Nick Harkaway's Tigerman Takes Superheroes Where They've Never Gone

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman is a funny, original and very human novel about a man who puts on a costume and rights wrongs. It's also an echt superhero novel - it gives us a new take on superheroics, different from either superhero comics or films, by showing them through the lens of literary prose. » 9/24/14 4:00pm 9/24/14 4:00pm

The Best Science Fiction Novels of 2012, According to the Clarke Awards

I have to admit to mixed feelings about this year's Clarke Award shortlist. On the one hand, it includes some of my favorite authors, including Kim Stanley Robinson, Nick Harkaway and Ken MacLeod. On the other hand, the Clarke Awards have been criticized in the past for honoring only male authors — and this helps fuel… » 4/04/13 4:31pm 4/04/13 4:31pm

Reminder: Book Club Meeting 5/29 to Discuss Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker

The io9 Book Club meets every month to discuss a book, and then the author usually joins us for a chat. This month, we're reading Nick Harkaway's novel Angelmaker (we reviewed the book here). We'll meet May 29th to discuss the book. Watch for a post that day announcing the book club, and jump into comments for… » 5/16/12 9:57am 5/16/12 9:57am

Nick Harkaway has created a brand new genre: Existential pulp

Nick Harkaway's first book, The Gone Away World, was a dazzling, frustrating, beguiling romp with an ingenious final twist that pulled everything together marvelously. His long-awaited second novel, Angelmaker, is is equally dazzling and frustrating — but more than anything, it leaves you feeling as though Harkaway's… » 4/12/12 4:00pm 4/12/12 4:00pm

Paul Auster Finally Getting Recognition As A Science Fiction Author?

Britain's prestigious Arthur C. Clarke awards took the unusual step of announcing a "longlist" of 46 books published in 2008 that are seriously in the running. And the biggest surprise, according to the Guardian, is the inclusion of weird literary author Paul Auster, whose new novel Man In The Dark takes place in an… » 2/16/09 11:30am 2/16/09 11:30am

A Post-Apocalyptic Comedy Features Ninjas Fighting Mimes

Nick Harkaway's first novel, The Gone Away World, proves that you can only talk about the really important things in the world by resorting to science fiction. At the heart of this silly, horrifying romp is a brilliant science fictional conceit for talking about the senselessness of war: a super-weapon that isn't just… » 12/01/08 3:23pm 12/01/08 3:23pm

Should Ninjas Mingle with Mermaids on the Battlefield?

If you like gooey, surreal prose about a future world destroyed by a semi-satirical war, then you'll be leaping out of your knickers with glee at the U.S. release this month of Nick Harkaway's The Gone-Away World » 9/16/08 8:00am 9/16/08 8:00am. The novel is a weird swashbuckler about truckers in a post-apocalyptic world putting out a fire and…