Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Has Written A Novel About Mycroft Holmes

Most folks know him from his basketball career, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also a best-selling author (an autobiography, several non-fiction tomes, and multiple books for kids), and an undercover airplane pilot (to cult-movie fans, anyway). And now, his first novel (with co-author Anna Waterhouse) stars Sherlock… » 1/09/15 6:00pm 1/09/15 6:00pm

What Does It Mean That James Bond's In the Public Domain In Canada?

On January 1st, 2015, the works of Ian Fleming entered the public domain in a number of countries. That means that the character of James Bond is no longer copyrighted in those countries, just like Sherlock Holmes has been for a while. But it doesn't mean that it's suddenly open season on that character. » 1/08/15 1:45am 1/08/15 1:45am

Why "Plot" Should Not Be A Four-Letter Word Among Novelists

It's easy to find people in the book world who regard "plot" as sort of a dirty necessity at best. Lots of literary books try to avoid any overt "plot," in favor of autobiographical details. In science fiction, there's a dichotomy between "plot" and "character." But in the New Yorker, Adelle Waldman offers a stirring… » 12/03/14 4:30pm 12/03/14 4:30pm

Neil Gaiman's Account of Terry Pratchett's Quiet Rage Is a Must-Read

A while back, Neil Gaiman heard someone said of Terry Pratchett, "What a jolly old elf Sir Terry is." And that struck his long-time friend and sometime collaborator as absolutely wrong. So Gaiman took pen to paper to explain why. » 9/28/14 9:00pm 9/28/14 9:00pm

The auction of Ray Bradbury's sci-fi art collection ends tomorrow, September 25th. Included in the auction are Bradbury's "The Burning Man" print, which became the cover for Fahrenheit 451; a Charles Addams painting that became the cover for From the Dust Returned, and Bradbury's collection of animation cels. [Live… » 9/24/14 4:30am 9/24/14 4:30am

Legendary TV has acquired the rights to John Scalzi's Lock In. They'll be adapting the novel into a pilot, with the hope of it being picked up as a series. Here's hoping to see a depiction of a world where 1% of the population is rendered paralyzed, but aware, by a disease on TV. [Variety] » 9/16/14 1:30am 9/16/14 1:30am

The Soundtracks Behind Your Favorite Books

Books have typically missed out on getting the soundtrack treatment that movies have. But more books than ever are getting their own soundtracks now, and that's a good thing. » 7/07/14 8:20am 7/07/14 8:20am

What are the best songs to go along with your favorite books?

Some books are best read in complete silence, but sometimes you stumble upon the perfect music to pair it with. Today, we want to know about the songs you listen to while you read. » 1/27/14 7:15am 1/27/14 7:15am

How the novelizations of your favorite TV and movies get made

How novels turn into TV and movies is pretty well understood, but just how do stories make that reverse leap from our screens to the page? And could your novel, that one you have patiently gathering digital dust on your hard drive, be next? » 1/20/14 4:20pm 1/20/14 4:20pm

The secret soundtracks of novels

Does your favorite novel have a secret soundtrack, a series of songs that the author listened to (or thought about the novel's characters listening to) while they were writing? » 1/17/14 4:20pm 1/17/14 4:20pm

Comment of the Day: Hush, Hush Edition

In today's comments, we tossed around some unorthodox investment solutions, speculated on the whereabouts of lost lab animals (right behind you), and got some key insight into the writing process. » 10/09/13 5:38pm 10/09/13 5:38pm

Legendary Programmer Why The Lucky Stiff's Strange, Fascinating Novel

Ruby programmer Why The Lucky Stiff (or _why for short) vanished in 2009, deleting his whole online identity. But the other day, his website (reborn in January) started serving up print spools, so your computers' printer could produce a novel that I couldn't stop reading. » 4/19/13 9:44am 4/19/13 9:44am

Novels don't have to be "good reads." Sometimes, the best book is the…

Over in the Guardian, there's a provocative article that we're judging novels by the wrong standards. Instead of expecting them to be "good reads" or judging them according to their "re-readability," argues Kirsty Gunn, we should be celebrating more books that are frustrating reads that we would never, in a million… » 10/24/12 11:07am 10/24/12 11:07am

The best horror fiction and alternate-history stories of 2010: Revealed!

Over the past few days, the winners of the Bram Stoker Awards (for horror fiction) and the finalists for the Sidewise Awards (for alternate history) were announced. Want to know what the best terrifying stories and allohistories are? » 6/21/11 8:30am 6/21/11 8:30am

How will Michel Gondry's Ubik live up to Philip K. Dick's legacy?

How has The Adjustment Bureau affected future Philip K. Dick movie adaptations? What's going on with Michel Gondry's Ubik? We chatted with the daughter of the legendary author, Isa Dick Hackett, about the secrets of filming Philip K. Dick. » 6/17/11 1:24pm 6/17/11 1:24pm

First poster for Disney's John Carter (of Mars)

Taylor Kitsch is giving his best over-the-shoulder John Carter in the first-ever poster from Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars movie adaptation (now just titled John Carter). Look closely — you can see some pulpy bare-chested leather chest thong action! » 6/15/11 10:00am 6/15/11 10:00am

Read an exclusive excerpt from John Scalzi's new novel Fuzzy Nation!

A new John Scalzi novel is always a cause for celebration, but Fuzzy Nation is also a "reboot" of a beloved 1962 Hugo-nominated novel, Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper. » 5/04/11 7:00am 5/04/11 7:00am

Uncensored version of Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray finally…

It's only taken 120 years, but the full text of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray has finally gotten published. Wilde's editor J.M. Stoddart removed a large amount of "objectionable" material from the book prior to its first appearance in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in June 1890, including "a number of… » 4/29/11 7:30am 4/29/11 7:30am

Fun And Profit: A writing gig that could change your life!

Want to get into the competitive world of science fiction novel-writing? It takes hard work and persistence... or you could answer this Craigslist ad. Just remember to include a photo of yourself, because that's important for some reason. [Craigslist] » 1/18/11 7:00am 1/18/11 7:00am