The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning. » 9/25/14 10:18am 9/25/14 10:18am

Longtime Friend of Kurt Vonnegut Explains Author's Timeless Appeal

Kurt Vonnegut's humor, honesty, and fresh ways of seeing things have always made him a favorite of young people. I remember back in the late sixties, before Slaughterhouse Five made him rich and famous, college students were carrying around dog-eared copies of Cat's Cradle, a novel in which he playfully invents a… » 4/16/14 4:17pm 4/16/14 4:17pm

All The Ways You Can Screw Up Your Own Timeline

Time travel and temporal anomalies can be messy and unpleasant. When time starts getting out of whack, anything can happen. People can be born over and over, meet themselves, relive the same day, or just screw up all their relationships. Here are all the ways people get tangled in their own timelines in science… » 4/14/14 10:00am 4/14/14 10:00am

​12 Aliens Who Came to Earth to Save Humanity

What with wars, destroying the environment, and general imbecility, humanity is constantly getting itself into trouble. More than a few kindly aliens have come to Earth trying to help us change our ways, and for the most part, we've tried to kill them. Here are a dozen aliens that, directly or indirectly, tried to… » 2/24/14 10:07am 2/24/14 10:07am

​The 14 Least Competent Alien Invaders of All Time

There have been many times when the Earth has been at the mercy of alien invaders. And there have been more than a few times where haven't — not because of our weapons, our savagery, or our inner strength — but because the aliens themselves were morons. Here are 14 alien invaders who did not think their invasions… » 12/16/13 10:01am 12/16/13 10:01am

10 Completely Ridiculous Ways the World Has Ended

The end of the world is a scary idea, but the way the world ends isn’t always so terrifying. As it turns out, society could collapse or the planet could get destroyed in a variety of dumb and/or ludicrous ways. Here are 10 doomsday scenarios we hope will kill us, if only so we don’t have to die of embarrassment. » 8/12/13 10:00am 8/12/13 10:00am

What does it mean when people say your story's “tone” is wrong?

Writers and creative people talk about tone all the time. But what does it mean? Is it just the difference between a comedy and a drama? Is it just light versus dark? When you write a story, how do you figure out your "tone," and keep it from lurching from one thing to another? Here are some ideas. » 7/15/13 1:08pm 7/15/13 1:08pm