Was George Eliot The Best Science Fiction Writer Who Didn't Write SF?

George Eliot's work, especially Middlemarch, deals with the impact of new technologies on society. And her worldbuilding, in the sense of creating a microcosm of society, is second to none. So perhaps it's not surprising that author Jo Walton argues Eliot had a "science-fictional mind." » 7/01/14 10:48am 7/01/14 10:48am

10 Science Fiction Novels That Will Definitely Never Be Movies

So they actually did it: They turned the sprawling, insane Cloud Atlas into a movie, one that actually makes the book look straightforward and uncontroversial. It just goes to show, no matter how unconventional or sprawling a book is, there's a way to adapt that sucker into a movie. Except sometimes, no. » 10/30/12 10:00am 10/30/12 10:00am

Great SF authors share their biggest writing setbacks — and how they…

Any time you read a terrific science fiction or fantasy novel, you're witnessing a great victory. Every writer faces armies of doubts and difficulties. We're at WorldCon, where many of science fiction's greatest authors gather to share ideas and war stories. So we asked some of our favorite writers what their biggest… » 8/31/12 12:00pm 8/31/12 12:00pm

io9 Book Club Reminder: Meeting 6/26 to discuss Jo Walton's Among Others

The io9 Book Club meets every month to discuss a book, and then the author usually joins us for a chat. This month, we're reading Jo Walton's Nebula-winning novel Among Others (we reviewed the book here). We'll meet June 26th to discuss the book. Watch for a post that day announcing the book club, and jump into… » 6/20/12 3:02pm 6/20/12 3:02pm

Another Mistake that Authors of Alternate History Fall Into

Yesterday, we asked a bunch of our favorite alternate history authors to list the biggest mistakes that they see other writers making in creating new historical timelines. One author who didn't get back to us by our deadline was Jo Walton, author of Farthing and several other great books. We just heard from her, and… » 2/15/12 1:44pm 2/15/12 1:44pm

15 classic science fiction and fantasy novels that publishers rejected

Science fiction's greatest authors have brilliant ideas, storytelling mojo... and plenty of stubbornness. Many of the field's greatest writers were buried in rejection slips, before they finally broke in. Here are 15 classic novels that publishers didn't want to touch. » 10/19/10 3:36pm 10/19/10 3:36pm

Rudy Rucker Gives You Nine Ideas for Scifi that Breaks the Rules

People are still trying to wrap their minds around the idea of the singularity, as a rather random article » 8/26/08 12:30pm 8/26/08 12:30pm in the New York Times yesterday made clear. Meanwhile, Tor's Jo Walton and Rudy "Post-Singular" Rucker have moved way beyond the singularity onto the next big idea. about how she was sick of SF writers feeling…

How Much Science Do You Need To Know To Write Science Fiction?

Farthing and Tooth And Claw author Jo Walton is widely regarded as one of the best writers of fantasy right now, and she won the John W. Campbell award for the best new writer of speculative fiction. So why does she feel she can't write science fiction? Because, she explains on her journal, she knows too much science… » 6/16/08 2:53pm 6/16/08 2:53pm