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 7:31pm4/04/13 7:31pm

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

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 8:09pm10/10/12 8:09pm

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 6:30pm4/24/12 6:30pm

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 8:00pm4/04/12 8:00pm

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

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 1:23pm9/05/11 1:23pm

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 8:00pm10/08/10 8:00pm

"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 4:27pm6/20/08 4:27pm