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 7:31pm4/04/13 7:31pm

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 12:57pm5/16/12 12:57pm

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 7:00pm4/12/12 7:00pm

New Cover and Synopsis for Nick Harkaway's Second Novel — Including Mad Monks and Doomsday Devices!

Nick Harkaway's first novel, The Gone Away World, was a silly surreal revelation, so we've been anxiously awaiting the follow-up, Angelmaker. And now it looks like we might not have to wait much longer — Knopf says it's out March 2012 in the U.S. And here's the cover. »8/30/11 11:30am8/30/11 11:30am

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 2:30pm2/16/09 2:30pm

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 6:23pm12/01/08 6:23pm