The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014

This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. » 12/30/14 9:16am 12/30/14 9:16am

It's Ridiculous To Say Science Fiction Books Aren't Based On Real Life

One of the most annoying fallacies about science fiction and fantasy books is that they're less connected to reality than "realistic" fiction. In fact, SF and fantasy authors draw on real experiences and facts all the time, as some of the top authors told Jeff VanderMeer. » 8/25/14 10:38am 8/25/14 10:38am

Lev Grossman Goes Where Other Coming-Of-Age Books Fear To Go: Adulthood

The world is full of magical coming-of-age books... and they generally don't show much of what happens after the age has come. We only glimpse thirtysomething Harry Potter. But in The Magicians Land, Lev Grossman uses his meta-fantasy world to create a thoughtful portrait of what it's like to be a functioning adult. » 8/13/14 7:30am 8/13/14 7:30am

The Biography Of Christopher Plover From Lev Grossman's Magicians Books

One of the most notable elements in Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy is Christopher Plover, the author of the Fillory books which turn out to be a real magical place. But who was Christopher Plover? At long last, Andrew Liptak (with Grossman's assistance) uncovers the biography of this mysterious figure. » 8/07/14 4:00pm 8/07/14 4:00pm

Syfy Is Ordering So Many New Scifi And Fantasy Series, You Guys!

The network has ordered not one, not two but four new pilots based on hit scifi and fantasy properties. Three are comic adaptations — Letter 44, Pax Romana, and Frank Miller's Ronin — while the other is The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman's hit urban, adult fantasy novels. » 4/30/14 11:41am 4/30/14 11:41am

This book does for Winnie the Pooh what The Magicians did for Narnia

Billy Moon, the first novel by famed zinester, short story writer and podcaster Douglas Lain, is an exceedingly weird tale about Christopher Milne — the guy whose father A.A. Milne immortalized him as Christopher Robin, the boy companion of Winnie the Pooh. » 8/23/13 1:00pm 8/23/13 1:00pm

Tonight: Hear some of your favorite SF authors read their favorite SF…

If you're in Brooklyn tonight at 7:30, you should stop by the new science fiction bookstore Singularity & Co., where some great SF authors are paying tribute to their influences. Lev Grossman is reading James White, Paul Park is reading Ursula K. Le Guin, and Ophira Eisenberg is reading Kurt Vonnegut. More details at… » 9/28/12 1:43pm 9/28/12 1:43pm

Are the best TV shows made from books these days? And what's next?

Almost every day, it seems like we hear about another new TV show based on a book or graphic novel series. Just today, it was announced that NBC is moving forward with a show based on the fantastic Vertigo comic Midnight, Mass. (This is the third attempt at a Midnight, Mass show — read our thoughts on why it's a great… » 9/20/12 2:39pm 9/20/12 2:39pm

10 Books Every Fantasy Author Should Read

Fantasy novels don't arise by magic. An aspiring fantasy author has to learn the craft, but also discover the roots of fantasy literature, as well as history and mythology. The more you've read, the more you know — and the better equipped you'll be for your journey into the lands of imagination. So we asked some of… » 3/29/12 10:01am 3/29/12 10:01am

"Better Book Titles" has been rocking the hell out of science fiction…

The "Better Book Titles" blog is one of the internet's great treasures — and if you haven't checked it out lately, you've missed some total gems. The blog is just what it sounds like — people post their versions of books with more appropriate titles. » 2/09/12 2:40pm 2/09/12 2:40pm

First Details from the Pilot Script of Lev Grossman's The Magicians

Lev Grossman's The Magicians brought an emotional weight, and a pleasurable snarkiness, to the age-old story of magical people discovering their powers. And The Magician King expanded Grossman's world-building themes by adding a second protagonist. But how on Earth would you go about translating it to the television… » 1/10/12 4:05pm 1/10/12 4:05pm

Lessons that 2011 Has Taught the Entertainment Industry

This year has been a wild ride for lovers of science fiction and fantasy. Some hugely expensive, massively hyped projects have failed, but also some new mega-hits have been born. Hollywood is struggling with sagging movie ticket sales and TV ratings, and book publishers are facing a rapidly changing world. It's a… » 12/21/11 8:00am 12/21/11 8:00am

Paolo Bacigalupi's next novel is already generating excitement, six…

You know Paolo Bacigalupi's arrived when his next novel is already getting raves and nobody's even seen a galley yet. Over at Westword, Alan Prendergast talks about the excitement about Bacigalupi's forthcoming The Drowned Cities, which takes place in the Ship Breaker world but isn't a direct sequel. Chief among those… » 12/14/11 2:53pm 12/14/11 2:53pm

Forget why fantasy matters. Why does realism matter?

Last week, as part of their month-long celebration of Ursula K. LeGuin's Wizard of Earthsea, Manhattan's Center for Fiction gathered four fantasists, including Naomi Novik and Lev Grossman, to explain why fantasy matters. » 10/15/11 1:00pm 10/15/11 1:00pm

X-Men: First Class writers turning Lev Grossman's The Magicians into a…

Great news! Lev Grossman's acclaimed novel about a magical boarding school, The Magicians, is being adapted into a television series on Fox. And Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, whose credits include Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Thor and X-Men: First Class, are adapting it into a pilot. » 10/05/11 7:41pm 10/05/11 7:41pm

The Horrible, Amazing, Odd Story Behind the Stories of Thackery T.…

What do you get when you cross NYT bestselling author Lev Grossman with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and a collection of strange artifacts? You get Doctor Roboticus, that's what. » 9/30/11 4:47pm 9/30/11 4:47pm

A Whole Month of Earthsea Discussions, with Charles Yu, Lev Grossman,…

If you're lucky enough to be in New York, then October is going to be a brilliant month for you — the Center for Fiction is putting on a whole month of science fiction and fantasy discussions, in honor of Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. It's all part of "The Big Read," a month-long program focusing on a… » 9/28/11 9:40am 9/28/11 9:40am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Can’t Wait For This Fall

The next few months are positively packed with literary science fiction and fantasy goodness. Neal Stephenson returns to virtual reality! Vernor Vinge finally delivers the sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep. Plus dueling magicians and digital revolutionaries. » 8/24/11 2:17pm 8/24/11 2:17pm

In The Magician King, Lev Grossman's magical over-achievers finally get…

People sometimes tend to sum up Lev Grossman's fantasy debut, The Magicians, as a kind of anhedonic version of Harry Potter crossed with Narnia. But it's actually a lot deeper than that — The Magicians explored what happens when our fantasies come true, and what it means to put yourself, your screwy demented self, in… » 8/22/11 1:15pm 8/22/11 1:15pm

2011 Hugo Awards: A good night for time travel, artificial…

The 2011 Hugo Award winners were just announced, and it's a good year for time-travel stories, including Connie Willis' Blackout/All Clear and Doctor Who's fifth season finale. Plus it's an excellent night for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. » 8/20/11 11:10pm 8/20/11 11:10pm