Disabled Fans and Creators Are Kept Out of Too Many Conventions. Now They're Not Alone.

Science fiction and fantasy conventions exist in the venn diagram between professional networking events, marketing expos and fan celebrations. Between all three of those things, they do a lot to shape fandom and the stories we love. And for years now, conventions have been failing disabled fans and professionals. So… »Tuesday 4:41pm11/24/15 4:41pm


Scifi authors pose half-naked on this genderflipped book cover—for charity

What possessed four of science fiction and fantasy's superstar authors to strip down to their skivvies and gather around Hugo-award-winning writer Mary Robinette Kowal? It's not just to skewer the skin-baring cover illustration of Poul Anderson's Young Flandry (although that was certainly part of it). It's all part of »1/20/13 12:00pm1/20/13 12:00pm

How to make sure the language in your historical fantasy novel is period-accurate

We love seeing the grand technological anachronisms in science fiction novels set in the past, such as Victorian or Edwardian-era steampunk or exaggerated Renaissance automata. But what if you want to keep the language in your historical novel accurate for the period? Here's a simple trick historical fantasy novelist… »1/19/13 10:30am1/19/13 10:30am

All the Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Are Coming in 2013

This year's science fiction books are going to rock. John Scalzi returns to the Old Man's War universe, there's a brand new Neil Gaiman novel, and Stephen King's long-awaited sequel to The Shining. Plus brand new books from Austin Grossman, Nalo Hopkinson, Christopher Priest, Diana Gabaldon, Robert J. Sawyer, Joe… »1/09/13 5:40pm1/09/13 5:40pm

Wicked Magicians and Shifting Glamours: An Exclusive Excerpt from Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamour in Glass

With Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal returns to the fascinating world of her debut novel Milk and Honey, blending Regency England with magic. As she explained in our exclusive interview in March, this book takes place in 1815, on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, and our unlucky Honeymooning magicians get… »4/09/12 4:39pm4/09/12 4:39pm

April Books: Stephen King's Dark Tower, Neal Stephenson's Weird History, and More!

The book world has some treats in store for you this month — including a brand new novel in Stephen King's Dark Tower universe, and the first book of Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear's Mongoliad. John Shirley revises and updates his groundbreaking cyberpunk trilogy. There are more jazz-age vampires and Regency magicians,… »4/06/12 4:07pm4/06/12 4:07pm

Mary Robinette Kowal explains why working within constraints makes you more creative

Mary Robinette Kowal is not only a Hugo and Campbell award-winning and Nebula-nominated author, she's also a professional puppeteer, a costumer, a podcaster, an editor, outgoing SFWA vice president, and more. Her second novel Glamour in Glass, the sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey, comes out on April 10. »3/27/12 3:20pm3/27/12 3:20pm

One of last year's coolest anthologies gets a sequel

Metatropolis thrilled us with its near-future shared world and its daring take on urban decay and reinvention. So we're psyched that a second volume is coming out — focusing exclusively on one of the most memorable settings in the first book, the reborn Pacific Northwest known as Cascadia. Edited by Jay Lake, whose… »10/06/10 5:30pm10/06/10 5:30pm

Final Hugo Awards Ballot Full Of Writing, Publishing Goodness

The list of Hugo Award finalists, announced yesterday, is a bit less mystifying than the Nebula finalists, which came out a while back - especially in the novel category. All five of the novel finalists are books we enjoyed, and would be delighted to see win. Meanwhile, it's good to see Charles Coleman Finlay's "The… »3/20/09 12:30pm3/20/09 12:30pm