Madeline Ashby's Warped Singularity Novel Company Town Is Coming Soon!

We've been excited about Madeline Ashby's futuristic thriller Company Town since she wrote an essay for us about it last April. This book was supposed to be out in October, but was delayed (along with some others) due to Angry Robot's sale to entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld. But now Ashby tells us Company Town has a new… » 11/27/14 11:45am Yesterday 11:45am

"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 1:00pm Tuesday 1:00pm

Brace Yourself: Madeline Ashby Is Writing About The Singularity!

We're shaken up from the weirdness in vN, Madeline Ashby's novel about artificial consciousness and self-replicating machines. And now, she's written a novel about The Singularity, when artificial intelligence surpasses our own and everything changes. We've got a cover reveal, and some details, below. » 4/22/14 6:00pm 4/22/14 6:00pm

The Most Messed Up Book About Robot Consciousness Ever

Madeline Ashby's new book vN is inevitably going to be compared to Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and its movie adaptation, Blade Runner. There's even a cheeky section where the robot heroine goes to work at a robot-themed restaurant called the Electric Sheep, where a lot of the menu items… » 5/04/12 4:30pm 5/04/12 4:30pm

Your Summer Beach Reading List for 2012

Summer is almost here, and that means one thing: Escape! Everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, humans will be fleeing their buildings and shedding their protective outer garments, even as the sun grows hotter and more intense. But for some of us, simply fleeing to large bodies of water isn't enough — we need to… » 4/25/12 4:11pm 4/25/12 4:11pm

What's the difference between writing science fiction and strategizing…

Over at Boing Boing, vN author Madeline Ashby has a great discussion of the difference between creating Strategic Foresight (attempting to predict variables for a strategic outlook) and writing science fiction. It's a really useful, quick primer in how to think about the future. Including not just identifying trends,… » 1/05/12 1:40pm 1/05/12 1:40pm

The Laws of Robotics make human-robot dating a lot more complicated

Everybody wants to date a robot. They're hot and sexy, and they're programmed to protect human life above all other priorities — even seeing humans harming each other can cause robots' brains to melt. What could be better? But it turns out that dating between robots and humans is a social minefield — especially when a… » 12/13/11 2:30pm 12/13/11 2:30pm