io9 Newsstand: Speculative Fiction Is All About Keeping It Real (and Sometimes Surreal)

This week’s stories are about the housing crisis. They’re about ruthless politicians screwing everyone over in service of their own power games. And how making people safe means stripping them of everything that makes them real and worthwhile. And yes, these stories are speculative fiction and not articles from Reason… »8/29/15 12:47pm8/29/15 12:47pm

Why Do We Need More Science Fiction By LGBT Writers?

Last year, Lightspeed Magazine had a special issue in which "Women Destroy Science Fiction" (and horror, and fantasy.) Now, Lightspeed is following up with "Queers Destroy Science Fiction." And today's the last day to support the Kickstarter. But why should you care about getting more LGBT SF? The editors of the issue… »2/16/15 12:30pm2/16/15 12:30pm

Help crowdfund an anthology of fictional Kickstarter campaigns!

There's something inherently a bit weird about Kickstarter campaigns, where someone puts a very personal goal on the Internet and hopes to make a polished enough pitch to get your money. So a brand new anthology project, of science-fictional Kickstarter campaigns, is just taking that strangeness to its logical extreme. »10/21/13 2:02pm10/21/13 2:02pm

A Man and his Virtual Dragon, Against All the Malicious Code in the World

Being a non-player character in someone else's virtual world can be a pain — especially when some of the monsters won't stay dead. Tobias Buckell's story "A Game of Rats and Dragon," published in Lightspeed Magazine, takes a lot of the cliches of augmented reality and virtual gaming, and adds a really neat spin — what… »11/29/12 7:20pm11/29/12 7:20pm