Fantasy Writer N.K. Jemisin Explains the Rise of Racism in Fandom

N.K. Jemisin was a guest of honor last week at the feminist science fiction convention Wiscon, and delivered a stirring speech about dealing with racism in genre fandom and publishing. She also told a very disturbing story about her own experiences of racism over the past year. » 6/04/14 2:30pm 6/04/14 2:30pm

Tough time for Orbit authors. First Orbit Books' parent company Hachette clashed with Amazon, causing the online retailer to delay sending books and raise prices. Then Orbit announced it won't send free copies of books to Hugo voters, putting authors at a distinct disadvantage. » 5/15/14 4:40pm 5/15/14 4:40pm

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

This year's World Fantasy Award finalists are an especially strong list, including N.K. Jemisin, Graham Joyce, G. Willow Wilson, Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kij Johnson. Seriously excited to see who wins this one. » 8/14/13 1:19pm 8/14/13 1:19pm

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

October Books Bring Vampires, Magic, and A Trip To Hell

Just in time for Halloween, this month's new book releases bring vampires! High sorcery! And wine magic! Plus: new books from Terry Pratchett, N.K. Jemisin, Vernor Vinge, and Richard K. Morgan! » 10/21/11 12:07pm 10/21/11 12:07pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Can’t Wait For This Fall

The next few months are positively packed with literary science fiction and fantasy goodness. Neal Stephenson returns to virtual reality! Vernor Vinge finally delivers the sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep. Plus dueling magicians and digital revolutionaries. » 8/24/11 2:17pm 8/24/11 2:17pm

N.K. Jemisin's newest saga: deadly corruption among the magicians of…

N.K. Jemisin's telling us a grand saga of gods and godlings in her Kingdoms trilogy, and now she's sold a new duology about sleep magic in a society based on bronze-age Egypt. » 12/09/10 11:30am 12/09/10 11:30am

Falling in love with gods is twice as dangerous in N.K. Jemisin's…

How can you write about gods and still keep your story relatable? It's one of the biggest challenges for fantasy writers. The great wonder of N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Kingdoms is that she makes it look easy. Spoilers ahead... » 11/30/10 4:10pm 11/30/10 4:10pm

Celebrate the work of Octavia Butler — and win an e-reader packed with…

Want to help make the future of science fiction more diverse — and possibly win an e-book reader full of amazing writing by writers of color? Enter the Carl Brandon Society's drawing to support the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship fund. » 11/08/10 11:40am 11/08/10 11:40am

The 10 best SF/fantasy books of the year, according to

Amazon has published its list of the best science fiction and fantasy books of the year, and chances are you've got some catching up to do. There's a nice mix of books you've heard of and some you definitely haven't. » 11/04/10 1:21pm 11/04/10 1:21pm

Why doesn't more fantasy take place in the future?

It used to be, science fiction took place in the future and fantasy in the past. But lately, more science fiction takes place in the past. So we can't help wondering whether there'll be more fantasy set in the future. » 10/28/10 2:40pm 10/28/10 2:40pm

Ask N.K. Jemisin about "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms"

We've spent the week in the io9 book club discussing N.K. Jemisin's novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Now you can ask the author about the book - she'll be joining us tomorrow from 12-1 EST to answer! » 9/02/10 12:00pm 9/02/10 12:00pm

The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's discuss "The Hundred Thousand…

This month, the io9 book club read N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. And today the meeting is in session, so it's time to start discussing! » 8/30/10 12:00pm 8/30/10 12:00pm