The Most Unusual Alternate History Novels Ever Published

Tired of alternate history books where the Axis won World War II, or the South won the Civil War? Luckily for you, there are a ton of allohistories that pick more obscure and interesting points of divergence. Here are 15 alt-history books (or series) that break the mold. » 2/07/14 12:30pm 2/07/14 12:30pm

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Miss in August!

Summer movie season is pretty much over — but books are just getting started. This month's books include bracing space opera, poignant magical realism, dark subversive futures, epic fantasy. And most of all, lots and lots of mind-blowing action. Here are all the books you can't afford to sleep on in August. » 8/01/13 1:36pm 8/01/13 1:36pm

In the latest Temeraire novel, only Chinese dragons can save Europe

Naomi Novik's beloved Temeraire series is about to come to an end. Her penultimate novel of the alternate history series, Blood of Tyrants, comes out August 15. In it, we witness some of the last battles of the Napoleonic Wars — from the backs of dragons who aren't just weapons anymore. They're generals. » 7/31/13 2:20pm 7/31/13 2:20pm

The Greatest Scenes Where Epic Heroes Ask a Random Priest for Advice

Of all the random bits in Man of Steel, one of the randomest was the scene where Supes asks a man of the cloth what a man of the cape should do. In fact, the "Ask a Priest" scene is a staple of science fiction and fantasy. Here are our favorite moments where someone consults a priest, and gets some mostly nonsensical… » 6/21/13 1:00pm 6/21/13 1:00pm

10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End

Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series. But what book series are worth getting hooked on? We did some digging and soul searching, to find … » 1/02/13 10:20am 1/02/13 10:20am

Learn to Be a Better Writer By Reading Fanfiction

These days, it's pretty much accepted that fanfiction writers can become "real" authors. Fifty Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfic and is the year's biggest publishing sensation. Former fanfic writer Cassandra Clare is about to have a huge motion picture of her Mortal Engines series. And tons of major authors,… » 1/01/13 12:00pm 1/01/13 12:00pm

Napoleonic Dragons and Post-Apocalyptic Survivors Like You've Never…

A Paris gallery, Galerie Daniel Maghen, has an amazing exhibit of art inspired by great books — including a number of fantasy and science fiction classics. Behold some amazing takes on Naomi Novik's Temeraire books, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and Robert E. Howard's Conan. » 7/11/12 2:30pm 7/11/12 2:30pm

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Great Dragons of the Americas, in Naomi Novik's Crucible of Gold

Imagine how world history might have changed if aerial combat had been invented in the early nineteenth century — by troops deployed on the backs of dragons. That's the premise of Naomi Novik's popular Temeraire series, where the Napoleonic Wars are fought in part with dragons and the balance of power is forever… » 4/30/12 5:00pm 4/30/12 5:00pm

Ask Naomi Novik anything you want about His Majesty's Dragon

In April, the io9 Book Club read Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon, the first novel in the Temeraire series (the seventh novel, Crucible of Gold, just came out). Now Novik is coming to answer your questions about the book tomorrow, April 27. » 4/26/12 2:14pm 4/26/12 2:14pm

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 escape … » 4/25/12 4:11pm 4/25/12 4:11pm

The io9 Book Club Is in Session! Let's talk about His Majesty's Dragon.

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In April, we read Naomi Novik's Her Majesty's Dragon. It's the first novel in her Temeraire series — the latest, Crucible of Gold, just came out. Jump into comments to get started talking about it! » 4/24/12 10:15am 4/24/12 10:15am

io9 Book Club Reminder: Meeting on 4/24 to discuss Naomi Novik's His…

The io9 Book Club meets every month to discuss a book, and then the author usually joins us for a chat. We're going to do something a little unorthodox for our April. You see, Naomi Novik's latest novel in the Temeraire series, Crucible of Gold, just came out. But it wouldn't really be fair to ask everybody to read… » 4/04/12 10:28am 4/04/12 10:28am

In the latest Temeraire novel, there are dragons among the Inca

Behold the book trailer for Crucible of Gold, the latest novel in Naomi Novik's addictive Temeraire series about how dragon-enhanced aerial forces would have changed the course of the Napoleonic Wars. Dragon warfare has prevented Europe from colonizing other nations the same way they did in our timeline. In this… » 3/05/12 11:15am 3/05/12 11:15am

All The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We're Dying to Read in 2012

Science fiction and fantasy books are bigger than ever. A Dance With Dragons and Stephen King's time-travel saga rule the bestseller lists. Literary authors all flock to write about zombies, apocalypses and time travel. And by all indications, 2012 is going to be an even greater year for genre books. » 1/11/12 11:05am 1/11/12 11:05am

April books bring post-apocalyptic futures, growing up superheroic,…

What do April's books have in store for you? Naomi Novik's superhero high school, Frederik Pohl's volcanic terrorism plot, and two disturbing looks at a near-future post-apocalyptic world. Plus superpowered parents and the African Harry Potter! » 4/13/11 12:23pm 4/13/11 12:23pm

A sneak peek at Temeraire author Naomi Novik's first foray into…

We've loved Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, an alternate history where the Napoleonic Wars fought with dragons. Novik continues to work on Temeraire books, but she's also taken some time out to create a manga-style superhero high school comic book series. We've got 9 exclusive pages from the first volume, "Will… » 3/11/11 2:30pm 3/11/11 2:30pm

The Books We Can't Wait For This Spring

From the new China Mieville to the latest Cherie Priest, from quantum burglars to reworked fairy tales, here's what you'll be reading this spring. We've picked out the most exciting new books from the next few months' science fiction/fantasy releases. » 2/24/11 2:00pm 2/24/11 2:00pm