The Victorian Hugos: 1893 Was to Books What 1977 Was to Movies

Science fiction books in 1893 are where science fiction film was in 1977. In both cases, the genre was... perhaps “in the doldrums” is too harsh a judgment. Certainly, enough significant work had appeared before 1893 and 1977 that one could, in those years, speak of the science fiction genre, in both media, as a… »8/04/15 1:45pm8/04/15 1:45pm

The "Heroic Translators" Who Reinvented Classic Science Fiction In China

When early science fiction novels were first translated into Chinese, the translators took a lot of liberties with the material, reinventing Jules Verne for Chinese readers. Author Ken Liu (The Grace of Kings) explains how this helped inspire him, in turn, to reinvent Chinese traditions for Western fantasy readers. »4/10/15 11:00am4/10/15 11:00am

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. »7/25/14 1:00pm7/25/14 1:00pm

The World's Most Fascinating Places, As Seen In Science Fiction Books

It's the middle of summer — the time of year when wanderlust takes over our brains. You want to leave your home and your job and explore what the world has to offer. But here's the next best thing — 15 books that take place in science fiction and fantasy versions of the most fascinating places on Earth. »7/11/14 4:15pm7/11/14 4:15pm

12 Incredibly Strange Underground Realms from Science Fiction

Don't judge a book by its cover. Beauty is only skin deep. There are countless aphorisms about looking below the surface of things, because you never know what you might find — for instance, if you looked below the surface of the Earth, you might find lost civilizations, underground empires, and/or lots and lots of… »1/02/14 1:00pm1/02/14 1:00pm

Great Lost Manuscripts of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Some of the greatest authors of science fiction and fantasy have put words on paper — only to see those words lost or destroyed. Before there were computers, manuscripts got burned or lost in the mail all the time. Here are the famous authors whose books were lost, destroyed, misplaced or erased. »12/23/13 3:30pm12/23/13 3:30pm

A single image covers 67 years of Penguin science fiction book covers

Check out this weird timeline of book covers, showing which colors dominated on their Penguin book covers over the years. It looks like War of the Worlds had a long yellow period, while Journey to the Center of the Earth was cream-colored for decades. Arthur Buxton created this graphic to honor Jules Verne's 185th… »1/23/13 6:20pm1/23/13 6:20pm

This 1880s photo is from the greatest Jules Verne-themed prom that never happened

In the 1880s, famed French actress Sarah Bernhardt posed for what is quite possibly the world's most awkward photograph never to be taken at a high school dance. This picture is one of two notable nautical portraits Bernhardt posed for, both of which are catalogued by the Library of Congress. »8/15/12 5:45pm8/15/12 5:45pm

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Alan Moore announces new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic, featuring the Mountains of Madness

Over the weekend, Alan Moore engaged in a 2.5-hour webchat as a fundraiser for Cleveland's Harvey Pekar Library Statue. During this frank conversation, the Bearded Master addressed questions about his feud with Grant Morrison (short answer: there isn't one), why he wrote Neonomicon ("Because I had a massive, massive… »2/06/12 12:10pm2/06/12 12:10pm