A Classic Novel By The Strugatsky Brothers Is Out In English At Last

Most of us know Boris and Arkady Strugatsky from their novel Roadside Picnic — but their fantastic output was much greater than that. And now at last, there's an English-language edition of their trippy book The Dead Mountaineer's Inn, translated by Josh Billings with an introduction by Jeff VanderMeer. » 3/24/15 6:01pm 3/24/15 6:01pm

Acceptance Proves Weird Stories Are The Best Way To Understand Our World

Closing out an acclaimed trilogy is always a difficult task: tying up plot threads, character arcs and all the lingering questions, but with Acceptance, Jeff Vandermeer has closed out his Southern Reach Trilogy in grand style. » 2/16/15 4:00pm 2/16/15 4:00pm

The Rise Of Slipstream: "The Audience Is Weirder Than It Used To Be"

Remember Slipstream? It was a huge catchphrase among science fiction authors and readers back in the 1990s, denoting strange works of fiction that blend realism and fantastical elements. And now, thanks to authors like Kelly Link and David Mitchell, it may finally be going mainstream, a new Wall Street Journal article » 2/04/15 1:43pm 2/04/15 1:43pm

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014

This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. » 12/30/14 9:16am 12/30/14 9:16am

These Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Make Absolutely Perfect Gifts

As Emily Dickinson famously said, there is nothing as frigging awesome as a book. And there's no better present than a cool-looking book, that can adorn someone's coffee table but also provide hours of mind-expanding entertainment. Here are 23 science fiction book gifts your friends will love. » 12/11/14 12:00pm 12/11/14 12:00pm

Jeff VanderMeer's Next Book Will Explore The Strange History Of SF

Jeff VanderMeer's done a couple of big nonfiction books about genre storytelling lately: Wonderbook and The Steampunk User's Manual. But his next project sounds like the most ambitious yet. Space Oddities & Super Freaks: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy sounds like it could be a mind-warping read. » 12/04/14 2:50pm 12/04/14 2:50pm

The Writer Of 28 Days Later Tackles Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation

We celebrated Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation as a weird science novel that's actually weird enough, and an antidote to J.J. Abrams-style mysteries. Now, the movie version has gotten a writer/director who can handle some weirdness: Alex Garland. » 10/31/14 6:30pm 10/31/14 6:30pm

It's Ridiculous To Say Science Fiction Books Aren't Based On Real Life

One of the most annoying fallacies about science fiction and fantasy books is that they're less connected to reality than "realistic" fiction. In fact, SF and fantasy authors draw on real experiences and facts all the time, as some of the top authors told Jeff VanderMeer. » 8/25/14 10:38am 8/25/14 10:38am

In Jeff Vandermeer's Authority, Even the Desk Jobs are Weird

Authority, the gripping second installment in Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, has a very different vibe than its predecessor, Annihilation. Where Annihilation took an expedition deep into the mysterious Area X, Authority shows us the bureaucratic apparatus aimed at studying it. And everything we know is… » 7/30/14 4:05pm 7/30/14 4:05pm

The New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That You Can't Afford To Miss

The best days of science fiction and fantasy books aren't in the past — they're still arriving. Every month, new books come out that pack a hell of a whallop. Just check out our list of the 23 new books that you absolutely must not miss in May. » 5/14/14 5:20pm 5/14/14 5:20pm

Read The First Chapter Of Jeff VanderMeer's Authority Right Here!

Authority, the second volume in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, just came out. Given how much Annihilation thrilled us, that's exciting news. So we're stoked to be able to bring you the first chapter of Authority, exclusively at io9. » 5/08/14 3:40pm 5/08/14 3:40pm

Author Jeff VanderMeer Is Here to Talk to You About Annihilation

In March, the io9 book club read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation. Today, from noon - 1:00 pm (PDT), VanderMeer will be joining us to answer your questions about Annihilation, weird fiction, and anything else! » 4/14/14 10:50am 4/14/14 10:50am

The io9 Book Club is in Session! Let's Talk About Annihilation.

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In March, we read Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation. Jump into comments to get started talking about it! » 4/08/14 9:40am 4/08/14 9:40am

io9 Book Club Reminder: Meet 4/8 to Discuss Annihilation

This month, the io9 Book Club is reading Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation. We'll meet on April 8 to discuss it. Join us! There's still time to read the (short) book. » 4/01/14 10:52am 4/01/14 10:52am

Finally, a novel about weird science that's genuinely weird

Jeff VanderMeer's new novel Annihilation lures you in with a seriously intriguing mystery, then leaves you filled with incredible, delicious dread. It's the tale of an ill-fated scientific expedition to piece of coastline that has developed strange new physical properties that defy explanation. And it will make you… » 2/24/14 1:35pm 2/24/14 1:35pm

Read the mesmerizing first chapter of Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation

Legendary weird fiction writer and editor Jeff VanderMeer is back with a new trilogy, The Southern Reach, and the first novel came out last week. Called Annihilation, it's a fascinating, poetic tale of a mysterious organization that's sent a mission to explore "Area X," a chunk of Earth that has been warped into an… » 2/11/14 1:20pm 2/11/14 1:20pm

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Miss in February!

It's a frozen nightmare outside. Nothing but snowblindness and navigational hazards for miles in all directions. So it's a perfect time to escape into a book. Luckily, we've got 20 amazing science fiction and fantasy books coming out in February — here's your required reading list for the month! » 2/03/14 12:55pm 2/03/14 12:55pm

Infographic shows you how award-winning science fiction is born

Crafting a brand new science fiction story can feel incredibly chaotic — like wresting life out of the primordial ooze with your bare hands. Which is why this infographic about the life cycle of a science fiction story, including writing and the submission process, is so thrilling and helpful. » 10/21/13 2:40pm 10/21/13 2:40pm

Another indie publisher on the ropes: Night Shade Books plans an asset…

Some of the edgiest, most interesting writing in the past several years has come out of Night Shade Books, a scrappy indie publisher in San Francisco. But now, it looks like one way or another, Night Shade might not be around much longer. » 4/03/13 3:54pm 4/03/13 3:54pm

Jeff VanderMeer gets movie deal for his forthcoming Southern Reach…

Jeff VanderMeer is perhaps best known for his cult favorite Ambergris novels, including City of Saints and Madmen and Finch, which take place in a weird zone between gothic horror and political science fiction. Now he's sold a new series, the Southern Reach trilogy, to Farrar Straus and Giroux, and gotten a movie deal… » 3/28/13 2:16pm 3/28/13 2:16pm