We Need A New Literary Movement With A Slightly Ludicrous Name

When I first obsessed about the idea of being a science-fiction writer, I was captivated by the Slipstream movement, which aimed to bust genre boundaries and shatter expectations. And reading about 1975's science fiction boom makes you realize how great the New Wave was. So maybe it's time for a new movement with a… » 5/08/14 1:27pm 5/08/14 1:27pm

Classic Science Fiction Novels, Reviewed by Nudists

There are tons of sites out there with reviews of science fiction books — but what if you want the nudist perspective? The site Yarns Without Threads has you (metaphorically) covered. » 3/01/12 11:56am 3/01/12 11:56am

The secret science fiction inspiration behind Jimi Hendrix's music

We think of Jimi Hendrix as a psychedelic mastermind, but his trippy imagery actually had a more scientific starting point. According to a new biographer, Hendrix was hooked on science fiction, and his song "Purple Haze" is based on SF. » 9/10/10 7:30am 9/10/10 7:30am

10 SF authors who became fictional characters

The history of science fiction is full of unforgettable characters. So it's no surprise that famous writers often appear in fiction themselves — either by name, or wearing the thinnest of disguises. Here are our 10 favorite science-fiction writer cameos. » 8/05/10 1:30pm 8/05/10 1:30pm

The first novel of Riverworld covers deep waters, but it's a rough ride

There's a lot going on in 1972's Hugo-winning novel, Philip José Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go. But in this introduction to his legendary Riverworld, the waters can get a bit choppy and muddy. » 7/03/10 3:26pm 7/03/10 3:26pm

Riverworld: Where You Can Fuck Mark Twain If You Want To

Who knew there was this much raunch in Syfy's adaptation of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld books? Tahmoh Penikett is naked/in bondage, while another character practices Kama Sutra on Mark Twain's steamboat. This weekend's Riverworld promises to be quite the experience. » 4/16/10 2:56pm 4/16/10 2:56pm

Bad Boys of the Multiverse: An Alternate Universe Reading Guide

Have we gone multiverse crazy? Iain Banks' latest novel, Transition, is just the latest of a long line of sideways-traveling books, and this theme is more prevalent than ever. Here are some of my favorites, with spoilers and foul language. » 10/02/09 3:20pm 10/02/09 3:20pm

First Riverworld Trailer Sends Us All To Shirtless, Sexy Purgatory

Shove some dream gum in your face, because the first trailer for Syfy's TV movie Riverworld is out. Watch the half-naked Tahmoh Penikett get tortured by blue men in the adaptation of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld series. » 9/28/09 6:30am 9/28/09 6:30am

Can You Come Up With A Science Fiction Book Cover Worse Than These?

Orbit Books is trying to create the worst science fiction book cover of all time — but they're up against stiff competition. Details, and a gallery of some of our fave bad covers, are below. » 7/06/09 2:12pm 7/06/09 2:12pm

"Riverworld" Adaptation Braces for Sea of Angry Readers

A faithful adaptation of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld novels would be nigh impossible, but the Syfy Channel's upcoming Riverworld miniseries plans to veer off into such uncharted waters that readers may not recognize it. » 6/08/09 2:20pm 6/08/09 2:20pm

10 Authors Who Put Sex In Their Science Fiction

Sex and science fiction have not always been the most obvious partners; combining the two has occasionally defeated even the genre's greatest luminaries. But here are ten authors who successfully brought sex into the future. » 4/17/09 3:49pm 4/17/09 3:49pm

22 Cases of Sherlock Holmes in Science Fiction

He may already be the most iconic character in detective fiction, but who says Sherlock Holmes doesn't have a place in science fiction as well? We explore some of the Victorian sleuth's most fantastic adventures. » 3/22/09 10:00am 3/22/09 10:00am

R.I.P. Philip José Farmer

One of science fiction's most original voices passed away today. Philip José Farmer, author of the Riverworld and World Of Tiers series, is also known for writing as Kurt Vonnegut's fictional author Kilgore Trout. » 2/25/09 11:22am 2/25/09 11:22am

7 Reasons Why Scifi Book Series Outstay Their Welcomes

Click to viewWhy do so many amazing novels sprawl into so-so trilogies? Let alone blah tetralogies, or dull ten-book series? Blame "Herbert's Syndrome," in which a great writer gets tempted to keep writing about a popular universe, like Frank Herbert's Dune, long after its expiration date. (The Fantasy Review coined… » 5/14/08 4:30pm 5/14/08 4:30pm