The Biggest Question About "Diverse Books": Diverse To Whom?

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag and campaign have sparked some amazing conversations recently. There was a panel at BookCon (which Tor.com summarizes), a roundtable discussion at Book Smugglers, and a BEA Panel (which Cecilia Tan summarizes.) And one participant brings up an excellent question: Diverse from whose… » 6/02/15 6:14pm 6/02/15 6:14pm

Ken Liu's Grace Of Kings Is The Bold Epic Fantasy We've Been Waiting For

Ken Liu has plenty of awards for his short stories, and with his debut novel, he's likely to earn acclaim as a novelist as well. The Grace of Kings is an ambitious, astonishing, and sublime work, one that both exemplifies and diverges from what one might think of when it comes to epic fantasy. It should rank… » 4/14/15 4:00pm 4/14/15 4:00pm

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 8:00am 4/10/15 8:00am

18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels

People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world. » 3/19/15 12:38pm 3/19/15 12:38pm

"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