Guy who thinks all lit fiction is superior to genre obviously hasn't…


I promised myself I wasn't going to respond to literary provocateurs any more - you know, the sort of blowhard who decides to get some undeserved attention by firing a potshot across the bow of genre fiction. Usually these potshots are made up of ill-formed generalizations and largely unexamined assumptions. » 10/30/12 1:08pm 10/30/12 1:08pm

New Yorker's science fiction issue features a Jennifer Egan story made…

The New Yorker's first ever science fiction issue comes out May 29, and it includes a new story by Jennifer Egan, author of the award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. But if you can't wait until Tuesday, you'll be able to read Egan's story on Twitter, starting tonight, via @NYerFiction. A new 140-character extract… » 5/24/12 12:40pm 5/24/12 12:40pm

Superheroes Don't Have To Do It In Tights, Says Chabon

What's in a superhero costume? Well, beyond muscle and 100% justice, of course (50% justice, 50% alcohol in Iron Man's case). If you're novelist and occasional fanboy Michael Chabon, the answer apparently has a lot more to do with semiotics and cultural identity than even Peter Parker was aware of, according to his… » 3/07/08 1:00pm 3/07/08 1:00pm

Tina Brown, Secret Godmother of Science Fiction

The Tina Brown era was the heyday of science fiction at the New Yorker, which also published a decent amount of SF in the 80s. But the magazine has only published one SF story over the past decade, when the genre has supposedly been amassing tons of literary prestige. What's up with that? Here's our survey of the past… » 1/29/08 9:30am 1/29/08 9:30am