A Timeline that Shows How Recent Science Fiction Has Changed Future…

You've seen lots of timelines of "future history" before — but they tend to be mostly drawing from the classics by people like Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. But over at The Awl, Jane Hu has compiled a future timeline, which draws heavily on recent publications like Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 and Paolo Bacigalupi's » 8/08/12 2:14pm 8/08/12 2:14pm

Paolo Bacigalupi: Science fiction "thrives at uncertainty points, when…

Wind-Up Girl author Paolo Bacigalupi's essay over at Wired is both a must read and a quick read. The essay is mostly about how Cyberpunk saved science fiction by shaking up the complacent view of the future that had dominated for decades — but then he broadens out into a more general theory of science fiction as a… » 6/20/12 4:43pm 6/20/12 4:43pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss in May

May brings lots of amazing science fiction and fantasy books — including new titles from China Mieville, Kim Stanley Robinson and Charlaine Harris! You don't want to be the only one of your friends who isn't up to date on the latest happenings in far-future empires, brutal fantasy warfare, and the depths of weirdness. » 5/08/12 4:06pm 5/08/12 4:06pm

The Bleak, Captivating Trailer for Paolo Bacigalupi's Drowned Cities

Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of his young adult novel Ship Breaker with the new Drowned Cities, and we've got an exclusive look at the desolate book trailer. The visuals are pretty amazing, including ruined cities and interiors choked with vegetation. Plus a pretty grabby narration that ends with quite a… » 5/01/12 2:33pm 5/01/12 2:33pm

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 escape … » 4/25/12 4:11pm 4/25/12 4:11pm

Optimistic Visions of the World After the Oil Runs Out

Our whole economy and way of life is based on the idea of cheap petroleum. So what happens when the oil starts to run out? Most scenarios assume that it will be catastrophic — rioting in the streets, governments collapsing, Mel Gibson fighting guys with big mohawks. » 4/20/12 12:09pm 4/20/12 12:09pm

Paolo Bacigalupi's next novel is already generating excitement, six…

You know Paolo Bacigalupi's arrived when his next novel is already getting raves and nobody's even seen a galley yet. Over at Westword, Alan Prendergast talks about the excitement about Bacigalupi's forthcoming The Drowned Cities, which takes place in the Ship Breaker world but isn't a direct sequel. Chief among those… » 12/14/11 2:53pm 12/14/11 2:53pm

Great authors imagine a world transformed by climate change

What kind of world are we leaving to our grandchildren? Can we even imagine a world after climate change? Some of the world's greatest authors, including David Mitchell and Kim Stanley Robinson, grapple with climate change and our future in a new story collection. Here's a review by Pauline Masurel from Green Prophet. » 11/07/11 3:30pm 11/07/11 3:30pm

10 Debut Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels That Took the World by…

This month, many of us are trying to pound out a novel. The ultimate dream is to break into the publishing world with a debut that makes people sit up and take notice. And there's some good news on that front — some of science fiction and fantasy's most beloved writers have made a splash with their very first published … » 11/03/11 10:08am 11/03/11 10:08am

In "The Alchemist and The Executioness," magic destroys the environment

Last year, award-winning science fiction authors Tobias Buckell (Sly Mongoose) and Paolo Bacigalupi (Windup Girl) teamed up to write two fantasy novellas set in the same universe. Both novellas, Buckell's "The Executioness" and Bacigalupi's "The Alchemist" are set in the city of Khaim, where an early Renaissance culture… » 4/25/11 3:28pm 4/25/11 3:28pm

10 Recent Science Fiction Books That Make Great Gifts

Give someone a whole new world for the holidays this year! Here are 10 recent science fiction books that'll make terrific gifts — each with a wildly different take on the genre, so there's something for everyone. » 12/03/10 11:52am 12/03/10 11:52am

The best science fiction and fantasy books for summer escapism

Summer is the most escapist time of year, with vacations and long voyages. And no escapist jaunt is complete without a visit to other worlds. Here are the best science fiction and fantasy books for this summer's beach reading. » 7/08/10 4:00pm 7/08/10 4:00pm