in your to-be-read pile. » 4/14/10 10:47am 4/14/10 10:47am

"Cyberabad Days" Blasts Into India's High Tech Future

Cyberabad Days, a new story collection by Ian McDonald, takes us deep into the world of a twenty-second-century India that's riven by water wars, blooming with glittering, high-tech cities, and shaped by ancient tradition. » 2/16/09 3:30pm 2/16/09 3:30pm

Ian McDonald's "Thriller Of Ideas" Up For Literary Prize

Ian McDonald's novel Brasyl » 11/17/08 8:20am 11/17/08 8:20am has already won a British Science Fiction Association award, and now it's in the running to cross boundaries and win a mainstream literary award, the £50,000 Warwick Prize for Writing. a Jesuit explorer in 1732 Brazil, a present-day story of journalism and Brazillian football, and a tale…

Best Novels Of 2007 Include Alternate Present And Near Future Stories

You've chosen the winners of this year's Locus Awards for science fiction novels, stories, novellas, story collections, first novels and a few other categories. Locus has announced the finalists — including Charles Stross' Halting State, Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union, Ian McDonald's Brasyl, William… » 4/24/08 2:37pm 4/24/08 2:37pm

Hugo Nominees Available As E-Books (For Judges Only)

Four out of five Hugo-nominated novels are available for free, in electronic format — but only if you're a Hugo voter. To receive copies of Halting State by Charles Stross, Brasyl by Ian McDonald, Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer and The Last Colony by John Scalzi, you have to send an email to with… » 4/02/08 1:00pm 4/02/08 1:00pm