io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for October 13 - 18

The creepy stories continue to pile up, making for a very interesting October. And the more dark fantasy and horror we read, the more we appreciate that subgenre. Please share your own suggestions of great creepy and terrifying stories in the comments! » 10/17/14 10:58am 10/17/14 10:58am

The Glamour! The Drama! The Full Results of the 2013 Hugo Awards!

The Hugo Awards just happened at San Antonio's LoneStarCon 3, and it was a night of dramatic reveals. The winners: Game of Thrones! John Scalzi! Tor's Patrick Nielsen Hayden! Ken Liu! Pat Cadigan! Stanley Schmidt, twice! Brandon Sanderson, twice. And Saga! Full details below. » 9/01/13 8:58pm 9/01/13 8:58pm

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

Could you tell the difference between an alien visitation and being…

Not all alien visitations look like a giant saucer descending from the skies. Sometimes aliens just look like visitors of a different kind, as in this classic story by Pat Cadigan. The other day, we featured Cadigan's essay about loving the Other — now here's her story "Angel," as featured in the new anthology Alien… » 11/18/11 1:20pm 11/18/11 1:20pm

Why Science Fiction Writers Love Meeting the Other

Why do so many of science fiction's greatest stories have to do with meeting — and possibly falling in love with — strangers and strange beings? Author Pat Cadigan, whose story "Angel" is in the new anthology Alien Contact, muses about the allure of Meeting the Other. » 11/16/11 7:40am 11/16/11 7:40am

Why do so many former cyberpunk authors now write dark fantasy?

Cyberpunk has fallen from its peak in the 1980s and early 1990s, but the great cyberpunk authors are still writing. And many of them have turned to fantasy. Why is this? » 4/25/11 5:23pm 4/25/11 5:23pm

How two shapeshifting girls from Venus became the Beatles' most trusted…

Author Pat Cadigan tells NPR how she and her friend concocted a fantasy life in the 1960s, in which they were twins from Venus, in charge of the entire solar system. But they still found time to advise the Beatles. » 6/03/10 4:00pm 6/03/10 4:00pm

Top 10 Greatest Science Fiction Detective Novels Of All Time

China Miéville's detective story The City And The City is well on its way to being the award-winningest novel of the year. But it's not the only great novel about science fiction/fantasy sleuths. Here are 10 other SF detective classics. » 4/29/10 12:15pm 4/29/10 12:15pm

Strange Visitors And Broken Hearts Will Restore Your Faith In Short…

If you believe in reading short fiction for pleasure, you're condemned to frequent disappointment. Most short fiction, even the good stuff, is... laborious. So when reading the anthology Eclipse Three, you may be startled at the unexpected sensation of enjoyment. » 11/19/09 1:00pm 11/19/09 1:00pm

One Author's List Of Quite Possibly Essential Science Fiction Includes…

Vinconium and Light author M. John Harrison posted a list of "some interesting science fiction" that's been causing lots of discussion — it's not framed as a list of essential SF reading, or the greatest SF books of all time, just books that "turned [Harrison] on when he read them." And yet, it looks like a pretty… » 5/14/09 4:00pm 5/14/09 4:00pm

What Scifi Fascist Regime Would You Rather Live Under?

Science fiction is full of fascist governments, especially in the decades after World War II, but some of them just seem like more fun than others. But some scifi fascists don't seem like they would govern that well — for example, the BBC series Doctor Who clearly uses the cyborg Daleks as a metaphor for the Nazis,… » 2/26/08 12:30pm 2/26/08 12:30pm