Science Fiction Authors on Black History Month

"When there were people of color in these books, they were in the background, or they died quickly, or any number of other stereotypes. For the most part, they just weren't there. And in Octavia Butler's works, they not only were there, they were prominent; they were protagonists. The world looked like the world… » 2/14/14 6:35pm 2/14/14 6:35pm

Pacific Rim's hilarious "fourth-string" Jaegers revealed

Apparently more than a few people have used the Pacific Rim's website's Design-a-Jaeger feature without the absolute solemnity they probably should have. The results have been collected by the 4th String Jaegers Tumblr, and they range from funny to weird to gut-bustingly brilliant. We've collected a few of our… » 7/15/13 10:30am 7/15/13 10:30am

This erotica book might actually be the year's most dangerous science…

The best short fiction has an element of danger to it. You should fear for the protagonists — but even more than that, you should fear the abyss they're suspended over, and what it represents. And short erotica needs more, not less, danger than other types of fiction, because it's about the loss of control and… » 12/18/12 2:18pm 12/18/12 2:18pm

Can you identify all the great fantasy writers celebrated in this sexy…

Here's your chance to appreciate some alluring pin-up art inspired by a dozen of the greatest fantasy and science fiction authors — and do some good. Every year, Lee Moyer puts out a "Check These Out" calendar of literary pin-ups, with the proceeds going to charity. And the 2013 calendar is entirely dedicated to some… » 9/11/12 7:00am 9/11/12 7:00am

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

N.K. Jemisin goes high fantasy, and we all win

N.K. Jemisin is playing with the gods again — and it's just as good as the first time. Not that you would mistake her new novel, The Killing Moon, for her acclaimed Inheritance Trilogy, which started with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. The start of a new duology, The Killing Moon sees Jemisin delving deeper into the… » 4/24/12 5:23pm 4/24/12 5:23pm

10 Books Every Fantasy Author Should Read

Fantasy novels don't arise by magic. An aspiring fantasy author has to learn the craft, but also discover the roots of fantasy literature, as well as history and mythology. The more you've read, the more you know — and the better equipped you'll be for your journey into the lands of imagination. So we asked some of… » 3/29/12 10:01am 3/29/12 10:01am

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