10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 11:29am 4/01/15 11:29am

Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Can't Afford To Miss In January!

We're still recovering from our 2014 book binge, but already there are a ton of new books that we're dying to read. Including a long-awaited new Michael Moorcock novel, and new books by Jo Walton, Karen Lord and Brian Staveley. Here are our picks for January's most interesting science fiction and fantasy books. » 1/05/15 3:49pm 1/05/15 3:49pm

Does Anyone Really Think Star Wars Ruined Science Fiction?

The meme has been going around pretty much since Star Wars first came out in 1977: Star Wars wrecked science fiction. George Lucas' extravagant space opera messed up a genre that was fumbling towards grown-up sophistication. This idea made a bit of a come-back with the Force Awakens teaser, and it's time to kill it. » 12/09/14 11:45am 12/09/14 11:45am

They mocked her "science fantasy." Then she wrote Empire Strikes Back.

May the Fourth! Tomorrow's the day we celebrate all things Star Wars — which makes it the perfect day to recognize one of the great unsung contributors to the galaxy far, far away: Leigh Brackett wrote the first script draft of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and her contributions helped make the saga epic. » 5/03/13 2:38pm 5/03/13 2:38pm

Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock And Elmore Leonard's Indispensible…

Get yourself a master class in writing from some of the best living writers. The Guardian has been collecting ten writing tips each from some amazing wordsmiths. Among my favorites: Jonathan Franzen, “The reader is a friend, not an adversary or a spectator.” Elmore Leonard, “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”… » 2/22/10 9:30am 2/22/10 9:30am

Michael Moorcock Can't Read "Transhumanist" Fiction Because It's Not…

Interviewed by BoingBoing's readers, New Wave legend Michael Moorcock says he's disconnected from science fiction that gets too abstract: "I'm not entirely sure about transhumanist fiction. It holds no attractions for me. Assuming I really know what it is. I've only really ever been interested in 'humanist' fiction.… » 6/19/09 3:42pm 6/19/09 3:42pm