Comment of the Day: Hush, Hush Edition

In today's comments, we tossed around some unorthodox investment solutions, speculated on the whereabouts of lost lab animals (right behind you), and got some key insight into the writing process. » 10/09/13 5:38pm 10/09/13 5:38pm

Author Max Barry is here today to answer your questions!

In September, the io9 book club read Max Barry's Lexicon. Today from 2:00-3:00 PDT, Barry is here all the way from Australia to chat with you! Ask him about Lexicon, or about self-publishing his novel Machine Man, or why Jennifer Government is the greatest government shutdown novel ever. » 10/09/13 11:42am 10/09/13 11:42am

The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Lexicon.

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In September, we read Max Barry's Lexicon. Jump into comments to get started talking about it! » 9/24/13 3:06pm 9/24/13 3:06pm

io9 Book Club reminder: On 9/24, we discuss Max Barry's Lexicon

In September, the io9 Book Club is reading Max Barry's futuristic thriller Lexicon. We'll meet September 24 to discuss it, and we hope Barry will join us later that week for a chat! » 9/10/13 1:57pm 9/10/13 1:57pm

Lexicon could be Max Barry's smartest dystopia yet

Max Barry’s 2003 novel Jennifer Government was a spectacular, and terrifyingly possible, near-future dystopia of corporate overreach and government impotence. And his latest novel, Lexicon is a worthy followup — a crazily inventive conspiracy thriller about the abuse of language as a weapon. » 6/28/13 3:30pm 6/28/13 3:30pm

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

10 Satirical Novels that Could Teach You To Survive the Future

There's only one thing we know for sure about the future: It'll be weird, and you can't really prepare for it. Just imagine trying to tell someone in 2000 how to prepare for life in 2011. But luckily, there's one surefire way to brace yourself for another round of future shock: by reading a slew of great satires,… » 12/13/11 10:48am 12/13/11 10:48am

An Exclusive Excerpt from Max Barry's New Cyborg Novel, Machine Man

Max Barry blew our minds with his dystopian future novel Jennifer Government, and now he's back with Machine Man, a cyborg novel that he premiered in a different form on his website last year. Darren Aronofsky is already attached to direct the movie version. » 7/13/11 2:00pm 7/13/11 2:00pm

Scariest future dystopias where the Conservatives have won

It's election day, and all indications are that the GOP will sweep Congress. What's the worst that can happen under the Republicans? Science fiction has the answer, with a wealth of stories about right-wing policies taken to horrendous extremes. » 11/02/10 11:40am 11/02/10 11:40am

Don't Remake These 21 Movies, Film These Books Instead!

There's only one thing Hollywood loves than a movie based on a toy: remakes. Dozens of science-fiction classics are slated for do-overs. But instead of remaking films that were fine the first time, here are 20 books Hollywood should film. » 3/05/10 1:17pm 3/05/10 1:17pm

Max Barry's Weird Cyborg Publishing Experiment Could Be A Movie

Max Barry has been posting his weird improvised titanium-body-parts epic Machine Man on his website, a page at a time, and now a production company has optioned it. Mandalay Pictures will develop the story and then shop it to studios. » 11/05/09 2:00pm 11/05/09 2:00pm

Max Barry Jams In Public, Creates A New Publishing Model, Slices Your…

Max Barry's Jennifer Government was one of the most original and entertaining dystopian novels of the past decade, and now Barry is helping to reinvent publishing. Or at least, his bold experiment, Machine Man, seems to have paid off. » 8/12/09 12:28pm 8/12/09 12:28pm