"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. » 11/25/14 1:00pm 11/25/14 1:00pm

At Long Last, a Full-Length Novel from Award-Winning Writer Ken Liu

We've marveled at Ken Liu's short fiction — especially "Paper Menagerie," the story that won an astonishing three major awards. But also a number of other great tales. Now at last, he's sold a novel — the first in a brand new fantasy series featuring gods, politics and war. We've got the exclusive announcement! » 11/25/13 4:01pm 11/25/13 4:01pm

One of the world's most popular SF novels finally coming in English

How often does an English-language science fiction novel sell 400,000 copies? That's how many copies Liu Cixin's Three Body Trilogy has sold in Chinese — and at last, this pioneering work of science fiction about a civilization that lives in a trinary star system is coming out in English translation, thanks to… » 7/26/13 4:00pm 7/26/13 4:00pm

Science fiction novels rule a China where development leaves people…

There's a great rundown of the current state of Chinese science fiction books over at Global Times. Among other things, this is the third boom in SF book publishing in China — the first two being the late 19th century, with translations of Jules Verne, and the second being the years right after the death of Mao and… » 1/07/13 4:04pm 1/07/13 4:04pm

Read Ken Liu's amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World…

Ken Liu's incredible story "Paper Menagerie" just became the first work of fiction to win all three of SF's major awards: the Hugo, the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award. And we're proud to be able to reprint the whole story, right here at io9. Here's your chance to find out what all the excitement is about, and… » 11/08/12 11:03am 11/08/12 11:03am

Help keep short fiction excellent, by supporting Electric Velocipede

Electric Velocipede, the Hugo Award-winning science fiction magazine, has gone online, so you can read all of its amazing stories for free. And now, editor/publisher John Klima is asking for some support, so the magazine can keep publishing for one more year and bringing you stories by such authors as Ken Liu and… » 8/30/12 7:20am 8/30/12 7:20am