This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive… » 8/23/12 1:57pm 8/23/12 1:57pm

Posthumans, Rise Up And Destroy Hollywood!

Why is Hollywood trying to poison everybody against posthumans? Whenever you see someone going beyond standard-issue humanity in movies or TV, it's portrayed as monstrous and evil. Whether it's cyborgs, mutants or humans hacking their bodies, Hollywood exercises its anti-posthuman agenda. Meanwhile, novels have been… » 5/28/08 4:30pm 5/28/08 4:30pm

io9 Talks to John Varley About Climate Disaster and Space Opera

Science fiction author John Varley has been seducing readers and boggling their minds since the 1970s, when he began publishing his Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), as well as other novels like The Ophiuchi Hotline, set in his posthuman 8 Worlds universe. His most recent novel, Rolling Thunder, came out last… » 3/10/08 9:30am 3/10/08 9:30am

An MP3 Star from Mars vs. Giant Aliens from Europa in John Varley's…

Earth has suffered a massive climate disaster that submerges most of Florida, rips the United States into several mini-nations, and sends a band of freethinking scientists and entrepreneurs to found a colony (and a really great restaurant) on Mars. Many years later, two of these early colonists have a grandchild… » 3/03/08 3:42pm 3/03/08 3:42pm

Socio-Sexual Politics in the Body of a Giant Cyborg Near Saturn

John Varley's new novel Rolling Thunder, about the adventures of a Martian military brat, will hit bookstores in early March. But for those of you who aren't enjoying an advance copy like I am, I recommend you kick back this weekend with a classic Varley novel from 1979: Wizard, the second in his Gaia Trilogy. It's a… » 2/01/08 4:15pm 2/01/08 4:15pm