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 science… » 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

Why Publishers Are Always Looking For The Next Old Man's War

Many of us have been reading science fiction for years, and we bring all of that weight of experience and knowledge to every new book we read. But to keep growing, science fiction has to reach readers who know nothing about the genre — so publishers need to find good "entry level" books, says Tor editor Patrick… » 5/24/13 11:30am 5/24/13 11:30am

Everything You Need to Know About SFWA's Clash With Random House

If you're an aspiring science fiction or fantasy writer, you've probably heard that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has come to blows with one of the biggest publishers in SF over the past week. But what's all this about? And how does it affect you and your dreams of being published by Random House? » 3/11/13 1:30pm 3/11/13 1:30pm

Games Workshop is still claiming to own the trademark to "Space…

Back in December, when Games Workshop first got M.C.A. Hogarth's Spots the Space Marine novels pulled from Amazon.com, claiming to own the trademark for "space marine," this seemed like a misunderstanding. Or an overzealous legal department. After all, the term "space marine" goes back to the 1930s and has been used… » 2/06/13 11:25am 2/06/13 11:25am

Scifi authors pose half-naked on this genderflipped book cover—for…

What possessed four of science fiction and fantasy's superstar authors to strip down to their skivvies and gather around Hugo-award-winning writer Mary Robinette Kowal? It's not just to skewer the skin-baring cover illustration of Poul Anderson's Young Flandry (although that was certainly part of it). It's all part of » 1/20/13 9:00am 1/20/13 9:00am

Sequence an award-winning science fiction writer's genome, while Neil…

Author Jay Lake, the winner the Campbell Award and numerous other honors, is undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy right now — and you can help him fight his cancer. Some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors have donated "acts of whimsy," to raise money to sequence Jay Lake's genome and possibly… » 1/10/13 12:24pm 1/10/13 12:24pm