How Richard Powers Made Science Fiction Book Covers Strange

You've probably seen some of the colorful, abstract book cover art of Richard Powers before, and marveled at how far it pushes the envelope of representational art. How alien it looks. Over at The Daily Beast, there's a terrific article about how Powers became such a dominant SF cover artist. » 3/17/15 3:40pm 3/17/15 3:40pm

There's One More Terry Pratchett Book Still To Come

We're still devastated by the news of Sir Terry Pratchett's passing last week. But at least there's one last book to look forward to: Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown, a book about his young witch, Tiffany Aching. » 3/16/15 10:42am 3/16/15 10:42am

Is The "Fix-Up" The Best Kind Of Science Fiction Novel There Is?

Everybody knows that short stories are where science fiction writers really get to experiment, and the most perfect pieces of narrative often happen at shorter lengths. But we also love to explore a world at the length of a whole book. So that makes the "fix-up" the best of both worlds, right? » 3/10/15 1:30pm 3/10/15 1:30pm

The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Can't Afford To Miss In March

What do March's science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you? Mermaids! Winged women! Interplanetary politics! Plus Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel, which is already garnering comparisons to Game of Thrones. Here are the March books you cannot afford to miss. » 3/02/15 5:22pm 3/02/15 5:22pm

A New J.K. Rowling Bibliography Unearths Harry Potter Secrets

It's not a biography, it's a bibliography, but a new book about J.K. Rowling is so detailed the author herself calls it "slavishly thorough and somewhat mind-boggling." The reference volume aims to be the definitive publishing history of the Harry Potter series. » 2/28/15 2:00pm 2/28/15 2:00pm

You Can Help Save One Of The Great Science Fiction Bookstores

We were incredibly upset when we heard that Borderlands Books was going to close, due to low bookstore margins combined with a rise in the local minimum wage. This would not only make San Francisco a way less cool place to live, but do great damage to the science fiction book world. So thank goodness there's a hope… » 2/20/15 3:40pm 2/20/15 3:40pm

An incredible deal. The latest Humble Book Bundle, focusing on Subterranean Press, is just chock full of greatness. Including Connie Willis, Dan Simmons, Harlan Ellison, Cherie Priest, Jack Vance, Ted Chiang, and tons more. [h/t Reddit] » 2/19/15 2:58pm 2/19/15 2:58pm

This Self-Published Novel Got An Award Nomination...And A New Publisher

Becky Chambers raised $2,810 on Kickstarter back in 2012 to self-publish her first science fiction novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. And this week, Angry Planet was shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle Award for best SF debut, and got a nifty book deal with Hodderscape. » 2/17/15 4:40pm 2/17/15 4:40pm

Why Do We Need More Science Fiction By LGBT Writers?

Last year, Lightspeed Magazine had a special issue in which "Women Destroy Science Fiction" (and horror, and fantasy.) Now, Lightspeed is following up with "Queers Destroy Science Fiction." And today's the last day to support the Kickstarter. But why should you care about getting more LGBT SF? The editors of the issue… » 2/16/15 9:30am 2/16/15 9:30am

Why short fiction is a good career move. Earlier today, we revealed why thinks short novels are the future of publishing — but in a post on the SFWA site, John Joseph Adams and Daniel H. Wilson explain why short fiction may not pay much, but can still boost your career. » 2/12/15 4:30pm 2/12/15 4:30pm Explains Why Novellas Are The Future Of Publishing is moving aggressively into publishing novellas (or short novels) in e-book format, and they just announced their first list of titles. But why is (and everybody else) so convinced that shorter is better for e-books? Editorial assistant Carl Engle-Laird explains. » 2/12/15 9:48am 2/12/15 9:48am

The Man Who Invented The Science Fiction Paperback

Many of science fiction's greatest classics were published as paperback originals — and the genre might never have gotten so much widespread appeal without the cheap paperback format. As a new article in Investor's Business Daily explains, this was the brainchild of publisher Ian Ballantine. » 2/05/15 3:37pm 2/05/15 3:37pm

Self-published authors can join SFWA The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has opened its doors to independent and self-published authors. If your novel made at least $3,000, you can apply for active membership. More details here. » 2/03/15 4:04pm 2/03/15 4:04pm

The Truth About Books, Money, Awards (And Not Quitting Your Day Job)

Authors seldom discuss how much money they actually make writing science fiction or fantasy. But on her blog, Kameron Hurley breaks it down, listing all her advances and how much she actually ended up with. And she explains how winning an award can change the game, and why she won't quit her day job. » 1/29/15 11:02am 1/29/15 11:02am

Why "Spotify For Books" May Not Be The Future Of Publishing. (Yet.)

It makes a certain amount of sense, from a consumer standpoint: companies like Amazon, Scribd and Oyster are offering services where you pay $10 a month and get unlimited books. The author or publisher gets a fee, only if the reader gets past a certain point in the book. But the Economist says "Spotify for books"… » 1/28/15 11:46am 1/28/15 11:46am

An Amazing Opportunity: Get The Very Best Of Charles de Lint For Free!

If you love urban fantasy, then you owe a stupendous debt to Charles de Lint, whether you've read him or not. His playful, majestic, clever stories helped shape the genre and were part of what made me fall in love with magical stories set in cities. And now you can get a collection of his best writing for free. » 1/23/15 7:00pm 1/23/15 7:00pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for January 19 - 24

This week's stories are about divergent histories, revolutions, and people abusing their power (or just the ones they love). » 1/23/15 9:20am 1/23/15 9:20am

When You Can't Tell The Difference Between Science And Science Fiction

As more and more stuff from science fiction feels as though it's coming true, we run into more situations where straight-up descriptions of real discoveries feel science fictional. But it works the other way, too — some SF writers go out of their way to make their fiction feel like real science writing. » 1/22/15 3:40pm 1/22/15 3:40pm

R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

A New Day at F&SF Charles Coleman Finlay became editor of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, after guest-editing a couple of issues over the past year. He's the ninth editor of the magazine since 1949, and his tenure begins with the March-April issue. » 1/15/15 2:45pm 1/15/15 2:45pm