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Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awards Snafu

This year’s Hugo Awards controversy is confusing. There are two kinds of puppies! Are the puppies against diversity, or literary snobbery? And so on. But really, this is all about books, and particularly what kind of books we’re supposed to celebrate. So here are eight books that can help you understand the Hugo mess. » 6/30/15 10:05am 6/30/15 10:05am

The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Everyone’s Talking About In June

Looking for some awesome beach reads? Science fiction and fantasy have you covered. There’s a new Shannara book, a brand new Laurell K. Hamilton, and an Alistair Reynolds novella. Plus Scalzi’s next Old Man’s War book, and Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s Long Utopia. Here are all the books you can’t miss in June! » 6/05/15 2:23pm 6/05/15 2:23pm

Lock In Is One Of John Scalzi's Most Accessible (And Relevant) Novels

In the near-future of John Scalzi's latest novel, Lock In, a pandemic called Haden's Syndrome sweeps the world. Some of its victims suffer flu-like symptoms, some die, and some experience 'Lock In', and are trapped in their own bodies, unable to move. This disease provides a sweeping backdrop for a fast-paced… » 8/25/14 5:06pm 8/25/14 5:06pm

All The Amazing Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books For August

This month's books really do have something for everyone. There are new books by John Scalzi, Haruki Murakami, Robin Hobb and Lev Grossman. There's magical realism, far-future adventure, and high fantasy. Here are the 22 brand new science fiction and fantasy books you absolutely must not miss. » 8/04/14 2:59pm 8/04/14 2:59pm

Craving a new military science fiction thrillride? Pick up these books

Terms of Enlistment and Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos are entertaining military SF fare, hitting all the same chords as John Scalzi's Old Man's War. Author Marko Kloos introduces a stagnant human population on Earth, a powerful military apparatus and a formidable alien threat that pushes his central protagonist,… » 1/31/14 10:49am 1/31/14 10:49am

The Best "Entry Level" Science Fiction Books to Convert Your Friends

A lot of the greatest science fiction and fantasy books are not for newbies. They can be daunting for new readers, because they assume you've already read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. But what are the best "entry level" science fiction and fantasy books? We asked some top editors and writers, and here are… » 1/28/14 12:00pm 1/28/14 12:00pm

All the Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming in 2014

There's a ton of ambition on display in this year's science fiction and fantasy books. Bestselling authors are stretching out of their comfort zones, and our favorite authors are pushing the boundaries. Plus David Cronenberg has written a book about sex and weird diseases. Here's the ultimate guide to this year's… » 1/10/14 12:03pm 1/10/14 12:03pm

10 Myths About Science Fiction (And Why They Matter)

Science fiction is the literature of our times. And that means myths about science fiction are actually myths about the world we live in today. Science fiction explains our gadget-obsessed, social-media-saturated, meta-fictional present. So here are 10 common myths about science fiction, and why they're important. » 10/10/13 10:04am 10/10/13 10:04am

10 Paranoid Science Fiction Stories That Could Help You Survive

It's not just paranoia. They really are watching you. The world we're living in is getting weirder and more dangerous all the time. So it's a good thing science fiction has been stockpiling dark mind-fraks for decades, full of smart survival strategies. Here are 10 paranoid science fiction tales that could keep you… » 8/01/13 10:18am 8/01/13 10:18am

What does it mean when people say your story's “tone” is wrong?

Writers and creative people talk about tone all the time. But what does it mean? Is it just the difference between a comedy and a drama? Is it just light versus dark? When you write a story, how do you figure out your "tone," and keep it from lurching from one thing to another? Here are some ideas. » 7/15/13 1:08pm 7/15/13 1:08pm