The Most Wonderfully Alternative Families in Science Fiction and Fantasy

The holiday season has officially begun, and of course the holidays are a time for families. But science fiction and fantasy readers know that families come in all shapes and configurations. Here are 30 of the most wonderfully alternative families in science fiction and fantasy. »Today 3:00pm11/27/15 3:00pm


How The TV Show of Octavia Butler's Dawn Will Stay True to Her Incredible Vision

Making Octavia Butler’s novel Dawn into a television show sounds like kind of a foolhardy idea. It’s a post-apocalyptic storyline, in which the Earth is basically on the brink of destruction, and the last humans are offered salvation by aliens... who want to mate with us and change us. How do you put that on TV? »9/04/15 7:00pm9/04/15 7:00pm

11 Science Fiction Books That Are Regularly Taught in College Classes

We all learn a lot from reading science fiction books—not just the cool ideas, but also the fascinating thought experiments. But college professors often reach for classic science fiction when they’re planning classes on literature, society or philosophy. Here are 11 science fiction books that are often taught in… »7/10/15 1:00pm7/10/15 1:00pm

Why The Most Powerful Time Travel Stories Aren’t About Changing The Past

The question “What would you do if you traveled back in time?” is often synonymous with the question “What would you change about the past?”. But time travel is a rich subgenre, and some of its most interesting stories aren’t about changing the past — they’re about exploring it, so we can better understand ourselves… »5/27/15 5:21pm5/27/15 5:21pm

The Law of Remembrance: What Octavia Butler Taught Me


As a young aspiring science-fiction writer, I've always considered Octavia Butler my spirit guide. I went to sleep and woke up with Kindred, the Parables, and Wild Seed and tried to recruit everyone in all of my English classes to her following. Turns out my teachers weren't all so interested in the rich tapestries of… »2/12/15 12:30pm2/12/15 12:30pm

Why Science Fiction Is An Essential Tool For The Post-Ferguson World

Science fiction provides a unique toolkit for imagining how societies could be constructed differently — and for seeing how the structures that seem natural and inevitable to us are actually unnatural, says Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of a new anthology of radical science fiction called Octavia's Brood. »12/30/14 3:20pm12/30/14 3:20pm

Does Anyone Really Think Star Wars Ruined Science Fiction?

The meme has been going around pretty much since Star Wars first came out in 1977: Star Wars wrecked science fiction. George Lucas' extravagant space opera messed up a genre that was fumbling towards grown-up sophistication. This idea made a bit of a come-back with the Force Awakens teaser, and it's time to kill it. »12/09/14 2:45pm12/09/14 2:45pm

10 Science Fiction Authors Whose Books Just Kept Getting Stranger

A lot of authors tend to become more conventional over time. They get more mainstream cred, mellow out, and sand the rough edges off their work. But some of science fiction's most famous authors have just kept pushing the limits of storytelling. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy authors whose books only got… »10/13/14 2:25pm10/13/14 2:25pm

The World's Most Fascinating Places, As Seen In Science Fiction Books

It's the middle of summer — the time of year when wanderlust takes over our brains. You want to leave your home and your job and explore what the world has to offer. But here's the next best thing — 15 books that take place in science fiction and fantasy versions of the most fascinating places on Earth. »7/11/14 4:15pm7/11/14 4:15pm

10 Great Authors Who Disowned Their Own Books

Science fiction and fantasy publishing is a tough game. Even the best novels get rejected by publishers who don't understand their brave new worlds. But some authors wind up rejecting their own books. Here are 10 great authors who disowned their own creations after they'd already seen the light of day. »5/05/14 1:22pm5/05/14 1:22pm

Don't Remake These Movies, Film These Books Instead!

Hollywood's addiction to remakes and reboots continues unabated, with dozens of films in development. And meanwhile, bookshelves are straining with hundreds of original, thrilling novels that have never been adapted to the screen. Here's a second dose of our list of books that should be adapted instead of yet another… »9/27/13 6:16pm9/27/13 6:16pm