A Used Book Store Clerk's Amazing Caricatures of Science Fiction Authors

Bradley Craft spends a lot of time around books and authors — he's a used-book buyer at Seattle's University Bookstore, and before that he worked at San Francisco's late, lamented Stacey's Books. And in his spare time, he draws caricatures of local and visiting authors, a practice which began with posters he drew for… » 2/28/12 2:44pm 2/28/12 2:44pm

Do You Really Want Science Fiction Books To Be More Literary?

When will "the literary establishment" start taking science fiction more seriously? Everybody from Michael Chabon to David Hartwell wants to know. But would most readers really be happy if science fiction actually became more literary? Here's our list of things that might change about science fiction if it took on… » 9/17/08 5:00pm 9/17/08 5:00pm

Doomed Android Love Story On Infinite Repeat

Some science fiction book lovers have a dark mythology in their heads about literary poaching: literary authors lift speculative ideas and themes, handle them clumsily, and then insult the genre they're pillaging. It's a paranoid fantasy, and mostly not true. But I have a feeling Jeanette Winterson's newest novel, The… » 5/13/08 12:40pm 5/13/08 12:40pm

Are You Ready To Be An Evil Colonist?

Humans are a plague, shredding across the galaxy and destroying other peace-loving creatures. At least, that seems to be the theme of a number of movies that are coming out in the next few years. I've been wondering what would replace the post-apocalyptic-Earth as the stock plot for "dark" science fiction movies, and… » 5/07/08 4:30pm 5/07/08 4:30pm

Tina Brown, Secret Godmother of Science Fiction

The Tina Brown era was the heyday of science fiction at the New Yorker, which also published a decent amount of SF in the 80s. But the magazine has only published one SF story over the past decade, when the genre has supposedly been amassing tons of literary prestige. What's up with that? Here's our survey of the past… » 1/29/08 9:30am 1/29/08 9:30am