Scottish SF Author Ken MacLeod Talks About the Referendum (He's a No)

This is a fascinating conversation between Scottish SF author Ken MacLeod (Intrusion, The Execution Channel) and British historian Francis Spufford, which took place just a couple of weeks before last night's historic vote on Scottish independence. » 9/19/14 12:40pm 9/19/14 12:40pm

A Tragic Short Film About the Worst Crime You've Never Imagined

In this short film, based on a story by science fiction author Ken MacLeod, a young man can't believe his father is guilty of a crime that destroyed history. When you learn what the crime is, you'll find yourself in a fascinating thought experiment about the future. » 4/15/14 10:37am 4/15/14 10:37am

The final Iain Banks book will be published next February

Sadly, it's not a novel — but it's still pretty exciting to have one last glimpse inside the mind of the legendary author. A collection of Banks' poetry, co-written by The Night Sessions author Ken MacLeod and edited by MacLeod, will be published on Feb. 16, 2015, which would have been Banks' 61st birthday. » 2/18/14 12:40pm 2/18/14 12:40pm

The Best Science Fiction Novels of 2012, According to the Clarke Awards

I have to admit to mixed feelings about this year's Clarke Award shortlist. On the one hand, it includes some of my favorite authors, including Kim Stanley Robinson, Nick Harkaway and Ken MacLeod. On the other hand, the Clarke Awards have been criticized in the past for honoring only male authors — and this helps fuel… » 4/04/13 4:31pm 4/04/13 4:31pm

A truly mind-bending novel about the future of genetically-modified…

Ken MacLeod's novel Intrusion, which has been a hit in the UK since it was released earlier this year, tackles a familiar issue in a completely unexpected way. Hope is a mother-to-be in a near-future London, where pregnant women are under tremendous pressure to take "Fix," a pill that corrects most known genetic… » 10/10/12 5:09pm 10/10/12 5:09pm

Some of the Coolest Space War Stories You've Ever Seen

War and Space: Recent Combat, from editors Rich Horton and Sean Wallace is possibly one of the finest anthologies that I've ever come across. This anthology looks at the nature of war, and how it might impact our future civilizations in space. Fans of high-octane stories with lots of action might be let down by the… » 7/25/12 8:00am 7/25/12 8:00am

When scientists work with creative people, cooler stories get told

Six major British science fiction authors have released an open letter calling for greater cooperation between scientists and creative people, saying that the U.K. is falling behind the U.S. in communication between the arts and sciences. The authors, including Paul McAuley, Geoff Ryman, Ken Macleod and Justina… » 4/24/12 3:30pm 4/24/12 3:30pm

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for Libertarians

Science fiction features lots of characters who find their own way in the universe, regardless of what megacorps or governments try to tell them. So it's not surprising that one of the best ways to find some of the most exciting new reads is to pay attention to the Prometheus Awards for the best libertarian SF books.… » 4/04/12 5:00pm 4/04/12 5:00pm

September Books bring vampires, faeries, airships, and hackers!

What does September have in store for you? A new Neal Stephenson novel! Not one, but two new releases from Cherie Priest! Plus faeries, vampires, digital revolutionaries, and a college in outer space. Here are all the new releases your bookshelf needs this month. » 9/06/11 7:00am 9/06/11 7:00am

Secrets from a post-Soviet alternate history could destroy the world in

Ken MacLeod's latest near-future thriller The Restoration Game takes us deep inside a CIA plot to overthrow the government of Krassnia, an imaginary former Soviet republic — using an MMO designed to stir up nationalist sentiment among Krassnia's youth. Out this month in the U.S. from PYR Books, the novel traces a set… » 9/05/11 10:23am 9/05/11 10:23am

Pyr Books to bring Ken MacLeod's "The Restoration Game" to the US

Great news for stateside fans of Ken MacLeod. His latest novel, The Restoration Game (Orbit UK), will be available from smartypants publisher Pyr Books in the United States in fall 2011 - and Pyr publisher Lou Anders says the cover will be designed by award-winner Stephen Martinere. The Restoration Game is a videogame… » 10/08/10 5:00pm 10/08/10 5:00pm

Ken MacLeod explains the science of galactic princesses

Ken MacLeod, author of The Execution Channel, has a new book coming out in the UK next month: The Restoration Game. I interviewed him for Bloggingheads, and he told me about his future projects - including one with galactic princesses. » 6/15/10 2:47pm 6/15/10 2:47pm

20 Great Infodumps From Science Fiction Novels

A truly great infodump is a work of art. The best science fiction authors can brief you on everything you need to know about their worlds, without making you feel lectured. Here are 20 great examples of the smooth infodump. » 3/19/10 5:11pm 3/19/10 5:11pm

The Year's Most Important SF Anthology Is Out Now

If you wish science fiction would have a bit more actual science (and focus on the near future instead of the year 5 billion), you'll be thrilled that When It Changed, an anthology pairing scientists and SF authors, is out. » 10/23/09 3:30pm 10/23/09 3:30pm

10 Ways To Rescue The Climate, According To Science Fiction

Hot enough for ya? Our crazy fossil-fuel orgy is driving the planet's temperatures through the roof. Good thing science fiction books and movies have come up with 10 can't-fail solutions (well, maybe they'd work) for stopping global warming. » 9/04/09 12:37pm 9/04/09 12:37pm

Falling In Love Again With Science Fiction Novels

Ken MacLeod's writing taught me to love science fiction again. I had pushed the genre out of my reading life for many years, but I could not ignore his novel Newton's Wake. » 2/14/09 1:00pm 2/14/09 1:00pm

Paul Krugman Does Charles Stross!

If you didn't already worship visionary writer Charles Stross, a new virtual seminar on his works by a group of luminaries and amazing writers will convert you. Among the highlights: Paul Krugman on transdimensional economics. » 1/29/09 1:30pm 1/29/09 1:30pm

Do Protestant Terrorist Robots Have Souls?

Ken MacLeod's latest novel, The Night Sessions, is about a near-future Earth that's ruled by atheists who have driven Christians into the closet. An intricate murder mystery about Protestant terrorist factions of the future, The Night Sessions is also a strangely moving tale of the emotional bonds between humans and… » 10/06/08 5:49pm 10/06/08 5:49pm

"Fiction Can Be A Mode of Social Change" in Cool New Anthology

A terrifically interesting new anthology called Seeds of Change hits bookstores this summer, featuring original stories from nine scifi authors dealing with near-future scenarios where the world completely changes. Essentially, it's a political take on the idea of the singularity and it features two of my favorite… » 6/20/08 1:27pm 6/20/08 1:27pm

Why is Science Fiction Going Back to the Near Future?

William Gibson says reality has become science fictional, and therefore all his science fiction is now set in the present day. Authors like Charles Stross and Margaret Atwood have followed suit, writing books set in the near-future. What is this obsession with near-future SF? We asked io9's muse, science fiction… » 1/10/08 1:30pm 1/10/08 1:30pm