"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. » 11/25/14 1:00pm 11/25/14 1:00pm

UC Riverside's Eaton Science Fiction Collection is in danger from new management. Professor Nalo Hopkinson reports that the largest public collection of science fiction and fantasy is endangered by the library administration, who has alienated the staff and plans to reduce the size of the collection. [Boing Boing] » 8/14/14 1:30am 8/14/14 1:30am

Sister Mine proves Nalo Hopkinson is one of the best fantasy authors

Moving out of your parents' house to go live on your own is a tough business for anybody — but it's way harder when one of your parents is a Celestial, and your twin sister has all the magic. In Nalo Hopkinsons' new novel Sister Mine, family drama is a life-and-death affair. » 4/18/13 11:40am 4/18/13 11:40am

What's the cutting edge of feminist science fiction today? Your chance…

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology is having a special issue devoted to "feminist science fiction," edited by Alexis Lothian. The call for papers is here, and it reads in part: » 2/04/13 2:54pm 2/04/13 2:54pm

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

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 2:40pm 1/09/13 2:40pm

All The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss in…

Emily Dickinson had it wrong: There is no star cruiser like a book. When you want to journey past the furthermost limits of your own imagination, you turn to books. And August's new book releases are just packed with brilliant new ideas and thrilling stories, from some of the world's best writers. » 8/03/12 4:29pm 8/03/12 4:29pm

Your Summer Beach Reading List for 2012

Summer is almost here, and that means one thing: Escape! Everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, humans will be fleeing their buildings and shedding their protective outer garments, even as the sun grows hotter and more intense. But for some of us, simply fleeing to large bodies of water isn't enough — we need to… » 4/25/12 4:11pm 4/25/12 4:11pm

New anthology of genderqueer stories includes a story called…

This is the coolest thing we've seen all day: a new anthology called Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction is coming out in May, and editor Brit Mandelo just announced the table of contents. Not only does it include several of our favorite authors, but a few of the story titles are… » 12/08/11 12:30pm 12/08/11 12:30pm

How many definitions of science fiction are there?

Science fiction is the literature of our times, the fuel of our imaginations and the source of our favorite imaginary worlds. But what do we mean when we talk about "science fiction?" Here are some of the many definitions. » 8/27/10 7:30am 8/27/10 7:30am

Let Nalo Hopkinson Be Your Writing Mentor

Nalo Hopkinson has been one of the leading lights of speculative fiction since her first novel, Brown Girl In The Ring, won the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest in 1997. And she's been a valued instructor at all three Clarion writing conferences. So it's great news for fledgling authors that she's offering an… » 10/01/09 9:30am 10/01/09 9:30am

The Most Fantastical Cities On Earth, As Chosen By Ursula K. Le Guin…

Their books take you to strange cities from other planets, alternate histories and mythical realms. But what real-life cities inspire Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, Nalo Hopkinson and China Miéville? The SharedWorlds project found out, with fascinating results. » 6/17/09 12:00pm 6/17/09 12:00pm

10 Movies That Would Make Awesome SF Novels

People often talk about which science fiction books would make good movies. But which movies would make for excellent novels? And who should write them, in an ideal world? » 3/09/09 4:04pm 3/09/09 4:04pm