Great science fiction authors tell us which novels they wish they'd…

We look to the great SF authors and get inspiration from their work — along with a healthy dose of envy, sometimes. It's impossible to read the works of authors like Vernor Vinge and Maureen McHugh without wishing we could have pulled something like that off. But which works do the great SF authors wish they'd written? » 1/18/13 8:00am 1/18/13 8:00am

Ask Maureen McHugh anything you want about After the Apocalypse

In August, the io9 Book Club read Maureen McHugh's After the Apocalypse. Now McHugh is coming to answer your questions about the book today, Friday, September 7, from 12-1 PM PST. Ask her whatever you want about the book! » 9/06/12 3:59pm 9/06/12 3:59pm

Reminder (and Reschedule): io9 Book Club meeting 9/4 to discuss…

The io9 Book Club meets every month to discuss a book, and then the author usually joins us for a chat. This month, we're reading Maureen McHugh's short story collection After the Apocalypse (we reviewed the book here). We'll meet September 4th (rescheduled from the previously-announced August 21) to discuss the book. … » 8/30/12 5:19pm 8/30/12 5:19pm

Science Fiction Authors Who Could be Hollywood's Next Philip K. Dick

When Hollywood wants a futuristic, paranoid thriller where nothing is what it seems, the studios reach for the work of one man. This week, Philip K. Dick continues his reign as Hollywood's idea spigot, with a remake of Total Recall. More PKD films are in the works, and there's no shortage of material out there. » 7/30/12 2:01pm 7/30/12 2:01pm

An Abnormally Weird Spin on the "Author Meets His Own Characters" Story

The story of an author meeting his own fictional characters is a common one — and usually it becomes some kind of metafictional meditation on the nature of authorship and what it means to be a fictional character. But what if that fictional character comes from a weird post-apocalyptic world, and it was kind of a… » 2/08/12 2:35pm 2/08/12 2:35pm

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Who Never Wrote Sequels or…

Sometimes it seems like science fiction, and especially fantasy, are genres that lend themselves exclusively to trilogies and long-running series. But some of the greatest writers in speculative fiction have only written standalone novels, not series or trilogies. » 1/30/12 2:46pm 1/30/12 2:46pm

After the Apocalypse is one of the most powerful tales of the near…

Maureen McHugh's latest short story collection, After the Apocalypse (Small Beer Press), is a dark look at what the next century might hold for ordinary people. Known for intense, character-driven work in novels like China Mountain Zhang and Nekropolis, McHugh makes even the most extraordinary circumstances feel as… » 12/19/11 5:27pm 12/19/11 5:27pm

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Year, According to…

For the first time in ages, Publishers Weekly's list of the year's top 10 books (of any genre) includes a science fiction title, Maureen McHugh's new story collection After the Apocalypse. Over at Genreville, PW's Rose Fox lists her top SF/fantasy books of the year, including McHugh's — and all six of them are from… » 11/07/11 2:30pm 11/07/11 2:30pm

What can science fiction tell us about the future of social media?

Right now, you are reading a piece of social media. That means it's designed to be passed around on social networks - though it appears on io9.com, can easily be transplanted to Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon, and dozens of others. Or it can be converted to email or a text message you can pass along to people who've… » 3/14/11 3:24pm 3/14/11 3:24pm

Strange Visitors And Broken Hearts Will Restore Your Faith In Short…

If you believe in reading short fiction for pleasure, you're condemned to frequent disappointment. Most short fiction, even the good stuff, is... laborious. So when reading the anthology Eclipse Three, you may be startled at the unexpected sensation of enjoyment. » 11/19/09 1:00pm 11/19/09 1:00pm

UNIX-based A.I. and a Siemens Artificial Womb for Men

Need a quick dose of weird, brainy science fiction but don't have time to commit to an entire short story collection? Then consider a new kind of book, from Aqueduct Press, which you might call a short story single, with an A-Side and a B-Side (though both stories get an A from this reader). Plugged In contains "The… » 6/04/08 2:23pm 6/04/08 2:23pm

Eternal Youth For Baby Boomers Spawns A Horrendous Disease

The coolest near-future story I've read recently is now available online, as a free download. Maureen McHugh's story "Interview: On Any Given Day" wraps genetic engineering and future youth subcultures into a story that's alternately funny and super-disturbing. The story's faux-interview format and weird little… » 4/23/08 10:08am 4/23/08 10:08am