Someone Is Blogging Late 1950s-Early 1960s Science Fiction In Real Time

What if there was a blogger tackling the history of science fiction at the end of the Golden Age, as it happened? It would look a lot like the Galactic Journey blog, over on Dreamwidth. » 3/31/15 11:30am Yesterday 11:30am

18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels

People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world. » 3/19/15 12:38pm 3/19/15 12:38pm

A brand new Heinlein story! Robert A. Heinlein wrote a funny cyborg story in response to a cyborg anthology that was dedicated to him, Human Machines. And this rare find is finally appearing in a magazine, the May issue of Galaxy's Edge. » 3/12/15 2:40pm 3/12/15 2:40pm

The Nebula Awards Shortlist Is Full Of New Names

Proof that recognition in science fiction and fantasy is open to newcomers: the latest raft of Nebula nominees includes a ton of new names. And at least one of them, Alaya Dawn Johnson, is on the ballot in a couple of categories. » 2/20/15 11:03am 2/20/15 11:03am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories from the Week of February 8 - 14

This week's stories are all about bodies — including body-modification, violations, and finding the physical truth of yourself. » 2/13/15 9:40am 2/13/15 9:40am

Why short fiction is a good career move. Earlier today, we revealed why thinks short novels are the future of publishing — but in a post on the SFWA site, John Joseph Adams and Daniel H. Wilson explain why short fiction may not pay much, but can still boost your career. » 2/12/15 4:30pm 2/12/15 4:30pm Explains Why Novellas Are The Future Of Publishing is moving aggressively into publishing novellas (or short novels) in e-book format, and they just announced their first list of titles. But why is (and everybody else) so convinced that shorter is better for e-books? Editorial assistant Carl Engle-Laird explains. » 2/12/15 9:48am 2/12/15 9:48am

This Vintage Science Fiction Magazine Art Is Worth Geeking Out Over

We've drooled over vintage pulp science fiction art from the likes of Virgil Finlay, Frank R. Paul, and Ed Emshwiller before. But this mostly black and white interior artwork, scanned and posted to Flickr by user Frederick Barr, is just astonishing. » 2/11/15 5:05pm 2/11/15 5:05pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for January 19 - 24

This week's stories are about divergent histories, revolutions, and people abusing their power (or just the ones they love). » 1/23/15 9:20am 1/23/15 9:20am

R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

A New Day at F&SF Charles Coleman Finlay became editor of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, after guest-editing a couple of issues over the past year. He's the ninth editor of the magazine since 1949, and his tenure begins with the March-April issue. » 1/15/15 2:45pm 1/15/15 2:45pm

If You See A Craigslist Ad For A Rift In The Universe, Don't Answer

There are a lot of strange things advertised on Craigslist... but the strangest of all might be one rift in the fabric of the universe, in the lost and found section. And this is just the first of many startling wonders being described online and in newspapers, in Kelly Sandoval's story "The One They Took Before." » 12/22/14 4:00pm 12/22/14 4:00pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for December 8 - 14

This week's stories are about characters that feel trapped — metaphorically, metaphysically, physically, and phorically. This week's stories are also about ghosts — of the dead, and of the past. This week's stories are intense and memorable enough, that there are only two of them. » 12/12/14 10:40am 12/12/14 10:40am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for December 1 - 7

This week's stories explore memory and remembrance, and are thus excellent to read at the end of the calendar year. The act of remembering gives our lives meaning. So does forgetting. And when the days are shortest, we have more time in the dark to recall, let go of, or re-imagine memories, histories and lives. » 12/05/14 10:40am 12/05/14 10:40am

A Hauntingly Sad Look At Brooklyn Under The Flood

Brooklyn is a trendy place to live right now — but what about after the ocean level rises and the ocean floods in? In the new story "King Tide" by Alison Wilgus over in Vice's science fiction magazine Terraform, we get a sad, contemplative look at a flooded New York. » 12/04/14 4:30pm 12/04/14 4:30pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for November 17 - 22

This week Vice announced their new SFF magazine, Terraform. As mentioned previously in this column, new 'zines are always coming along and this is good news most of the time. However, Terraform's birth was not the occasion for celebration, but a throwdown. » 11/21/14 10:40am 11/21/14 10:40am

Vice Magazine Just Started Publishing Science Fiction Online

Another new science fiction magazine has just joined the internet. Vice Magazine, which was already writing about science fiction via its excellent Motherboard site, has launched a SF mag called Terraform, with stories by Cory Doctorow and Bruce Sterling. But the interesting part is, they want to see more fiction go… » 11/17/14 11:25am 11/17/14 11:25am

Fund Strange Horizons, And Read Ann Leckie's Brand New Ancillary Story!

Strange Horizons magazine is having its annual fund drive. And as usual, this is an incredibly worthy cause, supporting a magazine that has published breathtaking fiction since 2000. But this year, there's an added incentive: if they reach their goal, they'll publish a brand new Ann Leckie set in the Ancillary Justice » 11/10/14 12:39pm 11/10/14 12:39pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for October 27 - 31

Happy Halloween! There's one extra Friday in this month — just enough time to sneak in one more dark story for this dark time of year. » 10/31/14 10:55am 10/31/14 10:55am