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Two Books You Must Read If You Care About the Future of Humanity in Space

Two of the most celebrated authors in science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson and Neal Stephenson, released epic novels this summer about our future lives in space. And yet both Robinson’s Aurora and Stephenson’s Seveneves are actually about why we may never be able to leave Earth behind. »8/13/15 6:02pm8/13/15 6:02pm

There Are Too Many Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books In July!

Seriously, cut it out, publishers. Are you trying to ruin us? There are so many incredible books coming out this month, it’s unreal. China Mieville, Charles Stross, Austin Grossman, Jesse Ball, William T Vollmann... it’s all happening. Here are July’s must-read science fiction and fantasy books. »7/02/15 4:25pm7/02/15 4:25pm

Which Future Are We Heading Towards: Mad Max Or Star Trek?

“As the 21st century unfolds, science fiction increasingly comes to seem like a realist rather than a speculative genre,” says one essay/book review in the L.A. Review of Books. It’s just one of a few great pieces up at the LARB site right now, about the choice of futures we face: Mad Max versus Star Trek. »6/25/15 10:43am6/25/15 10:43am

Which Major Villain Will The Justice League Need Two Movies to Defeat?

Oscar Isaac talks Apocalypse's powers in the next X-Men film. David Duchovny says he's on board for the X-Files revival... with one condition. Sources claim Sinister Six is filming soon. Game of Thrones finally casts a character for a pivotal flashback scene. And Ray Palmer will visit The Flash. Spoilers now! »1/22/15 6:00am1/22/15 6:00am

Kim Stanley Robinson Wanted To Go Hiking On Mars, So He Wrote Red Mars

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is one of the most important books about terraforming (and interplanetary colonization) of the past 20 years. And Robinson spent 10 years working on it, learning a lot about the subject as he went. But it all started becuase he fantasized about going backpacking on Mars. »1/08/15 4:30pm1/08/15 4:30pm

"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 1:00pm11/25/14 1:00pm

10 Myths About Science Fiction (And Why They Matter)

Science fiction is the literature of our times. And that means myths about science fiction are actually myths about the world we live in today. Science fiction explains our gadget-obsessed, social-media-saturated, meta-fictional present. So here are 10 common myths about science fiction, and why they're important. »10/10/13 10:04am10/10/13 10:04am

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 4:31pm4/04/13 4:31pm

Kim Stanley Robinson's new novel takes us back to the Ice Age

Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Mars, The Years of Rice and Salt, and 2312, has always vacillated between writing about the future and writing alternate histories. His latest historical novel, Shaman, is as unconventional as his alternate histories have been. He takes us 20,000 years into the past, into the… »3/07/13 12:23pm3/07/13 12:23pm

A Timeline that Shows How Recent Science Fiction Has Changed Future History

You've seen lots of timelines of "future history" before — but they tend to be mostly drawing from the classics by people like Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. But over at The Awl, Jane Hu has compiled a future timeline, which draws heavily on recent publications like Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 and Paolo Bacigalupi's … »8/08/12 2:14pm8/08/12 2:14pm