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

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 11:00am

Reminder (and Reschedule): io9 Book Club meeting 9/4 to discuss Maureen McHugh's After the Apocalypse

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… »8/30/12 8:19pm

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 5:35pm

After the Apocalypse is one of the most powerful tales of the near future you'll read this year

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 8:27pm

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Year, According to Publisher's Weekly

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 5:30pm