Why is it so hard to write a decent ending?

Endings define stories. A great ending can make everything that's come before seem retroactively great. A weak ending can ruin everything. But why do they have to be so impossible to write? And is there any trick for crafting a strong ending that doesn't involve endless misery? » 1/22/14 1:05pm 1/22/14 1:05pm

How much was Isaac Asimov involved in Asimov's Magazine?

Sheila Williams has been editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine since 2004 — but she's been involved with the magazine for 31 years, since she came on board as an editorial assistant. Talking to Locus Magazine, she reminisces about working with Isaac Asimov himself at the magazine that bore his name. » 11/18/13 10:48am 11/18/13 10:48am

Amazing fiction mag Strange Horizons is this month's worthiest cause

Every month, you're asked to contribute to tons of worthy causes and crowdfunding projects. But this month's most worthy call for crowdfunding support isn't a new project — it's the longest running non-profit science fiction magazine on the Web, Strange Horizons, which is having its annual fundraising drive. If you… » 9/19/13 11:20am 9/19/13 11:20am

Is it time for another New Wave of science fiction?

Back in the 1960s, a gang of rebellious authors, led by Michael Moorcock among others, launched an uprising called the New Wave, which shook up science fiction and introduced more literary aspirations, weirdness, and diversity. Over at Tor.com, David Barnett wonders if we're in for another wave. » 5/27/13 2:30pm 5/27/13 2:30pm

The Secrets of Star Trek Into Darkness' Future Cities

One of the most striking things in Star Trek Into Darkness is its depictions of the future versions of London and San Francisco, centuries from now. The film's designers and visual effects people didn't just create brand new cityscapes from scratch, they re-engineered the existing spaces, as our exclusive interview… » 5/06/13 1:24pm 5/06/13 1:24pm

The sale of Night Shade Books is killing the best new science fiction…

We were afraid of this. Now that Night Shade Books is being sold off, this means a premature end to Eclipse Online, the online magazine started by Jonathan Strahan as a continuation of his acclaimed Eclipse book series. » 4/04/13 3:56pm 4/04/13 3:56pm

Did the very first science fiction magazine appear in Russia in 1894?

We tend to think science fiction magazines started when Hugo Gernsback introduced the concept of "scientificion." But for the quarter-century leading up to the Russian Revolution, the Russians were massive consumers of "scientific fantasy," and they had a popular magazine called Nature and People, full of science-fictional … » 2/06/13 3:30pm 2/06/13 3:30pm

Create your own pulp magazine covers with the Pulp-O-Mizer

The Pulp-O-Mizer Pulp Magazine Cover Generator lets you play editor of your own retrofuturistic magazine, with titles like Enormous Stories, Hearts and Pistons, and What in the Blue Blazes. It's a fun weekend time waster that lets you dream up strange story titles and taglines and then customize your cover accordingly. … » 2/02/13 10:30am 2/02/13 10:30am